Ali’s Story, Trinity Class of 2012
The biggest difference in going from an all girls’ high school to Haverford College near Philadelphia, is simple: BOYS. It was in the classroom where I noticed the biggest difference. Wanting to explore outside of my natural science box, I decided to take a political science class my first semester, freshman year: “Introduction to Terrorism Studies.” It was in this class where I first realized that I was no longer just a student; I was a female student. After a few days, I noticed something odd. “Why does it seem like only guys talk in this class?” I assumed there must have been fewer girls than guys. Nope: it was exactly 50:50. Then I guessed that the professor must have a bias, and only called on the guys. Nope: I paid close attention and this wasn’t the case. Nothing stood in the way of the female voices being heard…except the females themselves. Very few raised their hands during class discussions. I remember thinking, “I was raised to be better than this, and I was taught to be better than this.” Maybe I would have reacted differently if I weren’t from Trinity (a haven of girl-power), but I suddenly made it my mission to contribute as much as I could to every class discussion. I refused to play the part of the woman in the corner quietly listening while the boys talk about politics. Even though I had no intention of pursuing politics, I became very focused on what I said in class, and what I wore in class. At Trinity, our plaid skirts were an equalizer. In politics, suits are the equalizer: a masculine symbol. I feel like many women in politics are forced to express, “My voice matters because I am just like the men around me. Look, my navy blue suit matches McCain’s.” On any other day, my attire isn’t overtly feminine, but I decided to save my floral shirts, flowy skirts, and pink sweaters for Terrorism Studies. I wanted to exude femininity just to prove my point, “Yes, I am wearing a bright pink cardigan, and here is what I think about Abrahms’ paper on counter-terrorism strategy. You’re going to listen, and you’re going to like it.” The professor told my advisor that I was one of the best students in the class, and that he was very impressed with me and my work. My years at Trinity gave me the courage to contribute in two of the biggest boys’ clubs of academia: a major in chemistry… and a minor in political science.
Victoria’s Story, Trinity Class of 2007
Being a Trinity High School alumna has impacted my life in many ways. I remember my first day at Trinity in 2003 and feeling nervous, excited and at home all at the same time. I had chosen Trinity High School on my own, after doing my research and coming to many Trinity events. I knew this was where I wanted to spend the next four years of my academic career. During my time at Trinity I was involved in everything from Campus Ministry, to volleyball and everything in between, but it was in the coral room and the auditorium where I found my calling to pursue theater. After graduating from Trinity in 2007 I attend Dominican University where I would receive my BA in Theater Arts with a double concentration in Performance and Production. I found a home at Dominican as well; there is nothing like being a part of the joy and love that is the Sinsinawa Dominican Tradition — exploring, learning and sharing knowledge the way our founder, Father Samuel Mazzuchelli, did. I went from one strong Dominican Family to another, and I will shortly begin the next journey in my academic and professional theater journey. I am proud to say that as a Trinity woman, and a Dominican woman I am now a Yale University woman. I am one of four students accepted into the Yale School of Drama Program for Stage Management. I remember the look on Sister Michelle’s face when I told her my news. Her eyes lit up and she wrapped her arms around me and hugged me. She told me how proud she was, and the she always knew great things were ahead for me. I was so happy I had the chance to thank her. Thank her for instilling in all of us Trinity women the belief that we can achieve anything we put our minds to even if the world around says differently. I thanked her for supporting our individuality as women and pushing us to be great leaders in this world. I thanked her for being a constant source of encouragement, love and truth. I truly believe that had it not been for the education I received at Trinity High School and the unwavering love and support of my family, friends in this community I would not be where I am today.
Nicole’s Story, Trinity Class of 2013
I am writing this today not because of what you have done, and done well with Nicole, but the manner in which you have done it. That is perhaps the more noteworthy achievement. Trinity has expected excellence in a nurturing, loving, faith based environment. Excellence in the classroom, outstanding community service and competitive in sports are examples of the high standards set and achieved during our time at Trinity. Trinity has created a culture of excellence fostered by a loving environment for that I am truly thankful. You continue to contribute and give of yourselves in the making of well educated, confident and faithful young women. Anyone who walks through the hallways at Trinity during a normal day can see that the learning environment is both challenging and enjoyable. I have spent the last four years trying to figure out what it was I noticed at Trinity each time I visited. What was that inexplicable thing I felt each time I was on campus? Finally I can put a word to it and the word is LOVE. It is the element that is present throughout the building and classrooms. It permeates the entire campus. Trinity is such a wonderful experience. Accept my most sincere heartfelt thanks and gratitude. We sent you a girl and you gave us back a confident young woman.
Kevin, Father of Nicole, Class of 2013 Salutatorian, Full IB Diploma Recipient
Received a full athletic scholarship for softball from the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign
Early in grade school our daughter made the decision to attend a local co-ed high school.
She wanted to attend the same school as her best friend. I thought her choice was fine, until we began investigating other options.
Through a friend, I became involved at Trinity while Louise was still in grade school.
Until then, the school was not even on my radar. It was through that involvement that I came to understand the heart of Trinity’s mission. The school’s focus on the arts (a rare offering in most schools these days) indicated that Trinity’s leadership understood the well documented benefits of including the arts in education. The single-gender environment would provide empowerment, focus and a unique sisterhood that Louise would not find at a co-ed school. The excellence and global recognition of the IB program would challenge her and prepare her exceptionally well for college. And Trinity’s mission to create strong female leaders all contributed to my insistence that Louise at least give the school a look. In seventh grade, she consented to go to an open house. When we left that afternoon in October, Trinity was, without question, her choice. Now a sophomore, Louise looks forward to the challenges of the IB program next year. I am convinced that the rigors of IB will be the best preparation for college that she could receive.
We chose Trinity for many reasons, but we stay at Trinity because Louise loves to sing, paint, draw, read, perform, study, learn and be crazy with her Trinity sisters. For our daughter, Trinity was the only choice.
Fran, mother of Louise, Trinity Class of 2016
I know this isn’t exactly the story of my Trinity years. However, Trinity inspired me to achieve greatness and go out into the world and “grab it by the lapels.”
Currently, I am a sophomore at Creighton University. I am in the PMED program and majoring in Biology and Medical Anthropology with a minor in Communications. As a freshman, I came in with 15 credits, thanks to the I.B. program and the dual enrollment at Dominican University. I was beyond prepared for my honors program courses here, as well as my core classes due to Trinity’s challenging academic standards, which pushed me to think critically and analytically. Not only has Trinity prepared me well academically, but it has also helped me grow into a powerful, strong, independent, young woman. I wouldn’t have gotten this far if Trinity hadn’t pushed me to be more outgoing, more social, and more demanding of what I want from life. I believe that the all-female environment transformed my view of the world. My gender will never stop me from achieving my goals. Trinity helped me get to a point in my life where I am excited to be where I am, and I am even more excited about my future.
This summer I traveled with Medical Ministry International to the Dominican Republic. I shadowed multiple doctors, physicians, surgeons, nurses, and pharmacists. As an aspiring doctor and a future medical anthropologist, I was able to witness first-hand how my knowledge of medicine can impact the world. I stayed in a small town in the heart of this third world country where we traveled by bus and foot through the jungle to reach the most remote villages bringing medical attention to those who desperately needed it. My passion to bring medical care to those who most need it began at Trinity.
Recently, I wrote a letter to Hillary Clinton regarding my passion for healthcare. Her handwritten and signed response to me said, “The world needs more problem solvers so I encourage you to keep up the great work, follow your dreams, and make a difference for your community and for our country.
Thank you, Trinity, for giving me the confidence to follow my dreams. I am forever grateful for the four years that turned me into the me I am today.
Molly, Trinity Class of 2012
This year I stepped on my seventh continent, Antarctica. Although we had geographically been in Antarctic waters for a few days, we had not placed foot on the political territory until that day. This was the first and only day of the itinerary we could land on Antarctica, and in the beginning of the day, it did not look possible due to strong winds. As I prepared myself for the landing, I started thinking about this momentous occasion and how my parents worked tirelessly to send me to good schools; how my Trinity IB teachers immensely influenced me during my formative years and shaped the person I would become; how an all-girls school made me strongly believe that a woman could do anything and that an obstacle would never deter me because of my gender.
Stepping foot on all the continents at an early age certainly did not occur to me while I was in high school, but I am convinced that Trinity was instrumental in shaping a woman who is determined to follow her dreams.
April, Trinity’s First IB Class of 1997