Stepping foot into Trinity, I had absolutely no idea what I was getting myself into. As the first few days of freshman year rolled around, I often questioned if choosing a small, all girls institute with a block schedule was the right decision. Four years later, this is one of the best choices I have made. Reminiscing on freshman year, I did not have a single clue that the next 4 years would pass in the blink of an eye. Freshman year I was placed on the varsity softball team. I was the only freshman playing alongside upperclassman. It was like learning how to run before I was able to walk. Since then I have felt this great sense of community from not only my teammates and coaches but the entire Trinity Community as well. That’s when I truly felt welcomed. Although I have faced my obstacles throughout my athletic career, I feel as if Trinity has encouraged me to embrace the downfalls and has taught me that in order to succeed one must face failure first. Now, in my senior year, as I begin to move forward into this new beginning as a Cougar at Saint Xavier University, I’ve embraced the importance of being confident and independent. Trinity has instilled in me the qualities of being a leader. I was never the person with the most spirit or the loudest voice, but my actions spoke louder than anything. My freshman year, I would have never thought of speaking up during class or volunteer to present a presentation in front of my peers. Now, I am the first to volunteer and speak up during class discussions no matter the topic. Trinity taught me to be a leader in a way that suits my personality. It taught me to be confident in who I am and the person I am becoming. Looking now at my senior year of high school I have grown into a strong young woman. The biggest obstacle leaving Trinity behind are the incredible memories with classmates as well as teammates. As I prepare to close this amazing chapter in my life, I may not be moving away from home, but I am leaving my home away from home & that is Trinity High School.
Emely Martinez, St. Joseph Grade School, Summit
St Xavier University, Chicago