I still remember the first day I stepped into the halls of Trinity High School as a freshman. I was a bundle of nervousness barely able to get myself from one class to the next without accidentally bumping into people and profusely apologizing in the smallest voice (I even apologized to a door when I bumped into it once!). Looking back at that seemingly dreadful day, I am amazed at how far I have come, and I could not have transformed myself in such a meaningful way without the community I have built at Trinity. Never would I have believed back then that I would be the officer of an Improv club that performed light-hearted comedy skits, hosted the Blazer Showcase, and even yodeled in front of the entire school for a comedy sketch. Trinity has given me the strength to discover a voice within me, and I now realize the true value of the bonds have built within these walls that have shaped my personal growth in such a profound way.
My participation in the IB Diploma program has been a significant part of my identity at Trinity and my comprehensive understanding of the world, but beyond that, the relationships I have formed with fellow students will always hold a special place in my heart. From frantic study sessions scribbling and screaming at diagrams on the board before a biology test to belting out the lyrics of “Don’t Stop Believin’” in the cafeteria during the last day of Spirit Week, I would not want to experience the journey we call high school with anyone else. In this enriching environment, I have learned that my opinion truly matters and that solving the complex problems of the world requires that we all take moments to listen to one another. Throughout my four years, I have seen the power of inclusivity and collaboration through how my peers truly care about the success and wellbeing of others, a quality that is unique to the all-girls experience. Trinity has given me the tools to recognize my capabilities as a young woman and to be bold enough to showcase them to the world, whether it be through my intellectual insights, music, comedy, service, or social justice.
I am so proud to be a part of the Class of 2019 especially since we have been through tough times and have also experienced countless fond moments together. I will carry with me these moments and the lessons of authenticity, empowerment, and community they brought as I move onto my next chapter at the University of Michigan. I am so grateful for the doors Trinity has opened for me both within myself and for my future, and it is so meaningful to know that I have a sisterhood to return to beyond my high school years.
I will end by reiterating a quote that our junior IB History teacher emphasized since it reminded me of our potential as a community of Blazers: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead.
Kavita Ram, St. Luke Grade School
University of Michigan