Michelle Garcia ~ Senior Story

As someone who will be a first-generation college student, I was worried about which high school would prepare me the best for my future academic endeavors. I was the only person attending Trinity from my grade school. I remember being very shy, reserved, and quiet when I started my freshmen year, but that soon changed. I became involved in a vibrant and accepting theatre community and then branched out to other clubs and organizations. I became an exceptionally well-rounded individual with a lot of potential and knew that Trinity was preparing me for the future. During my time at Trinity, I have been given the blessing to be a part of nearly every aspect of student life, whether it be student government, sports, the fine and performing arts, campus ministry, and the challenging International Baccalaureate program as a partial IB student. Through my various leadership roles and participation in these activities, I have built strong friendships and relationships with some of my closest friends and teachers, as well as attained skills that will help me in the world beyond high school. I feel immense confidence in going out into the world attending the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and studying sociology and/or political science in hopes of giving underrepresented communities the chance to experience something more than what they are given. I was fortunate enough to be given more than I could have ever asked for at Trinity and I hope to share that “something more” with others to better their lives. 

Michelle Garcia, Our Lady of the Snows, Chicago
The University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign

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