Stepping through the doors of Trinity as a freshman was completely nerve-racking. Little did I know it would change my life forever.
I came to Trinity as the only one from my grade school. I was nervous to be on my own without a familiar face to comfort me through my new transition and was scared I was not going to be able to make any friends because I was so shy. Even with these concerns, my goal was to challenge myself to find everlasting friendships that I had not quite found during my eight years of grammar school. I was confident Trinity would give me the opportunity to make new friendships that would last a lifetime and provide memories that I could cherish forever. What I did not know, however, was that Trinity would end up shaping me into a confident young woman that my freshman self would not be able to recognize.
Throughout my time at Trinity, I learned to be myself and embrace who I truly am. I developed a level of confidence that I never thought I could have because I was someone who would constantly worry about what others might have thought. My strength as a person showed through personal situations I encountered and it is because of Trinity’s ability to prepare us for any obstacle, that my own strength surprised me. Trinity allowed me to break out of my shell that I used for protection for so long and provided me with everything I needed to be successful. The all-girl environment Trinity offers allowed me to open up to others and show people whom I am without the pressure of needing to fit in. I am no longer a shy girl who has trouble starting up conversations with new people, but instead I am an empowered young woman who is not afraid to let my voice be heard.
There are not enough words to express my gratitude for my four years at Trinity. By attending Trinity, I was able to challenge myself to flourish into someone who I could not have been if I continued on to the public high school that I always assumed I would attend. Many people tell you that your high school years will be some of the best years of your life and, at that moment, you may hesitate to believe them. I can assure anyone that these four years at Trinity have been the best years of my life so far. Trinity was not just a school for me, but a home where I felt safe and viewed my friends as my sisters. After all, that is what Trinity is all about; creating and being a part of a sisterhood that is forever.
Samantha Terzo, Elm Middle School, Elmwood Park
St. Norbert College, DePere Wisconsin
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