January 6, 2017 – Yesterday Mrs. Massetto welcomed some of our alumni to join her and upper school parents at Muffins with Massetto. “Muffins” is usually a time for parents to connect with Trinity’s Upper School principal, Mrs. Massetto, and ask questions about the life, culture, academics, testing, faculty, and anything else they’d like to know about the Upper School. This time, parents were able to ask some of our alumni about their transition to college and how they felt prepared, academically and culturally, or what they might have done differently if they’d had it to do over again.
The alumni varied from our first graduating class of 2012 (who have now graduated from college) to last year’s class. They are attending a variety of different colleges in different states, both public and private, (and one has even switched colleges), so their responses varied greatly. They spoke highly of their ability to adapt to new cultures and yet were honest about some of the challenges they faced.
When asked about adapting to life after Trinity, Maddie Froemming (2016), who is attending UC San Diego, a large public college, said “one might think that it’s ‘safer’ as a Christian to attend a small private Christian college, but I found that there are so many opportunities at a large public college to seek out what it is that captures your interest. There are many subcultures within the culture. It was easy to find a group of like-minded people and I love the church that I’ve found. It’s perfect for me.”
Josh Waschak (2012), Westmont College, said that one of the benefits of a Trinity education was developing close relationships with the faculty. “You don’t have a fear of approaching your professors or attending their office hours, asking for help. You are used to having discussions with people in positions of authority. Some of my peers from larger schools didn’t seem to have that skill or confidence.”
A few of our alumni agreed that time management was one of the biggest challenges in college. They’ve come from Trinity where they go to school from 8-3, then have practice, then dinner and homework and they do it all again the next day. At college, they may not have class until 10am or later. They may have long breaks in between classes. They may not even have class every day. They realized that they needed to manage their free time well and not procrastinate on assignments.
Overall, the alumni were very positive about their experience at Trinity, despite the fact that it’s not a perfect place. With the advantage of hindsight, they are able to see the value of what they had been offered at Trinity and how it prepared them to succeed at any school. While they acknowledged that as high school freshmen, they couldn’t possibly see or appreciate certain things about Trinity, as college students, they are appreciative of the challenges as well as the benefits of a Trinity education.