Cecil James Ngonidzashe Tengatenga

Blantyre, Malawi
Majors: English and Public Policy and Law
Minor: Legal studies
Highlights: Track team, Trinity Gospel Choir, PRIDE leader, writing associate, African Development Coalition, I-House, model U.N.

What I found most attractive about Trinity was freedom. Growing up in Malawi, I was educated under the British system, where there is little freedom to choose beyond your program of study. My real passion is words, and I love literature, but I also wanted to include legal studies to help me with a job if I decide to go back home.

Writing is really important to me; it’s my way of exploring my experiences, both here at Trinity and beyond. It was Mary Leonard, my English 101 professor, who really pushed me to pursue writing and literature. Rather than throw out the pieces of writing I wasn’t happy with, she encouraged me to keep them, and use them. She is deeply involved with her students’ development, both academic and personal, and she pushed me to be a better writer and explore more of myself through writing. I’m really grateful to her.

Trinity offers so many positive things, from internships to working in the community; these are opportunities that challenge you to take your knowledge and apply it to the real world. I think of Trinity as a place with treasure. And you have to get out there and explore to find it.