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Read the Fall 2018 MRT Newsletter.

Heysiss CastilloHeyssis Castillo
Boston, MA
Class of 2022 
High School: Codman Academy Charter Public Schools
Major(s): Undecided
Favorite Trinity Course: Analyzing Schools 200
Favorite Trinity Professor: Professor Maurice Wade
Extracurricular Activities: First-Year Representative of the Men of Color Alliance, Public Relations Chair of the Multicultural Affairs Council, First-Year vocalist for the Trinity Quirks A Cappella Group
Why I chose Trinity: Trinity was the only institution I visited that gave me a sense of belonging. As soon as I stepped onto campus and connected with students and faculty, I knew that I was supposed to be here. Trinity also encourages students to explore different majors throughout their first-year and part of sophomore year. Lastly, I am grateful for the support I have received on this journey from peers and from the different resources offered on campus. 
Sonjah DessalinesSonjah Dessalines
Conyers, Georgia
Class of 2022
High School: Rockdale County High School
Major(s): Economics
Favorite Trinity Course: Jazz Techniques
Favorite Trinity Professor: Professor Lisa Matias
Extracurricular Activities: Catalyst Intern, First-Year Representative of Trinity College Black Women’s Organization, Event Support Staff
Why I chose Trinity: Growing up, education was highly valued in my household. With my mom not finishing school, she stressed the importance of being able to earn a great education to later live a better life than she did. Trinity provided a small, yet big, highly educated and respected institution that would and has introduced me to a different environment where I would be able to dabble in fields while still fulfilling requirements for my major. All those things in mind, along with the great financial aid packet, sealed my decision to attend the college. 
Tyler GibbsTyler Gibbs
Bronx, NY
Class of 2019 
High School: Riverdale Country School
Major(s): Economics and Human Rights Studies
Favorite Trinity Course: International Human Rights Law
Favorite Trinity Professor: Professor Cheryl Greenberg
Extracurricular Activities: Career Development Intern, President of Imani, Black Student Union, Secretary of SGA’s Budget Committee, Student Worker at Office of Multicultural Affairs
Why I chose Trinity: Trinity is only the second school I have ever been to, so I was looking for a space that was small enough where I would easily be able to create connections with faculty, administrators, and other students. In addition to the size and that it was not too far from home, I appreciated that the opportunity to explore Human Rights as a major. 
Masho JmukhadzeMasho Jmukhadze
Republic of Georgia
Class of 2022
High School: Phillips Academy Andover
Major(s): Undecided but interested in International Studies with Middle East focus, and Economics
Favorite Trinity Course: Intro to Comparative Politics
Favorite Trinity Professor: Professor Anthony Messina
Extracurricular Activities: Davis Scholar, EYP Advisor
Why I chose Trinity: I wanted to be at a college where I could maintain the sense of community I had in high school. I looked for a place where I could be close to my professors and talk to them for help or advice. Trinity provides  those two things while giving me plethora of opportunities outside excellent academics. The Cities Program also stood out to me as I want to learn more about how my city and other cities work globally. 
Shahnila MalikShahnila Malik
Montreal, Canada
Class of 2020
High School: Collegiate Institute for Math and Science
Major(s): Engineering; Concentration in Biomedical
Favorite Trinity course: Differential Equations
Favorite professor: Professor Kyle Knickerbocker
Extracurricular Activities: President of the House of Peace (Middle Eastern organization on campus), Promoting Respect for Inclusive Diversity in Education (P.R.I.D.E.) leader, student worker at the Mather Front Desk
Why I chose Trinity: The small size classes allows for direct interaction with the professors and Trinity has a very effective career center (Center for Student Success and Career Development) that allows for internships and academic programs to happen. The campus is welcoming, and it has incredible study abroad opportunities. 
Giana MorenoGiana Moreno
Berwyn, Illinois
Class of 2020
High School: Trinity High School
Major: International Studies and Anthropology
Favorite Trinity Course: Mass Media, Pop Culture, and Social Reality
Favorite Professor: Timothy Landry and Jonny Williams
Extracurricular Activities: Community service Chair Of La Voz Latina, P.R.I.D.E (Promoting Respect and Inclusive Diversity in Education) Leader, Intern for the Multicultural recruitment team, dancer on the Elemental Dance Team, Barista at the Underground Cafe, organizer of Trinity’s Temple of Hip Hop.
Favorite Place in Hartford: Fire and Spice, an all-vegan Jamaican restaurant.
Professional/Career Goals: Although I do not have a particular career my desires yearn for, I do know that I want to travel our world as a proponent of peace. My only goal is to become something larger than myself while encouraging others to be their best versions.
Why I Chose Trinity: I chose Trinity for its community-whether it be the intimate relationships created with professors or the vitality of students lounging in the Underground Cafe, there is always community present on campus. In addition, I also admired the proximity of being in a culturally-rich city. Hartford is a beautiful place and there is lots to learn by simply walking through the neighborhood.
Jerry RodriguezJerry J. Rodriguez
Dorchester, MA
Class of 2020
High School: Boston Latin Academy
Major(s): Political Science and Human Rights
Favorite Trinity Course: Higher Education in America
Favorite Trinity Professor: Professor Stefanie Chambers
Extracurricular Activities: Class of 2020 President, Social Chair of La Voz Latina (LVL), Secretary of the Men of Color Alliance (MOCA), Promoting Respect for Inclusive Diversity in Education (P.R.I.D.E.) leader
Why I Chose Trinity: I chose Trinity because it was my number one school! Trinity was very well-rounded and a small school, which I prefer as it allows me to develop one on one relationship with my professors. The campus also has amazing aesthetics and awesome cultural clubs that students can join. Lastly, Trinity offers unique majors and several diverse study abroad options!
Jess SemblanteJess Semblante
Class of 2021
Grants Pass, OR
High School: Grants Pass High School
Major(s): Educational Studies
Favorite Trinity Course: Special Education
Favorite Trinity Professor: Dr. John Foshay
Extracurricular Activities: Member of Bible Study, volunteer at Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy (HMTCA)
Favorite Place in Hartford: El Caribe (Dominican Restaurant)
Professional/Career Goals: I plan to work as an Elementary school teacher.
Why I chose Trinity: I chose Trinity because of its close-knit community and environment, both in and out of the classroom. I loved that the classes were small, and teachers were accessible to students. I also wanted to experience living in such close proximity to a large, culturally diverse city such as Hartford.
Shayna ThomasShayna Thomas
Class of 2021
Brooklyn, NY
High School: ​Poly Prep Country Day School
Major(s): American Studies
Favorite Trinity Courses: ​Prisons and Justice in America, Race and Urban Space
Favorite Trinity Professor: Professor Tanetta Andersson
Extracurricular Activities: Community Service Chair of Imani, Black Student Union, Athletic Team Management, Tour Guide, P.R.I.D.E Leader
Why I chose Trinity: As a liberal arts school, Trinity provides academic freedom. As a non-major, I can still explore every discipline. At Trinity, there are many opportunities to try new things and find out what matters most to you, which means a lot to me.
Muhammad ZebMuhammad Zeb
Corpus Christi, TX
Class of 2021
High School: ​Calallen High School
Major(s): Economics and Public Policy and Law
Favorite Trinity Courses: ​Financial Markets & Institutions, Civic Engagement & Community, Analyzing and Communicating Financial Data
Favorite Trinity Professor: ​Dr. Abigail Williamson and Dr. Christopher Hoag
Extracurricular Activities: ​Intern at Congressman John Larson’s office, Honor Council, The Catalyst Leadership Corps., Founder of The Heritage Bridge Foundation, The Trinity College Investment Club
Why I chose Trinity: ​My choice to attend Trinity College can be described in one word: Growth. Trinity has enabled me to interact closely with distinguished faculty members in a mentorship inspiring manner and has already offered academic and co-curricular opportunities that are often only accessible to upperclassmen in larger academic institutions. Trinity teaches students to transform theoretical knowledge from class to tangible change through its proximity to downtown Hartford and to become change markers in any field they choose.