On The Trinity Perspective, you will find those answers—or at least someone who asked the same questions. We have been in your shoes. The Trinity Perspective collects advice and stories from current students, parents, faculty, and alumni to share with you—prospective students, families, and the Trinity community.

By Inka Boehm –

It’s time. The Registrar has confirmed you somehow got your life together in the 4 or so years you’ve been here in order to walk across a stage and take a photo gripping onto your newly received diploma, smile on your face and fear in your eyes. You have to face the music and answer the question on everyone’s mind: what’s next?

I’m here to help you both answer and avoid that question using these handy steps:

1. Take a moment to realize how things will never be the same again. You’re probably 21 so you can sit dramatically at a bar forlornly staring into your glass contemplating life.

2. Use said moment as motivation to enjoy the remaining time you have with friends, faculty, and staff of your institution. You might not be in the same place as all your closest friends in the next few years, so make them so sick of you they’ll be okay with your leaving (I’m only mostly kidding). Also, check those things off the bucket list you should probably make.

3. Make a bucket list. Cheesy, but fun. Plus, a good way of procrastinating.

4. Don’t let senioritis hit too hard. Realistically, you might have grad school in your sights, and the collegiate experience is ultimately an academic one. You won’t get to have access to the same variety of classes a liberal arts institution offers, so might as well make the most of it. Plus, you might pick up some sweet, sweet skills that will be useful for making money in the meantime.

5. Visit your handy dandy Center for Experiential Learning and Career Success (CELCS). They’ll whip you and your resume into shape. I never knew what a cover letter was until I logged onto Hire-A-Tiger and learned how bad what I was calling my cover letter truly was. (No, I’m not sponsored).

6. Realize it’s okay to not have a set plan. Some people will go directly into the workforce, some will go directly to grad school, some will take a year or two to figure their life out, and some will move to a far away country and only be remembered vaguely as “that one kid who went to Greenland to become a sheepherder and has a dope Instagram.” Your next year or two might be a combination of all these things, and that is 100% okay.

7. Soak it all in. Take advantage of the opportunities, the facilities, the people, the weather, everything. See how much free ‘swag’ you can get away with by attending all the school sponsored events. Some even include alcohol. But more importantly, some include free food and advice on how to do taxes.

8. Get ready to be the one your younger friends will turn to as they themselves begin the daunting path that is senior year. Even if you don’t have the answers, you can always pretend. Fake it ‘till you make it, as somebody once told me.

9. So even if you’re not the sharpest tool in the shed, and you’re looking kind of dumb, with your finger and your thumb in the shape of an L on your forehead, remember: you’re still an all-star with a diploma.

10. Trinity has given me four years of memories that I might forget, friends that I might lose touch with, and knowledge that went up in smoke after a particularly rough series of final exams, but for each of those, there are thousands of moments that have made my time here worth it. I’ve truly found a family here.With that in mind, every family has that one relative you might not be in constant contact with with, but always sends fruitcake in the winter to show they care. I aspire to be that fruitcake giver to all my fellow Trinity students, past, present, and future. I encourage you to do the same.

About Inka

Inka Sklodowska Boehm is a senior from St. Louis, Missouri majoring in Political Science. She is a member of Alpha Phi Omega, Trinity University Players, Trinity Distinguished Representatives and works as the tour guide intern in Admissions and an orientation team leader. She studied abroad in Strasbourg, France, where she studied French and interned at the Council of Europe. In her free time she enjoys kayaking, reading true crime novels, and finding her next slice of pizza. 
By Elise Hester –

I was asked to write a Trinity Perspective Blog Post months earlier. I kept trying to find time. For the past two semesters I’ve felt pulled in a million directions while having no direction of my own. Trinity is an incredible school, but this is an incredibly difficult school year for me.

Still, I love Trinity. Through the incredible Trinity community, I’ve discovered unexpected friendships, new passions and realities of my own identity. I’m learning what it means to be me: an unathletic sports enthusiastic, a queer Christian, a singing rollerskater, etc. But more than anything else, I’ve been challenged. I’ve been confronted. I’ve been put through the fire.

Trinity isn’t easy, but neither is life.

Elise Hester

As a child, I felt every sting of rejection. I noticed every sideways glance and smirk of other children. I remember everything. At some point, I decided to stop feeling because it was too painful. I’ve spent years pretending that I don’t care what people say. I laugh off pain. I act unbothered. I put up walls and insult the people I care about.

In high school, I was too focused to feel, too focused to fail. I had to get out of Huntsville, away from my graduating class of 28 students. From the moment I stepped on the Trinity campus, I knew this was my home. I had to get into Trinity but I didn’t think I would. In retrospect, getting in was easy, but Trinity isn’t.

Trinity isn’t easy. I’ve failed, again and again.

Trinity Tigers Shelby Devore and Elise Hester as assistant directors (of Sr. II Women and Videographer, respectively) at Trinity, Texas’ Camp Olympia.
I was elected to Student Government Association as a first year senator and later was chosen to serve on the cabinet as communications chair. My tenure as communications chair lasted hardly a month before I mistakenly spent ⅓ of the budget on accidentally oversized posters. My arrival at Trinity coincided with the launch of the Tiger Network, for whom I’ve filmed games, debates, and concerts. I had a panic attack while filming a football game. I’ve seen the launch of End Zone — a show focused on sports at Trinity and abroad — on student run TigerTV. This year I was named an associate producer. This week I stepped down because I don’t have enough time or energy or passion. I’m still discovering my limits. I’m learning to take care of myself. I don’t know who I’m becoming.

Through Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, I witnessed the beauty of the holistic gospel. I’ve discovered that progressivism, justice, compassion, and equality are not only aligned with the gospel, they are essential to its mission and incomplete without it. When I asked that God break my heart for what breaks his, I never truly meant it, because this conviction — being challenged to acknowledge and destroy the systems of injustice which I benefit from — is painful, radical, and uncomfortable, but important and essential. I am discovering God’s passion for healing broken systems. I am growing into an activist for justice. I’m becoming someone new.

Elise Hester, TU, Intervarsity
Trinity students Elise Hester, Savannah Schatte, Kaylee Ghent, Grace Yun, and Matthew Adair with Tiger alumni Christina Foor, Douglas Steinmen, and Taylor Kirby take part in Intervarsity Christian Fellowship’s San Antonio Urban Plunge, directed by Trinity alums Christina and Jacob Foor

I wrote over 80 articles as a sports reporter for The Trinitionian, but am currently serving as the Trinitonian’s first ever Video Producer. Through the Trinitonian, I’m made incredible friends and mistakes. I’ve discovered I love sports and I love writing, maybe more than videography. I’ve grown as a writer and am growing as I make videos.

I’m thankful for all my opportunities, for where they lead and where they didn’t lead. I’m grateful for every frustration I’ve felt and all the criticism I’ve faced. Pain — and learning to feel it — is helping me become the woman I am meant to be.

This journey isn’t easy.

Incoming Trinitonian Executive Print Editor Kathleen Creedon, Video Producer Elise Hester, and Editor-in-Chief Julia Weis serve sweet treats and fresh news at the 2018 Chocolate Fest
This whole junior year has been difficult, but I’ve been strong. I’ve haven’t cried — not even when I took a medical incomplete or got the harshest, but fair critique on anything I’ve ever written.

This week I attended my first session of therapy. There was no big breakthrough or emotional revelation. It was only a start. This morning was difficult, as so many days have been, but this morning was different. I just got done bawling my eyes out.

I feel broken not just about my current situations, but about how bottled up these tears feel. As I cry on the floor of my dorm while listening to a worship song, I feel something else; Relief that I am allowing myself to feel what I feel. I am not ashamed to cry. I am done comparing my pain to someone else’s. I am allowed to feel what I feel.

Elise Hester

I am not invincible, but I am incredible and I am getting help. You know why? Because I’m broken, I’m brave and I’m finally strong enough to be vulnerable and honest about that brokenness. To be clear, Trinity didn’t break me. I was already broken, but God broke my heart open and Trinity helped me to see and understand my need for help. I need help. I need Jesus. I need people.

I’m Elise FREAKING Hester and I’m not OK. And that’s OK.

That’s who I’m becoming.

About Elise

Elise Hester is a junior communication major with a sport management minor from Huntsville, Texas. She is the Trinitonian video producer, Camp Olympia videographer and enjoys skating while singing and causally wearing dresses.