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by Jeremy Gerlach
More than 450 Trinity Tigers are graduating in 2019 and heading out into the real world. Meet five of these seniors, and see how they plan to use their degrees to launch careers, further their education, and pursue their passions.
Headed to: Whataburger Corporate
Danielle Treviño is headed to the innovative social media team at Whataburger, where she will join several other young alumni making their mark on the company.
At Trinity, Treviño was the TigerTV station manager, interned for Texas Public Radio, developed skills as a graphic designer, and was a member of of 1869 Scholars and service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega, among others.
“My favorite thing about comm has been how supportive all the faculty are,” Treviño says. “I can’t even remember how many times I was sitting, stressed out about my capstone project, in [Aaron] Delwiche’s office, but he was able to help me get through it.”
For Treviño, there’s only one difficulty choosing a career in San Antonio after graduation:
“I’m going to miss all my friends who are moving out of state.”
Headed to: Optometry school
Tayde Contreras, a Fort Worth native, is headed to the University of the Incarnate Word Rosenburg School of Optometry after graduation.
She came to Trinity for the outstanding chemistry program.
“What I liked the most about being a chemistry major here at Trinity is how the department is very close-knit,” Contreras says. “I get to see the same people everyday, work with them in class and in the lab, and eventually, we’re all here in the ‘superlab’ after class doing homework, and we all help each other out.”
Contreras plans on providing optometry services to underserved communities in the future.
“Eyecare is something that is often overlooked until you can’t see anymore,” Contreras says. “So, I really want to focus on those communities who may not have access to regular health care, and I would also like to use my Spanish to break down those language barriers for Spanish-speaking communities.”
Headed to: Google
After acing a secret online programming test, Andrew Loder has a job at Google waiting for him after graduation. “Google actually came to me,” Loder says. “They invited me to interview for a position in corporate engineering, or CorpEng.”
Once Google personnel reached out to Loder, offering to fly him out to the company’s iconic Mountain View campus for a job interview, he realized how big of an opportunity he was getting.
“It was actually a really fun process,” Loder says. “And at the end of the day, I got the job.”
At Trinity, Loder says he enjoyed developing close relationships with the computer science faculty, completing his honors thesis, and building his own website and computer.
“I love computer science because of the power it really gives you,” Loder says. “Any programmer can ‘do anything.’ I can make the next Facebook or social media site if I really want to—if I put in the effort, if I put in the time. There’s no barriers to entry or to the impact you can have on life.”
Headed to: U.S. State Department: Consulate in Frankfurt, Germany
Paige Johnson, originally from Denver, is headed to the U.S. Consulate in Germany. There, she’ll help the State Department process visas and perform other institutional tasks.
At Trinity, Johnson won the Outstanding Senior in Communication award, was a member of Sigma Theta Tau, served on the executive board for Student Ambassadors, worked on TigerTV, and was a standout swimmer for the Tigers. She served as a team captain and set a new school record in the 100-meter backstroke.
“Trinity just has a good mix of people, and as an athlete, it had a balance between your social life and school,” Johnson says. “It felt like home right away.”
Johnson says she was fascinated to see how political science and communication overlapped at Trinity. “Comm is the battleground that cultures fight on,” Johnson says. “You learn about who’s in control, and who gets to shape the narrative. And that’s such an interesting political dynamic, too.”
Headed to: Bank of America
Morgan King ’19 fell in love with computer science (CS) at Trinity. She served as president of Trinity’s Women In Computing club, and she has also worked with Trinity faculty to improve the CS experience for women and minority students.
King’s favorite CS memory was her big data class. “That was one of the big things shaping where I want to take my career,” King says. “I learned a lot about what computers can do in a way I hadn’t seen before.” Now, her senior thesis focuses on machine learning and bioinformatics, or mapping genetic information. King says, “It’s exciting that I’m getting to explore a different side of computing I had no idea existed and contributing new research to this field.”
King has won the Babbage-Lovelace Award, tutors other CS students, and has completed internships at MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory and Globalscape. Next up? Interning for Bank of America this summer before graduating in December 2019.