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Meet Student Athlete Ismanuela Denis

DSC_1871A native of Brooklyn, NY, Ismanuela “Izzy” Denis, is a junior soccer player at Trinity. Izzy is a Sociology major with a minor in Political Science.

1. What is something that has had a grave impact on your life?

I would have to say growing up in my neighborhood.  There’s a lot of crime and poverty in my neighborhood, and not many people have the opportunity to “get out”.  I was determined from a young age to rise above my circumstances, and leave my neighborhood to broaden my perspective on life.

2.  What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

I don’t have much free time between my internship, work, classes, and athletics, so the majority of it goes to sleeping and hanging out with my friends.  I really love to sleep!

3.  If you could have any super power, what would it be?

I would like to be able to read minds.  If I could read minds I would know exactly what everyone else what thinking, it would give me a leg up on everybody else.

4.  What do you find most challenging about being a student-athlete?

It’s very important to have good time management.  When you become an upperclassman and get into your major classes, are working, playing sports, and have an internship, you need to make sure you can balance all of your activities and keep your grades up.

5.  What home-cooked meal do you miss the most when you are away at school?

I miss my mother’s diriak djon djon ( Haitian black rice ) and plantains.  Every time I eat diriak djon djon, it reminds me of home.

6.  What was your first impression of Trinity?

Everyone was very welcoming, helpful, and made me feel at home.  Things in DC however were slightly different than New York, I was used to more of a “busy” environment.

7.  What is your favorite class you have ever taken here at Trinity?

Professor Rivers English 105.  When I came to Trinity I had a lot of trouble with my writing structure.  Professor Rivers helped me become a better writer; she still assists me today and challenges me to do better everyday.

 

Posted: January 6th, 2014 under Soccer.

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