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Kendra Colbert ’17, English Major


Why did you choose Trinity Washington University?

Where I’m from, it’s hard to have hope of a better tomorrow. I realized I didn’t want to wait for things to happen to me but that I wanted to create change. I wanted to help others like me who were also feeling hopeless. I wanted to serve as a role model for my eleven brothers and sisters. They deserve to know that success is possible for people who look like them.

I honestly didn’t know a lot about Trinity until Accepted Students’ Day in 2014. On that day, I knew this was where I had to be. Before I toured the grounds, I knew it was an all-girls environment and thought it would be a good way to focus on my studies. But that day something crazy happened that I didn’t expect… The tour guide was bubbly and the group of people I was with made me feel not-so-alone. But then I got lost. I have no clue how it happened but in trying to find my way back I stopped a group of girls. They preceded to point the way and then abruptly change course to walk with me to the building. They were so friendly and as a potential sister of theirs they had already decided to embrace little lost me. They told me what to expect if I decided to attend and that the faculty really cared about your academic success. It sealed the deal.

How will you use your education to become a dynamic leader in your community?

The good thing about being out of school for six years is that you come back and have a good idea of what you want to do with your life. That’s all it was though: an idea. I wanted to write or be in publishing and I needed to brush up on my writing skills. Being here has heavily shaped that path and now I know exactly what I’m working towards. I plan to open a café for writers and use the proceeds to fund a non-profit publishing company for African-American authors.

If you could issue a statement to young girls that could be broadcast for the whole world to see, what would you say to them?

I would say go after the biggest dream that scares you the most. You can do anything a man can do and you are not inferior to anyone or anything. It’s easy to hide behind fear but fulfilling to conquer it. It’s safe to fall into the rat race of compliance. When you say to yourself, “I’m better than the standard”, you become an unyielding force. You plow through obstacles designed to discourage your path to success.

What inspires you?

I’m inspired by the future me. I see her and she’s helping other African-Americans realize their dreams. She motivates me to work hard and to never take no for an answer. I know that I can’t stop until I can proudly wear her shoes and share her accomplishments.

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