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Kelly Escamilla ’17, English Major


Why did you choose Trinity Washington University?

I chose Trinity because I wanted to attend a University with small class sizes so that my professors knew me by name and could work closely with me. This intimacy reassures me of my academic agency. I also wanted to go to Trinity to immerse myself in an environment where I could experience true sisterhood. I realized that not many people get to experience this, and I wondered would I ever be in a space where I could bond with other women without the intrusion of males. A space where we could relate to each other and embrace each other because we are all women and only we can understand the struggles of womanhood.

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

I have already had the privilege to be a leader at Trinity and my education has helped me so much. As an English Major, I have learned to acknowledge different perspectives, consider outside factors that may influence a certain situation, and read between the lines. I think it is important for a leader to have these skills so that things are not overlooked and others’ ideas are also considered.

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 to remember that the most important thing in life is one’s own happiness. Do what it is that makes you happy, strive to reach a place in your life where you can wake up every morning and be content with your life. Hard work always pays off, but if you don’t like what you do, then what is it all for? Do not ever let others dictate what you should do, you are powerful and can always achieve what you want if you persevere. The sky is the limit.

What inspires you?

My parents inspire me. They are immigrants and have worked so hard to create the life that they have, and they are happy. I admire them for this. It’s not easy for anyone to achieve this especially if you live in a country that puts you in a disadvantaged position. They have always strived to give me a great life and I wouldn’t be where I am today without them. My parents have taught me that nothing can stop me from achieving my dreams if I work hard. My determination to make them proud is what motivates me to find my own happiness because I know that it is what they want for me.

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