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TRINITY Magazine 2006 | Meet Five 2006 Graduates

Meet Five 2006 Graduates

Michelle Adria Mitchell received a prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship. She graduated summa cum laude in May and will be attending Georgetown University Law School this fall.

Michelle Mitchell

Michelle Mitchell was selected in July to receive the highly-competitive Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship for Graduate and Professional Studies. The prestigious scholarship awards up to $50,000 per year to each recipient for graduate studies, for a total amount of up to $300,000 for each scholarship, making it one of the most generous scholarships offered in the United States.

At Trinity, Mitchell majored in politics and economics, was elected to Phi Beta Kappa in her junior year, and served as Student Government Association president. She was selected to be in the first cohort of Intelligence Scholars and traveled to China last summer. During her time at Trinity, she interned with House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi ’62, and has worked for several years at the U.S. Department of Treasury. This summer, she has been interning with Judge Rosemary Mayers Collyer ’68. In addition to Georgetown University, she was accepted at the law schools of the University of Virginia, George Washington University, Catholic University, and several others. The foundation awarded just 75 scholarships after a nationwide competition among more than 1,200 nominees. This marks the first time that a Trinity graduate has been awarded this prestigious scholarship.

Q: Where do you see yourself in ten years, and how will your education at Trinity help you get there?

A: I see myself working in the international law arena, in international trade and development. Being a part of the process by negotiating international trade agreements with developing nations in a mutually beneficial way is one of my goals. I want to play a useful role in the holistic and sustainable economic development of nations and in improving the quality of the lives of their people. I must attribute my interest in trade to the stimulating class in international trade that I took with economist Dr. John Volpe.

Q: How will you give back to society?

A: I believe that by holding fast to my own integrity and values, respecting all who I encounter, and by not being afraid to speak out, in proper turn, I will give back to society. I think that some people are prepared all their lives for the moment when they have a chance to change the world, and others change the world everyday through the way that they choose to live.

Q: What makes your Trinity education more valuable than one you might have gotten elsewhere?

A: I not only developed a base of knowledge within my chosen field of study, I also developed as a more thorough and critical thinker, a stronger leader, and a more open-minded citizen.

Kristen Laurie Hogue

Kristen Laurie Hogue received a bachelor of science from Trinity’s College of Arts and Sciences. Graduating summa cum laude as a biology major, she will be attending the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine this fall.

Q: What makes your Trinity education more valuable than one you might have gotten elsewhere?

A: Trinity taught me the importance of sisterhood and the importance of giving back to the community that has helped me pursue my dreams. I was able to work closely with my professors and their encouragement and advice was invaluable to me as I looked for internships and applied to veterinary school. I realized I could take the initiative to research and find answers to scientific questions that interested me without waiting for someone else to find the answers to life’s many questions. Trinity was instrumental in helping me improve my writing skills, which I will need to utilize in whatever I do in my career and personal life.

Q: What was your biggest “Ah-ha” moment while at Trinity?

A: During the end of my sophomore year I finally figured out a physics concept I had trouble with all semester after studying for hours at night and asking my patient professor Dr. Williams many questions.

Q: How will you give back to society?

A: By being a mentor for other minorities who want to pursue a career in veterinary medicine so that more minority students will be encouraged to consider it as a career option.

Kristen Marie Johnson

Kristen Marie Johnson graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor of arts in political science from Trinity’s College of Arts and Sciences. She will be attending the University of Pennsylvania in the fall, pursuing a master’s degree in government administration at the Fels Institute of Government.

Q: What was your biggest “Ah-ha” moment while at Trinity?

A: The moment came when I realized that despite being surrounded by the large universities in the District, and their notoriety, Trinity truly does provide an outstanding education. There are golden opportunities here that I realized I would not have had at other institutions, where I would have likely become another nameless face in a classroom full of 50 students. The relationships we are able to cultivate with the faculty and staff here are far better than any my friends were able to create with their professors at other universities.

Q: How will you give back to society?

A: I hope to make my life’s work one of giving back to society. I will continue to live in an urban setting and hope to work in community development and social programming.

Q: What makes your Trinity education more valuable than one you might have gotten elsewhere?

A: The most valuable aspect of my Trinity education personally is the way in which I was able to grow personally, academically and socially. Coming from a small rural state, Vermont, I had a lot of opportunity for growth in all of these areas. Trinity has provided a perfect setting for all three, and I am very thankful to all of my friends and professors who have taught me lessons that reach far beyond the classroom.

Katherine Elizabeth Cole

Katherine Elizabeth Coles graduated summa cum laude from Trinity’s School of Professional Studies with a bachelor of arts degree in communication. Upon graduating, she received a promotion within Fannie Mae to senior speechwriting technician.

Q: How will you give back to society?

A: I intend to use my writing as a loud voice to fight social injustice and environmental waste and destruction. Writers and essayists have long used their talents to change attitudes and behaviors – to influence minds and actions. I’d like to become a part of that tradition to influence positively how we treat one another and the earth. The earth has sustained humankind for centuries; it is our responsibility to recognize that we are stewards called to live in harmony with it, not exploit its gifts.

Q: What makes your Trinity education more valuable than one you might have gotten elsewhere?

A: I attended three undergraduate institutions before I arrived at Trinity. Immediately, I noted three significantly distinctive characteristics here: 1) Trinity’s history as a women’s college; 2) Its foundation in, and continuing education of Catholic traditions; 3) Its passionate commitment to social citizenship and responsibility. It wasn’t until Trinity that I accepted my responsibility to be a vehicle of change in my community, wherever that community might be, whether it is in church, at work, or the world at large.

Akane Igarashi

Akane Igarashi graduated with a master of arts in teaching from Trinity’s School of Education and will be applying to an international school in her home country, Japan.

Q: What was your biggest “Ah-ha” moment while at Trinity?

A: Receiving my license (early childhood/pre K-3 grade level) from the D.C. Public Schools, State Education Agency Office of Academic Credentials and Standards. It was my “Hallelujah” moment!

Q: Where do you see yourself in ten years, and how will your education at Trinity help you get there?

A: I will be working with young children. The excellent education I received at Trinity provides me
with professional knowledge and skills to be an effective teacher. I am ready to teach!



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