Waseme Berry ’11
After relocating from her hometown of Miami to be close to her family in Maryland, Waseme Berry ’11 found a home at Trinity. Her cousin had been a Trinity student and told Waseme that Trinity was small, a women’s college with a level of prestige that would make her proud. Waseme realized that Trinity’s School of Professional Studies (SPS) programs could accommodate her busy schedule. SPS would also give her the tools she needed to make her dreams of working with children come true, and she missed the atmosphere of her original undergraduate school in Florida that was also a small, Catholic college.
Most interested in the plight of children in distressing situations, Waseme discovered that a degree in human relations would equip her with the academic preparation to become an advocate for children and a reformer of the system. She has a passion for children’s issues and feels very fortunate to learn from faculty who are specifically trained in this area and can provide real-life perspectives to the matter.
Waseme’s dedication to her studies paid off when she made the Dean’s list. By fall 2009 she opted to concentrate on her education and increased her course load. This meant giving up her full-time job, a big financial leap of faith. She spent more time on campus, exploring the available opportunities.
Currently, about 90% of Trinity’s College of Arts and Sciences students receive some type of financial assistance. Waseme took at chance and enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences. Her excellent academic standing saw her through: she was awarded the prestigious Rita Dougherty ’35 Scholarship. With her financial worries eased, Waseme is able to fully concentrate on her classes.
Another unexpected benefit of studying at Trinity was the opportunity to take a voice class. Waseme’s existing talent has been beautifully fine tuned. She recently sang the National Anthem at the opening game of the Washington Freedom women’s professional soccer team. She also regaled a group of alumnae at a campus luncheon with a stunning rendition of a classic Puccini aria. Waseme is but one of many Trinity women with brains and talent.
Waseme was recently hired by the Department of Justice through the Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP) where she will work in the Office of Enforcement Operations. This experience will help her to reach her goal of becoming a Child Victim Specialist as she pursues a master’s degree in social work following her studies at Trinity.
She is also a volunteer in the White House Office of Presidential Correspondence.