A love letter to my time at a small school

Attending Trinity turned out to be the greatest decision of my life thus far: this school brought me life-long friends, the opportunity to live in Europe for five months and clarity about my career aspirations. Of course I’m excited to start my next chapter in life with People Magazine in New York City, but graduation is a time to reflect about your TU accomplishments and memories. So, that’s exactly what I’ve decided to do. Oh, and if you’re a TUPD officer you should probably stop reading now.

The Green Gals

Freshman year I rushed “those loud girls in the green jerseys,” (as I’ve heard people say around campus) and was ecstatic to receive my bid from the Gammas. I didn’t know what to expect, but immediately fell in love with the 27 strong, independent women in my PC during pledging… er, I mean orientation. Weeks later I declared my double—major in history and political science. I took Chinese for one semester (and sometimes still go by my Chinese name for fun at Blue Box). I participated in the Trinity University Leadership Academy. And finally, I capped off my freshman year by jumping the fence and swimming in the Trinity pool at 3 a.m.—sorry TUPD.

Senatorial Aspirations

Having spent my first year participating in “social activities,” my sophomore year was spent attempting to pack my resume with decent looking credentials. I co-founded Phi Sigma Pi, the National Honor Fraternity on campus. I worked as an assistant for an international lawyer downtown who didn’t know how to type on a computer. I interned for U.S. Senator John Cornyn in his San Antonio headquarters. I changed my major to International Relations. I played every intramural sport available and took aerobic fitness with Auggie. Oh ya, and I also drank ridiculous amounts of wine in Prassel while watching “Girls” with my roommates—sorry, again, TUPD.

La Dolce Vita

After spending the summer working for the San Antonio Current, I started off my junior year working as a reporter for the Trinitonian, where I wrote two articles weekly. I was voted in as president of Phi Sigma Pi. I drove three screaming girls to gymnastics three times a week. I received the Kemper Diehl/James McCrory Endowed Scholarship in Journalism award.

I changed my major to political science and communication. And, I may or may not have run down the halls of Myrtle wearing only butterfly wings on a dare—seriously, sorry again TUPD.

Second semester I had the incredibly opportunity to study abroad in Rome, Italy. I worked for an international magazine in the city, got a selfie with the Pope, traveled to Croatia and Morocco during spring break, and had an elderly Italian man propose to me on the streets of Rome.

Final Chapter

Having been accepted to the American Society of Magazine Editors’ National Magazine Internship Program, I spent the summer before my senior year working as a reporter for Sports Illustrated in New York. In the fall, I moved back to SA and into an early 1900’s mansion with four of my best friends (shout out to Misty!) near campus.

In my last year at Trinity, I was asked to sit on the Board of Campus Publications. I started working in the Public Relations department for the San Antonio Spurs. I held a position with the San Antonio Book Festival. I was back in New York over winter break working as a features intern at Seventeen Magazine. In the spring my photo made it on the front page of Trinity’s website. I created an entire magazine for my communication capstone. I interviewed a mariachi group for class. I spent so much time in the lib, that I etched my name in fancy calligraphy on a second floor desk to mark my territory—once again, I apologize, TUPD.

My time at Trinity has been a whirlwind of club lib, Tomatillos’ oversized margs with Alex, Gamma green everything, late night TC runs (lookin’ at you, David Reeves), blue books, five hour energy, Mike’s cooking nights, campus construction, getting thrown in the fountain, meeting with professors and, of course, nacho hours at 3:33 p.m. on Wednesdays.

And, I couldn’t have asked for anything more during my college career.

Rose Minutaglio is graduating with a bachelor of arts in communication and a minor in political science.