I never would have thought observing a rock could be so peaceful. That was just one insight awaiting me at the TRIO Leadership Summit on Oct. 20 on the St. Paul campus. As a student in the TRIO program, I had attended other TRIO events in the past, like the Adult College Student Leadership Symposium. So I thought I had an idea what to be expect from the event. But surprises — and prizes — awaited me.
When I arrived on the third floor of the Library and Learning Center, the first thing that caught my attention were the lovely prizes, neatly packaged and lined up on a table. I scouted the gift baskets to see which one was the most appealing to me. At that time, I wasn’t sure how to win or receive the prize, but I was sure I would find out.
As I walked into the welcoming session, I didn’t expect so many TRIO students from Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) to be in attendance. I sat at a table with my fellow Metro State students and listened to welcoming speeches from Metro State President Ginny Arthur and MCTC President Sharon Pierce. Both presidents had nothing but positive things to say about TRIO, a federal program that serves students from disadvantaged backgrounds.