Lester Lor

    Gifts and meditations: Takeaways from the TRIO Leadership Summit

    by , November, 2017

    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.

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