Senior Column: Three years of soccer, school and memories

The three years I have spent here at Trinity have been nothing short of spectacular. After transferring from Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH, it has been a constant process of positive growth and change. Sophomore year was a whirlwind. It was incredible meeting new people and getting involved in new things. So much so that at times, in fact, I felt like too little butter scraped over too much toast ““ spread thin.

Then, junior year came thick and fast. Last year was awesome because I was able to deepen many relationships, and dig deeper beyond the surface with a lot of folks. Finally, as the old adage goes, “save the best for last.” Well, that could not be truer of my Senior year. I have been blessed by and with so many people in my life, and that has become more apparent with the passing of time.

My most cherished memory of my time here at Trinity has to do with a soccer game. But, in the grand scheme of things, it was much more than “just a game.” The TU men’s soccer team was given the opportunity to play the Haitian National Team in April of 2010. It was the first organized athletic event for Haiti ““ which was just three months removed from the most devastating earthquake in the country’s history ““ and somehow, someway Trinity was deemed to be the perfect opponent. The game itself was a boring, defensive battle that left the Tigers on the wrong side of a 2-0 score line. It was quite the spectacle though: 3,000 spectators watching (packed in and around the TU soccer field), national news cameras and personalities buzzing around campus, and an international event with global scope and interest. However, the best part of the entire experience for me was getting the chance to laugh, smile and engage with young men who had been through so much. Soccer gave us a chance to come together, as one, and enjoy fellowship ““ even amidst the most difficult personal circumstances.

I do not have much set in stone, as far as the future is concerned. It is important for me to investigate many avenues before choosing one particular road to take. Soccer is in my past, present and future. So, that being said, I am going to try and play the game I love for as long as possible at a professional level. Ultimately, my family dream is to be a dad. When I have to get a “real job”, I would love to open a coffee shop and/or help a friend run a non-profit organization.  The most important thing for me is my belief that I did my best to leave Trinity better than I found it. May grace and peace be yours in abundance.

CH Farmer played soccer for Trinity and will be graduating with a degree in Gender Studies and Finance.