Welcome to something a little bit new and a little bit familiar: This Trinity Life. The reference to Ira Glassâ€™ show is certainly intentional. The title of this somewhat regular series is ambitious, but its goal is far more humble. This is not a soapbox or a platform for anyone or any message. This is just about peopleâ€“ people and their tiny and weird but significant corners of life. They share a piece of their lives, and, in turn, provide a small look into this thing that we all participate in every day.
The inaugural theme is: this summer.
Sean Finnegan worked at an all-boys sports camp in Maine for kids aged seven to 15.
â€œBack then, Jewish kids could only go to certain camps and this was one of them. Today, a lot still go there,â€ she explained after I asked her why she described the camp as â€œkind of a Jewish camp.â€
Every morning, the day started when Sean would begin the reveille. â€œI didnâ€™t play a trumpet or anything, I just played a clip on my phone over the PA.â€ That sound signaled that it was time for breakfast followed by four periods of activities, then dinner and, finally, one last after-dinner activity.
â€œIt felt like everyone was Â from all around the world. My best friend was from Australia and this guy I was talking to was from Spain. The people you meet is definitely the most memorable thing.â€ She cried for two days when she had to leave camp for home. â€œThese people wonâ€™t ever be in the same place again.â€ She assured me that it was the best summer of her life.
It made her realize that she really wanted to travel and have fun. â€œI want to stop wasting money on stupid things like going to Whataburger every night so I can have money to visit the friends I met.â€ She adds at the end with a little laugh, â€œI hope I can do it.â€
This summer was Joel Adablahâ€™s first summer in America. Joel, an international student from Ghana, spent the first two months of this summer doing research at Trinity. â€œI was super excited. I knew Iâ€™d have new experiences and I wanted to do my best at research.â€
Research proved to be incredibly intense and demanding, but, ultimately, rewarding. He even had to give a presentation in front of a crowd, another first.
â€œIt was weird. These professors and other smart people were asking me really in-depth questions about this thing I worked on all summer. I actually knew what they were talking about. Theyâ€™d ask why I didnâ€™t do this and that, and I was able to tell them this and that.â€
After research, instead of going back home, Joel traveled to New York to stay at a close friendâ€™s college.
â€œTrinity is home for me and it was nice seeing what home was for my friend.â€
Living in New York for a month helped him experience that different lifestyle firsthand. The amount of people around was something constantly awe-inspiring. He felt as if he was exposed to â€œreal, American diversity.â€ Not the diversity of skin color or what piece of land someone was born in, but the diversity of lives. At 3 a.m., Joel says that the subway is packed. He is bewildered and curious about the mass of people and everything happening, like people screaming or people dancing. I asked him why he was there at that time. He gives a sly smile and sheepishly answers with, â€œI was partying.â€
Before we finished the interview, Joel remembered another thing about his summer. Ernest Amoh, the student that died during a drowning incident this summer, was Joelâ€™s first close friend.
â€œHe was the only other one here who was from Ghana. He was like my homeboy. That was a real shocker and a reality check.â€ Joel pauses and looks outside the window. Cars zip by on the highway; people inside them going about their day, living their lives. He continues, â€œI realized you have to do things and explore. And you really have to be kind. Ernest was always good to people.â€