Julie Plate, a senior nursing major at Trinity, comes from the town of Rose Hill, a forty-minute drive from her high school in Pella, Iowa. Although Julie did not have any personal connection to Trinity, she heard about Trinity both through her high school and through the mailings she received from the College. After visiting the campus, she made her decision. “I think the main thing that drew me to Trinity was the friendly environment I noticed when I visited, as well as the good nursing program here,” she said.
Julie has thoroughly enjoyed her time at Trinity. “I think my favorite thing about Trinity is the people I have met,” she said. “I also have enjoyed the many and varied service opportunities that Trinity offers to its students.”
Julie has taken full advantage of the various opportunities at Trinity. Besides staying on top of her coursework, she has been active in at least two student organizations each year. Her involvement in Acting on Aids, Service Committee, and the Nursing Student Organization, has kept her very busy. She has volunteered her time for the Sunday Snacks program delivering boxed meals to Chicago’s homeless population, helped out at Pass It On Thrift Store, participated in the 30-Hour Famine to raise money for and awareness of children orphaned by AIDS, assisted in cleaning up the community during the annual LovePalos event, and helped to organize Make a Difference Day, a student-led initiative to serve the community. In addition, Julie has gone on spring break service trips to Alabama, Tennessee, and Virginia, and she participates in the nursing Interim abroad programs. This January she will travel to Ecuador to provide health care for both urban and remote populations. Last year’s Interim trip to Guatemala left a lasting impression.
Julie shared the following story: “We were in a very poor village called Los Lemones, meaning ‘The Lemons.’ They did not have electricity; it was all dirt paths with makeshift houses made out of random materials. They had one well for over 700 families. While we were there, we handed out clothes and shoes and toothbrushes to the people. The smiles and the thankfulness they portrayed were unbelievable. It made the whole trip worth it. It is such a blessing to help a fellow image-bearer of God, whether they are right in our neighborhood or in a different country.”
Julie is just one of many Trinity students who are learning more about serving others, both in Trinity’s community and beyond. Thank you for supporting all students with your prayers and financial gifts to the College.