Koyah Bleah ’12, Monrovia, Liberia
‘Christian’ Is More than a Name at Trinity
When asked what his favorite aspect of Trinity is, international student Koyah Bleah ’12 responds, “My list of what I like about Trinity doesn’t end. Can ‘everything’ be my answer?”
Bleah is from Liberia’s capital city of Monrovia and first heard of Trinity through Levi Wondeyee ’08, a friend who attended and played soccer for the College.
“Levi told me about his life at Trinity, and I found myself wanting that same experience,” said Bleah.
Thinking back, Bleah said the only fear he had about coming to Trinity was that people wouldn’t understand him. Although much of Liberia’s population speaks English, “it’s different than the way people speak English here,” said Bleah.
Regardless of any language barrier, Bleah has found ways to be involved and form relationships with other students. He is a member of the Multicultural Committee, and also plays for the men’s soccer team – a group that has been instrumental in Bleah’s spiritual growth.
“Being part of the soccer team and getting to know the other players has had a big role in my spiritual life,” said Bleah. “We all try to hold each other accountable through things like Bible study, and there are a lot of guys on the team that I see as mentors. They’ve really helped me adapt.”
Bleah said Trinity’s environment has been a big player in his spiritual growth, as well. “This environment challenges you, and makes you want to grow. Being here, you want to be a part of the good things. Trinity has helped me grow in my faith and become a better person.”
After graduation, the psychology major, plans to attend graduate school to become an advanced practice psychiatric nurse.
“I’ve learned that if I really work towards something, I can achieve a lot of things. It all comes down to dedication and how hard you’re willing to work, and I continually pray for God to keep me motivated.”
Although his move to Trinity put more than 5,000 miles between him and his parents and three siblings, Bleah said his family has always supported his decision.
“My family understood my desire to go to Trinity,” said Bleah. “My father is a reverend and our family is very spiritual, so they were happy in my choice to go to a Christian school. We just thank God for bringing me here.”
After thinking some more about what he most enjoys about Trinity, Bleah finally had an answer – Trinity’s diverse community.
“Trinity is much more diverse than I expected it to be, and it feels like everyone can get along. You don’t find that anywhere else.”
For any international students thinking about attending Trinity, Bleah said the benefits are endless, focusing on one in particular.
“Christian is more than a part of Trinity’s name – it’s part of the culture.”