Marlon Rodriguez ’14, San Jose, Costa Rica
Following God’s Plan from Costa Rica to Chicago
When Marlon Rodriguez ’14 decided to leave his home in San Jose, Costa Rica, to attend Trinity, he knew that this was what God wanted him to do. “I don’t have an explanation for this, or how I was able to come here,” Rodriguez reflected. “The only thing I know is that God works.”
Rodriguez first heard of Trinity in January 2010 while working for SCORE International, a sports missions ministry. He was assigned to drive the Trinity men’s and women’s soccer teams during their Interim sports ministry in Costa Rica. This gave him the chance to meet the coach.
“I talked about the possibility of attending Trinity in the fall of 2010 with the men’s soccer coach, Jose Dominguez ’03,” said Rodriguez. “But at that time, it was just an idea. I didn’t really know if it would actually happen.”
Soon after, Rodriguez decided that Trinity was where he needed to go. He immediately called Dominguez, and Rodriguez still remembers his response. “‘Let’s do it, then,’ he told me. ‘Let’s pray about it, and we’ll try to make this happen.’”
The following August, Rodriguez was moving into his Trinity dorm and waiting for the fall 2010 semester to begin. It was difficult to say goodbye to his parents and three younger sisters, but Rodriguez’s family eagerly supported his decision and helped ease any apprehension.
“I was never scared, but so sure, anxious, and excited about coming to Trinity,” said Rodriguez. “I feel like God was behind everything, and he gave me that peace and confidence.”
Rodriguez has learned many lessons about himself and life while a student. “I am reminded to always depend on God, 100 percent. I have learned to challenge myself without my family next to me and to embrace a new culture. I have learned to be open and to make new friendships, even if I have to make that first step,” he said.
Trinity students come from all over the United States and abroad but often talk about the sense of community they feel on this diverse campus. Rodriguez feels the same. “I’ve come to love this place because of the people, whether it is my roommates, the president, or those who clean the buildings every night. The people here make a huge difference.”
Not only is Rodriguez now a part of the Trinity community, he is also a member of the men’s soccer team he met in Costa Rica in 2010. He hopes to someday attend graduate school for physical therapy and develop a ministry through that profession.
“My main goal, above all else, is to serve God and to have a ministry,” said Rodriguez.