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Trina Olsen

Trina is passionate about public health, women's health, human rights, and affordability of higher education. In high school, Trina co-founded and led a club designed to educate her fellow students about sexual and reproductive health. She was also a Teen Educator, working with doctors and teens to bridge their communication gap. During her junior year of high school, she also enjoyed working with students in a special education math class. Her goals for her bridge year are to learn how to love and laugh during a challenging time, discover a new culture and learn Spanish. Trina is inspired by lyrics from "American Girl" by Tom Petty: "She couldn't help thinking' that there was a little more to life, somewhere else, after all it was a great big world with lots of places to run to".


Coming home

May 30, 2016

I’ve been home from Ecuador for about a month and a half now. Being home, I’ve realized how much it’s changed my life. Before living in Ecuador, I had lived in the same place all my life. Now, I have this experience living in another world. I find myself constantly thinking about the differences between...

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April 27, 2016

Last week was Semana Santa, or Holy Week. My little sister had Wednesday, Thursday and Friday off from school. My host parents went to mass at night during the week instead of just on Sunday morning. On Thursday, after coming home from the tia’s (aunt’s) house at around 9:30, my whole host family (except my...

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Viva Carnaval

February 24, 2016

Two Saturdays ago, I took the bus up to the town of El Valle, about 10 minutes away from my house. Deema, a friend and fellow in Global Citizen Year,  lives there with her host family. We met up in El Valle to go watch what we thought would be a fun, but more or...

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3 Months in Ecuador

November 29, 2015

Hi friends and family and anyone else reading this blog! I have now been in Ecuador for exactly three months. Sorry I’ve been a little slow at posting an actual blog about being in Ecuador. There’s no way I can catch you up on everything that’s happened, but I’ll let you know where I’m a...

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Choice and Belonging

October 6, 2015

I wrote this blog two days before I left for Ecuador, but didn’t feel ready to post it yet. Now, it is October 5th and I feel ready to share it. Finding and choosing where you belong after high school is difficult. For my entire life, the place I’ve spent the majority of my time...

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Making the Grade or Making a Difference

August 25, 2015

This is a slightly adapted essay I wrote during my first semester of senior year, in a class called Advanced Writing Workshop. I thought it would shed light into my reasons for pursuing a bridge year. Walking down the fluorescently lit hallway of West High School between classes, my chest and stomach feel tight. I...

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