I vividly remember the first time I visited Trinity Western University. I was in my first semester at SFU, and having a hard time adjusting to life after high school. My mom (a wise woman) strongly suggested that I attend a View Day to explore the option of transferring to TWU.
The moment I stepped on to campus, I knew this was a special place.
I could instantly feel God calling me to Trinity. It was clear that He had bigger plans for me, and that TWU was the place to figure out what they were. I transferred a few weeks later, and became involved in student leadership as well as the Collegium Program. I met professors who challenged my faith, made life-long friends, and got engaged (!).
However, like many students, my tuition was paid through loans, sweat, and sometimes tears. I know what it is to work three jobs at a time, or stretch the last $3.00 in your bank account. Later, as a graduate of Trinity Western University, this sometimes caused me to feel that the University owed me something in return, beyond my diploma.
It’s easy to me forget that, in reality, I didn’t pay for my whole degree. I contributed to it, but I wasn’t the one who made it possible. It was those that believe that Trinity is the best way to shape culture and impact the world for Kingdom purposes that made my education a reality. They built the classrooms and paid for my scholarships. Without the generosity of the TWU donor community, I wouldn’t have received the life-changing experience that I had at TWU.
As an alumna I want to make sure that future students have the same amazing experience available to them. I currently have one brother attending TWU, and I hope to see my other brother attend in the near future. I know that Trinity will be one of the best experiences of their lives.
When I think about how Trinity shaped my own life and see how it continues to transform the lives of students, I see something of tremendous value. I see Christ’s love reflected in Christian community. I see our fellow alumni reaching out to the world around them. I know that I am biased, but I truly believe that the world would be a better place with more Trinity grads.
This is why I’ve made the decision to become a TWU donor. I’m a recent grad struggling to pay off my loans, and trying to pay for an upcoming wedding. I don’t have a lot to give, but I want to give what I can because I see my values reflected through TWU.
As a steward of what God has given to me, I give because I think it’s an important way to invest my time, talent and treasure. Through TWU, I believe that more people will come to know Christ’s truth, compassion, reconciliation, and hope.
That, is why I give.