by Hannah Pollok, ('17)

Like many of Trevecca’s current students and alumni, I grew up in the Nazarene church. Both my parents attended Olivet Nazarene University in my hometown, Bourbonnais, Ill. I heard about Trevecca at Nazarene Youth Conference and was intrigued by Nashville and moving to a bigger city. After visiting campus and interacting with students and professors, Trevecca was “The One” without a doubt. The inviting community is what stood out to me immediately. I felt comfortable there, and before I knew it, I had packed my bags and moved into Tennessee Hall for my freshman year.

A lot of people think that your college experience shapes you academically and professionally. While this is true for me, Trevecca has done so much more. My experience at Trevecca was extremely transformative. Trevecca was where I found my people, and in turn, found myself.

From the beginning, Trevecca allowed me to cultivate relationships. Living in close quarters on campus basically meant that I got emotionally close with other people quickly. Living in the dorms allowed me to find people, true friends that were like-minded and really understood me. Before college, I never thought I would find people who accept me so wholly, friends that I could live life with and partner with in prayer. I think Trevecca is a safe place for relationships to grow, and I made friendships that I know will last a lifetime.

Outside of relationships, Trevecca built me up from the beginning. I started my freshman year as someone who had no clue who I was and graduated as a person with character and more confidence. Everything from taking personality tests in general education classes to taking advantage of the free counseling center played a part in helping me find myself.

My relationship with God blossomed because of the Christ- and service-centered attitude that my peers as well as Trevecca’s faculty and staff upheld. With the support of others, I was able to break out of my shell and lead as I took on opportunities in student government and theatre. Additionally, professors consistently believed in me, challenged me and supported me.

Trevecca’s community truly shaped me. A moment that stands out to me the most happened just a few months after I had graduated. In the fall of 2017, my dad got really sick and was rushed to the hospital. I was told that I would have to fly to Florida to see him and say goodbye. My friends and acquaintances quickly got word of this. Within hours, the Trevecca community raised enough money for my plane ticket. That night I felt so surrounded by the love of God and the love of a community around me. I am forever grateful for my Trevecca experience. More so, I am grateful for the servant leaders, friends and lasting relationships it produces.