Once a shy high school student, Alexis Gonzalez wanted to leave that persona behind and after enrolling at Triton College, she worked to make that happen.
Gonzalez joined as many student organizations as she could handle and her involvement increased her self-confidence to the degree she wanted to take on a leadership role at the school.
“At first I was a little bit nervous about it,” she said.
Gonzalez said former student trustee Jamie DePaolo was a mentor to her and encouraged her to run for the position.
“I looked up to her and I wanted to be that person that students can come to for almost anything,” she said.
She ran for the school’s student trustee position last spring, won and took office in April. She attends the college’s regular board of trustees meetings as a member of the board but has no vote.
She said in her position she acts as a voice for the concerns and needs of the students who attend the college. One of the things she’d like to accomplish as a student trustee is to see the school’s football field and tennis courts revitalized to increase school spirit.
The college’s board of trustees has been receptive to her concerns, suggestions and opinions.
“They listen and that’s what I like about them,” she said. “They are professional, but they know how to be normal people. They wholeheartedly really love this school.”
That’s another reason why she enjoys attending the college.
“All of our faculty and all of our staff want what’s best for our students,” she said.
As a result of her involvement she has become a more confident person.
“I’ve learned not to be intimidated by other people,” she said. “I received encouragement and support from the staff at [Triton College’s] Student Life [department] and other students that helped me break out of my shell.”
She plans on graduating next May with a degree in accounting and transfer to Colorado State University to major in agriculture economics. She wants to run her own eco-friendly farm in the future.
“I love Triton so much and I want them [students] to experience the same thing I have,” she said.