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Mark Trujillo: A fresh insight on the student experience

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This week, The Horizon sat down with Mark Trujillo, a freshman liberal studies major living in Clark.We’re excited for you all to get to know Mark, especially because The Horizon believes that the Westmont community is full of spectacular people. This new students section was created to highlight just a fraction of these spectacular people so we can learn, grow, and share stories with one another. While we can’t highlight everyone, we want to stay cognizant of displaying a wide variety of people (Pst! Have a suggestion for someone we should highlight? Email emccarthy@westmont.edu!).

H: What brought you to Westmont?

M: The simple kidness of the people I met during my visits to Westmont is what brought me here. It gave me the impression that students and faculty alike are continually striving for a rich relationship with Christ by displaying kindness to strangers. I felt welcomed and included here.

H: How has your transition into Westmont culture been thus far?

M: I’ve been thinking about the way life was just a few months ago, and how much has changed in such a short time. Since coming to Westmont, I have met so many intriguing people from a number of different backgrounds, all who have come here to further their education and grow in their spirituality. The new sense of independence that comes with moving out of the house is both a breath of fresh air and a thrilling experience.

H: What are you most excited for in the coming four years?

M: I’m excited for Spring Sing the most. I feel like it’s an outlet for the creative and artistic side of the Westmont student. This creativeness is going to be on display for the whole community to see, and I can’t wait to be a part of it!

H: Have you gotten involved in anything on campus yet? If so, what? Why?

M: There was a table set up outside of the D.C. looking for volunteers and they had Ring Pops. So, naturally, a few weeks later I find myself at a private residence in Summerland checking guests (such as Kenny Loggins) into a fundraising event for the ShelterBox disaster relief organization.

H: Role reverse! If you could tell an upperclassman anything, what would it be and why?

M: When I think of upperclassmen, I picture students who have dialed down into their academic world- long, late night study sessions, writing papers all week long, and essentially not focusing on anything but schoolwork. I know that this is not representative of the entire junior and senior class here. However, I would like to remind those who do fit this description to not let academics consume your schedule. Remember that there are always people to meet, friendships to water, places to see, and yourself to discover.

H: How was God been speaking into your life recently?

M: Coming from a Catholic background, I have admittedly felt a bit out of place at Westmont. However, in my prayer life, I feel as if God is calling me to be mindful of the universal truths that Catholic and Protestants share. There is so much more that brings us together than separates us. God has shown me that we are all here to grow some way. My personal, spiritual growth would be stagnant if I did not put aside minor differences.


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