Welcome to my blog, Going For The Gold! My name is Ali Gold and I am a freshman here at Trinity College. I grew up in Medfield, Massachusetts, a small town that most people aren’t familiar with until I mention I am about 15 minutes from the New England Patriot’s home field Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA and approximately 40 minutes Southwest of Boston, MA. I graduated from Medfield High School in 2013 with a strong academic base, three-year National Honor Society member and a two-time winner of the Blue and White Award, given annually by my high school to four students who best personify Medfield High School through academics, athletics, and community service. Athletics, specifically soccer, basketball and lacrosse, were also extremely important to me. I gained communication and leadership skills and an immense appreciation of team camaraderie and dedication. I was elected by my teammates as a captain for four seasons, was a member of four Massachusetts State Championship teams (Soccer ’10, ’12, Basketball ’13, Lacrosse ’12), have received one All-State, two All-Eastern Mass., four first team-all league awards, and three sportsmanship awards. By my spring season of senior year, I earned twelve varsity letters.
Last year, from August 12, 2013 through June 12, 2014, I volunteered as a City Year Boston Corps Member. The goal of City Year, a 26-year-old Americorps program, is to help fight the drop-out crisis among numerous inner-city schools. As corps members we by focus on increasing attendance, mentoring students struggling with behavior management, and tutoring students in English (reading fluency and comprehension) and mathematics who are below proficient or “sliding,” just on the cusp of on and off grade level. My “gap” year consisted of working in “Southie” at the Condon Elementary School, primarily with fourth graders in an inclusion classroom. From calling absent and tardy students’ parents daily, to leading my own reading fluency intervention group, to administering standardized testing, to attending administrator-run grade-level meetings and trainings, to directing a four-day per week after school program, to initiating projects such as dances and talent shows, to volunteering to paint community fences and murals, and sharing passion and camaraderie with my City Year team, those ten months immensely changed my life. I gained independence. I gained empathy and perspective. My hour and twenty minute commute taught me the value of productive time management and intrinsic motivation. I enjoyed teaching as much as I loved learning from the students I worked with; I adored sharing my passions such as athletics, art and leadership. From my City Year experience, I felt ready to pursue a challenging yet rewarding education, specifically in psychology. Fortunately, I feel that Trinity College is the perfect foundation to help me achieve in my future endeavors and fulfill my motto: Inspire and be inspired.
Thus far at Trinity, I’ve begun my potential psychology/neuroscience route by taking Psychology 101 and Nervous Connections and plan on taking Brain and Behavior and Clinical Psychology for my spring semester. I’m excited to explore other areas as well and am enrolled in Intro to Philosophy and (hopefully) Spanish.
As for extracurriculars, I am eager to try out for the Varsity Lacrosse team in the spring!
I am also a member of the club Active Minds, which focuses on reducing the stigma of mental health as well as reducing stress on campus.