Many Trocaire students, staff and faculty know Linda Tran ’17—she’s been a familiar campus presence since she enrolled in 2014 after attending an Open House.
“I liked the vibe here right away,” she explained. “I felt very welcome because everyone was so nice, and I liked the small environment.”
Linda is a participant in the Trocaire Opportunity Program, which provides extra financial, academic and personal support to deserving students who might not otherwise have been able to attend college and obtain a degree.
In addition, she volunteers at college events, takes part in organizations such as TroGreen and the Trocaire Student Association, and works in the Admissions Office—all the while pursuing her studies in Healthcare Information Technology and Healthcare Informatics.
The Fall 2017 semester was a particularly busy one for Linda—she was elected president of the Student Association, graduated with an Associate of Applied Science degree in HIT, and spoke at Commencement in December. She’s not going anywhere, though—Linda will continue at Trocaire through fall of 2018 in order to obtain the AAS and Bachelor of Science degrees in Healthcare Informatics as well.
We featured Linda in our 2016 Trailblazer magazine and wanted to catch up with her today—check out her answers below!
What’s in the cards for you in the next few years besides continuing your studies?
For the past few semesters, I completed internships at Niagara Falls Memorial Hospital and Erie County Medical Center—those made me realize a lot that I would like to work as a coder but also hopefully be an administrator when I receive my bachelor’s degree. In the meantime, I will be studying for my HIT certification and then find a coding job at a hospital in our area.
What is your dream career path?
Well, after getting my bachelor’s degree I will hopefully go for a nursing degree afterward. My dream job is to become a nurse informaticist, which is a career that integrates nursing with the management of information and communication technologies to promote the health of people worldwide.
Why did you decide to run for Student Association President?
I wanted to be the voice for students and be able to voice their concerns if they had any or felt uncomfortable speaking with other people. I wanted to become a leader, improve the student body’s experience and be able to participate in events that students would like to see more of.
What has been your favorite thing about your time at Trocaire?
Meeting different people! Each semester I was able to interact with other students and relate to them some way: let’s say if they were a freshman, I related to them because I was in their shoes once, nervous to start college or panicking when it was their first test. I was able to give some students advice and interact with them later on in the semester.
Any words of advice for someone thinking about attending Trocaire?
Don’t be afraid to ask questions. If you’re going to an Admissions event, don’t be afraid to ask one of the student volunteers of how things are at Trocaire or how they dealt with being fresh out of high school or how they knew their program was the right major for them. And never give up on anything that you believe you can do!