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Student Spotlight: Dezalyn Triplin '23

Cheyenne Shaffer - November 3, 2021

Get to know Rosemont College student Dezalyn Triplin.Dezalyn Triplin ’23 is studying psychology, with a minor in English. Read on to learn how she found Rosemont, her career goals, and why the College feels like her home away from home.

What does the “POWER of small” mean to you?

I went to a small high school in Johnstown, PA, and I knew it was a place where I could be myself. I am an extrovert, I like talking to people, but attending a college where community is cultivated in every space was really important; to be able to meet people and know their names, and for them to know mine, and to know that the work that I do in all aspects of my college career is meaningful. And I think that it is here, and that’s why I love it so much.

What “power” do you feel you’ve gained at Rosemont?

During my time at Rosemont, I’ve become a lot more sure of myself. When I first came here, I questioned everything I did. But I met amazing people, both students and faculty and staff, who always made sure that I mattered. It’s something I always knew, but it didn’t really click until I got here. I’ve gained the POWER of self-assurance. My Black Student Union advisors, Dr. Arlicia Miller and Brittney Crawford, are a big influence for me as well. They care about me and check on us frequently.

How did you find Rosemont?

In high school, I was part of a program called Upward Bound, and we came up here to look at schools. We passed Rosemont on the way to other colleges, and I saw Main Building and thought, “it’s so pretty!” So, I applied when I got home. I accepted before even touring. When I did visit, I just fell in love with the place. My tour guide was the student body president at the time, so she knew everyone we passed. I ended up becoming a student ambassador, too, so that’s something I get to do every day.

What are your career aspirations after college?

I’m hoping to get into Rosemont’s Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration program to obtain my master’s in higher education. I plan to do some work in that field, and then get a master’s in school counseling. I want to be a guidance counselor and work for a program similar to Upward Bound, which was a college-readiness program for low-income students. It gives others a chance to experience what I have.