believe in working hard. I admire people who work hard. I’m
used to doing it myself.”
learned her work ethic while living on a farm in a village of
5,000 in her native Holland. “My dad is a farmer and after
school and on weekends, I always helped him on the farm, weeding
or harvesting,” says the 25-year-old political science major.
As a student
at SMC her efforts are of a more academic nature. But Trea approaches
them with as much energy and enthusiasm as she did her work in
the fields. Carrying a 19-unit class load, working 15 hours in
the International Student Center and attending Tai Chi classes
four night a week keeps her rather busy. Most of the studying
gets done on weekends, she admits.
in the United States, Trea decided to stay and get her college
education here. “I always wanted to go back to school,”
says Trea. “At SMC, I felt immediately at home. After two
or three days, you already see familiar faces.”
Now in her
fourth semester, Trea has been accepted for transfer to UCLA.
But she is also awaiting a reply from Sophia University in Tokyo.
“I’ve always been interested in the Orient,” Trea
says. At SMC, she particularly enjoyed her Modern Political Science
of East Asia class with Dennis Frisch. “He made the class
very interesting, because he himself is very interested in Asia.
He has a lot of experience with China and Japan.”
recently taken up Tai Chi, a Chinese system of self-defense and
meditation. “I knew I was going to be very busy,” she
explains, “so I wanted something to study that would also