Hometown: Danbury, Connecticut
Major: Relational Communication
WCSU Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Communication
Activities: WCSU Field Hockey team all four years and captain during junior and senior year; Student Ambassador in the Admissions Office sophomore, junior and senior year; Student Athlete Advisory Committee; Hancock Student Leadership Program; Volunteer Coach for a 12U Danbury Police Athletic League Girls Softball Team during freshman and sophomore year; Goalkeeping coach for a field hockey club team in Danbury; Rotaract Club member freshman year
INTERNSHIPS: Through the Hancock Student Leadership Program, participated in a leadership shadowing field experience with the Danbury Public Schools during the entire fall 2016 semester. During this experience, Trotta shadowed principals, administrators, math specialists, ESL coordinators and school counselors at every grade level. "Since I want to pursue a career in school counseling, this placement was very beneficial and allowed me to understand the expectations, responsibilities and tasks that the counselors engage in on a daily basis. This placement confirmed that I want to obtain a master’s and become a school counselor."
Honors and Awards: Dean’s list every semester (eight semesters total), cumulative 3.9 GPA, Kathwari Honors Program and partial Merit Scholarship recipient, Captain of the WCSU Field Hockey Team for two seasons, Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges, selected for Hancock Student Leadership Program, WCSU Alumni Association Scholarship Recipient (2015), named to the 2017 Zag Field Hockey/National Field Hockey Coaches Association Division III Scholars of Distinction Team, named to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association Academic Squad (Fall 2014, Fall 2015, Fall 2016), Little East Conference All-Academic Team (Fall 2014, Fall 2015, Fall 2016), named Western Connecticut Field Hockey Most Valuable Player for the 2014, 2015 and 2016 seasons, WCSU Field Hockey Rookie of the Year for the 2013 season, named to the All-Little East Conference Field Hockey Team (2014, 2015), named Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week (2014), named Little East Conference Field Hockey Goalkeeper of the Week multiple times
Kristy Trotta considered many different schools before deciding to come to Western Connecticut State University. "Ultimately, I decided to come to WCSU because it was affordable, I was accepted into the Honors Program, and I wanted to play field hockey at the Division III level," she says. "Western had everything that I was looking for."
Trotta says she changed her major from elementary education to relational communication during the beginning of her junior year because she finally figured out the career she wanted to pursue. "I wanted a career in school counseling and by being a relational communication major and a psychology minor, I was able to sharpen my communication skills and prepare for grad school," she says. "School counseling is such an interpersonal field and the classes I have taken have been very beneficial, practical and informative.
"Throughout my four years at WCSU," Trotta says, "I have met so many amazing people and mentors at the university. One of these mentors is Professor Mary Ann Murtha from the Department of Communication. I had Professor Murtha for three separate courses over my four years and she is an individual who I tremendously respect and look up to. She has helped me develop my public speaking skills and encouraged me to start preparing for the professional world after college. Two other mentors I would like to recognize are my field hockey coaches, Dani McDonnell and Melissa Toscano, who have helped me develop into the confident and skilled athlete I am today. Coach Dani and Melissa always believed in me and my leadership abilities on and off the field. I am so grateful for all their positive encouragement and support through the awesome wins and tough losses during my four years. Professor Murtha, Coach Dani and Coach Melissa genuinely care about my success and I know I will stay in touch with them after I graduate."
Asked what she will remember most about her Western experience, Trotta says, "Being a goalkeeper on the field hockey team for four seasons. Field hockey is a sport that I am very passionate about and it has enabled me to make everlasting friendships with my teammates and coaches. One of the most memorable games of my career was during my sophomore year when our team made it to the Little East Conference semi-finals. We all worked so hard to get to this point and we knew we were all in this together, regardless of the outcome. This was also the season when we made WCSU history by winning more games than any other WCSU Field Hockey team had in a single season. These experiences are ones I will never forget."
After graduation Trotta plans to go to graduate school and pursue a career in school counseling. "Students need someone to guide them in the right direction, and I’ve realized that by being a school counselor, I have the ability to provide this guidance. I believe that I can help students stay on the right path, thrive academically and socially, and see all the potential that they possess so they can be successful in whichever path they choose. In addition to being a school counselor, I also plan to coach field hockey and continue to share my passion for the game."
Trotta’s advice to new students entering WCSU is: "Get involved as much as possible. College is what you make of it and getting involved will help you form friendships, memories and open the door to many new opportunities. Being involved with field hockey made my transition from high school to college a lot smoother. There are so many clubs, sports and organizations that students can be part of, so make sure to explore all the options and join one or more that are a good fit."