Experiencing Morningside: Trent Solsma

October 23, 2018, in Profiles

Class of ‘19

Education and History major

Sioux City, IA

Why Education and History?

I had a some really great teachers in high school, especially in history. I always really liked History so that’s why I got into the history aspect of it, and with Education, I feel like I can impact a lot of people. I’ve been influential on others my whole life and that’s something I hope to carry over into my career.

What’s your dream job?

I’d love to be an athletic director at a high school or a college. I’d love to move down to Texas at some point, since football is so huge there.

What’s your best Morningside experience so far?

I’d definitely say being a member of the football team and all the friendships I’ve been able to build. Some of my best friends in the world I’ve met here at Morningside. I get to play football, the game that I love, everyday and see them everyday.

What do you love most about Morningside?

The people. Everybody you meet is so nice and so friendly, from coaches to staff to everybody. They all just take a genuine interest in what you’re doing. Teachers don’t just care about how you're doing in the class, they care about how you’re doing with everything else in your life.

How do you spend your time outside of classes?

Football is really the main thing. We have three hour practices everyday. Other than that, I do a lot of work with my mom’s non-profit organization. She goes on a mission trip to Africa each year and houses around 80 orphans. I finally got to go on a trip there this last spring. I like to do a lot of service projects both for Morningside and outside of school.

Where’s your favorite place to be on campus?

The football field for sure. I never get sick of it. I love practicing down there everyday and game days are awesome. It’s great to see my friends and family cheering me on.

Favorite Sioux City hangout?

I love going to La Juanitas. They have the best tacos in town.

Advice to your younger self?

I’d tell myself that when it comes to constructive criticism, don’t take it personally. Whether it be from a coach or a professor, they always have your best interests in mind. I wish I would have known that freshman year.

Favorite Quote

“A lion doesn’t concern himself with the opinions of sheep.”

Fun Fact

I play a ton of Fortnite, probably too much for my own good.


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