As coordinator of Alumni and Parent Recruitment in Trinity's Office of Admissions, Nicole Fratto '13 oversees two volunteer organizations that support the University's recruiting efforts across the country. Working with parent ambassadors and the Trinity recruitment network, Fratto plans more than 40 events and dinners that include volunteers and prospective families. She also supports legacy families through the college search process and specifically, through Trinity's application process. This year, she has been able to return "home" to Utah to recruit students. At Trinity, she earned a bachelor's degree in finance with a minor in religion.
As a student, I looked forward to each spring baseball season because all of my guy friends were on the team. My girlfriends and I proudly sported our "Bleacher Babes" shirts and became part of the Trinity baseball family. Some of my closest friends came from those long hours spent in the stands cheering on our Tigers.
While my minor is in religion, I always joke that I minored in Angela Tarango. Her classes were challenging, but they taught me how to analyze, write, and verbalize my thoughts and opinions. Angela even took a chance on me and was my mentor through a semester of researching polygamy through the lens of the Mormon church. My thesis was the longest piece I had ever written and I could not have done it without her.
Trinity in 3-5 words
A collaborative, supportive home.
Advice to a Trinity student? To a Trinity employee?
As a student, it is so easy to fall into this grind of studying, obsessing over grades, and squeezing in parties when you can. My advice would be to relax and prioritize. You certainly want to learn and strive to do well, but be intentional about it. If biology is not your jam, do not spend sleepless hours trying to maintain your perfect GPA. Seek to learn and grow, finding your passion along the way and maintaining your sanity. Fostering relationships and exploring amazing restaurants are just as important learning blocks as many of your classes. … To my colleagues, I would say, GET INVOLVED! Whether that is supporting our students on the baseball field or serving on the Coalition for Respect, this University is a place for you to make an impact on policy and on the lives of our students.
How did you get involved in your area of expertise?
I guess you could say I have been part of the Admissions team since I was 18. I spent all four years of undergrad working in the office in some capacity as well as serving as a member of Trinity Distinguished Representatives. Besides the countless professional and time management skills I acquired, I also gained close friends. Those same colleagues encouraged me to apply for my position when it became available and have supported me ever since. It was my Trinity family that brought me back to Trinity.
"Mangia, mangia!" In Italian, this means, "Eat, eat!" My grandmother would tell us that almost as soon as we walked into her home. Now, it is my life mantra.
I am known for overusing the word "lovely." Everything sounds so much better, though, when it is described as lovely!
Where to retire?
I would love to have a flat in Milan to escape the Texas heat when I retire. I spent many months studying abroad there during my time at Trinity and it felt like home. Walking to the markets, exploring ancient architecture, and drinking wine all day sounds like the perfect retirement to me.