Olivia Traina

Name: Olivia Traina

Year: Sophomore

Hometown: Deerk Park, New York

Major: History Major/Psych Minor going into the Education Program


What activities are you involved in on campus?

Relay For Life, Co-President

Student Events Team, Relay For Life Chair

Education Club, Treasurer

Alpha Delta Pi Sorority

Psychology Club

Scribe Learning Assistant

Pioneer for a Day Host


How did you get involved with Relay For Life?

In middle school, after my aunt passed away from cancer, my family and I decided to get involved with our community Relay event. Once we realized the impact cancer has on those affected, we became even more involved. My mother and I became co-chairs to our event, where we met many new people in our community. Upon coming to SHU, I knew I had to get involved with Relay due to the dedication and love I had for my “home” event. Becoming involved in Relay has been one of the greatest decisions I have ever made. The American Cancer Society, who sponsors Relay For Life, is an amazing cause that has made such an impact on all those affected by cancer in some way.


What has been your favorite part of Relay?

My favorite part of Relay is during the actual event. Seeing people walk into the event is the most rewarding feeling in the world. There are numerous steps in planning a Relay event and seeing all of your hard work pay off is an extraordinary feeling. Whether or not people at the event know each other, we are all connected in a special wa-- we are ready to celebrate, remember, and fight back against cancer together. The reactions people have when they walk into the event are priceless. To be able to share this time with people from all different backgrounds is something I would never trade.


What are your plans after graduation?

After graduation, I will be back at SHU for graduate school (at the Isabelle Farrington College of Education). During this fifth year, I hope to find a teaching job in a high school around here, Connecticut, or back home on Long Island. I plan to teach History (hopefully American). I eventually hope to get my PhD. I also plan be apart of the American Cancer Society/Relay For Life event, no matter where I end up.


What is your dream job?

My dream job is teaching (no matter the subject or grade). I have always dreamed of being a teacher. I hope to inspire and impact my future students in the same way my teachers have inspired me to chase my dreams. My teachers instilled in me a strong belief that I can achieve my goals, which is what I hope to be able to give to my students in the future.



Relay for Life is on April 24th at 6 p.m. in the Pitt Center. You can get involved in Relay for life by making your own team or donating at www.relayforlife.org/sacredheart !