December 4, 2019
Congressman David Trone (MD) visits GC students
Congressman David Trone, (D-MD 6)
Maryland Congressman David Trone (D-MD 6th) recently visited the Garrett County area with a special request to meet with students at Garrett College.
More than 50 GC students attended the lecture in which Congressman Trone shared his personal story, which began in rural Adams County, Pa., growing up on his family's farm. Congressman Trone strongly emphasized the importance of learning from failures and challenges in one's life, something he himself was quite familiar with while both growing up and working on the farm.
"Try not to think about life as a series of wins and losses or successes and failures," he noted. "Think about what you take away from the times you don't quite get it right, because these experiences are really important. You realize through each of these failures that you can come out on the other end and see what went wrong."
The Congressman praised Garrett County's commitment in offering residents two years of college tuition for free, through the Garrett County Scholarship Program, while recognizing the ever-increasing burden that student loans place on today's students.
"The long-term success of America is about education," stated Congressman Trone. "If we can build on education, we will have a workforce that can win for the next several decades."
The Congressman learned early on that giving back to the community is one key to being successful, a concept he strongly encouraged GC students to take part in, even if it's just giving of one's time to a friend in need.
"Always think about giving and how you can give back to your community," advised Congressman Trone. "It's so hard in your twenties to not only look inward, but it's important to look outward and see how you can make a difference in your own community."
After the lecture, students in attendance had the opportunity to ask Congressman Trone their questions, many of which involved business, criminal justice, philanthropy and public service.