When Trevor Chase ‘16 stepped back on campus for Hackathon 2020, it was not only a return to a favorite St. Anne’s-Belfield School event but a new project for his production company, Singularity Pictures LLC. It was the first of three videos Chase would be making for the School in spring 2020.
As a student at the University of Michigan studying for bachelor’s degrees in film and computer science, Chase acknowledges that being a student and running a company can be a challenging combination. He traces the thread of his success back to his time at the School.
“St. Anne’s-Belfield School gave me the opportunity to choose for myself how I would spend my time, which in turn made it significantly easier to continue pursuing extracurricular activities when the schedule was entirely my own in college. This enabled me to time manage and have the drive to build a production company even while still in school,” he said.
“The School prepared me for my interests by facilitating extracurricular study and resources, whether it was the computer science independent study I did freshman year or the films I was able to make while at the School, I was always encouraged and given opportunities to pursue my passions.”
Chase credits Mrs. Van Liew, Mr. Chandler, Dr. Craig, and Mr. Minster as his most inspiring teachers, and those who pushed him to explore education beyond his core classes. He believes they instilled in him the value of hard work and the ability to create his own opportunities instead of waiting for the opportunity to come to him. In addition, Chase remembers Mr. Chandler as inspiring because of his ability to make learning about anything fun.
“In terms of college preparedness, I have found through my four years at Michigan that I have seldom encountered anything academically that was more challenging than what I did at St. Anne’s-Belfield,” noted Chase. “I think this is a credit to the teachers and leaders of the School, they're not there just to get you through, they prepare you for what life is like after St. Anne's. I am eternally grateful for that.”