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Eric Trujillo (BA ’75)

What did your time at  Nicholls State University mean to you?

“What I learned from all of this is that people can change over time. My time at Nicholls State University was, overall, a very happy time of my life.”

What made you choose Nicholls State University?

“I chose Nicholls because it was close to home. I received a degree in Foreign Language Education (Spanish) from Nicholls State University making me marketable.”

What do you do now and how did Nicholls help you?

“Through the years, I have always been a writer. I adopted a son who, at the time, was two months old. Since I was a single parent with a small child, I had more than enough downtime at night while my son slept. I wrote rather than watch television. My son is now 32 years old and an attorney living in Manhattan, near where he went to law school. He is still the light of my life.

After, retiring from the State of Illinois, I published my first novel, called JOY BOY. I actually wrote it when my son was in middle school but put it away because I knew nothing about the publication process. My second novel, which was written about two years after JOY BOY, will be out next year. It is called SKIN DEEP and is set in Louisiana. JOY  BOYis set in Chicago.”

What would be your advice to current students of Nicholls State University?

“My advice to current Nicholls State University students would be to look forward, not back!”

What does it mean to be the first black editor in chief of the Nicholls Worth?

“To me, being the first black editor of the Nicholls Worth only meant that someone had to be first. I am glad it was me because it enlarged my circle of friends.”  

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