Trinity Cafe is an intentional community.
‘Faces of Trinity Cafe’ is a celebration of all that embodies that community.
Every person who walks through the doors at Trinity Cafe has a unique story of their own.
My name is Yannique but everyone calls me Yaya. I grew up in Fort Lauderdale with 4 siblings – a younger sister, an older sister, and 2 older brothers. I first came to Trinity Cafe with my co-ed service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega. It was one of our consistent projects that I eventually started doing on my own. I love people and this is a place where I can consistently meet new people, hear their life stories, express mine, and bounce ideas off of others. It’s a positive and supportive environment.
I study engineering at USF with a concentration in Information Technology. In middle school, I took a programming course as an elective and started learning html coding and web design. I have many passions (children, the environment, the homeless, the elderly, roller blading and a lot of other things) but I feel that this is the career path I’m destined to be on. I want to save the world but I know I can’t, so I try to focus my energy into little pieces and distribute it to as many places as I can.
I’m a black woman and a minority in my field of choice, so my experiences have not always been the greatest, socially and academically speaking sometimes because I do struggle. Often times, I feel like I have nowhere to turn as far as seeking help goes. My experiences with finding avenues and resources that work for me, meeting the right people, joining the right organizations and building confidence in myself and in my craft have been humbling and enlightening at the same.
My biggest struggle right now is sustaining a good school-work-life balance. I’m a front desk agent at a hotel. That takes up a lot of my time aside from school and volunteering. I wish I was making more, so I could work less and study more but still be able to maintain the lifestyle I have. I enjoy greeting and talking to hotel guests but at this point in my academic career, I would love to intern in Information Technology. That’s really where my sights are set right now.
My mom is my greatest influence. It sounds cliche but it’s the truth. I don’t know what I would do without her. She always encouraged me to be kind and inquisitive, use my words, and to say what I mean and mean what I say.
I often think about how my choices affect others and what I can do to bring others piece of mind and happiness. If I can get a laugh out of somebody, my day is made. I want everyone to be happy.
I think it’s important to maintain a positive outlook, regardless of what’s going on in life. I feel that when I exude positivity, I receive more of it back, so my advice to anyone of any age is: be positive, smile, laugh! Bring joy to yourself and others. Be open minded. Retain as much knowledge as you possibly can and go on with life. Be happy.