Terrin believes that everything we go through in life has a purpose, and ultimately is a situation we can learn from and use to the benefit of our own lives and others. Having essential tremor has humbled him and allowed him to look for ways to help others who he believes have harder circumstances than he does.
“Obstacles in life can either help us grow or stop us in our tracks,” he said. “The question is, what will we do with the obstacles in our lives?”
Terrin has done plenty! He has excelled academically in college, currently holding a 3.804 GPA. He completed a two-year service mission in Brazil where he was responsible for training and leading 40 others to meet the emotional and spiritual needs of the Brazilian people. He has collected food and care items to create care packages for airmen and soldiers oversees in Afghanistan. He also organized an effort to make therapeutic pillows for pediatric patients who were having open heart surgery.
“Essential tremor is something that is a part of me, but it does not define me and what I become,” he said.
Terrin is a two-time IETF scholarship recipient.