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Interview with Reine Trippensee. (March 1920.)

Miss Trippensee is one of those fine women who are, so to speak, the salt of the earth. It is too bad that she has not had a chance in earlier life to go on with her education, and so have been able to realize her dreams before this, instead of pecking away here, and waiting to make those dreams come true. But I believe in making dreams come true and it is not too late yet.

Miss Trippensee is very cautious, she is of an extremely sympathetic nature, and her sense of duty toward home is very strong. It is due to these three factors that she has not struck out in the world before this.

Her brain is larger than the average woman's brain. She has a well developed front brain, strong social inclinations, great love of home and friends. She is too cautious, extremely prudent-she does not waste anything. By looking at and talking to her, one would not think she had any temper, but it is there just the same, although she does not indulge in fits of anger. She uses her energy for work rather than for belligerent purposes. Her defensive tendencies are stranger than the aggressive, she will not start any trouble, but when cornered will fight like a tiger. Miss Trippensee's self-reliance is large enough to make her rather independent. She has an extraordinary approbativeness which manifests itself in appreciation of her worth, of true womanhood. She likes pretty clothes, but if she has any vanity it is along the line of morals. She is very fine-grained, holds almost too rigidly to what she considers good morals. She is of a cheerful disposition. Her dream is to become a librarian or social service worker. It would be better for her if she were to remain here until she can write eighty-five or ninety words with ease, then take a position as a stenographer in an office. After having worked there a few months she ought to be able to get into a library as a stenographer and at the same time gradually learn the work of a librarian.

To be a successful social service worker she should be better talented and trained in music.

A person with as much human sympathy as Miss Trippensee has would make a good nurse.

Source: Interview with Reine Trippensee. SC-87. University Archives. Ferris State University.