By Christian Colon
Many freshmen typically focus on making sure their first year goes smoothly as they begin to get a taste of adulthood. For freshman Trevor Godston, his first year was a little different. It was composed of house hunting and contract signing—becoming a house owner at only 18 years old.
Originally from Southington, Conn. Godston’s interest in buying a house came after his desire to live off campus once he becomes a junior at Sacred Heart University.
“Because I want to live off campus in the future, I decided to just get it over with and buy myself a house. Until I am able to move in, I will be renting the house to current college students who will actually just pay me,” said Godston.
But how could a college student become the owner of 4,200 square feet home? It started out when he was 8 years old.
Godston began to work around his neighborhood mowing lawns. He had his parents as mentors because they were former entrepreneurs. So he too decided to create his own business. From a young age, his mission was to attract customers that would frequently request his labor. At just 14 years old he was mowing about five lawns per week.
He realized his business could be expanded around Southington, so he began advertising through community newspapers to try and get more customers. When he turned 15 he decided to hire his buddies to help run his business. The requests for lawn mowing rose, which demanded more employees.
“At 15 I was the one in control of my buddies income. This had to be one of my favorite moments as a business owner. Some of my football teammates were now working for me,” said Godston.
Godston called his business, TG Lawn & Snow. The TG was the first letters of his name, while lawn and snow described the labor he offered during the summer and winter seasons. During the summer he mowed the lawn, while in winter he offered plowing and shoveling.
Godston said he had his most successful year as a senior in high school. He said he had about 28 jobs every week. If he wasn’t able to do them, he would send his full time employees to do the task.
As he got close to his high school graduation, he decided to sell his business. He was ready to start off his college years. With the money he saved, he bought his Dodge Challenger the day after graduation. A year later he invested in his new home.
Godston is currently majoring in finance and economics. He is currently a brother of Delta Tau Delta, as well as the business fraternity Alpha Kappa Psi. He also holds the vice presidency for the Roncalli Hall Council.
Although he isn’t quite sure what he wants to do after college, he knows for a fact he doesn’t want to go back to manual labor.
“I might go into advising or management but I am not exactly sure what I would like to do. For now I will focus strictly on internships and my academics,” said Godston.