The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Last night I attended The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee performed at the President’s House on campus. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a Tony Award winning musical about an elementary school spelling bee set at a “Junior High School Gymnasium”. The show featured a variety of choreographed musical numbers, word related puns, and six precocious “young” spellers, played by both current and former Trinity students.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

I absolutely love the fact that the President’s House was opened up to students in order to view this hysterical musical. There is something so cool about being able to say “I watched a musical in the house of the President of Trinity College”. Since we were in the living room, the stage was very small, but this only made the show more interesting. Audience participation was highly encouraged and three audience members were even chosen to be “guest” spellers in the first act of the show.

The cast demonstrated their brilliant acting and singing skills in the portrayals of their zany and unique characters. They constantly earned laughs from the audience for both physical comedy and verbal word play. The cast’s attention to detail and hard work was apparent throughout the entire show, making the whole experience an enjoyable one.

I think that it is great that these types of opportunities are available for students to participate in and attend. As students, we are constantly exposed to all kinds of artistic performances, which truly contribute to our liberal arts experience and build a sense of community, as students often attend shows in support of their friends involved in the shows. Whether students participate in the shows, demonstrating their artistic skills, or simply attend, these shows are always exciting. It’s one of the many things that makes Trinity such a great school.

Until next time,
Alex :-D

VIP Days

Welcome welcome VIP Days students!

Welcome!

Welcome!

For those of you who don’t know, Trinity’s VIP days are special visit days for admitted students. Admitted students are allowed to attend classes and go on campus tours, among other activities, to further explore our campus. As I was walking around campus this morning, I was so excited to see all the smiling faces on the families visiting. Today’s weather is perfect and hopefully it will be just as nice tomorrow. I hope that everyone who visits over the next two days enjoys themselves.

Until next time,
Alex :-D

Dr. Joanne Berger-Sweeney

Congratulations Dr. Berger-Sweeney

Congratulations Dr. Joanne Berger-Sweeney!

If you haven’t heard already, Trinity is making headlines with the election of our 22nd president Dr. Joanne Berger-Sweeney. Yesterday, the school was invited to welcome and congratulate Dr. Berger Sweeney and her family. Unfortunately, I was unable to attend due to having a class during the celebration, but I have heard that she and her family were greeted with excitement.

From Trinity's Twitter:  Dr. Berger-Sweeney and her family

From Trinity’s Twitter: Dr. Berger-Sweeney and her family

Dr. Berger-Sweeney’s election as Trinity’s president is a historic event, as she will be the first female and first African America president in Trinity’s history. As a female at this institution, it is extremely exciting to me that I will be a student under the first ever female president. In addition to her historic significance, Berger-Sweeney is also quite an accomplished woman. In an email sent to the entire school, we were informed of her many endeavors.
At Wellesley College, she was an assistant professor in the Biology department who, over time, became the Allene Lummis Russell Professor in Neuroscience. In 2004, Berger-Sweeney became an associate dean at Wellesley. Currently, Berger-Sweeney is the dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at fellow NESCAC Tufts University.

From Trinity's Twitter: Dr. Berger-Sweeney with student workers behind the counter of the Underground.

From Trinity’s Twitter: Dr. Berger-Sweeney with student workers behind the counter of the Underground.

In addition to her many experiences, Berger-Sweeney seems very enthusiastic about coming to Trinity. After her introduction to the school she stayed and met many of the students and faculty who attended. Today, she is spending the day walking around campus and introducing herself to more students. Trinity’s twitter feed (@trinitycollege) is filled with congratulatory tweets, her current locations on campus, and selfies of her with various students. With such positive reactions, it is impossible not to be enthusiastic and optimistic about Dr. Berger-Sweeney’s election.

Until next time,
Alex :-D

Sports Bantam

My Coaching Seminar

At Trinity, we have the ability to take a wide variety of classes. This includes classes that are .25 credits and only meet for half of a semester. Many of these classes are through the athletic department. So, students are able to take classes in a wide range of activities and sports. These classes range from basic fitness, to squash, and even figure skating. All of these classes are taught by our coaching staff, including head coaches and graduate assistants. I think these classes provide a great opportunity for students who are not necessarily involved in varsity athletics to get to know the coaching faculty and also allow students the ability to try new sports.

Yesterday, I had my very first class for the Coaching Seminar that I am taking in the second half of this semester. I have always had an interest in coaching. When I was in high school I helped teach disabled children how to play soccer, worked at a couple of camps, and helped coach a travel team from my town. I chose to take this class to further my knowledge in this area, especially since I also have an interest in teaching, which often goes hand-in-hand with coaching.

Ferris Athletic Center

Ferris Athletic Center

The class is held in our athletic center, Ferris, and is taught by the head coach of the Women’s Field Hockey team, Anne Parmenter. As I played soccer here at Trinity, I was familiar with many of the coaches, including Coach Parmenter, but I am excited to get to know her better through this class. I am also looking forward to learning about new coaching styles because she has a different angle because she coaches a different sport than I am familiar with. The class syllabus lays out a variety of topics concerning the many facets of coaching, from crafting a personal coaching philosophy to figuring out how to handle parents. Needless to say, I am very excited to be taking this class this semester.

Until next time,
Alex :-D

Javier Colon, winner of The Voice

Guest Speakers At Trinity

In an earlier post, I talked about how I am currently taking a class called The Business of Music and how we would be having guest speakers throughout the semester. Already, this semester, we have had music therapists, a professional harpist, and one of the founders of Afropop Worldwide come in to talk to us. Yesterday, we were lucky enough to have Javier Colon, winner of the first season The Voice, talk to and perform for us. He performed two songs for us and discussed growing up in Connecticut, attending University of Hartford, and his journey through The Voice. The experience was incredible and it was so interesting to hear his insights on making it in the music industry.

In addition to my Music class, I have also seen guest speakers for my Comparative Politics class. Just a couple weeks ago, Trinity hosted two professors, one from Northeastern and one from Boston College, to discuss terrorism. They each held separate views on the issue and debated each other using their most recent research. As the two professors are very prominent in the national debate on terrorism, it was incredible that we were able to hear them here.

I suppose what these experiences bring to light is another great thing about Trinity. Very often we are able to host successful and intriguing speakers. Our faculty and students have connections with many interesting and important people in a variety of subjects. Due to these connections, we are lucky enough to have the chance to hear them discuss an assortment of topics, from what it takes to be successful in their field to their latest theories based on their studies. Taking advantage of these opportunities while you are at Trinity is very important though, because once you graduate, you might not have these kind of chances again.

Until next time,
Alex :-D

The newly renovated Writing Center

The Trinity College Writing Center

As a Writing Associate, I think that the Writing Center is an extremely valuable resource on Trinity’s campus. Located in the English department, the newly renovated space is cozy and welcoming for all students on campus. It is a unique space because all of the writing associates are students. Therefore, students work with other students to help them improve their writing skills.

To become a Writing Associate, students are nominated; complete an application, and have an interview. Once accepted into the program, students take a special class in which they learn different techniques to use in tutoring sessions. While taking the class, associates begin tutoring in the center. This process definitely helps all of the associates become closer with one another, which is reflected in our interactions as we work.

Everyone is welcome to bring their work in. If you write, you belong in the writing center. I really like being able to use a skill that I have a lot of experience with to help other students because I feel like I am giving back to the greater Trinity community. I have also been able to improve my writing through helping others. We try to make the space very friendly and interactive, allowing students to feel more comfortable.

In the past year we have had a huge increase in the number of appointments and while that means it is always super busy, it also means that we are reaching a more widespread part of campus. If you want to check out more about our Writing Center go to:

http://www.trincoll.edu/academics/centers/writing/WritingCenter/Pages/default.aspx

or like our Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/TrinityCollegeWritingCenter

Until next time,
Alex :-D

A Snow Covered Trinity

The past couple of weeks have been full of snowy weather. Despite the wind and cold, our campus continues to look beautiful. Here are a couple of pictures I have taken of the campus covered in snow.

Our main quad and Chapel are covered in snow!

A view of our main quad and the Chapel taken from Lower Long Walk.

 

A view of the front of the Chapel

The front of the Chapel taken from under an arch.

Until next time,

Alex :-D

The New Semester: Spring 2014

Hello All! I can’t believe the semester only started a week ago. Classes are picking up quickly and everything is back in swing on campus. This semester I am taking a wide variety of classes that I am super excited for. I am taking two classes for my English major. The first is an Introduction to Film Theory with the same professor I had last semester for my film class. For our first unit, we are focusing on Hitchcock, which I am excited about because I really like his films. The other class I am taking is technically through the Religion department, but is counting for my major. It is called Short Story in the Hebrew Bible and we will be looking at the stories in the Bible as well as secondary sources and expansions of these stories.

In addition to those classes, I am also taking two classes for my Music minor. The first is a brand new class called the Business of Music. I think I am most excited for this class because it is all about what happens behind the scenes in the music industry, from artistry, to production, to management and everything in between. There are also a ton of guest speakers scheduled to come to class, including Javier Colon, the winner of The Voice in 2011. The other class I am taking is the Steel Pan Ensemble, which I am super excited about performing with again.

To round off my schedule, I am taking Comparative Politics of Northeast Asia. I decided to take the class because it sounded interesting and, since I took Intro to Comparative Politics last semester, would be a good continuation of subject this semester. I don’t really know that much about politics in Northeast Asia, but I am excited to learn about it.

Until next time,
Alex :-)

My Music Minor

I recently declared my music minor and I am so excited. It’s strange, because going into college, I was not planning on minoring in music. However, that is what is so awesome about going to a liberal arts school.

My first year at Trinity, I took an American Popular Music class because I wanted to fulfill my arts requirement. I have always loved music, which is why I chose a music course to fulfill the requirement. I had been in choir all throughout high school and practiced music in various informal manners at home, but I had never taken a course focused on the cultural impact of music.

I really enjoyed the course and about midway through it, the professor asked me if I had ever considered being a music major or minor. I had not considered it at all, but when she asked, it really made me think about it. Now, two years later, I am so happy that she put the thought into my mind.

Over the past two years, I have taken a variety of classes in which I have learned about Beethoven, music theory, world music, and how to play piano and steel pan drums. In addition, I had always wanted to learn how to play guitar, so I started to teach myself the summer after my first year.

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Being part of the Music Department has been so beneficial to me because often the work for the classes doesn’t feel like work at all. I have also been able to improve my musical skills and build confidence in public performance.

Based on my experience, I think it is important to keep an open mind when choosing classes in college. You have the opportunity to choose classes that you haven’t been able to take before. So, if you find a class that sounds interesting to you, go ahead and take it. You never know where it might lead you.

Until next time,

Alex :-D

Good Luck Early Decision I Applicants!

Tomorrow is the day, Early Decision I applicants. Although it may be Friday the 13th, maybe it will be your lucky day. So, go ahead and check online for your decision.

It’s funny for me to think about, because I was an Early Decision I applicant. I wanted anxiously for the decision, but instead of being able to check online, I had to wait for a letter in the mail. Instead of a definitive day that I would be able to check what my decision was, there was about a week time span I was told to check my mail for a letter. Every day I would come home from school and ask my mom if I had any mail. It seemed like it took forever for my decision to arrive.

The day I came home to find a letter addressed to me from Trinity, I was so nervous. I opened it with shaking hands and started to jump up and down as I read that I had been accepted into the class of 2015. It was so exciting and I was happy I couldn’t even get words out.

I hope that your reactions will be similar to mine and I wish you the best of luck as you find out your decisions tomorrow!

Until next time,

Alex :-D