Spotlight: Music Senior Thesis Performances

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Last week, two of my friends put on their senior thesis performances for the Music Department. I thought I would share a little bit about what a thesis project can be in a department other than my own.

Marisa’s piece, “Keeping Perfect Time”, told the story a woman diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease and the way in which music therapy helped her express herself over the course of a decade. Marisa composed, wrote, choreographed, and directed the thesis and she cast Trinity students and an alumni to act in her show.

The promotional picture for "Keeping Perfect Time"

The promotional picture for “Keeping Perfect Time”

Malcom’s piece, “Jumping Trains”, explored phases of change and transition throughout life through original music and dance. Malcom composed, wrote, choreographed, and directed his thesis. He also performed in it alongside Trinity students from the Music Department and Trinity’s Dance Ensemble.

The promotional picture for "Jumping Trains"

The promotional picture for “Jumping Trains”

Each thesis was a wonderful reflection of the person who wrote it. It was amazing to see how much both Marisa and Malcom have grown over the past four years. It was also interesting to see how doing a senior thesis does not necessarily mean participating in an extensive research writing project.

Until next time,

Alex :-D

 

100 Days Hoorah

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Last week the senior class celebrated 100 days until graduation. That is right, the big day, Sunday May 17th, is starting to creep up on us. With a 10 dollar donation to the senior class gift, we received an invitation to a semi-formal reception on Friday night and a class of 2015 hat. It was really fun to get dressed up and celebrate with my friends.

While the event was really fun, it is so weird to think that there is such a little amount of time before graduation. In general, all of the seniors have gotten pretty nostalgic. My friends and I have definitely started bringing up stories from our first year more and more.

Class of 2015 hat

Class of 2015 hat

With all of this storytelling and looking back fondly on the last three and a half years, it definitely makes me want to make the most of these next 93 days. There are so many different events and activities left to take part in. So, here’s to the next 93 days.

Until next time,

Alex :-D

Snow, Snow Everywhere

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I am writing to you today about the crazy weather that comes with attending college in New England: snow. Since we are located in Connecticut, we typically have a couple of snow storms each winter. While we have come to expect some snow each winter, I cannot remember any other spring semester that has started off with two major storms back to back. Campus is covered in snow!

Due to the weather and the fact that the semester just started, all of us are still trying to settle into our regular schedules. I have to say, professors have been doing a great job of getting through all of the content we have been assigned and the administration has been very good about keeping us up to date.

A snow covered view from Admissions.

A snow covered view from Admissions.

While all this snow has wreaked havoc on our schedules, I do have to admit that it is absolutely beautiful, and hopefully the weather will start to settle down soon. As a reminder for anyone who might be visiting Admissions, if there is inclement weather and you are worried we might not be open, you can always check online or call the office before heading over.

Until next time,

Alex :-D

 

 

Final Semester

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Today is the second day of the Spring 2015 semester, which means it is the second day of my final semester at Trinity. So, I figured I would give you all a brief update on everything happening on campus. We are all settling back into our daily schedules filled with classes, meetings, and all sorts of other activities.

A view of the Downes Memorial Clock Tower

Downes Memorial Clock Tower

Yesterday, I had Introduction to Human Rights in the morning and Kings and Prophets in the afternoon. Based on what the professors outlined in these first meetings alone, I am excited for both of these classes. Later today, I have my first Milton class, which is being taught by my advisor, and tonight I have my first Steel Pan rehearsal of the semester.

In addition to these classes, as I have mentioned before, I am working on a year-long thesis. I am starting this semester off with one full chapter drafted and significant part of a second chapter drafted. So, in addition to the work that I will have for the classes I mentioned above, I will be working on the finishing my second chapter, starting and completing my third chapter, and editing and revising the whole thing.

So, there is a little update on what this semester is going to look like for me. I am sure that as the semester progresses, I will have updates about what I am doing in my classes.

Until next time,

Alex :-D

Cinestudio

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Today I am writing about one of the very cool features on Trinity’s campus, Cinestudio. Cinestudio is an on-campus movie theater that was founded in 1970 by Trinity students. Although it is an independent theater, it is located in our chemistry building and it is such an amazing space with its absolutely beautiful with its gold curtain and balcony seating.

Isn't it beautiful?

Isn’t it beautiful?

One of the great things about Cinestudio is that students can volunteer to work at the theater and in return get free movie passes. I have a lot of friends who volunteer, so sometimes if they need an extra person on a shift, I will help them out. Cinestudio is also home to “Moonlight Movies”, which are films screened late at night and are free to all Trinity students and The Trinity Film Festival, a student film competition that occurs during the spring semester.

I think that having Cinestudio on campus is really amazing. We get all sorts of movies, from huge blockbusters, to foreign films, to National Theater Live recordings, and we do not even have to leave campus.

For more about Cinestudio or to look up their schedule go to: http://www.cinestudio.org/

Until next time,

Alex :-D

Los Amigos Cantadores

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During the last week of classes last semester, I played in the music department’s end of semester concert with the steel pan ensemble. We opened the concert playing a traditional piece and “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk.

Normally the end of semester concert only includes the steel pan and samba ensembles, but this year’s concert was extra special. We were lucky enough to have Los Amigos Cantadores, a parang band, play in the concert as well. The band came all the way from Trinidad to Trinity after some very hard work from one of my friends and fellow SAA Nicole, who played with the band when she studied abroad in Trinidad last year.

Los Amigos Cantadores joined by Nicole and Professor Galm

Los Amigos Cantadores joined by Nicole and Professor Galm

While they were on campus, they held workshops and participated in other campus activities, leading up to their performance. During their performance, they were joined by Nicole, Professor Galm, who is the head of the music department, and another Trinity student who played the flute. Their performance was so much fun and the members of the band were so nice. It was also really cool to get a little taste of what Nicole did while she was in Trinidad.

For more information about Los Amigos Cantadores check out: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Los-Amigos-Cantadores/161975233903728

Until next time,

Alex :-D

Marathon Reading of A Christmas Carol

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We are in finals season on campus right now, so things on campus have been pretty busy. However, as we near winter break, it also means that we are all preparing for the holidays as well. Just last week, The Mill, in association with the English Department, hosted a marathon reading of  A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens as a stress-buster.

Professor Bilston (my thesis adviser) takes a turn reading.

Professor Bilston (my thesis adviser) takes a turn reading.

What is a marathon reading you ask? Well, it is when people take turns reading aloud the same text until they have read the text in its entirety. They usually take several hours, but no one person is stuck reading for that whole time. For this marathon reading, students and professors took turns going to the front of the room and reading for five minutes at a time.

One of my friends taking a turn.

Fellow blogger, Sarah, taking a turn reading.

This event was really fun because professors and students were able to come together outside of the classroom. Also, each person added their own unique take on the reading. Some simply read the story dramatically, while others gave each character a different voice. I am very happy that I was able to be part of this event and I hope that it is something that becomes a yearly tradition on campus.

Until next time,

Alex :-D

P.S. Check out Sarah’s blog here:http://commons.trincoll.edu/admissions-sarahlynn/

 

Thesis Presentation

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As I have mentioned before, I am writing a full year thesis and I have been periodically updating you on the process. I figured that since the semester is wrapping up, I would take the time to updater you again. About a week before Thanksgiving break, a draft of my first chapter was due. Then, the day before Thanksgiving break, the English department had a common hour event for all of the full year thesis students to share what we have been working on this semester.

Each of us read a portion of the chapter we just handed in and fielded questions from the audience. While giving the presentation was a nerve-wracking experience, it was also nice to show off all the hard work that I have done so far. It was also nice to have almost all of the professors from the English department there to hear about what I have been working on. The department is so small and close-knit that all of us thesis writers have been able to get personalized feedback from many of the professors.

The English Building: My academic home on campus

The English Building: My academic home on campus.

It is this type of support that has been so helpful throughout this stressful process and is one of the great things about how small Trinity is. I think it is amazing that I have so much support and encouragement from all of my professors, especially as I work on this project. No matter what department you are part of, you will receive a lot personalized attention. Over the course of your academic career, you are able to make connections with professors and these connections are extremely helpful as you engage in large scale projects.

Until next time,

Alex :-D

Registering For My Final Semester

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As I registered for classes on Monday morning, I had the realization that this was the last time I would be getting up extra early to sign up for classes the following semester. I have to say it was a strange realization. It was almost as if it was the first time that I had truly registered that I am almost done with my college career. While this thought process was both terrifying and exciting, it made me really want to choose a good set of classes next semester.

It is weird to think that I only get to see this every day for one more semester

It is weird to think that I only get to see this every day for one more semester

Now that I am all registered, I am excited for this final semester. Since I am writing a full year thesis, part of my time will, of course, be dedicated to researching and writing. I am taking a class on Milton, which I am excited for because it means having my English adviser for one more class before I leave. I am also taking Intro to Human Rights and a class called Kings & Prophets, through the religion department. Finally, to round out the semester, I will be in the Steel Pan ensemble.

I am excited to be taking classes in a wide variety of subjects as I finish my time at Trinity. I am sure that when I am actually in the classes I will have plenty of updates. As for now, I have to go work on editing the first chapter of my thesis.

Until next time,

Alex :-D

Applying to Trinity

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I am writing today as a reminder to anyone who is planning on applying to Trinity. Anyone planning on applying Early Decision I should remember that the deadline for submissions is November 15th. That means if you are applying Early Decision I, you have just over a week to put the final touches on your application.

Whether you are applying Early Decision I, II, or Regular Decision, here are a few tips for before you actually submit.  Remember that Trinity accepts applications from both Common Application and Universal College Application.

 

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Given the advice that I’ve provided before, I would definitely go over your essay a few more times, just to make sure you do not have any typos or grammar mistakes. Then, I would double check that you have all of the sections of your application filled out properly. When you have gone over it all and are happy with your application, go ahead and submit it.

If you are applying for financial aid, make sure that you are submit all of the proper paperwork for that on time too. For more information about applying for financial aid head over to the website:http://www.trincoll.edu/Admissions/finaid/prospective/firstyear/Pages/apply.aspx

Finally, to everyone applying this year, best of luck!

Until next time,

Alex :-D