McGill Lecture: The Ambassador of China to the United Nations at Trinity

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One of the great things about Trinity is that we are able to host incredible guest speakers. For example, last Wednesday, the Ambassador of China to the United Nations, Liu Jieyi came to Trinity to deliver the annual McGill Lecture in International Studies. The McGill International Studies Fund helps support international studies at Trinity and, every other year, brings in a guest speaker for a lecture.

Ambassador Liu Jieyi

Ambassador Liu Jieyi

The ambassador’s lecture focused on China’s role in the United Nations. He started by discussing how the United Nations was found 70 years ago, at the end of World War II. Then, he spoke about how the UN has transformed over the past 70 years, before ending with a discussion of what the UN does today. He spoke about China’s efforts and priorities, emphasizing how important cooperation and interdependence of nations is in order to achieve global success.

I found his lecture particularly interesting because over my career at Trinity I have taken several courses that have focused on international relations, and specifically, Chinese politics. So, to hear about the things I have been learning about in class from a leading expert was absolutely incredible. I also thought it was really amazing that he answered several questions from students after his lecture.

Until next time,

Alex :-D

Coffee With A Bantam

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Congratulations to all of our admitted students for the Class of 2019! Over the next month or so, there are some great opportunities for admitted students to get to know Trinity better. I am writing today about our Coffee With A Bantam program.

If you are not able to attend one of our VIP Days (April 13 or 14) the Coffee With A Bantam program is a great way for admitted students to get to know Trinity on a more personal level. You can set up a Coffee With A Bantam appointment through the front desk of Admissions by calling (860) 297-2180. During the appointment, you meet with one of the Student Admissions Associates over coffee and talk about whatever you want to.

You get coffee...

You get coffee…

...with a Bantam

…with a Bantam

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is so great about this program is that you get to explore campus with a current senior and ask them any questions you might have. This can really be anything from wanting to visit a specific building to talking about a program your interested in. It truly is all about you and your interests.

So, if you are interested in this opportunity, please feel free set up an appointment. We look forward to meeting you!

Until next time,

Alex :-D

One Month to Go

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I know it has been a little while since my last post, but things on campus have been crazy busy lately. We just finished midterms and are about to go on Spring Break, so I wanted to check in before our week off.

Throughout the year, I have been writing about my thesis, checking in throughout the process. Somehow, I am already at the point where there is just about a month until it it due. That’s right, my thesis is due April 15th. So, it is really crunch time.

april-15

Even though things are getting more and more stressful as the date creeps closer, the support from my advisor and fellow full year thesis writers has been awesome. Even though we no longer have our colloquium, we have still been checking in with each other and having meetings. It is really great to know that I have a group of people on campus working on the same type of project and supporting me along the way.

Until next time,

Alex :-D

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/