Hartford Happenings

Today I am writing to highlight Trinity’s location in the city of Hartford. While there is always something happening on campus, there are all sorts of events occurring off campus. We have so many options because of our city surroundings.

Just last weekend I went to the US Men’s Soccer game versus Ecuador at Rentschler Field. While Rentschler is technically in East Hartford, it is still only 15 minutes away from campus. For anyone who is a longtime soccer fan, it was Landon Donovan’s last game and Hartford was lucky enough to host the very special game.

10704316_811492565568404_6366302666220616687_oHartford is also home to several theaters. The Hartford Stage is located in downtown. For my Shakespeare class last year we went to the Hartford Stage to see Macbeth. One fun fact about the Hartford Stage is that the Tony Award winning show A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder premiered there in October 2012. You never know, you could see Broadway’s next big hit before it even makes there if you head over to the Hartford Stage.

The Bushnell is also located in downtown Hartford. It is great because they get touring Broadway shows. Last year, I got to see Beauty and the Beast there and this year, around Thanksgiving, I am going to see Wicked. The Bushnell also has a concert hall, which is home to the Hartford Symphony. I actually went with my Beethoven class to a symphony there my sophomore year.

These are just a few of the many options that are available to us, but I figured I would offer a taste of what we have right at our fingertips in Hartford.

Until next time,

Alex :-D

Concussion Awareness and Support Organization

One of the great things about Trinity is that there are so many different student groups and organizations to get involved in on campus. Today I am spotlighting one of the many organizations on our campus that I am involved in, The Concussion Awareness and Support Organization, or CASO.

Recently, there have been many major headlines concerning the danger of concussions and brain injuries, especially concerning athletes. With the increase in awareness and diagnosis, it is no surprise that this group was founded last year to help students understand what it all means. CASO is a student-based organization that promotes concussion education and advocates awareness. This group helps bring to light current information about brain injuries while also allowing those who have suffered, or suffer, from them to come together.

The group hosts weekly meetings that range from discussions to documentary screenings to guest speakers. Additionally, CASO works with other groups in the area to increase awareness. For example, on October 26th, the group will be participating in the Hartford “Walk For Thought” at Rentschler Field.

Last year's Walk For Thought

Last year’s Walk For Thought

For more information, check out the CASO Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TrinityCASO

Until next time,

Alex :-D

Benefit of a Liberal Arts Education

One of the great things about attending a liberal arts college is the ability to take classes in a wide variety of subjects. You have the ability to try out subject areas that you have never tried and/or further explore areas that you have enjoyed before. I have definitely enjoyed this aspect of my Trinity experience.

Due to this, I am writing about my experiences with taking classes in departments that I do not major or a minor in.For those of you who do not know, I am an English Literature major and a Music minor. However, even though these are my two specific areas of concentration, I have taken quite a number of classes in the Political Science Department.

Although I am not a Political Science major, I have have always enjoyed looking at government and politics. Beyond enjoying the ability to pursue this area of interest, I have found these classes are beneficial to the classes in my major and minor. Given that art is often influenced by the events occurring at the time of creation, my study of literature and music has been aided by the foundation I have built through the study of politics. For example, when I was studying postmodernism in an English class, I was aided by the fact that I had just learned about Foucault in one of my Political Science classes.

I think that this is one of the coolest things about my experience at Trinity. I am able to take classes across several disciplines, but they are not unconnected. I am able to connect what I am learning in one class to another class in a completely different department. So, as you are looking at colleges and trying to figure out what is right for you, if you enjoy interdisciplinary learning, Trinity would be a really good fit for you.

Until next time,

Alex :-)

Advice for the College Essay

Embarking on new things can be a terrifying task, and starting a thesis is no different. This year, as a senior English Literature major, I am writing a two semester thesis. So, over the course of the year, I am sure there will be more posts about the thesis writing process. In terms of my topic, I am writing about the ways in which the representation of gender in fairy tales has changed over time and why fairy tales are still relevant today.

For those of us writing a full year thesis, we take part in a colloquium where we are in a classroom together two times a week talking about the challenges we are facing, new ideas we have, and where we are going next. It is really nice to have a community of classmates going through the exact same process, which leads me to the point of this post: writing as a collaborative effort.

A blank sheet of paper can be daunting, but it's important to get working on your essays because soon enough those applications will be due

A blank sheet of paper can be daunting, but it’s important to get working on your essays because soon enough those applications will be due.

I know a lot of you are probably getting to the point where you are really focusing on your college essays and I wanted to use this post as a way to give you all some advice. When it comes to the college essay, it is always a good idea to have at least one other set of eyes look it over. This is especially important because since Trinity does not have a supplemental writing piece, it is expected that your essay is the best piece of writing you could possibly submit.

I remember when I was writing mine, I had as many people look at it as were willing to. I suggest this because not only will others be able to see the minor grammatical or spelling errors, but also they will be able to tell you what they get from the essay. This can be extremely helpful because the essay is all about making sure the message that you want to get across comes across clearly.

I hope that this piece of advice proves helpful and I wish you all the best of luck with your college essays.

Until next time,

Alex :-)

Do It Day 2014

About a month ago I wrote a blog highlighting the 16th Annual Do It Day in which I said I would be following up after it occurred http://commons.trincoll.edu/admissions-alexandra1/2014/08/13/16th-annual-do-it-day/

Well, that time has come as Do It Day 2014 was just last Saturday, September 6th. Early Saturday morning, a team from The Fred headed out to a local small farm and harvested vegetables. Unfortunately, do to an injury, I was unable to work at the site with my team. However, that did not mean that I was unable to help out with Do It Day.

Since I could not work my team’s site, I helped out with registration. Throughout the morning, I made sure that students were checked in and knew the work site that they were headed to. After students checked in, they could get their t-shirts from President Berger-Sweeney.

President Berger-Sweeney handing out t-shirts

President Berger-Sweeney handing out t-shirts

There were so many people signed up for Do It Day, which made the registration process hectic, but it was great to see such a huge turnout from students involved in all sorts of different activities across campus. To see pictures from Do It Day 2014, make sure to check out the Flickr stream at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/trinitycollege/sets/72157647317964486/

Until next time,

Alex :-D


The Fred Pfeil Community Project

Hello everyone,

I know I have talked about my dorm “The Fred” quite a number of times in my blog posts, but I wanted to use this post as a way to further explain exactly what it is. The Fred’s formal title is actually “The Fred Pfeil Community Project”, but as students like to nickname everything, it is lovingly called The Fred around campus.

The Fred's bulletin board in Mather

The Fred’s bulletin board in Mather keeps students up to date on events

Our building serves to continue the legacy of the late Fred Pfeil. Pfeil was an English professor at Trinity who worked closely with students both in and out of the classroom. One of his major efforts on campus was helping to build a closer community by encouraging students to be inclusive and open-minded. After he passed away due to cancer in 2005, a group of students who wanted to promote that which Pfeil stood for founded The Fred Pfeil Community Project.

Fred Pfeil

The man himself: Fred Pfeil

The sixty of us who are members of The Fred are housed in the Summit East dorm on the south side of campus. We are a completely student run organization and work to form a tight-knit community, provide a welcoming space, and host events every Friday night in order to continue Pfeil’s legacy.

As it is Friday, we are hosting an event tonight: Field Night at the Fred. We are going to be out on the LSC quad playing games like soccer and ultimate frisbee, among others. Since it is still early in the year, the weather tonight should be amazing and we are hoping for a great turn out.

If you are looking for more information about The Fred, check out our website at: http://www.thefredcommunity.com/

Until next time,

Alex :-)

The Start of a New Year

Hello Hello,

I am officially moved in to my room and already preparing for the year to come. It seems crazy to be so busy already, because classes don’t even start until September 2nd, but things are already off and running. So far, my dorm, The Fred, has been doing bonding activities and planning orientation events. Yesterday, we did a picture scavenger hunt across campus. Today, we are helping out the incoming first years register and move in to their dorms. I cannot wait to meet and get to know all of the new students!

After today, we have a whole slew of activities planned to help out with orientation. We are hosting our first “Friday Night Fred Event” this Friday. Every year our first event is the Orientation Coffeehouse, and this year is no different. I am still trying to figure out what exactly I am performing, but I’ve got a few songs to choose from, so I’m sure I’ll be fine. Saturday, we are hosting a BBQ and concert. One of the bands playing is even made up of current Trinity students. Hopefully, the weather will be nice and we can have it outside. The fun continues with a tie-dye event and a Q&A where the first years can ask all of us older students about life on campus.

As you can imagine, life on campus right now is busy and only fixing to get busier. I figured I would fill you guys in on the happenings on campus and I’m sure I’ll be back with more details about how the rest of the week goes. Well, I should be heading off to help with registration.

Until next time,

Alex :-D

16th Annual Do It Day!

Hello hello,

Today I am writing about a very special event that happens here at Trinity every year called “Do It Day”. “Do It Day” is a campus-wide community service event where the student body breaks up into teams and goes out to various service sites in the Hartford area. It occurs the Saturday after classes begin and is a great way to start off the year, get involved in the community, and bond with fellow classmates.

Students on a service site from "Do It Day" a few years ago

Students on a service site from “Do It Day” a few years ago

When the event started in 1999 there were only 150 people working at 11 sites, and now 16 years later, involvement has grown to upwards of 700 participants at over 55 worksites. What is so amazing about this event is that it is overseen by two student coordinators, who locate the service sites, run registration, organize teams, and more. This year, one of the coordinators is my fellow SAA Sarah Wolcott. She and her co-coordinator have been hard at work all summer to make sure that this year runs smoothly and are headed toward the final stages of preparation as this year’s “Do It Day” is Saturday September 6. Here is the link to the flyer for this year: http://www.trincoll.edu/Academics/FYP/StartingOut/Documents/Do It Day Flyer.pdf

Last year, I was able to help clean and organize a school located in a local church with a team made up of students from my dorm The Fred. I cannot wait to hear what our service site will be this year. I am sure I will have more to follow on that later.

Until next time,

Alex :-D


Recently, a new video was produced by our Office of Communications called “Quiet/Loud”, focusing on both the quiet and loud moments that occur on Trinity’s campus.  The video features varied content including iconic images and important events, as well as everyday activities that students participate in. Watching it definitely gives viewers a taste of what life is like at Trinity.

I think it does a great job of juxtaposing the ordinary, quieter moments, like studying in the library, with the more exciting, louder moments, like graduation. It also covers the large variety of activity that happens on campus, from our performances to athletic events and everything in between.

An image from the video featuring a student studying in the Raether Library

An image from the video featuring a student studying in Raether Library

As you watch the video you might notice some familiar faces if you have visited campus recently, as it features several former and current students who work in the Admissions Office. I was particularly excited to see that I am featured in the the clip of the Steel Pan Ensemble playing “Happy” from Samba Fest along with my fellow SAA Nicole.

You can check the video out by clicking here: http://www.trincoll.edu/NewsEvents/NewsArticles/pages/QuietLoud.aspx

Until next time,
Alex :-D




Summer Music Series

Hello hello,

Today, I am writing about the wonderful Trinity Summer Music Series.  Even though it’s summer and classes are not in session, there are still plenty of activities to participate in on campus. This summer, we are hosting the 65th Annual Plumb Memorial Carillon Concerts and the 40th Annual Chamber Music Series.

Summer Music SeriesPerformances will occur in our beautiful chapel and on the main quad. Every Wednesday until August 6th, there will be performances. The Chamber Music Series concerts will begin at 6pm and are held in the chapel. The Carillon Music Series concerts will begin at 7pm and are held on the absolutely gorgeous quad. Performances are free, open to everyone, and will occur rain or shine.

So, why not pack up a picnic dinner and come to Trinity for some free entertainment. For more details visit: http://www.trincoll.edu/NewsEvents/NewsArticles/pages/SummerMusic2014.aspx

Until next time,
Alex :-D