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

Quiet/Loud

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

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Come By For A Visit

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As we kick off the month of July, and summer is in full swing, I write this post as an invitation. Summer is a great time to go on college visits. If you visit colleges during your summer break, you do not have to miss classes, skip after-school activities, or worry about falling behind on school work. Since you are not worrying about your schoolwork, you have plenty of time to truly explore the campuses you visit, and I really encourage you to do so. If you enjoy your visit, but want to see the school when classes are in session, you can always plan to come back later. By visiting schools in the summer, it can help you limit the number of visits you go on during the school year.

Just look at the beautiful chapel and green grass!

Just look at the beautiful chapel and green grass!


Trinity is absolutely beautiful in the summer (and every other season, if you ask me). With the bright blue skies and the sun shining, our campus practically glows. To enjoy the campus in all its beauty, I suggest you take a tour. Here’s our summer tour schedule:

Monday-Friday: 11:30am, 1:30pm, and 3:30pm
Saturday: 11:30am

If you cannot make it to one of these times, there is also the option of taking a self-guided tour with a campus map we provide. If, for some reason, you cannot make it to campus, you can also take a virtual tour here: http://www.trincoll.edu/Admissions/Pages/virtualtour.aspx

If you want to learn a little bit more about the school from academics, to experiential learning, to social and residential life, come to a group information session. Our summer schedule is:

Monday-Friday: 10:30am and 2:30pm

We also offer interviews, which you can schedule by calling the front desk. In order to have an interview, you must schedule it in advance, but you do not have to sign up for a tour or information session beforehand. If you want to double check that our office is open before you stop by for a visit, you can always check our website (http://www.trincoll.edu/Admissions/campusvisit/Pages/default.aspx) or call the front desk.

So, come on by the office for interviews, information sessions, and tours.

Until next time,
Alex :-D

Happy June Days!

Today is the third and final day of June Days, a special per-orientation program for incoming first years at the beginning of the summer. It’s a great introduction to the campus, especially for students who might not have gotten a chance to visit campus already. While incoming students are on campus for the day, they meet their fellow classmates, take their language and math placement exams, and can visit a first year dorm. In addition, every incoming first year participates in an advising session with both a student and faculty member.

Trinity College Raether Library

Trinity College Raether Library

I was able to help out with these advising sessions the past two days and it was a really interesting experience. On one hand, it was a little bit strange to put myself back in the mindset of being a first year. When I was looking over the listings for first year seminars next year, I was a little bit upset that I can’t take any of them because so many looked really interesting to me. On the other hand, it was exciting to provide insight on the class selection process as, since I am a rising senior, I have gone through that process many times. I think it is really helpful that we provide incoming students so many resources for advice about classes because it can seem like a daunting task when you look at the long list of courses.

Although the June Days program wraps up today, campus will continue to prepare for the arrival of Trinity Class of 2018. So, for any incoming students who might be reading this, if you have any questions feel free to contact me, as I am working in admissions for the entire summer. I can’t wait to meet all of you!

Until next time,
Alex :-D

Student Admissions Associate

Last post, I talked all about my upcoming finals and what I had to finish before the semester ended. I finished my junior year and now I am enjoying my summer vacation. It is really nice to have a little break from school work. However, before school starts up again, I will be back on campus for work.

In a few days I will be starting my new job at admissions and I am so excited. Until now, I have worked at the front desk of admissions, but next week I will begin working as a Student Admissions Associate. As a Student Admissions Associate, I get to conduct interviews and group information sessions for visiting students. I am super excited because it means I get to tell people all the great things about Trinity, like I do on this blog, but rather than putting online, I get to do it in person. I think it is really great that we, the current students, get to share our experiences with perspective students. While I start working this summer, I will continue through the school year as well. This means I am going to be able to meet so many students.

I cannot wait to start training to be a Student Admissions Associate. I am so excited to meet all of the perspective students!

Until next time,
Alex :-D

End of Junior Year

As I sit in my room writing my final papers, I can’t believe another year at Trinity is almost over. All I have left is three final papers and my performance in Samba Fest tomorrow.

My finals this year have been quite interesting in terms of topics. In my Business of Music class, I was able to do a research project on singer-songwriters. This was particularly interesting for me because singing and songwriting is a hobby of mine, but I had never really thought about it from a business aspect. For Short Stories of the Hebrew Bible, I am writing a paper on the rhetoric of women in the bible. It’s interesting because I am combining my love for strategic rhetoric as well as the close reading skills I have developed over my time at Trinity. Another paper I am writing is for my Film Theory class, where I am focusing on the rise of young adult dystopian fiction in literature and film. I am writing about how The Hunger Games and Divergent represent gender, violence, and politics as social commentary.

In addition to these traditional finals, tomorrow I will play in Samba Fest with the Steel Pan Ensemble. It was such a fun event to be part of last year, so I am excited that I get to be a part of it again this year. We have learned several songs throughout the semester and tomorrow we get to perform them in front of an audience for the first time.

Steel Pan at Samba Fest Last Year

Steel Pan at Samba Fest Last Year

While I am excited to have accomplished so much this year, it is kind of nerve-wracking that next year will be my last year at Trinity.

Until next time,
Alex :-D

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