Marathon Reading of A Christmas Carol

Hello Everyone,

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

Hello Hello,

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

Hello Hello,

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

Hello Everyone,

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

Presidential Inauguration and Parents Weekend

Hello Hello,

Trinity is buzzing with excitement because this weekend is President Berger-Sweeney’s Inauguration and Parents Weekend. Due to of both of these occasions, this weekend is jam-packed full of events.

Inauguration_Web-headerFINALYesterday, there was an academic symposia entitled: “From Brownell to Berger-Sweeney: Bridging Trinity’s Traditions and the Future of a Liberal Arts Education  that covered the topics of “Reaching Beyond the Disciplines” and “Connecting to the City”.

Tonight, there is a organ concert featuring Chris Houlihan, who graduated from Trinity in 2009. Tomorrow, there is going to be a second symposia on Saturday covering the topics of “Engaging in a Diverse World” and “Thinking about a Liberal Arts Education in Nontraditional Ways”. Finally, on Sunday, President Berger-Sweeney’s inauguration ceremony will take place at 11am in the Koeppel Center.

Parents are invited to attend all of these events and also have a whole list of other activities that they can participate in from attending athletic events to various open houses. With all of our parents on campus and these inauguration events occurring, it is sure to be an exciting weekend.

For more information about Inauguration Weekend, feel free to visit: http://www.trincoll.edu/Inauguration/Pages/default.aspx

Until next time,

Alex :-D

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