Summer Welcome Receptions

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I am writing today about the Summer Welcome Receptions run through our Alumni Relations Office. These receptions occur each summer at various locations across the country and provide a great atmosphere for Trinity alumni, parents, and students to come together to welcome the incoming class of students to the Trinity family. I thought it was a particularly good time to write about these receptions as the Hartford reception is occurring tomorrow.

I remember attending the Hartford Welcome Reception with my family the summer before my sister’s first year at Trinity. As Trinity is located in Hartford, the reception often occurs on campus, which means that the many of the faculty, staff, and students on campus for the summer are able to attend. The other receptions, in locations ranging from Massachusetts to California, are hosted at a combination of clubs and homes of current parents or alumni. These receptions are not only an amazing way for incoming students and their families to meet each other, but also for them to meet members of the Trinity community from their area. It also provides a great way for alumni to catch up with each other.

Welcome to the Trinity Family Class of 2019!

Welcome to the Trinity Family Class of 2019!

So, for any incoming students of the Class of 2019 reading this, I truly suggest attending your local Summer Welcome Reception if you can. And for prospective students, these receptions are just one of the many examples of what it means to be a Bantam and how amazing it is to be a member of the Trinity family.

Until next time,

Alex 😀

The Gateway Programs: The Cities Program and Guided Studies

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Last time, I wrote about two of the Gateway Programs available to first-year students the Interdisciplinary Science and InterArts Programs. Today, I am focusing on the other two Gateway Programs: The Cities Program and Guided Studies Program.

The Cities Program

BHI# 08-030 - Trinity CollegeThe Cities Program combines interdisciplinary classes and experiential opportunities for students to study cities and urban issues across time and location. During the first semester, students take class specifically designed for the program called “City as Built Environment” and “Introduction to Urban Studies”. During the second semester, students take two more courses, another course specific to the program called “The American City” and an elective that focuses on urban issues. In association with the Office of International Programs, members of the Cities Program can participate in special exploration opportunities across the world. Additionally, many students who participate in this program end up participating in our interdisciplinary Urban Studies Major or Minor.

For more information about The Cities Program, please check out their website at: http://www.trincoll.edu/Academics/SpecialPrograms/gateway/cities/Pages/default.aspx

Guided Studies Program

BHI# 08-030 - Trinity CollegeStudents who participate in The Guided Studies Program look at Western civilization across time and through various academic lenses. During the first year, students take six Guided Studies courses. In the first semester, students take “The Biblical Tradition”, “Philosophical Themes in Western Culture”, and “The Classical Tradition”. In addition, students participate in a colloquium that meets every three to four weeks to participate in experiential learning opportunities. During the second semester, students take “Major Religious Thinkers of the West–Heresy and Orthodoxy in Conflict”, “Historical Patterns of European Development I”, and “Literary Patterns in European Development I”. To complete this program sophomore year, students take three more courses, “Historical Patterns of European Development II”, “Literary Patterns in European Development II”, and a course of their choice that focuses on European civilization approved by the program director.

For more information about Guided Studies, please check out their website at: http://www.trincoll.edu/Academics/SpecialPrograms/gateway/GuidedStudies/Pages/default.aspx

Until next time,

Alex 😀

The Gateway Programs: ISP and InterArts

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I am writing to you today to highlight about a group of special academic programs available to first-years at Trinity called the Gateway Programs. These programs are aimed at students with specific interests as they enter their first year at Trinity. One thing for prospective students to keep in mind is that you can express your interest in these programs as you are applying to Trinity. While there are four Gateway Programs in total, today I will focus on the Interdisciplinary Science Program (ISP) and InterArts Program.

Interdisciplinary Science Program

full image draper cliAs the title suggests, ISP is a program for students interested in the sciences, as well as mathematics. Members of this program take part in a three-course sequence during their first two years. First-years take a seminar during the first semester and participate in a research apprenticeship during their second semester. The ability to conduct research in a lab under a professor during your very first year on campus is an incredible opportunity and many students continue with this research throughout their four years at Trinity. In addition to these components, ISP students also take a course of their choice concerning science in society, typically during their sophomore year.

For more information about ISP, please check out their website at: http://www.trincoll.edu/Academics/SpecialPrograms/gateway/ISP/Pages/default.aspx

InterArts

interarts2.13The InterArts Program is a one year program for students interested in the studying and practicing the art. Members of this program take a seminar during their first semester concerning the artistic process, while completing collaborative creative projects based on the skills they are learning. During their second semester, students take a class that focuses on the role/purpose of are in society. In addition to these two courses, InterArts students also complete two “arts practice” classes, which include classes in dance, theater, music, visual arts, creative writing, or film. One amazing opportunity associated with this program is the ability for students to volunteer as mentors in the art classes at the Montessori school across the street.

For more information about InterArts, please check out their website at: http://www.trincoll.edu/Academics/SpecialPrograms/gateway/interarts/Pages/default.aspx

Be on the lookout for another post about the other two Gateway Programs, The Cities and Guided Studies Programs, in the coming weeks.

Until next time,

Alex 😀

The Bantam Network

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Today I am writing about a newly implemented program for incoming first-years: The Bantam Network. Named after Trinity’s mascot, The Bantam Network was developed over the past year by current students. The network is meant to help first-years adjust to life at Trinity as fast as possible by introducing them to classmates, faculty, and staff as soon as they step onto campus and providing them support as they transition from high school to college life.

Sports BantamIn this system, first-year seminars are going to be housed in neighboring dorms and grouped into Nests with 4 or 5 other first-year seminars, meaning that there are approximately 60 to 75 students in each Nest, with a total of 10 Nests. Each nest will have a mentoring group made up of a Student Life Dean, a Trinsition Fellow, a Faculty Mentor, and 3 peer mentors: an RA, a PRIDE Leader, and a Seminar Mentor. Additionally, first-year students will have further support from Career Development Fellows, Wellness Mentors, and Study-Away Liaisons.

For more information about The Bantam Network, Nests, and more, be sure to check out the website at:http://www.trincoll.edu/StudentLife/BantamNetwork/Pages/default.aspx

Until next time,

Alex 😀

Advice for the Class of 2019

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Tomorrow marks the first day of June advising days for the Class of 2019, which means that over the next few days, incoming first years will be visiting campus in order to take placement exams and start to figure out what they are taking during their first semester. For more about June Days and other important information for the Class of 2019 check out: http://admitted.trincoll.edu/

We can't wait to have you on campus!

We can’t wait to have you on campus!

As I have been reflecting a lot on my 4 years at Trinity, I wanted to take the time to offer a few pieces of advice all of the incoming students:

1) Take advantage of as many opportunities as you can while you are here.

This includes opportunities inside the classroom, around campus, and in the greater Hartford area. There is so much happening on and off campus and it can be easy to slide into a comfortable pattern early on, but you should try to resist this! When you get here, you should try out as many clubs and activities as you are interested in, attend events hosted by a variety of groups, and take classes that sound interesting, even if you have no experience with the subject matter. Trying new things is what college is all about, and Trinity offers so many opportunities that it would be silly not to take advantage of them.

2) Leave your door open when you are in your room.

If you are hanging out in your room doing homework, watching tv, or just hanging out, leave your door open. It is a great way to meet new people, especially during the first few weeks of class. People can easily stop by and say hello as they walk down the hall. It is a particularly great way to get to know your dorm-mates, and you never know, you may meet your new best friend when they stop in because you have a poster of their favorite movie.

3) Do not be afraid to ask for help or advice.

While you are heading off to college in the fall in order to further develop your independence, it is ok to ask others for help and/or advice. College is a brand new experience and you will have so many fantastic professors and fellow students who want to help you succeed. Do not be afraid to use them as a sounding board. From the smallest questions, like where a specific building is on campus, to larger questions, like what internships best fit your interests, the Trinity community wants to help you. All you have to do is ask.

Until next time,

Alex 😀

Commencement 2015

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Today’s blog post is extra special as it is the first one I am writing where I am no longer a student, but rather a proud alum of Trinity College. It is crazy how fast the four years I was at Trinity went by! Although I just graduated, I will still be writing this blog, at least for a little longer, as I am working in the Admissions Office this summer.

A little over two weeks ago, I, along with the rest of the Class of 2015 graduated in Trinity’s 189th Commencement ceremony. The ceremony took place outside on our beautiful main quad. Luckily, the weather was nice and sunny, albeit a little toasty.

Me and my fellow Fred seniors at our tent on graduation day

Me and my fellow Fred seniors at our tent on graduation day

After the ceremony, we all headed down to ‘Tent City’, a Trinity sponsored event where graduates can rent tents out on the soccer fields and host graduation parties. I had a tent with my fellow Fred seniors and we invited all of our families and friends. It was really wonderful being able to all celebrate together.

Until next time,

Alex 😀

Spring Weekend With WRTC

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Last week, I posted a blog about Spring Weekend @ The Fred:http://commons.trincoll.edu/admissions-alexandra1/2015/04/30/spring-weekendthefred/

Today, I am writing about the awesome concert that WRTC put on for Spring Weekend. For those of you who do not know, WRTC is our on campus radio station. Located on the first floor of our own High Rise dorm, students can host their own radio shows. For more information about the radio station, check out their website: http://www.wrtcfm.com/

Penn Badgley, lead singer of MOTHXR

Penn Badgley, lead singer of MOTHXR

So, Saturday afternoon of Spring Weekend, out on the LSC quad, WRTC hosted a concert. Luckily, the weather was much better than the night before.  The concert consisted of two bands from Brooklyn: MOTHXR and Animal Years.

Animal Years

Animal Years

Campus was abuzz about MOTHXR because their lead singer is Penn Badgley (from Gossip Girl fame). They played their set and then the second band, Animal Years, took the stage. They were really fun and had a super energetic set. Overall, the concert was a great addition to our Spring Weekend celebration.

Until next time,

Alex 😀

 

Spring Weekend @ The Fred

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This past weekend was Spring Weekend and there was so much live music on our campus that there is too much to write about in just one blog. It was amazing. Today I am writing about the The Fred Spring Weekend Cookout and Concert, which happened last Friday. I was in charge of the committee for this event, so I was very busy running around making sure we were prepared for the event the last couple weeks.

Even though it was super cold, especially considering that it was late April, we started the night off outside. We have a really nice patio and quad area next to our dorm and it is always fun to make use of that space. We had three bands perform while barbecuing on the grill. The show opened with a band called Lolita, which is comprised of Trinity students. The second band we had play was Turn Life Lunar, a duo from UHART.

Turn Life Lunar

Turn Life Lunar playing outside the Fred

Then, because it got so cold as the night went on, we decided to move inside to finish off the night. The third band was The Grownup Noise, who are based out of Boston. I thought it was really cool that they had an accordion player.

The Grownup Noise playing inside the Fred.

The Grownup Noise playing inside the Fred.

Despite the unseasonably cold night, the concert went really well and we had a very good turnout. It was also so much fun getting to meet the bands.

As I said, there was so much happening on campus last weekend, so be on the lookout for another post about Spring Weekend.

Until next time,

Alex 😀

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 😀

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 😀