I had the absolute delight of seeing a bit of Albuquerque’s Balloon Fiesta this past week after a wonderful week of visiting schools around New Mexico. Although as an admissions officer my schedule is full of high school visits, college fairs, and interviews, I also like to take a little time, if possible, to connect with the culture and “vibe” (if you will) of the various places I have the pleasure to visit. I like to be able to share with students what kinds of differences and commonalities they might find if they choose to come to New England and attend our college in a city.
I was excited to hear that students saw college as an opportunity to change their scenery — literally and figuratively — to experience a different perspective, culture, and region of the country. At Trinity, we hope that is just a first step. More than 50% of our students opt to have a semester abroad or, as we call it, Study Away. Why do we call our Study Abroad program “Study Away?” Good question; and we have a good answer. Trinity’s Study Away program includes domestic programs like Trinity/La MaMa Urban Arts Semester in New York City; research in Washington, D.C.; maritime studies at Mystic Seaport; the 12-College Exchange; and theater courses at the National Theater Institute.
Our international programs include:
Trinity College Rome Campus
And those are simply the Trinity-sponsored programs.
Taking advantage of our Study Away program is one of the most defining and exciting things you can do as a Trinity student. You have the support of the College, yet get to experience a different culture, language, perspective, area of the world. I know students who have worked with the House of Lords in London during a Student Away semester; have studied artists in Pompeii one semester, then participated in an archeological dig in Israel the following summer. One of our talented musicians was an apprentice to a cathedral musical director in Paris, while another student studied community health efforts for women in South America.
So, take the time, take that leap, and let the opportunities take you up, up and study away.