Hello again and welcome to the third and final installment of my guest-blogger series for Trinity’s “Bantam Blogs.” I am Zachary Haines, a Classics and Art History major of the Class of 2014 and an employee in the Trinity Admissions Office. In my previous posts, I have shared how I chose Trinity and what I did during my four years here. Today, I will discuss how Trinity has continued to support me in my postgraduate professional endeavors.
Towards the end of my senior year, I was faced with the same question as so many students of the liberal arts: what am I going to do with my degree? I knew that the written, presentational, and analytical skills I had sharpened during my time at Trinity, as well as my interdisciplinary, liberal arts background gave my resume a competitive edge. But what I did not know was how to begin my search.
Here is where Trinity came in: during my senior year, I attended a trek to New York City sponsored by the Office of Career Development and had the opportunity to learn about careers in the arts from Trinity alumni working as arts administrators, professional actors, and even auctioneers at New York’s esteemed Christie’s Auction House. Though in the end I did not choose to pursue a career in the arts, this experience drove home the value of the extensive, global network of Trinity alumni as a professional resource.
I later attended a NESCAC Alumni networking event in Hartford, where I met a Trinity alumnus who had co-founded a start-up company called The Brothers Crisp. Through this connection, I secured an internship in Communications and spent three months of my postgraduate year writing press releases for the company, managing their social media presence, and developing original content for their website.
My search eventually brought me Trinity’s Office of Admissions, where I employ the skills I gained as a Trinity student every day. Here I have had the opportunity to take on a wide variety of projects, gain invaluable professional experience, and, most importantly, to welcome a group of talented and ambitious students into the Class of 2019.
The role Trinity has played in the development of my career is frankly inestimable. So my parting words to you are these: a Trinity education is an investment for your future. Know that wherever your life leads you after your four years here, you will always have the support of Trinity College.
Thank you for reading,