Visit Us!

Do you know anyone who bought a house they had never seen except in pictures? Yes, that has happened, but I don’t recommend it. Well, your chosen college campus will be your home away from home for four years; isn’t it important to see it for yourself?

At Trinity, we enjoy welcoming visitors because they tend to have a common reaction: “I can’t believe how beautiful this campus is!” And: “I didn’t expect a campus like this right in a city!” We know that is just the first step in discovering why Trinity is a special place with unique experiences to offer.

Whether Trinity is on your college short list, or you are just traveling by for a summer trip, consider stopping in. A campus visit can be pivotal in the decision-making process. Keep in mind that the summer is often convenient for traveling and you see colleges during a kinder season than, say, winter, but the energy on campus may be quite different in the summer than when the fall or spring semesters are underway. Stopping by in the summer can be that first step to know whether you can picture yourself in that environment for the upcoming four years. After you have that sense, you can dig into more research, and consider coming back for an interview when classes are in session.

See our Campus Visit information (Have I mentioned that we are two hours from New York City, Boston, and Providence?)

If you are not able to see us in person, take a look at these two unique perspectives of our beautiful campus: Tour from Above and In Motion

We look forward to welcoming you to Trinity College!

From the Class to the Office: My Trinity Experience

IMG_2981Hello 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,

Zachary Haines

From the Class to the Office: My Trinity Experience

Seaside dining after a long day of excavation in Old City of Akko, Israel.

Seaside dining after a long day of excavation in Old City of Akko, Israel.

Hello and welcome to the second installment of my guest-blogger series. For those of you who are just tuning in: I am Zachary Haines, I graduated in 2014 with my B.A. in Classics and Art History and I currently work in Admissions. In my previous blog entry, I discussed my college search and the factors that drew me to Trinity. Today I would like to share what I did during my four years at Trinity.

Last time I mentioned that Trinity provides the means for self-discovery. In fact, my Trinity education unlocked potential that I did not even know I possessed. I took on leadership roles within:

In addition to these extracurricular endeavors, I was able to pursue study abroad opportunities at the Trinity College Rome Campus and at the Tel Akko archaeological field school, where I realized my life-long dream of participating in an archaeological excavation.

During my junior year, Trinity awarded me funding to support international research. I returned to Rome in order to study Augustan-era antiquities for my senior thesis, “Consensus Universorum: Ritual Monument in the Age of Augustus,” which stands my proudest academic accomplishment to date.

I owe many of my successes to the amazing faculty and staff at Trinity, such as Pr. Kristin Triff, whose “Barons, Popes, and Patrons” class motivated me to declare Art History as my second major; or Pr. Meredith Safran of the Classics department, who helped me customize a year-long teaching assistantship and advised my independent research project and thesis. By sharing their passion with their students, Trinity professors lead by example; they inspire success.

So my lesson for today is: meet the faculty and staff at your college and start a conversation about your interests. They will be your greatest advocates and allies, both during your undergraduate career and afterwards.

Thank you for reading and please keep an eye out for the third and final installment, where I will share how Trinity has assisted me in my postgraduate professional endeavors.

Zachary Haines

From the Classroom to the Office: My Trinity Experience

IMG_2981Hello, everyone. My name is Zachary Haines, I am a graduate of the Trinity College Class of 2014 and I now work in the Office of Admissions. In this three-part guest-blogger series, I will share my unique perspective as both a student and a professional at Trinity. Today’s topic is my experience applying to colleges, and how I chose Trinity.

College is a major investment for students and their families, and everyone wants to feel secure that they are making an informed choice. When I was trying to navigate this process as a high school student, I did not know whether I would prefer:

And I had not yet considered:

I did not understand how these factors could shape not only my education, but also my future. And what is worse, I felt insecure about asking for guidance.

I came to know Trinity College because of its proximity to my home, and because I had gone to high school across the street from the campus. I was initially wary of the school because it was so close to everything I already knew. I wondered, could I have a new experience here, or would Trinity merely present more of the same?

However, I learned from visiting and communicating with representatives of the school that each Trinity student pilots his or her own course toward higher education. Though I still did not have all the answers, I felt assured that this school would provide the means to uncover them. That is the essence of the liberal arts.

My parting words are for those anticipating the college application process: ask questions and collaborate. Seek the counsel of those who have been through this process before. And finally, if my account rings true for any of you, consider that Trinity might be the place you are looking for.

Stay tuned for my next installment, where I will share what I made of my four years at Trinity. Until next time.

Zachary Haines


Embracing Discomfort

BaseballA few weeks ago, I had a chat with a Trinity colleague who works with students. She mentioned that incoming students seem to have an increasing lack of coping skills when they arrive at college. In those critical first few days of college, the discomfort of The New and The Unknown seemed to throw some students into isolation and/or panic. Although we offer a fun, informative, and supportive orientation program, walking into change will never be without some discomfort. She saw students retreating because of that discomfort, without a sense that it was temporary and would soon subside. That tendency can be very costly.

Our conversation resonated with me for many days, and I began to look at my own behaviors and choices around discomfort. I remember my own college application process. I switched high schools in the middle of my junior year when my family moved across the country. I had been overwhelmed by the changes in my life, and the college search and application process had me utterly paralyzed. This was especially challenging for my college professor/administrator father. College was his comfort zone. For me, it was a big UNKNOWN horizon and I didn’t know how to move forward. Ironic, considering my future profession, isn’t it?

I hope my history of discomfort in this process has made me a more empathetic admissions professional. So, consider that Embracing Discomfort Advantage Number One: you can draw on previous experience to have a better perspective of others’ struggles. In other words: “I’ve been there, and let me help you know what’s on the other side of that discomfort.” I wouldn’t be very good at my job if I wasn’t willing to do that. Have you ever tried to learn something from a genius? People who have not struggled with something are not always good guides. If something came naturally to them, they may not know how to teach someone else to navigate the path.

Embracing Discomfort Advantage Number Two may be this: it is the only way to a fulfilling life. Playing it safe will never bring you long-term fulfillment. Think of all the clichés around this: “Life begins beyond your comfort zone,” and, “If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.”  They are clichés for a reason. Playing it safe will keep you stagnate, and there is no guarantee that because you feel safe, you actually are. Life will happen around you, and Life is not responsible for your safety.

Life at college and the learning process itself is not comfortable. It can be fun, engaging, exciting, challenging, rewarding, frustrating, exhausting, inspiring, but I have never heard a student describe his or her college experience as “comfortable.” So when The New is in front of you keep plodding forward deliberately and carefully. Stay empathetic to others and kind to yourself, but keep moving toward The Unknown. Now is not the time to turn back. Time is not kind to those who let discomfort rule their actions. If you are uncomfortable those first few days of college, if you aren’t sure your roommate is the best match for you, if your classes feel intimidating, keep showing up, keep being present, let yourself reside in the discomfort for a while. You don’t have to be perfect. You don’t even need to be impressive. Just stay present. Stay receptive. Embrace discomfort and hang on until you see what’s on the other side.


Building character along with intellect: how we honor Dr. King’s legacy

MLKI write today as the Office of Admissions is closed (officially) in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. I specify “officially” because in this season of college application review, every day is critical, and I know all of my colleagues are actually hard at work reading and processing applications regardless of the fact that our office is closed. As much as I’d like to take the day and participate in the myriad of events to honor Dr. King’s legacy, I realize that my most important role in the broader picture is to keep my focus on these college applications and ensure that a Trinity education is accessible to as many students as possible.

I earnestly believe a Trinity education is a continuation of Dr. King’s legacy. As a prestigious institution of learning that is set in an urban environment, we have a unique opportunity and therefore a unique responsibility to learn from the complexity and richness of our environment and also to learn how to be of service. We cannot stay in the classroom, comfortable with our theories and philosophies; we must reach beyond passively absorbing information and seek experiential wisdom.

Click on the Martin Luther King, Jr. quotes below to see how Trinity programs support his philosophy:

“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character — that is the goal of true education.”

“Make a career of humanity. Commit yourself to the noble struggle for equal rights. You will make a better person of yourself, a greater nation of your country, and a finer world to live in.”

“If we are to have peace on earth, our loyalties must become ecumenical rather than sectional. Our loyalties must transcend our race, our tribe, our class, and our nation; and this means we must develop a world perspective.”

”An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.”

I wish you a thoughtful, meaningful Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and hope you can see his legacy in your life’s work as well.


It merits a second appearance

ab_367Back in December of 2013, I posted information and perspective about our Early Decision (option 1) results. Because this Monday, December 15th, is the posting date for our ED1 decisions, I thought it might be good to revisit that blog entry (with some necessary updates).

Here it is:

Let’s talk basic information
Here is a starting link for those of you who want to check your decisions. If you have trouble accessing the information, here is a help link.

What you might see
There are three possible decisions posted for our completed ED1 candidates. They are: Admitted, Denied, or Deferred.

What’s next

If you are admitted, congratulations! Be sure to withdraw all applications from other institutions as our ED is a binding agreement. (Remember that affidavit you signed with your application?) That step is critical. Usually, it is sufficient to email the other colleges’ admissions offices indicating that you have been admitted to Trinity College as an Early Decision candidate and are withdrawing your application. And every office appreciates a simple, “Thank you for considering my application.” Just an FYI, if you want to keep the good karma flowing while you are basking in the ED Admit glow. Welcome to #TrinColl2019!

If you are denied, seeing that decision can be a tough hit. So let’s talk perspective: there is a strange release in receiving this information. You are not in limbo; you can fully commit to setting your sights elsewhere. Is it what you wanted to hear? No. If you are denied as an ED1 candidate it is likely that Trinity would not have been the right fit for you. It may feel like a value judgment, but we hope that disappointment can ebb enough to make room for that glimmer of hope that, perhaps, this decision will help guide you to your best college fit.

If you are deferred, you are entering what might feel like a murky gray area. You have now been added to the Regular Decision applicant pool. You are no longer held to the binding agreement of Early Decision. Your first order of business will be to finalize any outstanding applications elsewhere. It’s time to press that “submit” button to be sure other colleges and universities have your applications in place before their Regular Decision deadline. If Trinity remains your top choice, then stay hopeful and don’t hesitate to reach back to us! There are many reasons we defer an application: We may want to see one more set of grades to be sure your performance in the classroom continues to improve or shows consistency; we may feel the need to see what the Regular Decision candidates bring to the table before we commit too many class spaces and financial aid resources to too large a group; or there may be an unanswered question lingering in your application. Regardless of the reason, your best course of action is to let us know of your continued interest and to keep us updated with your academic performance, new honors, and leadership activities. It isn’t the answer you may have wished for, but there absolutely is hope for your application.

This process is not easy. It takes grit and determination. We are honored that you chose Trinity as your Early Decision choice and want to assure you that no decision was made without great thought, review, and respect for your application.

Good advice

53f8938b997fbI am minutes away from checking out of my hotel and heading to my final college fair of the fall travel season. I have met wonderful students and had many discussions about the application process. All of us who work in this profession know this process is difficult. Frankly, it shouldn’t be easy. You are making big decisions about the next four years of your lives. Investment in this process and these decisions is key.

But, back to my hotel room …

I turn on my television, and this is playing: Needless to say, it immediately had my full focus. Although all colleges/universities have their own approaches to the process and varying priorities, I will say that these fellow admissions professionals give good advice; what they said truly resonates.

So, take a moment, check it out, then breathe deeply and return to your essays or your application, and remember that it is worth your investment of time and energy. It is not worth a sense of dread or panic. There are thousands of wonderful colleges that serve students. We hope you find the one that matches your needs and hopes for your education.

Now, off to my last college fair!


Up, Up and Away …

blog_picI 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-in-Buenos Aires
Trinity-in-Cape Town
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.

Off to the desert

As a Connecticut transplant from Arizona (with a graduate school stop in the Midwest), I’m excited to head back to the desert and connect with students from the West!

opportunity-signIt’s time to spread the word that Trinity is a great school for any student who wants to experience a classic New England, collegiate liberal arts education with a twist — a city setting. So while I head to meet students in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tucson, and other warm locations, my colleagues are visiting students in the Midwest, the Eastern Seaboard, and as far away as India.

It’s that time of year when sending out emails and lovely brochures just doesn’t suffice. We want to meet you, visit your schools, and let you know why we are proud traveling Bantams.

Keep an eye on our Facebook page at the beginning of each week to see which schools we are headed to for the following days.

We’re excited to meet you! Thanks for hosting us near and far.

(Now, where did I put my rolling carry-on luggage … )