Since Trinity is located in a city, there are many opportunities to gain real life experience. For example, although the school year is over there are students still on campus doing research with professors, doing internships in Hartford, and working as summer employees for different departments on campus.
I want to talk about a two internships I had last summer while living on campus:
First, I had the opportunity to work with UConn’s Migrant Farm Worker Clinics, where I had hands-on experience providing non-profit medical aid to the seasonal workers. I was given the opportunity to use my Spanish skills by translating for the doctors and patients and was taught how to take patients’ blood samples, blood pressure and how to accurately read those results. The majority of farm workers have never had a doctor’s visit in their entire lives and although the care we provided was minimal, it provided preventative care that will protect the futures of the patients we saw.
On my off time, I worked for the Malta House of Care, which administers healthcare to the underprivileged in Hartford. During this internship I was able to see the behind-the-scenes of a non-profit organization. I helped with fundraising publicity and learned how to apply for grants. It still amazes me how many dedicated individuals it takes to make Malta’s Mobile Clinic run smoothly.
Internships are a great way to figure out what career path you want to pursue after Trinity. The two internships I just described, inspired me to pursue a career in medicine.
This week I was devastated by the inaction of Congress. As of Monday, July 1, student subsidized Stafford loan interest rates have increased from 3.4% to 8.5%. Student debt is already over $1 trillion and will only continue to rise if something is not done.
During my time at Trinity, countless professors have ingrained in me the importance of keeping up with current issues. No matter whether you are a current student or a recent graduate like myself, you always have the opportunity to learn. At Trinity, you will have close relationships with your professor and will be taught lessons that will inspire you throughout your life.
One professor that comes to mind is Professor Williams, from the Sociology department, who inspires his students to take action. He taught me that it is never too late to take action and make your voice heard. I was thinking of Professor Williams earlier this week when I decided to contact my Congressman, Peter Defazio, to voice my fear for the future of this country if student debt continues to rise.
Sean Patrick asks an important question of all future generations: “How will you tackle problems faced by your predecessors, and what will you do that they didn’t?” How can we be expected to present the ingenuity needed to tackle the gravest problems of the future, if we first have to dig ourselves out of a debt?
For incoming students at Trinity, there is often a loan that is part of your Financial Aid package. Talk with your parents and see if this may affect you.
I am pleased to announce that I will be going abroad on a Global Gap year this coming September with the organization Projects Abroad! I was just accepted today! I will embark on two educational and diverse internship experiences for a total of seven months.
For four months, I will work as a medical intern in Maduria, India. While in India I will be shadowing physicians in areas such as pediatrics, neurology, dermatology, radiology, as well as given opportunities to observe surgeries. I am excited to be exposed to medical methods used abroad. I know that in many ways India will be similar to Western medicine but I am certain that unique differences will emerge.
Then I will spend three months on an island off the coast of Cambodia where I will volunteer in a marine conservation project. Not only will I be certified to do deep sea diving, but also I will be working to preserve the marine life and reefs of the Thailand Gulf. I personally have always chosen to be an informed and conscious member of the global community and that means caring and attending to what goes on in the oceans as well as on land.
I have two pieces of advice:
- Think out of the box when it comes to your education. Just because you are not in a classroom doesn’t mean you are not gaining valuable experience.
- Seize opportunities and embrace them with an open mind.
I had a wonderful week meeting the incoming first years and their parents. I hope that I was able to inspire students to take classes that they are interested in taking. I always tell students to take classes that inspire you to learn. Don’t be practical, be passionate!
I hope that the incoming class has a wonderful and enlightening first year at Trinity.
Greetings from Trinity College and welcome to my blog!
I am originally from the West Coast – the Beaver State to be exact – and if you are unfamiliar with our State nickname . . . I am a native of the state of Oregon. My hometown is Cottage Grove, which is a small rural community about two hours south of Portland, along the I-5 corridor. Cottage Grove is known for its many covered bridges. In fact, it has earned the title of the “Covered Bridge Capital of the West”.
I recently graduated from Trinity, but am still on campus finishing up an internship at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center (CCMC). I will talk more about my internship in an upcoming post.
During my junior year, I studied abroad at the University of Glasgow, in Scotland. It was a phenomenal experience which allowed me to not only study with other international students on a prestigious campus but allowed me easy access to explore several other countries during my stay; including; England, France, Ireland, Sweden, Spain and Portugal. I guess exploring other countries and cultures has been quite a passion of mine for a while and I hope to be abroad again soon. In fact, in the next few months, I will be pursuing a Human Rights internship before continuing my studies in the medical field. Recently, I have come across another Trinity alum who works for an NGO, in Nepal, and I hope to be working with him in the near future. One never knows what opportunities can arise through networking.
So, there is my introduction and I hope this gives you a bit of an overview of who I am. I will be blogging throughout the summer about my various experiences at Trinity and hope that you will send me a message if you have any particular questions.