Pre-orientation Programs: Venture Trinity

Hey all! I’m reaching out today to all the ladies of the class of 2020 to tell you about one of the amazing pre-orientation programs offered here at Trinity! Venture Trinity is an exclusively female-orientated program happening August 25-27th. At Venture, about 40 incoming First Year students will have the opportunity to come to Trinity a few days early and meet some of your fellow classmates and future professors and administrators. Venture is an amazing program for a few reasons. First, you are able to meet some new people before the rest of the class floods the campus during orientation. This can be helpful (and slightly relieving) to know a few people prior to those first few chaotic days on campus. Second, Venture brings in past participants, whom are now upperclassmen, to show you the ropes and provide useful First Year advice. Third, the networking opportunities that Venture provides can open doors for internships and connections in the future!

Although Venture only lasts for two days, there are so many activities and events packed within them. There are things like team-building tasks and large group debates and discussions. Also, a highlight of the program in the all-women panel of speakers that are invited to present and answer questions. Many of these women are Trinity Alumni who have become successful in many different walks of life, all of whom desire to come back and share their stories and advice with the new generation of Trinity women. Finally, if you’re lucky, President Berger-Sweeney will make an appearance as well!

Personally, Venture Trinity was a great first step for me into life at Trinity. I was able to connect with some amazing women and with a handful of professors that I remain close with today. After Venture ended, I had a new sense of confidence and excitement in beginning my college career. Also, I can’t go without saying that through Venture, I have met some of my best friends in life. The relationships that you build with the women around you during the Venture experience are certainly ones that will remain with you throughout your time at Trinity. I would encourage all women in the class of 2020 to consider applying to be a part of this wonderful opportunity Trinity has to offer!


Find out more about Venture Trinity here.

Pre-orientation Programs: P.R.I.D.E. Welcome Weekend

Pre-orientation Programs: P.R.I.D.E. Welcome Weekend

My heart raced with excitement and fear as we drove past the “Trinity College” sign that symbolized my transition from the South Bronx to Hartford. The summer before my freshman year I listened to countless college success stories and nightmares, all while trying to separate the exaggerated details from what I should actually expect. Besides the obvious academic aspirations that I held near and dear, one of my goals was to make Trinity my new home.

I had so many questions about Trinity:  social life, campus culture and tradition, the important events and gatherings, and the rich variety of off campus restaurants and activities. My solution was to get to campus as soon as I possibly could find my answers, which led me to a list of Pre-Orientation programs. The program Promoting Respect for Inclusive Diversity in Education stood out to me because of its mission to, “to provide social and academic support for incoming students from diverse cultural backgrounds and to increase awareness and acceptance of difference.” I was greeted by the warmth of PRIDE Leaders who helped me move into my room, answered my questions in detail, and informed me about the important campus resources and important locations in the surrounding community.

PRIDE Welcome Weekend

Welcome Weekend gave me the opportunity to form meaningful bonds with other first year students and upperclassmen, and PRIDE became more than a pre-orientation program; it became a family. I remember workshops with different campus offices and resources being scheduled throughout the weekend, which gave me an opportunity to learn more about Trinity’s academic and social structures. The program concluded with a cookout, where I heard all kinds of music and tasted different culturally authentic dishes. PRIDE becoming my family encouraged me to make Trinity my second home.

This year will be my third year in the PRIDE program. As a first year student, I benefited from having a leader in my dorm that provided guidance and support. My sophomore year, I decided to become a PRIDE Leader to support incoming first year students in the same way I knew I could rely on my PRIDE Leader. This year, I am an Assistant PRIDE Leader because I value the experiences and services PRIDE provides, because PRIDE is my family and Trinity is my home, and Hartford is my community.

Find out more about the PRIDE Welcome Weekend here.

Written by Kimberly Marzant ’18.  

Pre-orientation Programs: Hartford by Bike

Pre-orientation Programs: Hartford by Bike

You’re probably thinking to yourself: why should I pick this program out of all the countless options I have?

Three years ago I was in your shoes, trying to figure out which pre-orientation program to participate in. I remember being completely overwhelmed with all of the options to choose from. I picked the Hartford by Bike Program because I love biking.  Since then, I have come back three years in a row for all the action-packed fun.

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Pre-orientation Programs: Quest

Pre-orientation Programs: Quest

You may be familiar with Quest, whether you have seen it on the Trinity website, in postcards mailed home, or through word of mouth by other students when visiting the college. All incoming first-year students in the class of 2020 have the opportunity to start their four years at Trinity College with a wilderness adventure on Quest, Trinity’s extended pre-orientation program on the Appalachian Trail.

I signed up for Quest three years ago when a friend’s older sibling, then a student at Trinity, encouraged me to sign-up for the trip. Having no real outdoor backing experience nor knowing anyone else who may be on the trip, I didn’t quite know what to expect. Continue reading

Pre-orientation Programs

Congratulations – you’re a member of TrinColl 2020!  …now what?

If you’ve visited the new student site, you’ve most likely seen the checklist we put together to make sure you know when to complete your required forms and tasks.  You may notice that the month of June is the time to register for pre-orientation programs.  If this has you asking: “What are those and why should I register for them?” …we have your answers!

Over the next few days, we will be publishing a series of posts written by current Trinity students who have participated in these programs.  You will hear all about their experiences, why they chose the program they did, and why they were thrilled with their decision to participate in a pre-orientation program! Stay tuned!

For more specific information about the pre-orientation programs, please visit this link

Guest Blogger: Greg Gavelis ’08

Guest Blogger: Greg Gavelis ’08

In spring of 2004, shortly after my acceptance to Trinity College, I got an unassuming letter inviting me to the first-year Interdisciplinary Science Program (ISP). I couldn’t know it at the time, but this letter initiated a cascade of events that would plunge me up to my eyeballs in science. Unlike the thousands of biology undergraduates at the university where I just completed my doctorate, at Trinity College I had the opportunity to do research as a freshman, camp at an experimental farm, and present my findings with [Thomas S. Johnson Distinguished Professor of Biology] Dan Blackburn at the National History Museum in Paris. In hindsight, the invitation to that first-year program was a lot like getting a first owl from Hogwarts.Greg Gavelis ’08 Trinity College

But it’s impossible to see the bigger picture while it’s still being written. Truth be told, I arrived at Trinity full of doubt. The weekend before classes, I’d gone for an extramural camping trip with a Trinity sports team and immediately learned that some college scenes just weren’t for me. (I discovered the delayed effects of facial poison ivy during orientation weekend. And while camping, I learned why not to put place your sleeping bag downhill from the designated pee tree – a morning too late). By contrast, my twin had joined the cross-country team at Wesleyan and was loving it. I was green with envy and red with poison ivy, but soon, our college experiences would take a turn.

In the ISP, Alison Draper [director of the Interdisciplinary Science Center and a lecturer in interdisciplinary science] immediately engaged us in science. Within the first few weeks of class, we went out into Hartford and measured lead levels at an abandoned city lot. She helped us present our findings before a Hartford urban planning board (the lead levels were negligible, and the lot is now, happily, a community garden). Not long after, at a poster presentation, Professor Blackburn invited me to join his lab. I was also taught electron microscopy personally by Dr. Ann Lehman, who oversaw the electron microscopy facility. The strangest part was, I wasn’t a straight-A student; I was just an awkward freshman excited about biology.

This kind of thing isn’t possible in most universities. With sprawling science facilities, university labs are larger but far less personal. Research in each unit is done by dozens of grad students and postdocs, while the professor is occupied primarily with the tasks of administration and writing grants (teaching falls mostly on lecturers). In this, the standard model, students and professors rarely interact. By contrast, labs at Trinity consist of one professor and just a couple students, and we spoke with our professors every day. My faculty adviser, Scott Smedley [associate professor of biology], took us on field trips to Church Farm, and [Charles A. Dana Professor of Biology] Craig Schneider trekked with students to Nepal (he still does). Both professors, on several occasions, invited classes for lunch or dinner at their homes. Once, on a drive home from a dinner seminar, a friend confessed that if she ever got in a jam, she wouldn’t know who to call first – her parents or Doc Schneider. I didn’t realize how rare these experiences are until I went for my master’s and Ph.D. at large universities. At Trinity, these faculty encounters weren’t unusual, they were just life.

Unlike my brother, I never got into the college party scene, but Trinity presented opportunities whose benefits were more enduring. Among the handful of friends that I “nerded out” with, one is now a doctor, two are professors (in chemistry and physics), and I’d like to think that in biology, I’m on my way. So now, as I pack up for a research position in the largest university in the U.S., I hope to bring Trinity’s small-school lessons with me. There are many steps to being a professor, and I don’t know when I’ll get there, but thanks to Trinity, I know exactly the kind of professor I want to be.

Greg Gavelis, Ph.D., is currently a postdoctoral researcher in cell biology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. As of November 2016, he will be a postdoctoral researcher at Arizona State University. He recently had a paper published in the journal Nature.

This article was originally published on Trinity College’s website