Why We Love Division III

Why We Love Division III

One factor of college life that can be an important point when deciding which college is best for you is athletics. Whether you’re into them or couldn’t care less, athletics are an important part of any college experience. When I was deciding which school to go to, I really didn’t take into consideration the sports that were offered because I knew I wasn’t going to be playing. When I was on a tour of Trinity, one thing that stuck out to me was the camaraderie that comes with watching a sports event.

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Being from Massachusetts, I grew up watching the Red Sox, the Patriots and the Bruins, and going to live events was even better than watching on TV. When I came to Trinity, I thought I wouldn’t like going to a college sports game, especially at a D3 school, where there’s not as much emphasis on athletics. Then I went to a hockey game.

Last year, our men’s hockey team was amazing, scoring an average of 3 goals a games and when the finals came to Trinity, every student wanted to go to the ice rink to see them play. I covered them quite a bit for the Trinity Tripod, our school newspaper and I even convinced my non-athletic friends to come along. They were skeptical at first but they grew to love the sport and even came with me to the NESCAC championship, held in our very own Koeppel Community Sports rink. Trinity men ended up dominating and won the championship last year and it was really fun to go and watch.

A great thing about Trinity is that you can play a sport and be an athlete but be other things too. The captain of the women’s soccer team isn’t just a soccer player; she’s an engineering major with an interest in education. The third line men’s hockey forward isn’t just a hockey player but also an English major with a Hispanic studies minor. Sports do not dictate how other students perceive athletes and that’s one of the reasons I love Trinity. You can have many identities and one is not stronger than the other.

People may think that because we are D3 in all og our sports (expect for D1 squash!), we don’t care as much about athletics. That couldn’t be further from the truth. We are as excited for our soccer teams as Notre Dame is about their football. And we don’t put our focus on athletics. Trinity knows that getting an education and a college degree is just as, if not more, important than winning that one game. That’s why I’m proud to be a Bantam.

Interview Hack- SAAs share their FAQs

Interview Hack- SAAs share their FAQs

The interview, though not required, can be an extremely nerve-wracking part of the application process. However, think of it as your chance to show off and put your best foot forward. Some of our Student Admissions Associates (read more about them here) have shared their favorite questions to ask in an interview.

My personal favorite is “What has been the most memorable experience you’ve had in high school?” Whether it be a positive or a negative experience, this is an opportunity for students to talk about teachers or students that have had an impact on them, a class or club that has forced them to step out of their comfort zone, or something that is just really meaningful to them. I love how open-ended this question is, since I always get different responses!

Maura– “I like to ask people what their super power would be if they had you. I’ve gotten some really fun answers, and you can learn a lot about someone. For example, someone once said they wished they could be invisible so they could climb statues in public without judgement.”

Sebastian- My favorite question to ask is also the first question I ask: “Tell me about yourself.” This question gives students the opportunity to talk about themselves, which I think creates a more relaxed atmosphere. I also believe that the answer might give another talking point or generate my next question. It’s a great way to have a free-flowing interview, rather than a constant Q&A.

Griffin- “As you think about your transition from high school to college and the opportunity for growth that such a transition offers, what personal traits or characteristics do you want to make sure you hold onto?” After the interviewee responds, I then ask, “So, the other side of this question: what personal traits or characteristics do you want to change or leave behind when you transition to college?”

I leave this bifurcated question for the end of the interview, and — if I’ve done a good job building a rapport with the interviewee — it often elicits an honest examination of the interviewee’s own strengths and weaknesses. I love the question because it leads to responses that are truly telling of how self–aware and reflective an individual is, with these two traits being major assets here at Trinity.

Elise-My favorite question to ask is “If you could go back and take one class again because you loved it so much, what would it be and why?” I like this question because students get very excited to talk about a class that they have loved, and I often learn something new about the topic that the class was based on.”

Sedona- “My favorite question to ask is ‘How would you spend a snow day?’ This is a chance for students to show what they’re passionate about outside of the classroom and what they enjoy doing with their free time!”

Henry- “What is an experience you have had that changed your perspective on the world?”

Interview Do’s and Don’ts

Interview Do’s and Don’ts

Interviews at Trinity are a fantastic way to tell us more about yourself, show your personality and passions, and clarify any aspects of your application. Although they are not required, they are strongly recommended for those reasons. Below are some interview Do’s and Don’ts to help you prepare!

Prospective students will most likely interview with one of our trained Student Admissions Associates on campus.


DO send your interviewer a thank you note! It can be a short email or personalized via snail mail. Either way this shows that you paid attention to what we talked about and are a thoughtful person. It’s another way to show your interest in Trinity and communicate with the Admissions staff. Trust me, it makes my day when I receive a thank you note…bonus points if it is handwritten!

DO ask questions and show that you’ve done your homework! It could be something as simple as “where’s your favorite place to eat on campus?” or “why did you pick Trinity?” Any way to thoughtfully engage with your interviewer will help you to stand out in their mind!

DO be able to point to a few things unique to Trinity that you would like to participate in. Whether it be a specific department/major, a couple of extra curricular clubs, or taking advantage of Hartford, interviewers like to see that you are genuinely interested in Trinity and would make the most of your time here!

DO talk about your passions, hobbies, and anything else to help you stand out! Interviewers meet with hundreds of kids every year so having a few special details to make you memorable during reading season will definitely help!


DON’T wear gym shorts…but also don’t feel pressure to wear a three-piece suit. It’s important that you make a good impression and are putting your best foot forward. Of course your outfit will not make or break the interview, but it does reflect how much you care!

DON’T contact the office every two weeks telling us how much you want to come to Trinity. Of course we love your enthusiasm, but make your contact with us meaningful and pertinent!

DON’T forget to call us if you’re going to be late or need to reschedule your interview. We understand that traffic, bad weather, or things at home can happen unexpectedly and be out of your control! Please just be considerate enough to let the office know!

DON’T be nervous! This is your time to shine! The best interviews are often the ones where the prospective students are confident, comfortable, and personable. Of course your interviewer understands there is a ton of pressure in this moment and it’s okay to make mistakes or not have the perfect answer. But try your best to let your nerves not get in the way of your ability to talk about yourself. If you would feel more comfortable interviewing via Skype or with an alumni outside of the office, contact the Admissions Office!

Trinity Days @ Trinity

Trinity Days @ Trinity

Trinity Days are approaching fast, to the relief of the student body. We all cherish the two-day reading break each semester, and many students use it as an opportunity to get off campus for a mini-vacation. Although this sounds great, sometimes you just need to stay in Hartford and get work done, and if you don’t live in New England it can be difficult to make it home. This is also an excellent way to spend the long weekend! There are lots of perks to staying on campus.

A view of the main quad, Cinestudio, and Clement Chemistry Building.
  • Actually getting all of your reading and writing done!: I’ve had lots of professors assign deadlines over Trinity Days, and I’m never as productive as I would hope when I’m at home. Trin Days were designed for studying, so take advantage of the quiet campus and get ahead on your work!
  • Enjoying the beautiful urban campus: I tend to lose sight of how stunning Trinity is as I go about my busy day-to-day life. Use Trinity Days to pause and appreciate the school at a slower pace.
  • Getting out into Hartford: I think a lot of Trinity students get so caught up in classes and on-campus life that it can be hard to engage with the city we’re a part of. I want to make it to the Mark Twain House, hit the Wadsworth Atheneum again, and see another show at the Hartford Stage. A few days without classes means that I can take advantage of all that Hartford has to offer.
  • Catching up on sleep: After a few weeks where my 7:30am alarm was going strong, I find myself snoozing for a few minutes longer every day. A long weekend on a quiet campus is the perfect time to catch up on sleep and refresh yourself for the rest of the semester.
Staying Organized in College

Staying Organized in College

I think we all can recall one time or another when we find ourselves sitting in the library or at the desk in our dorm room and thinking: “My life is a mess.” Being disorganized can be one of the most stressful and overwhelming feelings during the semester. Also, if you’re anything like me, then being disorganized can make an already stressful situation one hundred times worse. In my opinion, organization and stress levels go hand-in-hand. Now, don’t get me wrong – I know that there are some people out there in the world that do not worry about organizing anything and still make it through life just fine! However, for the rest of us that don’t have that skill, here are some easy tips to help you stay organized for the remainder of the semester.


  1. Buy an agenda. If you haven’t already done so, I highly suggest investing in a weekly/monthly planner. Not only do they help you keep track of assignments and due dates, but they come in every shape, size, and color – there’s literally one for everybody! Personally, I alway go for the agendas that show the entire month first, and then break it down by week afterwards. I also look for agendas that leave a lot of space to write underneath each day. When there is more space to write, you can be sure later on that you put down all the necessary information for certain assignments and due dates! It’s also just nicer to look at too…
  2. Color-Code everything. The ways in which I keep track of my notes and handouts from each class is by color-coding my notebooks and folders. I know this is seemingly old-fashioned, but I promise it works. Normally I take five classes per semester, meaning that when I go school shopping I purchase five notebooks in five different colors, and five folders in those same colors to match! I always suggest buying 1 inch, 3-ring binders as folders because they are sturdier and you can reuse them. Then, all you have to is find a whole punch and a Sharpie to label everything and you’re in business!
  3. Highlighters rule. When some people prepare readings for their upcoming classes, they prefer to simply underline what they think is important or what they are unsure about. While this is a great tactic, I am a full believer of the highlighter. If you are saying to yourself, “Man, I really can’t stand looking at a paper full of neon yellow lines,” then that’s okay! However, I do suggest that you purchase some highlighters anyway. Even if you don’t use them while you are doing your work, it might be nice to use some bold colors to remind yourself when assignments, projects, and readings are due for specific classes
  4. Ask questions. While this one is pretty self-explanatory, I would just like to reiterate. Unsure about the prompt of an assignment? Can’t remember the exact due date for an upcoming paper? Ask. Do not ever be afraid to clarify things you are unsure about. Believe me, it’s way easier than not asking and then freaking out on a Thursday night because the paper that you thought was due next Friday is actually due tomorrow! (Take me up on this…I write from experience).
  5. Make your bed. This one is slightly different from the tips I’ve shared above, but I think it is just as important. If you take just five extra minutes in the morning to make your bed after tossing and turning all night, you will feel so much better when you return after a long day to go to sleep. Coming home to a nicely made bed is the best feeling of relief when all you want to do it lay down and unwind from stress. When your bed is made, it makes it a little bit easier to keep the rest of your room clean as well! This way, with a freshly made bed and clean room, all the other craziness going on in your life won’t seem so consuming and overwhelming!

Staying organized in college has been a personal struggle of mine for a long time now. Fortunately, I know that I’m not alone in that struggle either. These are just a few things that I do in order to stay on top of my life and keep organized and I hope one or two of them can help you do that too!