Dorm Room Essentials

One of the most exciting things for me as I was getting ready for my Freshman year was decorating my dorm room. It is important to make your room your own and have all the essentials.

First, make it cozy. This is where you will be living for the next eight months so you need to make it a place where you will happily go to sleep, hangout with friends, do your homework, and even eat. Perhaps add string lights to create a nice ambiance, a couple throw blankets, extra pillows, a comfy rug and if your lucky to have enough space- add a chair/beanbag for guests.

One thing I could not live without in my dorm is a power strip. Unfortunately there aren’t that many outlets in my room which is why a power strip is essential. I now have all my electronics and chargers in one spot rather than having them sprawled out around my room.

Another dorm room must have is a mattress pad. This will make your bed feel just like your one from home. It will be super comfortable and you will never have trouble falling asleep.

Lastly, the most important dorm room essential is YOU. Your room should be a reflection of your hobbies, happiness, and life to show who you are as a person! Add a wall of photos, posters of your favorite band, a tapestry, and of course a Trinity College banner!

 

Why I Love Going to a Small School

Why I Love Going to a Small School

When going through the college process, one of the first questions I had to ask myself in order to narrow down my choices was whether I wanted to go to a small or big school. After making a list of the pros and cons, I came to a quick conclusion that a smaller school would be a better fit for me. Below are some of the reasons why I love going to a small school.

Most of my classes this year consist of around 15 people. For many, that number can sound scary because there is a lot of focus on individual students rather than in a lecture of 100 people at a bigger school where the focus is solely on the teacher. In small classes, the dynamic is more of a student run class where each person contributes his/her thoughts into the discussion. I didn’t realize how impactful a small class would be until I came here. I am able to share my thoughts and express any questions I may have had. I have become more confident in class when speaking. I also am able to get more individual attention from professors who actually know my name, which helps when material is difficult and I need personalized help.

Another reason why I love going to a small school is the ability to have close relationships with my professors. Every professor offers office hours and are always available upon request. This allows students to get to know their professors on a more personal and casual level. Gaining a relationships is very important as your professors guide you throughout your four years as well as your future beyond college.

Walking around campus everyday, I always see a familiar face but at the same time I will always see new faces. Trinity’s friendly environment allows me to feel welcomed and comfortable. Sometimes, if a school is too big, it can seem a little intimidating, not knowing where your going or not seeing people you know. At a small college, your surrounding become quickly becomes friendly, and it becomes a place you can truly relax.

Things I Learned After My First Semester

Things I Learned After My First Semester

Even though this is only my second semester here at Trinity, I can confidently say that I have learned a lot, in and out of class. For most, going to college for the first time is a major transition, so there is a lot to learn.

Lesson #1- Learn how to manage your time wisely:

My first couple weeks at school, I was amazed at all of the free time I had. I wasn’t really used to having only a couple hours of class everyday and was overwhelmed by my free time. That being said, if you feel that you have a lot of ‘free time’, realize that it is never ‘free’- take advantage of that time and get ahead on work before everything starts piling up.

Lesson #2- Befriend your professors 

One of the major perks about this school is the size. Some of my classes consisted of only ten people which may seem intimidating, but you will soon realize and appreciate how close you can get with your professors. Every professor has office hours which you should really take advantage of. Even if you don’t have a question about the class, go in and have a conversation with them about anything! They will appreciate your efforts to reach out and it will benefit you in the long run. It is also nice to know a little background about your teachers, know where they came from, why they started teaching, and they will always have tips and suggestions for you!

Lesson #3- Try new things

It is really easy to continue your old ways because that is what makes many people feel comfortable, especially when in a new environment. It is important that you branch out, do something you would never have done. Join a club, try out for a sports team (even if its just at the club level), try foods you have never tried, take a class you never thought you would take before, and most importantly- meet new people. It is important to expand your horizons and  be open-minded because you will find out a lot about yourself that you had not previously known.

Lesson #4- Find your place of relaxation

I am not going to lie, college can be very stressful and it is important to learn how to cope with that stress and anxiety. Find that little niche at the Underground Cafe where you can listen to music, find a bench on the quad where you can sit outside and enjoy the environment around you, or find that cozy spot in your room where you can take a nice nap, and relax.

Lesson #5- Have fun!

For many, college will be the best four years of their life. It is a time to explore yourself, have fun, experience new things, and of course, learn. Be social, go out, and enjoy yourself from time to time. Make the most of your four years.

How to Decide Where to Sit in the Library

How to Decide Where to Sit in the Library

The library may seem like an overwhelmingly, large, daunting building- but don’t let it scare you because it WILL become your best friend, and probably where you will spend a lot of your time. To be honest, it did take some time to find my ‘seat’ in the library. To me, every room in the library is different and used for different tasks.

Cubicles:
Cubicles are my go-to 90% of the time when I am at the library. They allow me to focus on my work without the distractions of people and the environment around me. When you have a short amount of time to do that large reading assignment that is due at 8am or when you just need to focus and really think about your math homework or an essay- cubicles are the way to go. However, they are very popular, so on super busy work days, or during finals and midterms, be sure to secure your cubicle early! My favorite cubicle to sit in is on the third floor of the library, overlooking the Chapel, sports fields, and the main quad. It is very stress-relieving to be able to look up after a long reading and tiresome day and see the most beautiful view on campus!

Reading Tables:
Reading tables are great, but that can sometimes be a little scary. My first week at Trinity, when the workload was pretty light, I found myself at the reading tables on the second floor surrounded by lots of friends. I quickly learned that these long, six person tables are not the place to go when you need to focus by yourself. However, they can be very helpful when trying doing simple homework tasks, watching a movie for a class, or even when doing work with friends.

Work Rooms:
The private work rooms in the library are a really great addition. They are very vibrant, secluded, and private. The rooms typically consist of a large table, with several seats, and a full wall of white boards. These are the perfect place to go for a group project because they are a good size, and you can be loud without distracting those in the rooms next to you. The work rooms are also very easy to book- just one email, and you’re all set!

Peter B’s:
Peter B’s is not only my go-to coffee shop on campus, but it is also one of my favorite places to do work. With the maroon and navy club chairs, or booth desks in the corner, Peter B’s is hands down the comfiest place to sit in the library. You can normally find me there in between classes, or before tests when I grab a cup of coffee and go over my last minute flash cards.

With six floors, and a countless number of rooms, it is not hard to find a good workplace for every student!