Meet My Roommates, Pt. 1

Meet My Roommates, Pt. 1

I am still amazed by the fact that even after three years (and counting!) here at Trinity, I am able to meet someone new almost everyday, or become closer with someone who was just a friendly face. Even though 2,300 students may seem a bit small at times, I am always impressed by how friendly, accessible, and hard working the student body is. Senior year has been a great time to really solidify the friendships I made previously.

I am living in a Crescent Street townhouse with eight other girls, half of whom I really didn’t know all that well before we decided to live together! Even after just a month of living together, it has been so much fun to get to know each other, make fun of each other’s quirks, and motivate each other during the particularly stressful weeks. While there are times when nine people in one townhouse can be overwhelming, it is really great to know that I can walk back at any point in the day or night and know that there will be someone there to talk to and catch up with. Even though I am still getting to know some of them myself, I wanted to share a bit more about them…without further ado, meet Anna, Maggie, and Nicole!

Anna Tyler

Anna - Roommates BlogHometown: Essex, MA
Major: Biology
Involvement on Campus: TA, Central Services employee, Biology Club, HPAP member
What activity has been the most meaningful to you?
Being a TA allowed me to understand Trinity’s teaching methods from a new prospective while also allowing me to meet a range of new students.
What are you most excited for about senior year?
I am most excited about living with my closest friends in Trinity’s new townhouses.
What are you most sad about leaving behind when you graduate?
I am going to miss seeing my friends everyday, and of course Goldberg’s bagels.
Best memory at Trinity? My best memory at Trinity is meeting my freshmen year roommate who turned into my best friend and four-year roommate.
Favorite spot on campus? My favorite spot on campus is sitting on the quad by the chapel.
Favorite thing to do in Hartford? Go to Bar Taco for dinner followed by Ben and Jerry’s for dessert
Trinity bucket list item? To have a class in the old, converted chapel in Seabury Hall
Favorite Class/Professor? Favorite Class: Biology of Infectious Diseases, Favorite Teacher: Dr. Archer
Favorite thing to get at the dining hall? Sushi
After getting accepted to Trinity, why did you choose Trinity? I choose Trinity because of its strong science department and small class sizes. My older brother also attended Trinity and encouraged me to go.
Favorite residence hall? High Rise
One thing that every Trinity student has to do at some point during their four years? Go to Thursday night trivia in Vernon Social
Anything you would change about the school? I think Trinity should place more focus on present environmental concerns and further promote “going green.”

 

Maggie Elias

Maggie - Roommates Blog

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Major: Public Policy and Law (Hispanic Studies and Writing, Rhetoric, & Media Arts minors)
Involvement on Campus: Writing Associate, Peter B’s barista, Global Ambassador, Club Lax, Pre-Law Society, Senior Editor for The Trinity Tripod
What activity has been the most meaningful to you?
I love being a Writing Center associate. It allows me to meet new people and learn about a wealth of academic pursuits.
What are you most excited for about senior year?
Living with some of my closest friends on crescent
What are you most sad about leaving behind when you graduate?
This incredible community – constantly going somewhere and seeing someone I know and care about.
Best memory at Trinity? I have way too many to just pick one.
Favorite spot on campus? Peter B’s duh
Favorite thing to do in Hartford? Eat – seriously the food in this city is underestimated
Trinity bucket list item? Climb to the top of the chapel – it’s the most incredible view
Favorite Class/Professor? Professor Cabot
Favorite thing to get at the dining hall?: Bistro’s Bacon, Egg, and Cheese minus the egg
After getting accepted to Trinity, why did you choose Trinity?
I applied to Trinity on a whim and I finally visited after I was accepted. I fell in love with the beautiful campus and how welcoming every single person was.
Favorite residence hall? Wheaton 212 forever, Crescent is a close second
One thing that every Trinity student has to do at some point during their four years? Pull an all-nighter in the lib – you meet some really fun people at those hours
Anything you would change about the school? More bathrooms in the library 100%

 

Nicole DesrosierNicole - Roommates Blog

Hometown: Ridgefield, CT
Major: Psychology
Involvement on Campus: President of the Psychology Club; work the Austin Arts Center Box Office; Psi Chi member
What activity has been the most meaningful to you?
The activity that has been most meaningful to me was being a teaching assistant because I got to re-experience a class I really enjoyed and act as a resource for other students, so that they could also excel in it.
What are you most excited for about senior year? The part of senior year I’m most excited about it is the change in mentality. Everyone wants to make the most of their last year, and not take anything for granted.
What are you most sad about leaving behind when you graduate?
I’m most sad to leave behind the friends. Even though we’ll still be my friends, seeing each other won’t be as simple as walking across the hallway.
Best memory at Trinity? There’s too many to just pick one.
Favorite spot on campus? My favorite spot on campus is the front porch of my crescent house.
Favorite thing to do in Hartford? My favorite thing to do in Hartford is go to a concert at the Xfinity Center.
Trinity bucket list item? Climb to the top of the bell tower.
Favorite Class/Professor? My favorite class/professor was either Psychology 101 with Professor Holt, or Religions of Africa with Professor Landry.
Favorite thing to get at the dining hall? My favorite thing to get at the dining hall is a strawberry, banana, and peanut butter smoothie from the Bistro.
After getting accepted to Trinity, why did you choose Trinity? I chose Trinity because of all the schools I looked at it was the only place I could picture myself being.
Favorite residence hall? My favorite residence hall has definitely been Crescent. You get to live with your closest friends, while still having your own space, and access to basic household amenities.
One thing that every Trinity student has to do at some point during their four years? One thing that every Trinity student has to do at some point during their four years is spend the afternoon on the quad with their friends.
Anything you would change about the school?
If I could change one thing about the school, it would be that the genre for Spring Weekend is finally Country.

To Write or Not to Write: Senior Thesis

To Write or Not to Write: Senior Thesis

Some of you reading this may be sophomores or juniors who are considering writing a thesis for your major, but are unsure as to whether or not you are ready to take on the time commitment and dedication to a single topic that will occupy your lives for an entire year. Others reading this are probably first years or prospective students who have no idea what to declare a major in, let alone what you would write about for 50-100 pages. There are a number of reasons why someone might write a thesis: it is required of their major, it is required to receive honors in the major, there is a topic they have studied at some point during their first three years in college and want to go further in depth with that topic, or they want to study something entirely new!

Senior thesis writers can reserve their own carrels on the 3rd floor of the library.
Senior thesis writers can reserve their own carrels on the 3rd floor of the library.

I knew I wanted to write a thesis in American Studies since my sophomore year. Even though I am a double major in English as well, I was so interested in the vast array of topics American Studies offered. I loved studying the 20th century (especially the 1950s), gender roles, and representations of women in the mass media. However, those were still extremely broad themes and I didn’t know how I would find a unique topic that hadn’t really been studied before.

I made a list of topics I was interested in writing my thesis on: family based television shows from the 1950s to the present day (think Leave It to Beaver, Full House, and Modern Family), commercialized female cultural icons (Rosie the Riveter, Betty Crocker), comparing Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys and the shaping of gender roles among youth, and American Girl dolls as symbols of girlhood and companionship (this is the topic I ultimately ended up deciding on)!

My four pieces of advice for whether or not to write a thesis would be:

  • Find a topic you are really passionate about. I mean, really REALLY passionate about. Something that you could work on all day, everyday and not get sick of. (I wish I could only research and write my thesis and not have to take any other classes).
  • Choose an advisor who not only will be able to help with your research and outlining your chapters, but will also be your personal cheerleader. (I am so lucky to have the MOST positive thesis advisor I could possibly imagine!)
  • Listen to your gut. It seems stupid but you will absolutely know if a thesis is the right thing for you. If you have any doubt that you’re not up to the task, think about a one semester thesis or independent study!

Once you find a passion or an interest that you can’t let go of, committing to write a thesis will be an easy decision!

P.S.: If you decide to write a thesis, do as much research as possible over the summer. This was a huge time saver when the fall semester started and I was able to start writing my chapters right away!

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!

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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!

This or That?: My Top 5 Favorite Classes at Trinity

When asked what my favorite thing about Trinity is, I say hands down the academics (okay, maybe not hands down since I have about 20 things that are my favorite thing about Trinity, but it certainly tops the list). I feel so lucky to have taken such engaging classes with professors who love what they teach and the students they get to work with. Looking back on my transcript, there are no classes that I hated. Though some were certainly more challenging than others, I am so proud of the student and individual I have become due to my academic experience at Trinity.

With course registration happening this week, I figured I would round up the classes I think have been the most valuable in my three and half years here (so far!). In no particular order, here are my top five favorite classes that I’ve taken at Trinity:

AMST 203: Conflicts and Cultures in American Society: This is essentially the introductory level American Studies class that examines the social, political, and culture narratives of a certain decade. I studied that 1950s over the course of a semester, but each professor teaches it in a decade of their choosing. Professor Wickman teaches it in the 1970s (i.e.: disco, women’s liberation movement, the first Earth Day, Stonewall Riots), Professor Heatherton teaches the 1910s, and Professor Manevitz teaches the 1820s.

AMST 284: Food and American Culture: What could be better than a class about FOOD?! Nothing, in my opinion. In this class, we studied the history of food in America (think TV dinners to juice cleanses), we analyzed cookbooks (yes, I wrote a 7 page paper on Barefoot Contessa Parties), and even food culture in America (like the annual Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest held on the 4th of July). This class really challenged the way we critique Americans’ eating habits and shaping of food culture.

ENGL 333: Creative Nonfiction: Ethan Rutherford is not only my favorite Creative Writing teacher, but he is one of my favorite teachers in the English department. This class was specifically focused on reading writing creative nonfiction (aka essays). We turned to writers like David Sedaris, Joan Didion, and EB White for inspiration. During this semester, we not only read my all time favorite essayist, Sloane Crosley, but she actually came to Trinity’s campus for a reading as part of the English department-sponsored “AK Smith Reading Series” (if you’re wondering how much I fan-girled over her, check out my Instagram account).

HIST 354: The Civil War and Reconstruction: This class was taught by Professor Scott Gac, who is the Department Chair of the American Studies department. It was a once a week class for two hours and 50 minutes and with only 15 students in the class, we were able to go in depth with the material and our discussions. We read some of the foremost Civil War historians, including Eric Foner, David Blight, and James Oakes. I wrote my final paper on historical Memories and Regional Identity in the South, specifically looking at the transformation of plantations to tourist attractions.

SOCL 101: Principles of Sociology: This was an extremely useful class for an introduction of sociological perspectives and the intersection of class, race, and gender. Professor Tanetta Andersson specializes in U.S. and Global Gender Inequalities; Health, Illness; and Social Behavior. Nearly all of the topics that we discussed in SOCL 101 appeared in many of my other classes. Professor Andersson is not only extremely intelligent and passionate, but she cares about her students, their grasp of the material, and their understanding of the relevance of these topics in the 21st century. As an American Studies major, this class was essential for developing the skills I used as a critical thinker and researcher. It also proved how truly interdisciplinary so many of the majors are at Trinity!

Trinity students don’t have to declare a major until March of their secondyear. The first few semesters are a great time to take lots of introductory 100 and 200 level classes to find what you are interested in pursuing as a major! Take as many classes in as many different departments as possible and don’t feel pressure to know exactly what you want to do!

 

Becoming a Bantam: Why I Chose Trinity

Becoming a Bantam: Why I Chose Trinity

Unlike most matriculated Trinity students, my first campus tour was in 4th grade. My teacher was an alum of Trinity and wanted to take us to his alma matter to show us a real college campus. I remember having a picnic on the quad, getting to see a dorm room (in retrospect, it was most likely a one room double in Goodwin) and being SHOCKED by how tiny it was, and absolutely loving the swimming pools (I had a weird obsession with swimming pools at the time). I remember driving away from the campus, sitting next to my friend Jenn on the bus, and saying “This was such a cool school, we should go here and live together!”

115 Vernon Street is home to the English department and The Writing Center.

Subconsciously, Trinity must have stuck in my mind for another nine years when I decided to apply. I have never been able to settle on one definitive career path- I’ve been interested in everything from becoming a fashion designer or a writer, a bakery owner or Food Network star, a teacher, journalist, or stay at home mom. When I started looking at colleges during my junior year of high school, I knew I wanted to attend a small school with strong academics that would let me pursue any and all of my interests. Most of the school I looked at were in an urban environment and that definitely was more appealing to me than an isolated, rural campus (I’ve never really considered myself to be an “outdoorsy” person). On paper, most of the schools I ended up applying to were very similar- they all had strong english, history, and theatre departments, had a student body of about 2,500 students, were pretty selective, and most importantly, had awesome on campus coffee shops.

Why I chose Trinity

To help me decide whether or not to apply ED to Trinity, my parents and I made more pro-con lists than we could keep straight, but at the end of the day, Trinity really was the standout school. It felt special. The pride that alumni had in calling themselves Bantams felt like a community I wanted to be a part of and I really felt like this is would be a place where not only would I grow, but I would have the opportunity to thrive. Aside from the campus looking like Hogwarts, being thirty minutes from my house (my parents gave me a two hour radius of schools which I was allowed to apply to) and the swimming pool that first caught my eye at age nine, Trinity had so many opportunities that I wanted to take advantage of. I met with several different professors on campus who were all welcoming and encouraging, sat in on an Introduction to Creative Writing class, and walked around this campus more than any other college. Trinity was where I wanted to be, and I knew that if I were to attend, I wouldn’t be limited to one major, one club, or one passion. I believed that Trinity would bring out the very best in me and it has.

I was about 90% sure Trinity was the right school for me when I decided to apply ED 1 and left the other 10% up to fate. During the one month waiting period after I applied, I kept repeating to myself, “If it truly is the right school for me, I will get accepted.” I spent 40 minutes refreshing the web browser that held my decision and screamed when I saw the words, “Congratulations! You have been accepted to Trinity College!” pop up on my screen. When you decide to apply, and ultimately matriculate, to a college, don’t settle for a school that you think will be “okay” or “fine.” Go for the Gold. Like Simone Biles on the gymnastics floor or Ina Garten in the kitchen, you will know when you have found the right place for you to thrive. For me, that place was Trinity.

“She was an American Girl”: Why I Chose to Major in American Studies

“She was an American Girl”: Why I Chose to Major in American Studies

I am always asked the question, “Why did you pick Trinity?” Even though my long answer includes about 10 different reasons, my short answer is the academics and ability to take anything and everything I wanted! In high school, I absolutely loved my US History classes and AP US Government and Politics class and knew I wanted a college that had strong history classes, even though I didn’t think history was the perfect major for me. To this day, I still have so many academic interests – history, English, the arts, politics- and as a first year student, I figured the only way I would be able to fulfill everything I wanted to study would be by quadruple majoring. It wasn’t until I took AMST 203: Conflicts and Cultures in American Society that I realized the American Studies major combined everything I wanted to study.

In AMST 203, we studied the political, social, and culture movements of the 1950s. This meant that we were watching episodes of Leave It to Beaver, reading literature like The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, On the Road by Jack Kerouac, and beat poetry, learning about McCarthyism and the Red Scare, and even reading scholarship on Jackie Robinson. I took this class during the spring semester of my first year and was so confident that this was the perfect fit for me that I declared a major in American Studies in April of that same semester. American Studies is an interdisciplinary major- this means that I was able to take an arts policy class in the public policy & law, an introductory class in the sociology department, American literature classes in the English department, and U.S. history classes based out of the history department.

American Girl

I feel incredibly close to the faculty members in the American Studies department. Even though I have one advisor, I am comfortable going to any of them for questions on classes to take, research opportunities within the major, or advice on my post-graduate plans. The department is small but mighty and I know I am lucky to have their support and guidance in ways that my friends in other majors don’t have.

I also knew all along that I wanted to write a thesis for American Studies and when it came time to think of a topic, I made a list of everything I was interested in researching. The themes I studied in that first American Studies class- mass media, gender roles, and popular culture-  still stuck with me. After looking at the ideas I had come up with, and talking with my thesis advisor Professor Jack Gieseking, as well as Professor Scott Gac and Professor Tom Wickman, American Girl dolls seemed to be the most unique topic that engaged with all of the areas I enjoyed studying. Even though I am still continuing to shape my thesis as I write and research it, I am currently looking at the intersection of race, class, and gender represented by the dolls, as well as what version of the American past the dolls’ storybooks convey. Although many people don’t necessarily understand just how much there is to research on American Girl dolls, I absolutely love my topic and really feel it is the perfect culmination of my personal and academic interests. It truly is an interdisciplinary topic and goes to show how many possibilities there are within American Studies scholarship. It is a major I highly recommend to any student interested in understanding American history and culture within the context of today’s society!

A Brew-tiful Campus Job

Two concepts that you’ll probably hear around the admissions office a lot are, 1) Trinity is a tight knit community and 2) Trinity students are extremely busy. You may wonder what this actually means for a Bantam’s day to day life. During my first year, my way of adjusting to the late nights and heavier work loads was lots and lots of triple soy cappuccinos. At about $5 per drink, this added up super quickly. As a way to both fill my free time and my wallet, I applied for a job at Peter B’s Espresso, my favorite on-campus coffee shop, during the second semester of my first year. This year will mark three years on the job for me and it has been my most meaningful activity throughout my time at Trinity. I have made close friends with so many people who I may not have met otherwise- athletes, members of Greek organizations, and Chemistry majors! These are not people who I only see on my shifts or when grabbing an iced coffee before class. Two of my roommates are also Peter B’s baristas (shout out to Elly and Maggie) and some of my other closest friends are people who always sat at the counter in Peter B’s doing their homework (I’m talking about you, Sedona and Duncan).

Working behind the counter has allowed me to stay in touch with professors who come in for their daily croissants or house coffees, and once merely friendly faces are now my friends. Although the free coffee seems like the best perk of the job, the friendships I have formed over the course of my three years here are without a doubt the most special part of this job.

Peter B’s holds a special place in all Bantams’ hearts for, obviously, the coffee and pastries, catered by local Hartford bakery, First and Last. If you come to campus for a tour or end up matriculating next fall, you’ll definitely be requesting a weekly refill of Bantam Bucks to pay for our famous pumpkin bread or seasonal green tea lemonades. Check out what some of our baristas’ say are their favorite drinks here (my personal go-to is a large vanilla iced coffee with coconut milk):

Lexi ’19- Iced mocha with soy milk

Lauren ’18- Large house coffee with a pump of vanilla (or a cappuccino in the afternoon)

Sarah ’17- Iced green tea with mango

Julia ’19- Iced coffee with coconut milk

Tom ’17- Doppio Ristretto

Carlen ’18- Small iced coffee, black

Bri ’19- Large iced hazelnut coffee with a double shot of espresso

Zac ’17- Large black coffee (if I’m feeling extra frisky, I’ll get a cappuccino)

Rene (manager)- Large iced water

Winston ’18- Medium almond milk cappuccino with some kind of sugar free syrup

Elly ’17- Almond milk vanilla iced latte, occasionally with caramel drizzle

Kaelie ’18- Iced mocha latte

Amber ’18- Chamomile Citrus Tea

Lara ’17- Iced Chai Charger

Eli ’17- Large iced coconut hazelnut mocha

Read more about the history of Peter B’s here.

Resources On Campus Most First-Year Students Don’t Take Advantage Of (but should!)

Your first year is arguably one of the most overwhelming times of your college career, as you will be inundated with enthusiastic upperclassmen and way too many brochures and email which you’ll never read. To make your semester a little easier and a lot more rewarding, here are five things that all freshman should take advantage of!

Office Hours

One thing that all Trinity students can agree on is that the faculty truly make the academic experience so much more rewarding. I think we are spoiled in having the ability to have and maintain such close relationships with our professors, including those who teach lectures. However, a lot of students (especially freshman) only form a relationship with their advisor and only meet with professors when they need help on an assignment…if that. I highly recommend stopping by your professor’s office hours at least once a month (total of 4 times a semester…that’s pretty manageable) just to check in on your progress and pick out one thing from class that you’d like to discuss further. Especially if you tend not to participate as much in class, this is a great way for you and your professor to get to know one another better and show them that you care.                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Writing Center

Setting up an appointment with a student writing associate can be a great way to enhance the quality of your paper, clarify your thesis, or work on the structure and organization of your ideas. It’s always beneficial to have someone read over your paper for things that you may have missed after staring at your computer for hours on end. As much as our own friends are supportive and willing to help us, writing associates are trained (and paid!) to read drafts and help with any and all issues in your paper. You can set up an appointment here:  (https://trincoll.mywconline.com/)

Attending one event/club meeting for something you don’t think you have any interest in

Your first year is the best time to get involved in anything and everything- you will get to see everything that Trinity offers and make some great friendships, especially with upperclassmen. No one expects you to stay involved with every club whose meeting you intend- that would be impossible! However, you should pick two or three organizations that you are actually excited about with members who you get along with. Clubs are the best way to pursue your non-academic interests and make friends with people you might not otherwise have the chance to meet.

Meeting with a Research Librarian

Although this is somewhat based on a relative need for an assignment, you will most likely have to write a research paper during your four years at Trinity. And you will most likely have to use some sources that weren’t given to you in class. And you most likely will have no idea where to get started. Research librarians are great individuals to meet with, since it is their job to help your find primary and secondary sources online and in Raether. You can set up an appointment and tell them your assignment ahead of time so by the time you arrive, they will have already pulled some sources for you to use. You then can talk to them about your ideas and they will absolutely help you to come up with an interesting angle for your thesis inspired by the unique sources you find.

Lectures

Tons of academic departments and student organizations host lectures throughout the year with scholars from their respective field from a different university that have completed independent work to share. This is a great way to meet other students interested in the same subjects as you and further your knowledge outside of the classroom. I’ve attended some lectures as a requirement for a class that I thought would be incredibly boring and they actually ended up being interesting and relevant for the work I did in class throughout the semester. It’s also a bonus if your professor happens to offer extra credit for attending a lecture!

A Day in the Life of a Trinity Bantam

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Balancing a double major and a number of extracurricular activities, all while trying to have a healthy lifestyle and a little bit of free time for myself each day, can be a challenge. I stick to a pretty routine schedule that usually only changes based on my classes, meetings, or work schedule (with that said, everyday is more or less the same). Here’s what a typical Monday during this past Fall semester looked like for me:

7am: Wake up and take my time getting ready (it is Monday after all)…

8am: Walk over from Vernon Place to Peter B’s for a morning coffee and a croissant from First and Last bakery while I catch up on some of my favorite blogs or newspapers to ease into the day, or finish up any last minute assignments/studying before class.

9:30am: Start work at Peter B’s, an on campus coffeeshop located in Raether Library- it’s usually pretty busy since everyone is also trying to start their week off strong. This is also a great time to catch up with friends that I run into and chat about our weekends!

11am- Finish work and walk back over to Vernon for class in the English building. I highly recommend taking a class with Professor Sarah Bilston- I took ENGL 359, Victorian London Literature with her and was surprised by how much I loved the class! Not only did we read texts from the Victorian period, but she always encouraged a discussion of the class and gender conflicts during the Industrial Revolution in London, which furthered our understanding of the era.

12:45pm- Grab lunch at the Bistro (usually consisting of a Caprese sandwich, a side salad and a smoothie made with pineapple, coconut water, and apple juice) before heading back to the library to do a few hours of work.

1:30pm- Arrive at Raether library and find a study spot- If I don’t have anything imperative to do, I like working in Peter B’s so I can be both social and productive; otherwise, I opt for a quieter space in one of the main reading rooms.

4pm- Pack up in the library and leave for a weekly Tripod meeting in the basement of Jackson Dorm to work on our individual sections before publishing on Tuesday! (I’ve been on the staff for two years now and am on my third semester as a Features co-editor).

6pm- Unless I have prepared something ahead of time, I usually will leave the meeting briefly to  get a quick dinner from The Cave before my night class.

6:25pm- Walk from Jackson to McCook for my night class, HIST 354- Civil War and Reconstruction with Professor Scott Gac. I highly recommended taking this class (or any with Professor Gac) for anyone interested in learning more about the Civil War. It’s a discussion based class with a lot of reading, but is by far one of my favorite classes to date!

9pm- Get out of night class and walk back to the library to do some more work (ideally I will have gotten the majority of my work done over the weekend so I’d like to leave around 11:30 to head back to Vernon to call it a night)!

12am- Showered, prepped for the next morning, and settled down before falling asleep!

Being a bantam is busy, but every minute makes for a rewarding experience!