Ways to Make the Most Out of Your Trinity Days on Campus

Ways to Make the Most Out of Your Trinity Days on Campus

Although Trinity Days is a time in which many people go home or travel for the long weekend, it is also a pretty special time to spend on a much quieter campus. Whether you are here for sports or just staying, the often overlooked opportunities and ventures available around campus make for wonderful weekend plans for both those looking to relax and those seeking activity.

Not only does the holiday weekend seem to fall at the most perfect time each semester but whether you are home or staying on campus, the break serves as the chance to get ahead on work and get a much needed mental reset. It is hard to not get caught up in a whirlwind of work during the semester, so the chance to re-balance your sleep schedule is crucial during this time. Similarly, if you are one to get overwhelmed by course assignments during the school week, this four day weekend is the perfect opportunity for you to get caught up on your work so that you can return to the semester more comfortable and confident. The beautiful library at Trinity College is the perfect environment to do so, with its calming natural light and even more available seating in light of the holiday! My personal favorite area of the library, aside from Peter B’s (the student run coffee shop) of course, is on the second floor by the tennis courts overlooking the chapel and the sports fields. The plethora of windows allow for a surplus of light to come in, and the large tables are perfect for spreading out your work materials. But no matter where you find yourself in the library, there is always a comfortable place to be the true academic weapon you know you can be.

If you are someone who is looking more to relax during the long weekend, Hartford can help. Despite it being a bustling city, the surrounding areas of Hartford offer a great variety of restaurants, services and outings that can get you both off campus and refreshed. For example, if a good meal is what you are looking for, look no further than the restaurants and shops just down Broad Street. If you travel just a half mile or so off campus you’ll eventually come to an industrial looking square that actually is home to one of Hartford’s best restaurants, Firebox Kitchen. Firebox is a cool, local restaurant that has great food and a great ambiance. Even better, you can feel good about eating there too because Firebox has helped support the local youth and adult workforce of the surrounding communities. West Hartford also has some amazing restaurants to get lost in, such as Barcelona, Averte, Max’s Oyster Bar and more. If you are looking for something a little bit more chill, the plethora of more casual dining options such as Chipotle, Bruggers Bagels, Robek’s Juice Bar, and Hartford Baking Company are all great places to get something to eat without the wait. Additionally, the upstairs seating area in Hartford Baking Co. makes it the perfect place to sit and enjoy a cup of coffee while reading a good book or doing some work. If you are looking more along the lines of true relaxation during the break, then West Hartford is also a great place to book a massage, get a manicure/pedicure, or catch a yoga or another group exercise class.

If instead you want to do something a little bit more adventurous during your break, then Hartford can help once again. Hartford is a perfectly walk-able city where you can find all sorts of parks, arts venues, museums, and hiking trails.

How to Get Invovled on Campus and Surprise Both Yourself and Your Parents

How to Get Invovled on Campus and Surprise Both Yourself and Your Parents

Upon entering my second semester of my sophomore year here at Trinity, I’ve gradually become more accustomed and familiarized with all of the broad-reaching opportunities this college offers its students both on and off campus. Especially for a student such as myself who struggled with homesickness much of my first semester of my freshmen year, getting involved and keeping myself preoccupied was one of the best things that I could have done to get myself over the homesickness hump. Despite it being overwhelming at first, the campus involvement fair, held every semester, was a great way to explore what the college had to offer and how I could get involved in something that personally interested me. I remember walking through the doors into the Mather Washington Room and being immediately engulfed in a sea of tables and fliers, all backed behind students enthusiastically cooing you to sign up for their club. The fair has everything from Investment Club to Puppy Club, with a series of clubs and organizations that could deem attractive to almost anyone. Looking to join a sports team at school but not exactly sure if you could handle the commitment of a collegiate sport? Look no further than the numerous club sports Trinity offers such as tennis, lacrosse, hockey, soccer etc. Sports aren’t your thing? Not to fear, there are a series of volunteer clubs and organizations connected with the school such as Best Buddies, Big Brother Big Sister, Relay for Life and more. Even if you are looking for a more chill club environment, artistic and musical clubs such as The Mill on campus and the event planning Barnyard Committee serve as a great way to get yourself involved in something that may taper more to your interest.

Another great thing about Trinity College is the availability of on-campus jobs for students. For many students, keeping themselves busy with a paying job can be a much-appreciated bonus. If you were looking for more of an office job on campus, a job in either admissions or career development could be the one for you. Looking for something in the library instead? Lucky for you, the library circulation desk is a great place for students to help other students and become more familiar with the interworkings of our library. If you walk a bit further down the library lobby, you will stumble upon Peter B’s, one of the great student-run coffee shops on campus. Peter B’s is not only an awesome place to hang out, get some work done or grab a coffee or snack, but it’s also a lively and fun work environment. I’ve heard from many of my own friends that there is never a dull moment while working there, and being able to work alongside and serve your friends is incredibly entertaining. And you get paid to do so! The other student run coffee shop on campus, The Underground, is another great, more chill and relaxed coffee shop that is laden with large comfy couches and cool music. If the other jobs mentioned above don’t seem to do it for you, you could also get a job in the Trinity Recreation Department, either being a student gym supervisor or a lifeguard. When looking around at all of the available jobs and resources available to you as a student here, its crazy to think that last year I had hardly any idea these opportunities existed!

Furthermore, as a student reaching their sophomore/junior/senior year at school, the presence and talk of internships can become all encompassing. Lucky enough for us, Trinity offers a series of internships during the school year both on and off campus that can allow you to get a head start on your early-job experience. One trip to the Career Development Center will help you gain a better understanding as to what you may want to focus your interest in on, and how you can find the perfect local internship match for you!

We are incredibly lucky to go to a school that has all of the available resources and opportunities that Trinity College does, whether that is in terms of clubs and organizations, on-campus jobs or networked internships. Don’t string yourself along with empty promises that you will sign up tomorrow…get involved today!

Three Services that Trinity Recreation Offers That You Might Not Know About

Three Services that Trinity Recreation Offers That You Might Not Know About

Staying in shape can be fun. Keeping a healthy diet is always great and nothing beats finishing that last set of bench presses. Trinity College offers some services that students can take advantage of. Here are some ways to maintain a fit and active lifestyle and keep a healthy routine while at Trinity.

Open Swim

Throughout each semester, Ferris Athletic Center holds open swim hours. In addition to the hours set aside for our swim team’s practices, anyone can go to the pool and get a work out in during the day.  There are student life guards on duty as well that watch over the pool and make sure that everyone is safe.

Fitness Classes

Trinity offers some fitness classes for those that are interested in finding alternative ways of staying fit. Be it Zumba, Spin, Barre, or swim lessons, Trinity has you covered. You can sign up for any of these classes on the college’s athetic website and get academic credit for the semester.

Renting Equipment

Ferris Athletic Center offers balls and rackets that can be rented out from the front desk. Interested in a pick up game of soccer, tennis or basketball? Well simply take out a ball from the front desk by leaving your ID in exchange for the equipment. Once you are done, just return it and get your ID back. In addition, you can also take out bicycles if you are interested in riding around campus or to downtown Hartford.

The Music Scene ‘Neath the Elms

The Music Scene ‘Neath the Elms

Trinity College is home to many talented musicians. Some students have taught themselves how to play different instruments on their own while other students have come from a more academic music background. Either way, students at Trinity love music and the musical opportunities our school offers. In addition to instrumental musical talent, we have very talented singers who perform in a cappella groups on campus. Trinity is also rich with poets and has a thriving hip hop scene. Even if you are not into performing, there are plenty of students who are always talking about the latest releases and guesses for album of the year.

The Mill is one of the biggest highlights for musicians and artists on campus. The Mill is our Music and Arts Community House and is always inviting off campus bands or having student bands perform concerts at the indoor or outdoor venue spaces. It is a place full of music lovers and musicians alike. The house includes a recording studio where bands and a cappella groups record their own music. The Mill also has open mic nights happening throughout the year. If you are interested in heavy metal, punk, indie rock, alternative or even folk music, then the Mill is the place for you.

The Mill also hosts events for organizations on campus such as Temple of Hip Hop and Iron Poet. The Temple of Hip Hop is always putting on events that have to do with Hip Hop culture, but not just the music itself. This includes graffiti artists and b-boy dancers. Temple of Hip Hop also organizes the Trinity College International Hip Hop Festival which brings people from all over to participate in this giant music and dance festival on campus. Iron Poet on the other hand is far more focused on poetry, rapping, and spoken word and also holds several events throughout the year.

Trinity has various instrumental and vocal ensemble groups that anyone can join. Some of them, like The Chapel Singers and the a cappella groups, are audition only, but other groups allow anyone to join without an audition. Trinity has 5 a cappella groups, two all female, two co-ed, and one all male group. There are also other vocal groups like The Chapel Singers, The Gospel Choir, African Choir and Trinity Choir. For other musicians, Trinity has instrumental ensembles like Jazz Band and Samba Ensemble. Students can also take individual lessons on any instrument of their choice for a semester or take part in a smaller ensemble for a class credit.

Finally, WRTC is Trinity’s radio station on campus that allows anyone to have their own show where they can talk about music and share their playlists. Whatever your musical interest or involvement is, Trinity has so many opportunities for any musician or music enthusiast ‘Neath the Elms!

Homecoming Weekend 2017

Homecoming Weekend 2017

Trinity just welcomed back Alumni with their family and friends to Homecoming Weekend 2017. This past weekend, the campus was alive with an a cappella concert Saturday morning, a tailgate tent, and of course the football game main event.

Starting early Saturday morning, cars rolled into campus. Hatchbacks opened up and tables laid out with hot chocolate, “Box O’ Joes”, donuts and other snacks popped up around the Hansen parking lot. Current students and alumni mingled and chatted despite the briskness of the morning, their gloved hands wrapped around warm coffee cups. Homecoming is a great time of year for all generations of Trinity students and their families to come together. Even though it tends to get colder around this time of year, Homecoming is always an exciting and warm time on campus. Saturday was certainly no exception!

Trinity’s five a cappella groups all put on a concert in Vernon Social. The Dischords started, followed by the Accidentals, The Trinitones, The Trinity Pipes and The Quirks. Alumni from each group were also able to attend the concert and they each got up on stage with their groups to sing their traditional Homecoming songs. It was a wonderfully musical way to open up the weekend.

Outside of Vernon Social, there was a tent set up with a complimentary lunch buffet, tables with face-painting and other fun games and activities. After the tailgating reception, families and students went over to their tables in the Hansen parking lot and waited for the flag ceremony and the kick off of the game.

Around fifteen minutes before kick off, an impressive 30x50ft American flag was carried out onto the field in honor of all the veterans and their families in the Trinity Community. Veterans attending Homecoming were also able to sign up to be flag bearers.

Finally, after the morning’s festivities, the football game against Wesleyan started and proved to be quite an exciting game. Trinity maintained a 4pt lead through halftime. After the Trinity Men’s Squash team was presented their national championship rings, the game continued and Trinity came out on top, beating rival Wesleyan 28-3.

Overall, Homecoming 2017 was a beautiful weekend. And it was amazing to have campus so lively and full of the excitement of the Trinity Family across generations.

Family Weekend: A Welcome Relief in the Fall Semester

Family Weekend: A Welcome Relief in the Fall Semester

Family Weekend typically falls on the second or third weekend in October. It is nicely timed between the two busy midterm weeks, which offers stressed students the relief of spending time with their families. Usually, parents come up to campus to spend time with their children. Some lucky students even get visits from grandparents and other extended family and friends.

Though many students spend time on or around campus, there is a wide range of activities that families choose to participate in. Some parents bring homemade food and picnic with their families on the quad. Others choose to spend the day hiking at sites near campus. But there are also many activities on campus that families may participate in. Many of the houses on Vernon street are open to parents and have fall activities, or serve food for parents to enjoy and socialize. There is also an a cappella concert on Saturday, in which all the a cappella groups on campus perform with their new members.

Trinity athletics also does its best to make sure that the most teams have on campus games on Family Weekend so that the players’ parents can get a chance to watch them play. Unfortunately, it is not always possible to plan this for every team, however, for the teams who cannot have a home game every year, they have one at least every other year. This year, field hockey played against Wellesley and football faced Bowdoin, and both games were on campus. Also, the equestrian team, men’s tennis, club rugby, and women’s volleyball competed near campus.

This year, the football game was packed with students and their families cheering on the Bantams. Right outside, in the Hansen parking lot, students tailgated with their friends and family. Some students also take the chance to involved their clubs in campus. Relay for life, for instance, held a bake sale to fundraise for the American Cancer Society.

Many professors come to the sports games, and it gives some students the chance to introduce their parents to their professors. It is also the perfect time for students (freshman especially) to show their parents around campus now that they have gotten accustomed to daily life at Trinity. Parents weekend is a lively and carefree weekend, and is a nice breath of fresh air in the middle of a tough part of the school year. It almost always is the perfect fall weather, and gives a chance for students to catch up with their families.

Greek Life Alternatives at Trinity College

Greek Life Alternatives at Trinity College

Trinity College offers a great variety of Greek Life Organizations if you are interested in pursuing a fraternity or sorority. However, what about people who do not think Greek life is for them? Well, Trinity hosts other great organizations that can provide an alternative for anyone who might not be as interested in receiving a bid. Therefore, here are some alternative on-campus organizations that provide a great social experience outside of Greek Life.

The Mill

The Mill is the on-campus arts organization. They are responsible for hosting many events that range from open mics to art galleries. Many great artists have visited the Mill through this organization. Some of the great bands and artists that have come to the Mill include Ripe, Duckworth, Twin Peaks, and Savoir Adore. The Mill is located at 79 Vernon Street, and their facilities include an art gallery, an art studio, a music venue, a bar for students who are of drinking age, and a working recording studio. This organization provides a great social experience where it is possible to meet friends. No rushing is required to join the organization and there are minimal dues involved.

La Voz Latina

La Voz Latina, or LVL for short, is the Latino/Hispanic Organization on campus. They provide a variety of events for people interested in partaking in events that range from enjoying a delicious ethnic dinner, to a hosting a panel about culture in Latin America. The best part is that to join this organization, you do not even have to know any Spanish. LVL is hosted at la Elacra on 69 Vernon Street. The organization also hosts Latin Dance parties and their big event of the year is Salsarengue, a night of maximum fun and salsa. Again this provides a great social alternative to Greek Life.


Hillel House is the Jewish organization on campus. If you are interested in learning about Israel and Jewish Culture, this is the place for you. Hillel is involved in the Challah for Hunger program in which Challah bread is sold and the money earned donated towards great causes. One does not have to be Jewish or convert to Judaism in order to join the organization, therefore it is opened to anyone interested. Everyone is welcome to Shabbat Services and they provide for a great time to learn and enjoy food while also learning about Jewish culture.

The Underground

The Underground is one of the best places to hang out on campus! As a coffee shop located in the Mather Basement, the place is always great to go to and hang out and drink some Lattes, Mochas, or a simple Iced Coffee. The Underground also hosts many open mics in which students are able to go on stage and sing. Student art is displayed on the walls of the coffee shop. Finally, movie nights are held. Therefore, if you come for the coffee, it is easy to stay and do homework. Most of the time you will end up meeting someone down here.


This organization is oriented towards people who are interested in politics and government. CONNpirg meets to talk about the environment and current policies that could be changed. They also drive a great “Get Out to VOTE” campaign during elections. Their meetings are very social and provide an opportunity to meet like-minded people interested in changing the world in a positive manner.

Campaign for Community Timeline

Campaign for Community Timeline

Alicia ’18 and Tyler ’19 have spent their summer working on a timeline for Campaign for Community, that will debut this September. I interviewed them to learn more about it, how the Trinity community helped them bring it to life, and what it has been like for them to spend the summer with one another. 

What is the project you’re working on? Tyler: Our project is a timeline of Trinity’s diversity, and we aim to display how the Trinity community has changed and developed to what we see today from what the first class looked like in 1823.​

Alicia: Our goal is to show the Trinity community how we’ve undergone many changes throughout the years, and how those changes have been brought to fruition thanks to students, faculty, and administration working together. We want students to be inspired when they read about our history and also feel empowered to continue to improve our community.

How has Trinity College helped you bring this project to life?

Tyler: This project would not have been possible without the resources we accessed at the Watkinson, the books of Peter J. Knapp and Glenn Weaver on Trinity’s history, and the very experienced and insightful faculty at Trinity. The Watkinson was especially helpful and we are very grateful to all of the librarians there.

Alicia: One of the best parts of this project has been getting to connect with different faculty, staff and alumni. Everyone who hears about the project is immediately interested and excited to help out, and it’s been great getting to sit down with some members of our community who have been instrumental in bringing about some of the changes we now take for granted at Trinity.

What has it been like to work with each other?

Tyler: Without Alicia, I would have struggled to finish this project in its entire glory. It was a lot to take on and she helped me stay afloat. I would not have wanted to do this project with anyone else. I am so grateful for Alicia’s insight, creative contributions and friendship.

Alicia: I’ve loved working with Tyler! I think we both have our own strengths — he’s able to keep a million dates in his head and has a strong grasp on Hartford history, and I try to be really deliberate about every word that we use on the timeline and making sure each entry has a context and narrative. I’ve enjoyed seeing our strengths come together for this project and learning all the random Hartford facts that Tyler knows.

When will this project be debuting? Where can students, and the community at large, see it?

Tyler:  The project should be debuting in September. We are very excited for the unveiling and plan to invite everyone involved in forming it, whether that be if we got information from them or they are actually on it themselves, and a nice ceremony will commemorate all of our hard work. 

Alicia: Unveiling all of our research will be the highlight of this project! This will be a permanent exhibit in the Cave, so any member of the community will be able to enjoy it and learn about our history.

What are your own personal involvements here at Trinity, outside of Campaign for Community? 

Tyler: My own personal involvements besides Campaign includes Newman Club, Neuroscience Club, Club Soccer, Club Basketball, Club Tennis, and what I’m also especially proud of besides Campaign is being a part of Charleston House of Interfaith.

Alicia: Other than working on this, I have spent my summer helping with the programming of Orientation and transforming the first-year experience from the moment first-years step foot onto Trinity — it’s been so exciting seeing all the improvements from since we were first-years! During the year, I’m involved with Amnesty International, the Chapel Community, and the Beacon Newsmagazine. 

Summer at Trinity

Summer at Trinity

It’s officially spring, even if the weather in Hartford is still adjusting to this fact. We’re nearing the final month of classes, and before we know it, summer will have come to Trinity. Many of my friends will be returning to their hometowns to work summer jobs or spend time with their family. During finals week, students begin to trickle out and campus becomes noticeably emptier. However, Trinity is by no means dead during the summers. Trinity and its students are active all year round! Here are just a few options for students who want to spend the summer at Trinity:


  • Research: Because I’m a humanities student, people are often surprised to hear that I did summer research during my first summer at Trinity. There are lots of different opportunities for research across many different disciplines, with both on- and off-campus summer positions available. I chose to work on my research from home while also working at a part-time internship, but there are always student researchers living at Trinity for part or all of the summer.
  • On Campus Jobs: Because Trinity remains vibrant and active during the summer, there are several campus jobs that need to be filled in order to keep the college running smoothly. I have friends who stay on campus and work in IT, as tour guides, in the library, and as summer RAs.
  • Summer Classes: Need an additional credit to round out your major, or just want to pursue a subject you didn’t have room for in your schedule during the year? You can take a summer class at Trinity and live on campus while you do it!
  • Internships: The Career Development Center maintains an enormous list of internship and job opportunities for Trinity students, and many of these opportunities are based in Hartford. Take advantage of this and enjoy living in the city while you gain experience in your field.
  • Summer Study Abroad: Trinity has summer study abroad opportunities in Rome, Barcelona, Paris, Israel, and China. If that’s not enough, students choose their own study abroad programs and get them approved through the Office of Study Away. Through Trinity, you can spend your summer nearly anywhere in the world!

I hope this helps show just how many different ways students can be involved at Trinity even when regular classes aren’t in session.

How to Deal with Homesickness in College

How to Deal with Homesickness in College

Every college freshmen, whether they liked to admit it or not, has dealt with some type of homesickness when making the transition into college. Of course it is all relative, for some incoming students had experience living away from home because of boarding school, so therefore the move into college wasn’t that big of a deal for them. For me personally, I was the type of person who had been going to a school with the same people from preschool until senior year of high school. I had always been a homebody and I loved everything about my small hometown, which you can imagine made it harder when it was time to enter this new chapter in my life. The thought of leaving friends, family and the safeness of home made me uneasy and nervous. Back in the fall, I knew that I was going to struggle in adjusting to the new dramatic change of independence and that homesickness was inevitable, but these strategies helped me change my perspective and grow to love the fun and freedom of college life.

First off, its really important to understand that what you are feeling and going through is totally normal, but it will get better and you will be able to overcome it. Moving to a new place can be overwhelming because you are suddenly engulfed in a completely new environment. Give yourself time to grow comfortable and accustumed to this new space by making your room a special safe haven. Being able to decorate and manage your own dorm can be really fun, so make it a warm environment that both excites and comforts you to call “home”. Another way to get over this homesick bump is to distract, distract, distract. Distracting yourself through activities, classes and time with friends is one of the best cures for homesickness. If you surround yourself with fun, positive people and involve yourself around campus, you’ll be so busy you won’t have time to be homesick. If you find yourself getting more homesick at night when you are falling asleep, try watching one of your favorite shows or movies to help get your mind off things. If you find yourself getting homesick when you are alone, then make an active effort to seek out your friends or meet new people during these times. If none of these strategies work for you and you still can’t seem to get out of your slump, consider talking with one of the many helpful resources that Trinity has around campus, like the Residential Advisors (RA’s), TRINsition Fellows or counseling center.

In the end, its important to remember that your home will always be your home but this new time and place in your life can be just as exciting too! It will take time but be patient with yourself, for it won’t take much time for you to fall in love with Trinity.