Clichés for Days: What I Take for Granted

Clichés for Days: What I Take for Granted

Despite the recent heat wave that has decided to hit Hartford, fall is in full swing on Trinity’s campus. Maybe it’s the change in season, the halfway point of my second-to-last fall semester, or perhaps a combination of these two factors that has me feeling a type of pensive nostalgia. Whatever the case, there have been a series of events presented to me recently which have made me realize the various clichéd ways that I take my Trinity experience for granted.

This week, I attended my Contemporary American Prose class. I arrived ten minutes early because not only is it one of my favorite classes, but also because there is always banter back and forth between us students prior to when the professor arrives. We talked about the unusual weather, then someone made the observation that the drastic temperature change between this week and next would cause people to become ill. As we were laughing and talking about bad experiences at the doctor’s office, how an individual can tell if they have a-typical mono, or the appropriate length of a dentist appointment, I looked around the room at these individuals, and Trinity’s small size suddenly hit me. There was a student who had been in two other classes with me, one my freshman year, and the second during the summer semester I spent on campus prior to my sophomore fall. Another student I had met through mutual friends, and is living in the same room that I lived in last year within the same dorm. A third individual is also an English and film major, such as I am, and we had attended a variety of English and film-related events on campus this past semester. A fourth was my freshman roommate, a close friend who I had not known prior to coming to Trinity, sitting right beside me. Regardless of the commonality that we are all enrolled in the same class this semester, I had experienced a multitude of interactions with all of these people outside of this classroom. And then it hit me: this isn’t everyone’s college experience. This scenario must be relatively unfamiliar for students who do not attend a small liberal arts school. Upon this realization, it came to my attention that I take this facet of Trinity completely for granted.

The professor eventually arrived, and then broke the news to us that she would be handing back graded copies of the first big paper that we had turned in this semester. As a class, we spent the large majority of our time discussing writing techniques, and how we could each enhance our pieces to make them more clear and concise. She then mentioned her office hours, and claimed that she would be willing to accommodate our schedules, and meet with us as often as we desire in order to bring these works to fruition in their second drafts. Being a student here at Trinity, I knew that she meant what she was saying, especially because I’ve met individually with every professor that I’ve had here. There would be no TA or graduate student to review our papers, and even though she is attempting to render her own works while balancing her personal busy calendar, I did not doubt her statement in the slightest, and I realized how blessed I am to attend a school where the professors genuinely care to carve out time for their students.

Once our class got out of session, I left the English Department building and stood at the top of the stairs briefly. Not only could I see my roommate from my sophomore year, but I could also see two of my freshman mentees, a student in the class that I TA for, and one of my bosses. In addition to this compilation of individuals, I also saw quite a few people whom I did not know. As the people began waving at me and saying “hi,” this experience made me recognize a third feature of Trinity that I take for granted: the fact that even though I know quite a few students on this campus, there are always more people to meet. As a student here at Trinity, you will always have consistent opportunities to grow your Bantam network.

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.

Six Activities to Do Around Hartford

Six Activities to Do Around Hartford

Living in a small city can have its advantages, especially around holidays. Hanging out around Harwith friends is so convenient considering that there are not that many miles to walk through. Hartford is a vibrant place with many activities to do. Here is a list of great things to do around Hartford county:


1) Movie Night

The city of Hartford contains several movie theaters. Trinity College has the privilege to be home to Cinestudio, our on-campus movie theater. However, if you want to leave campus, transportation is always available to take you into West Hartford where you will find Cinepolis, a standard six-screen movie theater showcasing the latest hits. Personally, when I want to catch a movie outside of campus, I try to go to Bow Tie Cinemas in Hartford since they have sales every Tuesday and your wallet will surely thank you.

2) Art Exhibition

Hartford has a thriving art community. Why not experience it with your friends.? Downtown Hartford is home to Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art. The Museum holds several pieces ranging from Samuel Colt’s guns to surrealist paintings from Salvador Dali. (Trinity students also receive free admission!) Hartford is also home to Real Art Ways, an independent art gallery and movie theater. This gallery holds pieces from up and coming artist from around the area. The gallery also holds several events such as Creative Cocktail Hour, where people from all ages are invited to come and talk about art over Mocktails (or real cocktails if you’re 21+). Finally, you can always hang out around the city and take the public art tour and experience all the public art that Hartford holds.

3) Good Food

Hartford holds several great restaurants that provide great food. Since there are too many to name, I will name my personal favorites and make suggestions of food that I have enjoyed in the company of friends. If you are in the mood for southern cooking, Black Eyed Sally’s is the place to go. If you go, I recommend the Chicken and Waffles or the Macaroni and Cheese. Another great restaurant is Ted’s Montana Grill, which has great burgers made from buffalo meat. Right next to it, you will find Bear’s Smokehouse BBQ, where the flavors will overwhelm you (in a good way!). Finally, if you are in the mood for Mexican food, I recommend either El Sarape or Coyote Flaco (a debate that can never be settled in my room as to which restaurant is better).

4) Physical Activity

Maybe you are in the mood for some physical activity. A fun place to go with friends is Hartford’s trampoline park, Launch. You can bonce and do flips and overall just have fun as if you were a child. You can also share a couple of slices of pizza with your friends while you’re there. Finally, if you are up for more of challenge, you can go hiking around Hartford’s surroundings towns. The town of Newington holds Cedar Mountain, a good place to hike, read poetry, or just talk once at the top.

5) Stay In

Just stay in and do some homework  with friends or by yourself. More work will probably get done if you are by yourself.

6) Park Day

A good place to visit is Elizabeth Park in West Hartford. During the spring semester, you can visit several of the beautiful gardens around the park. Spend some time taking in the rock garden with a couple of friends and move to the rose garden with that special someone. Try to enjoy an ice cream cone from the local restaurant or eat a hot dog. Meet new people in the park, go look at the dogs, or even take some photography. Overall, this should provide a relaxing experience with friends and will allow you to unwind from the week.

Spring Break is here!

Spring Break is here!

A college Spring Break is a break like no other. Spring Break seems to come with impeccable timing. Some students choose to spend it on a tropical beach with their friends. Others head home with dirty laundry and a full grocery list for their parents. Still, others hibernate in the library, hoping to catch up on their work. Spring Break fosters a time for relaxation for those who leave campus, but for those who chose not to, Trinity is still bustling.

Residential Halls will remain open. However, Dining Services like Mather Dining Hall, Bistro, and the Cave will be closed. The meal plan will be suspended following the evening meal on Friday, March 10th. The Bistro will close after lunch on Friday, March 10th and will reopen Monday, March 20th. The CAVE will be closed Friday, March 10th and will reopen on Monday, March 20th. The meal plan resumes with the evening meal on Sunday, March 19th.

Ferris Athletic Center will be open Saturday, March 11th, 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday –Thursday, 7:00 am to 9:00 pm, Saturday, March 18th, 7:00 am to midnight, and Sunday, March 19th 7:00 am to midnight.

The Trinity College Health Center will be open Monday – Friday, March 13th – 17th 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, and both the on and off campus shuttles will run on their normal hours.

Some spring sport teams that would otherwise be on campus use spring break as a time to practice off campus. For example, the Men’s Baseball team will be traveling to Florida and the Women’s Crew team will be traveling to Virginia for training.

A community service oriented club on campus, JELLO, will still have their weekly food pantry trips on Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning.

As well deserved as our needed Spring Break might feel, students are always happy to return back ‘Neath The Elms when the time comes.

Saturday Mornings at Trinity

Saturday mornings at Trinity are some of my favorite moments here at Trinity. I sleep right next to the window, and I am able to wake up around 9am by light sun rays coming through the glass. Waking up on a Saturday morning is one of the greatest feelings ever, considering that during the week I usually have 8am classes which force me to get up earlier. Being able to wake up without an alarm feels nice on a Saturday. Also, seeing the views outside as soon as I wake up feels rewarding and soothing, no matter what season it is.


Mather Hall does not open until 10:30 for brunch on weekends, so I have about an hour to kill. Depending on how athletic I feel, I either go work out a bit at Ferris Athletic Center or I just stay in my room. Either way, I always put on comfortable clothes, mostly Trinity sweats and a crew neck. Also, if my roommate has already woken up, sometimes we decide to either play some music on his record player or play some video games. This feels refreshing knowing that I have a whole day ahead of me to get work done.

After brunch and a shower, my real day starts around 11:00am. Depending on how much work I have, I either make plans to do stuff with my friends or to go lock myself in the library or my room. If I have a lot of work to do, I decide to get it done before a certain time. As one learns, college is about prioritizing time. I tend to like getting my work done during the day so I can relax at night before going to bed. If I do not have that much work, or it’s a light reading, I tend to go out into town with my friends. There are so many things to do around Hartford. My friend group tends to like certain diners around Hartford or go to the movies on the Berlin Turnpike, which is just 30 minutes away from campus. The route my Saturday takes is determined by how much homework I have been assigned.

Saturdays are convenient because there is no class. Therefore, no required scheduled to follow at Trinity. This gives me time to advance in my homework or to relax a bit. Therefore, Saturday mornings tend to be great at Trinity. The beautiful campus and convenient facilities allow me to relax or be efficient with my work. For this reason, every time I wake up get to be happy because I know it’s a Saturday morning and Trinity has surprises in store for me.  I recommend coming to Trinity and experiencing a Saturday morning for yourself. Overall, the experience and feeling of excitement is like no other. It is easy to see why Trinity is a great campus and location for these reasons!

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!


Falling into the Spring Semester


I left my dorm this morning with a spring in my step (pun intended) as I headed to my 10:00A.M. class. I live in a building called Jarvis, which is considered prime real estate on campus, since it’s located on “The Long Walk.” As the sun was shining and the wind blew through my hair, I allowed myself to become embraced by a throng of my peers commuting to their classes. I couldn’t help but notice they each seemed to embody the equivalent amount of energy that I possessed at the start of this new semester.

As we begin the transition between fall and spring semester, it is impossible to avoid the buzz of excitement that permeates Trinity’s campus community after a long winter break. With the promise of new classes, becoming acquainted with different professors, as well as catching up with old friends who have returned from studying abroad, it is safe to say that the new year has officially begun to take off here in Hartford.

For many of us, spring is an exciting season: on the academic front, some students are currently taking the final steps towards completing their thesis for their major (or majors), while others are about to officially declare a major. Regarding campus social life, not only has this unusually mild New England winter put everyone in a positive mood, but it has also increased school-wide anticipation of our annual Spring Weekend concert.


A year ago as a first year student, I was incredibly eager to begin the spring semester. I heard from a multitude of upperclassman friends that spring semester of freshman year was supposedly more fun than fall (although that belief can be seen as completely subjective). As I sit here composing this post, I feel a similar anticipation regarding my sophomore spring.

Two years ago, however, I was more anxious than eager as I sat patiently awaiting to hear whether or not I had been accepted, rejected, or waitlisted from some of my top choice schools. I did not apply early decision to Trinity (or to any other school, for that matter), but fear not applicants! Your decision letters will arrive sooner than you think!

If there was ever a time to continue pushing yourself in school, it would be now. I’m sure you’ve heard that a million times from both your parents as well as your college counselors, but it really is the truth. If you find that the college process is increasing your stress levels, just remember that ultimately, your future is your choice, and we’d love to have you spend the next four years of it with us!

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Trinity Favorites: Spring Semester Thoughts

As I made my way around campus today, the post-syllabus week climate was refreshing – and definitely not as cold as I was expecting! I don’t know about you guys, but my winter break was relaxing and just long enough for me to miss being back on campus. Now with syllabus week behind us, we can focus on all the great potential that Spring semester at Trinity has to offer! During my free time between classes I ran into some friendly faces and asked them about their Trinity Spring semester favorites:

Emily Claytor, 2018

International Studies; Minor: French


What is your favorite thing about Spring Semester at Trinity?
My favorite thing would have to be Spring weekend and quadding with my friends (enjoying the weather on the quad)

What is your favorite memory of Springtime at Trinity?
I really enjoyed rowing for the crew team last Spring because it was a lot of hard work but really rewarding in the end.

What are you looking forward to most at Trinity this Spring?
Going out to brunch with my friends on the weekends!

Do you have a fun fact about yourself?
I’m a twin!

Amro Arqoub, 2018
Neuroscience, French


What is your favorite thing about Spring Semester at Trinity?Spring weekend is definitely my favorite.

What is your favorite memory of Springtime at Trinity?
Going out to Ichiro (West Hartford) for hibachi with a huge group of friends!

What are you looking forward to most at Trinity this Spring?
I think Spring Break and the beautiful Spring weather.

Do you have a fun fact about yourself?
I came to the United States from Palestine when I was only 16 years old!

Christina Claxton, 2016
Public Policy and Law; Philosophy
Antonia Lluberes, 2016
Public Policy and Law; Minor: Hispanic Studies

IMG_4490What is your favorite thing about Spring Semester at Trinity?
C: Hanging out on the quad with my friends.
A: The warmer weather that comes after the cold Winter here.

What is your favorite memory of Springtime at Trinity?
C: Doing singing valentines around campus with my a cappella group – the Trinitones!
A:Professor Cabot held an “Oral Argument” class in the Spring of my junior year. He’s one of my favorite professors and the class was great!

What are you looking forward to most at Trinity this Spring?
C: Just enjoying the time I have left with my friends and the faculty I’m close to.
A: All the events they have planned for the senior class!

Do you have a fun fact about yourself?
C: I can drive a stick shift!
A: I’m a vegan!

Ben Chait, 2016
Art History

IMG_4485What is your favorite thing about Spring Semester at Trinity?
Cozy days in the library.

What is your favorite memory of Springtime at Trinity?
My semester of study abroad at Trinity in Paris during Spring semester of my junior year was one of the best experiences in my life!

What are you looking forward to most at Trinity this Spring?
Finishing my thesis!

Do you have a fun fact about yourself?
I have 44 tattoos!

Allison Butera, 2018
Economics; Minor: Studio Arts

IMG_4468What is your favorite thing about Spring Semester at Trinity?
Probably walking down the longwalk to class with the sun shining…and not wearing a parka!

What is your favorite memory of Springtime at Trinity?
Learning how to slack line on the quad –  even though I fell off every time!

What are you looking forward to most at Trinity this Spring?
Spring Break and all the memories I’ll make with my friends.

Do you have a fun fact about yourself?
I’m a Kappa Kappa Gamma sister and a legacy here at Trinity! My dad graduated from here in 1988.