Living in Barcelona

Living in Barcelona

Hola todos! (Hello everybody),

I am in Spain for the semester! Though the pre-studying abroad process can feel stressful and frustrating, especially since study abroad always feels so far away, it is by far one of the more worthwhile experiences I have had in my life. I am living in Barcelona, Spain for the semester and just wanted to share my first few experiences, impressions and struggles studying abroad.

I have been to Spain many times in my life, and I even have family that live in the capital, but coming to Barcelona has been a difficult and amazing adjustment. The first thing that hit me was the time difference. Since Spain is 6 hours ahead, adjusting was difficult because I was used to sleeping during the daytime here and doing things during the night. However after a few days of forcing myself to stay up during what felt like the night, it has become normal.

The Trinity team is full of nothing short of miracle workers. Agueda and Brian work to coordinate our schedules, our field trips, our money vouchers and so much more. Though we have been here a mere 3 weeks, we have had numerous outings, both optional and mandatory, which include museums, cooking classes, hikes, tapas eating, trips outside the city, flaminco dancing, self-defense and more. Gabriela, also on the Trinity team, often takes students on optional field trips.

We have been lucky enough, through Trinity, to access some amazing sites in Barcelona for free. The Trinity space itself is located on Pau Claris, which is an avenue in the center of Barcelona in walking distance from the Gaudi buildings and parallel to Passeo de Gracia. The advanced students are taking a history class which is located in the Ateneu, a historical building located right off the Ramblas, which has a renown library, a beautiful cafe in the courtyard, and classrooms on the top floor. The rest of our classes are at the UPF (Universitat Pompeu Fabra) and are in the middle of the city, in all different parts of the school.

As far as housing during study abroad here, there are 2 options. Students can choose to stay at the TSH (The Student Hotel), which is located in the Melon district, or students can choose to live in a homestay. There are upsides and downsides to both choices, as with many things, but the perks of both situations significantly outweigh the potential costs.

In a homestay, students have the chance to fully immerse themselves in the Spanish language. Students are placed with families, meticulously vetted by Trinity’s staff, who have expressed an exceptional interest in taking in an international student. Students fill out a survey explaining both what type of living situation they are looking for (for instance, do they want little kids, pets, etc) and a form explaining their living personality. The host families do the same and students are matched to the best of the programs ability with a compatible home. Though the families all speak Spanish in the household, they are very patient with students learning the language. This semester we have a student in a homestay who speaks very little english, and both he and his host family are very patient with each other learning to communicate in broken Spanish and broken english. But the advantage of living in a homestay is just that: the student picks up the language at an alarming rate. Learning to speak in a language is very different from learning the dissect the language into grammatical concepts. Students in homestays get the chance to practice their conversational Spanish everyday and everyday they become better Spanish speakers. Another advantage of living in a Spanish household, is the advice they can give you about the city. Nobody knows the ins and outs of the city better than they do because it is the city they live in, and for many, the city they grew up in. Host families can give the best advice as to places to eat and exhibits to visit, but also the places to avoid, the cautions about living in the city and much more. Many people in homestays eat at least dinner with their families which gives them time to bond and time to practice their Spanish!

The other option offered to students is TSH. The Student Hotel is located in the Melon district and is home to hundreds of students from all around the world. From the TSH dorms, it is about a 5 minute walk to the metro and it’s within walking distance of the beach and the university. Each student is issued a room key that allows access to the cafeteria, the building, the kitchen and the common areas. Each floor consists of about 10 rooms on either side of the hallway and at the end there is a shared kitchen. The cafeteria is on the ground floor and is connected to TSH but is a public restaurant in the area. The common space consists of a large study room, a large TV and viewing area, a pool table, ping pong table, fusbol table and more. The residents of the space are invited to regular events that are put on by TSH that engage students in activities with one another. Students at TSH also get to enjoy the rooftop area, which looks out on the city of Barcelona from 12 stories up, as well as a rooftop pool. There are also many advantages to living in the TSH. The rooms are small, but private with queen beds, and private bathrooms. There is a cleaning service that comes once a week, and a service that cleans the kitchen as well. There are shared fridges and cabinet space with allows students to cook during the week as well as store groceries for convenience. Living at TSH, students are entirely independent and entirely responsible for themselves and their needs, such as laundry and meals.

Either way, every student has amazing living accommodations while studying abroad in Barcelona and students from TSH and homestays have plenty of opportunities to spend time together during the week and on the weekends. Trinity does a great job with matching up families with students as well as placing students in the generous hands of The Student Hotel.

Overall, this trip has been amazing so far. We are so lucky to have so many amazing people on the Trinity in Barcelona staff who have helped us to get settled and encouraged us to explore on our own. So far, this has been an amazing semester and I cannot wait to share more of it with you as I go!

Washington Semester Program Guest Speakers

Washington Semester Program Guest Speakers

A key part of American University’s Washington Semester Program is the guest speakers. Sometimes my class travels downtown to the office of the speaker while other times they travel to American’s campus to speak to us in the classroom. Our speakers range from a partner of the media firm that produced all of Bernie Sander’s presidential campaign advertisements, to Republican and Democratic Congressmen, to people from lobbying and advocacy groups in various areas of policy.

The speaker’s organization is usually related to what we are learning about in class. They typically talk about their career and their organization and its mission. Usually the speaker will end by providing their contact information. People in Washington are always looking for the next generation that will be replacing them so they can ensure their goals and messages will persist. Students walk out of these class sessions with a new knowledge about the way Washington works, new career paths not previously known, and specific organizations they can contact to get involved.

I myself have gotten numerous business cards from speakers in organizations I found inspiring. I have also explored new parts of Washington. Such as the bookstore Politics & Prose owned by the class speaker and former speech writer for Hillary Clinton. I have also learned about different ways to get involved and influence policy.

The Washington Semester Program does an excellent job combining experiential learning through internships, traditional learning through seminars and lectures, and career development through guest speakers. I believe I will be leaving this program with growth in so many different areas that I may not have expected, which I am very grateful for!

Trin Alums are Everywhere!

Trin Alums are Everywhere!

Last Wednesday, I was attending an education policy event at the National Press Club. After taking the elevator up to the 13th floor, the doors opened up to a magnificent lobby. After checking in, grabbing my name tag, and picking up the event literature, I found my seat. I mingled with my table mates for a few minutes until the warm, inviting aroma of coffee wafted to my nose. I looked at the breakfast table and saw an array of coffee and pastries. Exhausted and hungry at 8 in the morning, I made my way over to the refreshments table. To my surprise, another woman at the refreshment table turned to me and asked, “Did I hear you say you attend Trinity College?”

After confirming that I do attend Trinity, the woman remarked that she was an alumna of Trinity. Turns out the alumna was Catherine Millett, Senior Research Scientist at Policy Evaluation & Research Center, and she was organizing the whole event. I was incredibly surprised to meet an alumna at such a random event. But, as I turned back to the room from the refreshment table I realized that I now knew one person and felt much more confident and comfortable. Catherine and I were able to connect over our love for both Trinity and education policy. After the event, I got a picture with Catherine and sent her an email congratulating her on such a wonderful event, and thanking her for mentioning that she also went to Trinity.

After my last blog was posted on the Trinity College Admissions Instagram, an alum in D.C. commented on the post. Kristin Duquette ’13 works at FEMA right behind the U.S. Department of Education building that I work in. She was interested in connecting and I followed her up on her offer. The next week, Kristin and I met for lunch at the cafeteria of the American Indian Museum near both of our offices. Kristin and I connected over our Trinity experiences and affinity for all things D.C. She emphasized how important it is to speak up for yourself, find things you are passionate about and know that it is okay to not have a plan. Kristin has an extensive resume, and I was honored to get words of wisdom from such an amazing woman.

It is no surprise to anyone that Trinity has such an incredible alumni network. This week, I got to experience it firsthand and meet two wonderful alumni that took time out of their day to speak to me. Trinity alums show up in the most random places and are always willing to create a connection with students and help them in any way they can. At the least, students and alums have the opportunity to bond over their great experiences ‘neath the elms.

“Washington is a city of southern efficiency and northern charm.” – John F. Kennedy

“Washington is a city of southern efficiency and northern charm.” – John F. Kennedy

Prior to starting my internship in D.C., I had to fill out a questionnaire about myself so the office could get to know me. One of the questions asked what was the coolest place I had traveled to. My answer was Washington D.C. I figured this would seem like I was somehow trying to suck up, but it was entirely the truth. For me, Washington has always been the hub of leadership, dreams, and inspiration, and there is no other place I would rather be.

While many of my friends are either abroad in Europe or at Trinity enjoying the perks of being upperclassmen, I am just down the coast in Washington D.C. For my ‘study abroad,’ I chose to do a Washington Semester Program through American University. When considering different study away options, I came to the conclusion that there was nowhere else I would rather spend a semester away from Trinity than Washington.

Through my program, I take classes two days a week (an American Politics seminar and Political Communication elective) and intern three days a week. When looking for an internship, I knew that I wanted to do something distinctly “D.C.” in order to make the most of my opportunity. I ended up deciding to intern in the Office of Legislation and Congressional Affairs (OLCA) at the United States Department of Education.There are four interns in my office, and each of us has an area of education policy that is our specialty. I have the pleasure of focusing on higher education policy.

Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, I get to take the metro into the heart of D.C. Because my office is right behind the Air and Space Museum alongside The Mall, I always get a quick peek at the Capitol as I walk there. There is no view that could be more inspiring as I walk into my office.

So far during my internship, I have been able to attend an event at The Brookings Institute, both House and Senate hearings, a briefing, the Department’s Constitution Day celebration event that Secretary DeVos gave the opening remarks at, and met some pretty incredible people.

During my classes, I have gone to a live taping of Meet the Press and met Chuck Todd, walked past Joe Biden just close enough to get a smile, gone to the Newseum, and had guest speakers that range from Hillary Clinton’s speechwriter at one point to a partner at the media firm that created all of Bernie Sander’s presidential campaign advertisements.

I have only been in Washington for nearly four and a half weeks, and I’ve already gotten to do so many incredible things, and have the time to do much more. Washington is all about making connections, and I am thrilled to see who I will meet next.

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.

The Home-Stretch (Literally)

As my time abroad is rapidly coming to an end, I’m having a hard time grasping how quickly it went by! Although I can’t deny that I’m so looking forward to being back on campus in the Spring…a part of me never wants to leave this place. In my opinion, one semester abroad is no enough to get a full grasp on anything. You travel to new cities and countries every weekend, but only get a small taste of what life is like there. It’s unfortunate that you can’t immerse yourself in every culture you visit – but that’s just another reason to return!

Being away from my family and from Trinity has given me some valuable perspective on life. I don’t want to claim myself to be incredibly cultured or an avid world traveler; I was only in Europe for four months and visited 8 countries. However, the small things that I picked up along the way – in my opinion – are priceless. The way other cultures welcomed you into theirs as an honored guest with warmth and kindness will stay with me forever. Also, traveling alone made me realize that I am (and am not) as direction impaired as I thought I was. Traveling with a group of friends can make the experience so much fun, and you will have a collection of memories that you will hold onto forever. However, after getting over my fear of traveling solo, I realized how much more I got to learn about myself and the place I was visiting!

If I had to offer some advice for future abroad-goers, some of my top sentiments would be:

  • Travel as much as you can. I’m not saying you have to have every single weekend booked solid for the entire semester, but travel as much as possible! Everyone’s budget is different, but passing up the opportunity to visit at least a couple different cities while abroad will be a regret you have for the rest of your college career. However, don’t forget to explore the city you’re studying in as well! Many times students spend so much time in other countries that they don’t know anything about the place they’ve been living in for an entire semester.
  • Bring a friend. If you are lucky enough to find someone in your program or in your classes that has similar interests or traveling goals as you, then make plans to travel with them! Large groups are fun but can be difficult to manage if you’re traveling a lot. Sometime when it’s just a pair of people, you can fit in more sites and things on your to-do list.
  • Take photos. Investing in a small camera before you go abroad might be the best investment you make all year. Your phone is definitely a great tool too – especially for keeping your snapchat fans updated on your adventures! Either way, you’re going to be so proud of the collection of photos you’ve accumulated by the end of your time abroad.

Like I said, I’m not a world traveler or anything, but I can definitely say I’ve conquered my fear of flying! As the idea of leaving next week looms over my head, I’m so sad that I don’t have more time here. More time to explore, to talk, to learn, to travel, and to discover.

If you have to opportunity to go abroad while at Trinity, I urge you to take it. It will change your life!


Why I Love My Liberal Arts College

When I was applying to schools during my senior year of high school, I submitted lots of applications to larger research universities. Trinity was one of the smallest schools on my list, but after studying for half a semester at St. Andrews, which has over 10,000 undergrad and postgrad students, I can confidently say that the small liberal arts college life is the one for me.

I love the breadth of interests I can pursue at Trinity because of its structure as a liberal arts college, or LAC. Although the universal distribution requirements can seem like a drag that you have to work your schedule around, I have thoroughly enjoyed my forays into symbolic logic and anthropology, two subjects that I would never have touched if not for Trinity’s requirements. LACs seek to produce well-rounded graduates, and I have been given opportunities for interdisciplinary study that I might not have received at a research university.

I love the small class sizes at Trinity. My largest lecture so far had about 50 students, but I am much more used to classes with eight or ten. At St. Andrews, intro-level lectures can easily hold hundreds of students. The smaller classes available at LACs lend themselves to discussion, and I have gained so much through my small seminars. This also allows professors to really get to know their students and vice versa, whereas my lecturers at St. Andrews do not know my name yet.

Although research universities offer incredible opportunities to their students, I have greatly appreciated the opportunities that Trinity has given me as an undergrad. I was invited to conduct research within the humanities after my first year—if I were at a larger university this position would likely go to a grad student long before it got to me. Because we don’t have many grad students, Trinity undergrads are granted many chances to shine.

I love being at St. Andrews, and I wouldn’t trade this semester abroad for anything, but being here has reminded me how much I love attending a liberal arts college back in the states.

Studying Abroad: Affordable European Travel

I’m currently looking at my computer screen and “45 euros” is staring back. That’s the cost of a roundtrip flight to Paris, France, a weekend trip that I am considering planning. How amazing, and also incredibly casual, that I can so easily fly from Rome to Paris as a spur-of-the-moment-decision. And even more amazing? The price.

One of my biggest concerns before deciding whether or not I should study abroad was not so much the “base price,” but more the options, or in other words, the cost of travel to other cities both in and outside of Italy. To experience as much of this once in a lifetime adventure as possible, I would literally need to go the extra mile. Naturally, I questioned whether or not I could afford to do this.

As an undergrad, money is always at a premium. But at the same time, life is a journey of learning, and how foolish to squander such an opportunity to gain new world views. Fortunately, after some research, I learned that travel both in and outside of Italy was not something that my bank account had to fear.

My next trip will be during my week-long October break. After I finish my midterm exams, my friend and I will leave for Berlin, Germany, and later, go to Barcelona, Spain.

Before arriving in Europe, if you had asked me how much this would cost, I would have answered “thousands.” And, flying from the United States, that would probably be true. But flying from Rome to Berlin, to Barcelona, and returning to Rome, even adding the expense of hotel accommodations, roughly cost me a mere 500 euros.

This isn’t to suggest that I buy whatever I want, whenever I want it. It’s about being smart with your money. There are certain sacrifices you can make to stretch your “travel dollar,” or euro. For example, the cost of travel by rail will be discounted if you opt for a slower train.

Another worthwhile strategy is to avoid eating in restaurants when possible. When I traveled for a weekend to Florence, instead of going out to dinner both nights, I purchased groceries and cooked in the kitchen of the apartment I had rented. And on that note, Airbnb’s are almost always the smartest choice! For roughly 40 euros a person, I was able to stay in a beautiful Florentine apartment for two nights with three of my friends. Had I stayed in a hotel, I likely would have spent double that amount and have been robbed of the experience of cooking with my friends.

Another useful and cost-effective tip is to avoid tourist traps. In Rome, you will quickly learn that near the touristy sites, restaurants are very over-priced; yet if you take the short walk to the bottom of the hill where I live, a cappuccino and croissant cost less than two euros.

Certainly, compromise will almost always factor into your travel decisions. I will not deny that an additional 500 euros in my back account could be spent on more expensive presents for my friends back home or even on airfare to more new and exciting places. In fact, I had to decline an invitation to join my friend in Sweden because I wanted to have extra spending money when I go to Berlin. Now, instead of going to Sweden that weekend, I will remain in Rome, where I will try a new restaurant and visit museums.

That’s the nature of compromise—you give some, you get some. I will not regret missing Sweden because I’ll be more thoroughly exploring Rome. Nor will I miss Rome when I’m in, say, Berlin or Barcelona, places I have not yet seen. Let’s face it: regardless of what’s in your bank account, living in Europe for four months is a magical, unbeatable experience, where there are no bad scenarios. Just a lot of amazing choices.

My First Month in Rome

My First Month in Rome

As an introvert who had not yet traveled outside of the USA, I was initially hesitant to study abroad. On campus, I had the security of my closest friends and felt comforted by the familiar. As a great unknown, the idea of living in Rome for four months, despite its promise of adventure, was daunting. Nonetheless, after speaking to staff members from the study away office, I realized a new perspective: this was an experience that would only come once, that could potentially be the best and most transformative of my life.

And so, I took a chance.


As of today, I have lived in Rome for a month. Though only thirty days in, my adventure thus far has taken me beyond Rome to such exotic, exciting and fascinating places as Florence, Naples, Pompeii, Capri, Venice and Ravenna. I have seen Michelangelo’s paintings in the Uffizi, tasted an authentic Neapolitan pizza and gazed upon Mount Vesuvius from the same vantage point as the Pompeiians who perished almost two millennia before. I’ve sailed in a boat around the Amalfi coast where I stopped to swim in grottos, met Franciscan monks on their isle in the Venetian lagoon and toured numerous ancient basilicas.

And best of all is Rome. There, I have toured parts of the Vatican unaccessible to most thanks to my professor, who is employed there as an art conservationist. Among other sites, I have explored catacombs and seen the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, Roman Forum, Spanish Steps and the Pantheon. And for the foodies among you, I have been eating the best food of my life!

During this limited stay, Rome has changed who I am as a person. I am more outgoing, confident and willing to try new things. Despite once being the girl in gym class who would do anything to get out of participating and who was hesitant to raise her hand in class, starting next month I intend to enroll in boxing lessons at the nearby gym. I am also excited to report that I have an internship at a local middle school, where I teach multiple English classes per week.

Only a month ago, I arrived to Trinity’s Rome campus without a friend group, travel experience or knowledge of the Italian language. Now, I have many new close friends I never would have met otherwise, have traveled more in these past thirty days than I have in my prior twenty years and, thanks to my immersion in the culture, I have grown entirely comfortable with the Italian language.

Prior to my departure for Rome, I recall staring apprehensively at the countdown to my flight. It occurred to me that maybe I wouldn’t make friends, that the language barrier would overwhelm me or that I would become homesick. I know now that traveling outside of your comfort zone, even if it’s 4,000 miles away, might just be the best decision you’ll ever make.

5 Reasons You Should Consider Studying Abroad

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In case you haven’t heard, studying abroad during one’s time at Trinity is something encouraged by the entire community! The Study Away Office (located on Vernon Street) is like a porthole to a whole other world outside of our little Hartford oasis. There are so many places and opportunities Trinity offers within the Study Abroad system, that there is practically something for everyone. Trinity has a number of sister campuses in many places around the world, these include: Cape Town, Paris, Rome, Vienna, Shanghai, Trinidad, Buenos Aires and Barcelona. If none of these options spark your interest, you also have the ability to enroll in satellite programs with other schools! With the Study Away Office, you can pretty much go anywhere your heart desires.

After my first two weeks at Trinity’s Barcelona program, I’ve come up with five reasons why everyone underclassmen should consider studying abroad as part of your college experience. So, if you on the fence about this one, just hear me out…

1. Your taste buds will thank you.

If you think your Grandma’s cooking is out of this world, wait until you eat in Italy – one word: PASTA. To be quite honest, when you study abroad not only will your horizons expand, but your palette will too. Food and drink is so important in every culture and when you are surrounded by new smells and flavors, you have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the culture in ways you never had expected. Also, if you’re a self-proclaimed foodie, what’s better than enjoying a fresh baked croissant while taking a stroll under the Eiffel Tower? I’ll tell you…nothing.

2. New friendships await you.

When you make the decision to take a semester away from Trinity and spend it elsewhere, you are going to be placed in a program with a bunch of other people that made that same decision. The great thing about the Study Away programs is that they become super-inclusive; you may have seen that girl on the long walk freshman year, but now you’re her roommate at a home-stay in a foreign country. However, not only will you make new unexpected Trinity friends, but you will also have the opportunity to meet other local and international students within your classes. Some Trinity programs have you directly enroll in local university classes, which means you may be flying solo depending on what your interested in. This is the PERFECT time to step out of your comfort zone and make some new friends. Who knows, maybe your long lost BFF has been growing up South Africa this entire time!

3. You’ll learn what you like, but more importantly, what you don’t like.

Studying Abroad is a big step for many college students because it means leaving everything they know and stepping into something completely, well…foreign! Do ever go about your daily routine at home simply out of habit, and not even think about what your actually doing? Well when you go abroad, chances are you’ll realize that there are many things you do in life that are not really your style at all. I know – weird to think about right? Honestly, we all can get caught in a rut at home because it’s whats comfortable or expected of us, but abroad, you have the opportunity to figure out exactly who you want to be. And that’s pretty awesome.

4. You get a break from your phone.

If you consider yourself a “normal college student” then you probably make checking your Instagram and Facebook notifications a daily priority. I hate to break it to you, but unless you want to pay a semester’s worth of tuition in phone bills…you’re going to have to disconnect for a while. In many places abroad, not only can you not use cell data, but WiFi hotspots are few and far between. This is great, believe me. When you finally accept the fact that your daily Instagram crawl will just have to wait, you will feel a weight lifted off your shoulders. By disconnecting you can give yourself permission to experience your time abroad first-hand, instead of through Snapchat stories. Turning away from the phone screen will force you to explore your surroundings and be present in your daily life. I promise, leave your phone at home and go get lost on the metro…you won’t regret it.

5. Well-roundedness is almost inevitable.

Let’s face it, if you decide to go abroad, you’re bound to become (at least) a slightly different person than when you left…that’s AWESOME. If you’re lucky enough to live in a home-stay during your program, you get to see what and how a typical family in a certain culture eats, converses, works, and values. Taking classes at local universities exposes you to different styles of teaching and learning, and may be helpful when you return to Trinity. Depending on where you chose to study abroad, being surrounded by other languages may be overwhelming at first, but will ultimately make you stronger in the long run. Learning how to navigate yourself and your life in a new place can be a very humbling but growing experience. The chances of you returning home with a greater sense of perspective is possibly the best thing to be gained from your time abroad.

These are obviously just a handful of the millions of reasons you should consider taking some time to Study Away during your Trinity career. Be sure to stop by the Study Away office or the online info here, if you want to learn more about the amazing opportunities that await you! But for now, enjoy the beginnings of another wonderful Fall Semester in Hartford…nothing beats a Chapel picture in October!