A Guide to Coffee at Trinity

A Guide to Coffee at Trinity

Like many college students, coffee is my life. I work at a coffee shop back home, I always have some type of it in my room, and I always know what and where to get coffee when at Trinity. Thankfully, my college has a great variety of coffee and coffee shop options.

Peter B’s

There are a few stories about how Peter B’s got it’s name but there’s really only one reliable one. There used to be a student named Peter B. in the 80s at Trinity who loved coffee. He traveled the county in order to learn more about the perfect espresso and when he came back, Trinity was looking to put a coffee shop in the library. Rather than go with the typical Starbucks, Peter got his coffee shop set up at his Alma Mater, and the rest is history.

Located right in the heart of campus, Peter B’s not only has great coffee but pastries and sandwiches as well (from First and Last, located down the street in Hartford). In the fall, the apple cider always goes fast, as does the pumpkin bread. It’s an open place with plenty of seating and natural light that’s perfect for a group project or meeting with a professor.

My go-to order from there is small hot chai, which warms you on snowy New England winter days.


Goldberg’s isn’t technically a coffee shop because it’s main industry is sandwiches, bagels, and salads, but it does have pretty good coffee. There are a variety of iced coffee flavors that’s always changing (the pumpkin and hazelnut are really good). It’s great for a late night or early morning snack. Plus the people who work there are extremely nice. It’s one of the perk of living on the North side of campus, especially around finals when you don’t want to lug all your book to the library. Twice now during finals, I’ve stopped in and order a small iced coffee, but the employees were so nice and understanding that they bumped me up to a large iced coffee, for free.

I would definitely recommend either the Fire Breathing Dragon sandwich or small iced coffee with an everything bagel.

The Underground

You can’t get much more of a small liberal arts college vibe than when in the Underground. From the huge chalk logo drawing on one end of the room to the numerous leather couches, it’s the perfect place to talk with friends or professors, do homework, or even take a nap (nobody judges). There’s always great music playing, and the heat is a welcome sensation during the winter. This is one of my favorite spots on campus and someplace I always show my friends and family when they visit. For many people at Trinity, you’re either a Peter B’s person or an Underground person, but for me, my loyalties lie where ever there is a good cup of coffee, and trust me there’s plenty of that.

They have a new drink called The Straw-Biscus, and it’s amazing. They also make traditional coffees, teas, and lattes as well as drinks like Nutella smoothies.

Staying Local

While I was applying to schools, I thought that I wanted to get as far away from Connecticut as possible. After all, college is supposed to be when you fully leave the nest and start becoming an adult. As a Hartford resident, I wanted to leave the city and experience a new city or even the country. Despite me being insistent on leaving Hartford for school, I ended up here at Trinity, the school that was closest to my home. After experiencing three semesters here at Trinity, I know for a fact that I have made the right decision in staying local.

During my first year at Trinity I became home sick. I expect this happens to most students during their first year. The further away you are from home, than the harder it will be. However, I will say that I had an easier time handling my home sickness because I was living in the city that I grew up in still. I just had to remind myself that my parents were always just a bus ride ride away. So I will say that staying local definitely helped me handle the stress of being away from home in a far more relaxed manner.

Staying local helped me gain independence, yet I am close enough that I can reach out to home when I need or want to. Living outside of home made me appreciate my parents since I was on my own. Now, because I decided to stay local, I am able to tell them how much I appreciate all that they have done for me. Staying local also has some other luxuries. As great as the food from the Bistro can be, I will always enjoy my mother’s home cooked meals far more. As a local student, I am able to come visit my parents on the weekend and enjoy their company. I get to study at home during finals if the library is too packed with other stressed out students. So, staying local was a great decision for me.

Another great thing about staying local was that it was easy for me to meet people and make friends. After all, people from all over America and the world come here to Trinity. Why not show them around your local town? Take your new friends to your favorite restaurant. People want to know where is a great place to buy certain items, and as a local I can easily direct them on the right path. I was also very happy to meet more people from Connecticut. One of my roommates is from Middletown, CT, a town which is not too far off. These fellow locals also helped me find new things to like about my city. I was introduced to new local restaurants, which I absolutely love now. I can also guarantee that I will be hanging out with my fellow local friends during summer, when there is no schoolwork involved. Staying within Connecticut helped me meet people.

For reasons such as these, I am happy that I stayed close to home. If you are a local student looking to come to Trinity, I will encourage to you apply. You will be able to handle homesickness in a far better manner then if you were all the way across the country. You will be able to go home and enjoy the company of your family far more often. You will also be able to make new local and foreign friends. For this reason, I encourage local students like me to apply to Trinity.

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!


Politics…Among Other Things

This election season has been a long, grueling and frustrating one for most of us. Whether you are a political junkie – never missing a press conference or debate, or someone who couldn’t care less about politics, it’s safe to say that the current political climate is affecting all of us in some way. As most of the country waited with baited breath as the election results slowly rolled in late Tuesday night and into the early hours Wednesday morning, many of us were left with an overwhelming mixture of feelings. Some citizens were elated with the results, feeling as though their thoughts and feelings were finally being acknowledged. Others, on the other hand, were heartbroken…to say the least. It is not my place to diminish or dismiss either of these sentiments, but rather, recognize that they are both valid. Everyone has a right to their own opinion.

Being a college student during confusing times like these is not easy. It will not be easy for a very long time. However, I would like to credit Trinity College, the administration, faculty, alumni, and current study body, on its ability to rise above the nasty, vicious divisions that politics can create among communities. When I received President Berger-Sweeney’s email post-election day, I sighed a much-needed breath of relief. Aside from offering many open options for students to discuss the outcome of the election and the feelings they have surrounding it, she also reminded the community that the Counseling Center, Employee Assistance Program, and the deans of students and faculty are always available to lend support to those struggling with the outcome. President Berger-Sweeney also reminded us all that: “We at Trinity College will continue in our commitment to build and sustain a welcoming and affirming community for persons of all races, ethnicities, religions, nationalities, and gender identities…Our institutional priorities regarding equity, inclusion, and diversity will not change in light of election outcomes.” After reading these thoughtful and kind words from the president of our beautiful institution, my sense of confusion and devastation eased a little.

It is so extremely important that our college comes together right now, rather than divide among one another. Regardless of personal political believes, we all have an obligation to each other: to treat one another with respect, kindness, and dignity. Regardless of skin color, faith, ethnicity, it is our job as a community to protect one another, and hold our fellow classmates up when they are falling down. I am so proud to be part of a College community that holds these values so close to the core of everything it does. The mutual respect and inclusion I see on Trinity’s campus is what gives me hope for the future. Our generation has so many things to figure out now, but at least it is clear that we are not alone in our path to do so. I truly believe that the more we come together as a community – as a family – the easier we can transcend the strong racial and culture divides that hinders our country from moving forward. There is no other place I would rather be in order to educate myself on these important, life-affecting issues, than Trinity College.

The Sound of Trinity

The Trinity campus is strikingly beautiful, and throughout my time here I have come to appreciate the other ways that Trinity delights my senses. The taste of a Goldberg’s breakfast sandwich, the smell of espresso in the Underground, and the feeling of warmth while sitting around the fire pits outside Vernon Social all enhance my sensory experience of my college. In addition to satisfying my sight, touch, taste, and smell, Trinity has provided me with countless beautiful sounds to appreciate. Music is a large part of campus life, and there are many ways to get involved with it!

  • For the singers out there, Trinity has a singing group for everyone! Our campus is lucky to have the crowd-pleasing a capella groups, the prestigious Chapel Singers, the Trinity College Choir, the Trinity College Gospel Choir, and African Choir.
  • If musical theater is more your scene, Trinity puts on multiple musicals each academic year. Auditions are open, so whether you’re a Theater and Dance major or an Engineering student, feel free to try out!
  • The Trinity music department offers several instrumental ensembles for academic credit. Classical chamber music, jazz, samba, and steel pan are all available options, and some of these ensembles require no previous experience. Additionally, if you’d like to work on your music in a more personal setting, the music department offers private lessons which are also for credit. These “classes” are a great way to express yourself and have fun while fulfilling the arts distribution requirement.
  • In addition to the for-credit ensembles offered by the music department, the Trinity College Orchestra is a new student-led group that provides the opportunity to play in a larger setting.
  • Temple of Hip Hop put on concerts throughout the year which culminate in the International Hip Hop Festival, held on Trinity’s campus. If classical music isn’t your thing, try getting involved with hip hop on campus.
  • If you love music but aren’t so into performing, The Mill is our on campus arts collective. Every year The Mill brings in several bands for open concerts in their house on Vernon Street and music appreciators will have a great time there.

This is just a brief run-down of music on campus, and I know there are even more ways to get involved with making Trinity sound beautiful.

Thoughts from “Across the Pond”

Going abroad for a semester (or even an entire year!) is one of the most exciting experiences of your life. I would like to start off by saying that, if the opportunity presents itself, you should jump on it. There has not been a single moment yet of my semester abroad, that I have regretting studying away for a semester. With this being said, I am not immune to the nostalgia that comes along with being away from Trinity for so long. I believe that the more time you spend there, the bigger space it comes to hold in your heart. After bringing up my homesickness in conversations with other friends abroad, I’ve come to realize that I am not the only one feeling this way. Through listening to conversations of what everyone misses about home, I decided to put together a small collection of “Trin-things” that your fellow mates are missing a little extra this semester.

Brandon Campbell ’18 who is studying in Barcelona, only had one thing on his mind when I asked him what he missed most about Trinity right now saying, “I miss Rashima’s eggs in Mather, hands down.” As most of you may know, the egg-bar is a popular choice among Mather-goers, and especially those made by our beloved Mather employee, Rashima!

Charlotte Stabler ’18, who is a proud sister of Kappa Kappa Gamma on campus, mentioned that it wasn’t so much what she missed about Trinity, but rather, who she missed. “My roommates, definitely.” Charlotte says that being able to have her best friends in the next room all the time is something that she finds herself missing immensely at the moment. She also misses her daily bistro smoothies, and the amazing pumpkin bread at Peter B’s in the library. (Don’t worry Charlotte, you’re definitely not alone on that one!)

“I really miss walking down the Long Walk to go to class in the morning, when the weather is cool and crisp. I also miss anyone and everyone, because it always seems to be someone you recognize. You don’t get that often while you’re abroad. Also, those First and Last lunches they serve at Common Hour events are incomparable…that’s on the top of my list when I get back!” ~Sherri Liao ’18

Similarly to Charlotte and Sherri, Lulu Kammerer ’18 says, “I miss walking around a campus where you know everyone and can say, ‘Hi!’ to the people you pass on the Long Walk. I also miss living with my best friends.”

“I miss being on a campus where I am, at most, ten minutes from all my classes. I also muss the way classes are taught at Trinity and the close contact I have with my professors.” ~Lilla Kis ’18, studying abroad in Scotland at St. Andrews.

As you can tell, studying abroad is an amazing time for every Trinity student, but we still find ourselves missing campus from time to time. I think being removed from the comfortable Long Walk scenery, cozy Raether Library chairs, and endless Mather options can be difficult at times, but just gives us something to look forward to when we return!

If your interested in finding out what it’s like to study away from Trinity for a semester, make sure you follow: @trincollstudyaway on Instagram!

Becoming a Bantam: Why I Chose Trinity

Becoming a Bantam: Why I Chose Trinity

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

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

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

Why I chose Trinity

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

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

Rolling into Enrollment: Choosing Courses for the Spring Semester

As election drama wears on, midterms subside, and the clock progressively turns towards Thanksgiving, the students of Trinity College are already thinking forward by preparing for the next semester.

Despite the fact that all of us are attempting to fulfill our major requirements, in addition to taking some general distribution classes, it can still be exciting to peruse the course schedules and enrollments pages, especially if you have a little bit of extra room in your next-semester schedule. If there is one thing that I’ve learned in my two and (almost) a half years here at Trinity, it’s that there are a variety of hidden gem classes in every department that very few people know about. Derived from Professors’ online course description summaries, in my opinion, here are some eye-catching Trinity-specific classes being offered next semester:

  • America’s Most Wanted

This class discusses the ways in which Americans are obsessed with crime. When crimes are real, we societally engage in debates regarding guilt versus innocence, punishment or rehabilitation, death penalty, or life in prison both publicly and in the domestic realm. The class discusses a myriad of crimes, and why certain ones are considered more riveting than others.

  • Mafia 

What’s it about? Well, I’ve actually taken this course, and I have to admit – it’s one of my favorites. Not only is it incredibly interesting, and Professor Alcorn is a fabulous teacher, but the topics covered within the class are diverse and applicable to other courses (and also in general) in ways that you might not normally considered until after you have taken the class. This course discusses the “rule of law” in addition to criminal organization as forms of social order. The class explores the origins of Mafiosi tactics starting from origins in Sicily, and the ways in which these strategies have developed in order to create an intercontinental control over politics and financial capital. Through the uses of literature and film, discussions focus on attempting to define the inner workings of the Mafia.

  • Higher Education in America

 Taught by Admissions’ very own Angel Perez, this course explores the diverse array of curricula offered at various American educational institutions. Regardless of the differentiation between multiple colleges and universities, the American collegiate educational system is incredibly reputable, and draws students both nationally and abroad. The class discusses the formation of American higher education, including several topics such as diversity, student misconduct, academic freedom, and athletics that are embedded within modern colleges and universities.

  • From Epic to X-Box: Narrative History

This class explores how narrative has become altered both over time, and across various forms of media. It covers everything form Old English Epics to digital games. The course deliberates how fictional characters and authors’ narratives have varied both temporally and formally. In addition, this class asks the question of “how do we interact with stories and storytelling?” as well as how these interactions have changed, and the differentiation between “playing,” “watching,” “hearing,” and reading.”

  • New York and its Neighborhoods

What’s it about? This course explores the ways in which New York City formed both economically and culturally in order to become the most populous city in the United States, and a nationally recognized superpower. The course analyzes the various ways that different New Yorkers not only define their identities, but also define their communities. This course explores the dynamic history of both the city and the residents who comprise it, which helps to assists students in becoming more responsible urban citizens. Each class focuses on a separate New York City neighborhood to discuss themes of both urban and American history.

Course Registration: A Guide to the Academic Hunger Games

When my first year mentor told my seminar that she was leading an entire class meeting focused on getting through course registration, I knew that the process would be intimidating. I made lots of lists in the following weeks, creating several different possible schedules for the next semester. When my registration slot came, I woke up half an hour early, made some tea, and plugged in my Ethernet cable, ready to take on what had been described to me as a cutthroat frenzy of eager students fighting for their ideal classes. I made it through relatively unscathed, thanks largely to the courses I was guaranteed through my gateway program. However, I observed many of my fellow students throughout that week start from scratch because they hadn’t received any of their preferred courses. Course registration can be scary, but throughout the years I have acquired some tips to help the process go more smoothly.

  1. Start planning before advising week. It takes time to sift through the course schedule, find classes that don’t occur at the same time, and make a back up plan. One of the perks of attending Trinity is that amazing courses are offered each term in every department. I like to scan the offerings of each department as part of my planning process, because you never know what will catch your eye. Maybe you didn’t know you wanted to take a course on American Popular Music or Jewish Mysticism!
  2. Take advantage of your advisor. Advisors exist to help you through this process, and first year advisors are especially tuned in to your needs as a first-timer going through course registration. Use your required meeting with your advisor to clear up any concerns you may have, plan for the future, and whatever else you need to discuss in order to feel prepared.
  3. Have back ups for your back ups. Do you really need to fill your social science requirement this semester? Choose a few good options. Interested in intro classes that fill up quickly? Pick a few different time slots or professors. Being over-prepared feels much better than not having any more options.
  4. Talk to older students. Upper-year students can offer you a wealth of knowledge! From course and professor recommendations to the inside scoop on which courses fill up first, they’ve been around the course registration block a time or two and are likely happy to advise you.
  5. Prioritize your “shopping cart.” I know that my upper level Latin class is likely not going to reach max capacity, so I fill my cart with more competitive courses first. You can always drop a back up course if you get in, but you’ll be sad if your back up fills up while you try to register for it on your second round.
  6. Email professors about the waitlist. A polite email expressing your continued interest in the course never hurts! Calmly explain the reason you want to take a course and what place you are on the waitlist, and the professor might choose to allow you in.

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.