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.

Why Being an English Major is #Lit

Why Being an English Major is #Lit

Choosing a major isn’t easy – especially at a liberal arts school where students are required to take classes in varying disciplines in order to graduate. So how does one go about choosing a major their sophomore year? Although some students may arrive on campus their freshman fall knowing what they want to concentrate in, the majority of Trinity’s population arrives unsure.

From a personal perspective, I had a decent idea that English would be one of my primary majors, and I had some experiences within my first two years of Trinity that confirmed this for me.

  • First English class at Trinity.

I enrolled in my first English class here at Trinity my freshman fall. This course was titled “Intro to Literary Studies.” Although I am currently concentrating in Creative Writing within my English major, I had heard that this class was one of the major’s pre-requisites, and I had also been told that the professor for this class was incredible. This advice proved to be right, and helped to enforce my decision to become an English major. Throughout this course, we studied multiple types of literary styles from an assortment of different authors. Not only did this course introduce me to one of my favorite contemporary authors, but it also provided me with an opportunity to bond with an incredible professor who has still continued to be an immense influence throughout my Trinity experience today.

  • Attending a Career trek

Although I knew that I would most likely become an English major upon attending Trinity, I also knew that I wanted to enter a media-related occupational field upon graduation. Therefore, I was a little bit apprehensive of the lack of a communications major or program. My freshman spring, I saw that Trinity’s Career Development Center was hosting a “career trek” over Trinity Days: a four-day weekend that occurs once per semester. This specific “trek” included a trip to New York City in order to network with alums working within marketing and communications fields. Although these “treks” explore multiple occupational avenues within Boston, New York City, and Washington D.C., I chose to attend this New York City media trek because of its close link with my area of interest. Throughout the trek, we met six different alumni within multiple organizations in the city. Not only was the networking opportunity incredibly valuable, but most of these individuals claimed that throughout their time at Trinity, they had chosen to pursue a major in English with a Creative Writing concentration. Therefore, this experience helped me to solidify that I was on the right track in choosing a major for my duration at Trinity, and also for my post-graduation interests.

  • Discovery of a Creative Writing Thesis

A third defining experience that helped me to decide to become an English major was the discovery that I have the opportunity to write a Creative Writing Thesis. For Creative Writing concentrators here at Trinity, students can choose from a range of options including the opportunity to write a series of short stories, a novella, a memoir, a novel, one-act plays, or poetry samples. The idea of being able to spend a large amount of my senior year planning, crafting, and editing a large creative piece that I could work towards potentially publishing after graduation appealed to me immensely, and still excites me currently as I look forward to this experience, even though I have roughly a year prior to immersing myself in it.

Ultimately, I love to write, and because I love exercising this creative skill, I throw my efforts into it completely until I’m absorbed in the act itself. Although I am speaking from a mere twenty years of experience, if there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that passion drives success, and if you’re able to incorporate your passion into your occupation, then you’re guaranteed to soar.

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.

First Time as a First-Year Mentor

Coming into my first-year at Trinity, I’ll admit, I was profoundly lost. Unlike most of my peers, I was coming from a small private day school in Maine. Only one of my high school classmates was attending Trinity with me. I was not on a sports team, nor did any of my siblings attend Trinity currently or previously. In fact, I was an only child living away from home for the first time. I was both scared and apprehensive, worrying about how I’d adjust to the collegiate lifestyle, and concerned that I wouldn’t make friends easily, or have a “group” on campus. Most importantly, I saw college as a “fresh start” where I didn’t have to be the same person who I was in high school, and that new opportunity meant the world to me.

Despite the fact that there were three alumni from my high school attending Trinity, I still felt as if I had little guidance within my first semester of my first year. I had no teammates, no fellow club members, and no co-workers to provide me with advice. I desperately wanted an upper-year “mentor,” or someone to take me under their Bantam wing for recommendations on how to approach my Trinity experience. I found myself wishing that I had signed up for a pre-orientation program, or the “Big Sister, Little Sister” program, in order to find older individuals to connect with. Even though my First-Year Seminar provided me with not one, but two mentors, I felt somewhat intimidated by these individuals, and I saw them more as TAs than mentors.

Given my freshman experience, and my somewhat “bumpy” transition between high school and college, I decided that I wasn’t going to let anyone else feel the same way that I had. Regardless of the fact that I did not have a real “mentor” my freshman year, I still maintained faith in Trinity, and I knew that the school would give me the opportunity to give back in a manner that I wished I had originally received.

My sophomore year, I signed up to become a mentor in the “Big Sister, Little Sister” program, a facet of the Trinity community run by the Women and Gender Resource Action Center that pairs upper-year females up with first-year females. Although some students don’t take it too seriously, only meeting their “little sisters” once at the beginning of the school year, I wasn’t going to treat the responsibility lightly. Not only did I meet up with my “little sisters” frequently, going to dinner with them, taking them off campus, helping them with their school work, and texting them in order to check in, but I became very close friends with these two individuals. This experience eventually helped me while becoming a First-Year Mentor.

Throughout my First-Year Mentor experience, I have met with my mentees frequently, creating a group chat where they can all voice their concerns regarding everything from “how do I approach editing my paper before turning it in?” to “where’s the best place to order pizza late night?” I’ve hosted “office hours” that have transitioned from “Can you read this over for me and tell me if I’m headed in the right direction?” to “Is it possible to maintain a long-distance relationship while at college?” Watching their questions turn from practical to personal has made me re-realize the importance of what it means to be a First-Year Mentor. Through this past month, I have become more than just their academic liaison, but rather, a friend who will help them with their transition into the Trinity community. Watching them warm up to me has made me hopeful that they see me as someone whom they can rely on within Trinity’s campus when times get tough. (PS: If you are a first-year student, don’t be afraid to reach out to your First-Year mentor(s)! They’re here to help you with any struggle that you may have!)

Even though Trinity has fantastic resources, beautiful aesthetics, and paramount academics, my First-Year mentorship has helped me to realize that the people within this community truly make it an amazing institution. I cannot thank the people whom I have met here enough, not only for providing me with constant opportunities to expand my skills (whether it’s through writing, public speaking, networking, or leadership opportunities), but most importantly, for helping me to learn more about myself. Thanks to the support that Trinity has provided for me, I know that I will enter “the real world” with confidence, and at the end of each day, I will always be a “bant.”

Six Defining Factors of a #TrinCollFall

Six Defining Factors of a #TrinCollFall

In addition to packing our summer whites away, shorts have been shipped back home, and sandals have slid to the back of our priority lists. Welcome to fall at TrinColl! But just because the air is a tad bit brisker, and the sun is setting more swiftly, doesn’t mean that the excitement on campus isn’t still heating up!

  • Pumpkin Spiced Lattes or Apple Cider at Peter B’s

No one wants to admit that they’re “basic.” However, the PSLs and the Apple Cider at Peter B’s are both addictive and unavoidable – purchase at your own risk! There’s no better way to caffeinate or catch up with a professor or friends than by trying one of these fall favorites. If pumpkin isn’t your primary pick, they have everything from vanilla and hazelnut to white chocolate mocha (my newest discoveries include White Orchid and Bombay Chai).

  • Foliage on the Quad

Although most students are currently away for “Trinity Days,” upon our return after this long Columbus Day Weekend, the fall foliage will be in full effect. The ground will be littered with leaves maintaining red, yellow, orange, and brown hues. Instagram’s will abound with chapel pics including the foliage, so be sure to tag yours with #trincoll in order to show off your photographic prowess. Nowhere is this fall fluctuation more prevalent than on the main quad, where the Elm trees will turn from green to yellow, showering the grass with piles of golden leaves.

  • Fall Sports

Regardless of whether or not you’re the most athletic person on the planet, or if you’ve never seen a live sports game in your life, you’ll have plenty of opportunity to embrace athleticism on Trinity’s campus. And there’s no better time to do it than in the fall while surrounded by beautifully colored leaves (see number two for a description) and while sipping a hot beverage (see number one for some suggestions). From field hockey to football, the fall sports season is in full swing, which means our teams are extra-amped for the audience members that come to support them.

To read more about sports at Trinity, and to see sports schedules, follow this link.

Speaking of football…

  • Homecoming

There is nothing that brings a greater buzz to Trinity than the opportunity for Alumni to flock back to campus for the annual homecoming festivities. Whether you’re a recent grad or graduated decades prior, most “bants” fly back to the coop for a time to walk down memory lane. This year, in addition to a series of events sponsored by Campaign for Community, along with the potential to revive some old Trinity traditions, the football team will not only be hosting homecoming on a *new* turf field, but they will also be facing one of our main rivals: Amherst.

  • Fall Artistic and Musical Opportunities

If you’re more of a thespian than an athlete, have no fear – Trinity is as much immersed in the arts as it is in its athletic opportunities! In addition to a fall dance performance on October 21-22 at 7:30 p.m., Trinity’s fall play titled The Laramie Project premiers November 17-19, at 7:30 p.m. Both of these events take place at Goodwin Theater in the Austin Arts Center. In addition to these two fall arts events, there are a myriad of fall a cappella concerts, some of which are even Halloween-themed!

  • The Emergence of Trinity Apparel

Let’s face it – despite a couple of hopeful seventy-degree days, it isn’t getting any warmer here in New England. But regardless of summer’s slippage into the backs of our minds, this creates the wonderful opportunity to don some Trinity apparel. From hoodies, long-sleeves, and baseball caps, to beanies, quarter-zips, and scarves, the bookstore has a *new* selection of gear to help you show off your Trin pride.

To order some apparel, follow this link.

New Year, New You: The Opportunity To “Re-brand”

Although some may argue that it’s technically the fourth week of school, others might contend that the new school year is still incredibly fresh. With the myriad of organizations that underwent the club fair in order to recruit new members, with the culmination of rush week, and the end of the Student Government campaigns and votes casted by the student body, the initial dust of this academic year is finally about to settle: it is officially safe to say that students here at Trinity College are about to establish their official fall semester routines.

Regardless of class year, individuals of a variety of ages have signed up to take on new responsibilities as the year finally sets into full swing. As a multitude of students undergo the opportunity to further integrate themselves within the Trinity community and enhance their collegiate involvement, what many people neglect to consider is the fact that the organizations themselves are also in the process of shifting in order to amalgamate to changes that this new school year has already presented. Students who have been previously affiliated with specific organizations have been planning and strategizing over the summer as well as these first few weeks of school regarding how they are going to run their groups this year. Since the Class of 2016’s depart this past spring, new leadership positions have been assumed, and the opportunity to “re-brand” an organization is ever-present.

As a member of E.A.C. Barnyard Entertainment, the programming committee for the Student Government Association, the planning never seems to cease, which is perhaps why this organization is one of my favorite facets of my Trinity involvement. Barnyard plans events for the entire student body: from concerts to stress busters during midterms and finals, the swath of activities that we both plan and put on is extensive. Although it is a lot of hard work, there is nothing more gratifying then seeing a large sector of Trinity’s student body all coming together to enjoy a large-scale event.

Currently, we are in the process of planning Trintoberfest, which is our small version of Germany’s Oktoberfest. Every year, we design t-shirts for the event, organize catering that is reflexive of the actual German event’s tradition, and give out a variety of free goods while everyone gathers on the main quad and enjoys music and fraternizing. In addition to this form of a “fall fest,” we also organize other big events, such as a 70s-themed Roller Disco, and our annual Spring Weekend concert, which a variety of people are already eagerly waiting for.

For more information about E.A.C. Barnyard, feel free to check out our Facebook and Instagram pages linked below!




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How a Small School Degree Takes a Large City

I walked into my summer internship on the first day of orientation and sat down assuredly at large meeting table, excited to meet a variety of individuals who I didn’t know would soon become some of my closest friends. As all of us interns made small talk and waited for a supervisor to begin our orientation presentations, I immediately felt at ease due to way that we all automatically meshed as a cause of our mutual love of social media. As we went around the room and played an icebreaker, everyone announced their year and where they were attending college. A chorus of large universities such as “U Michigan, Boston University, Sacramento State,” filled the air as I followed them up with “Trinity College… In Hartford, Connecticut…”

I’ve never felt insecure about going to Trinity, and within that moment, I certainly didn’t feel apprehensive about my decision to attend a small liberal arts school. But what I didn’t yet know was how my Trinity College experience and the holistic approach that a liberal arts school provides would come to my aid in “the real world.”

I had known from a Career Trek with Trinity’s Career Development office that HR departments placed a particular value upon students graduating with a liberal arts education, but I had no idea as to why. Was it because these students got to experience smaller class sizes? Or because they had a greater opportunity to meet with their professors and advisors one-on-one? Or did it have to do with the myriad of distribution requirements that most liberal art schools require? The answer was all of the above.

I started off my summer internship journey in one department, and then ended up bouncing from that area of the industry to two different departments. When meeting with the head of HR to switch from my original department, I became aware of how the range of diverse academic experiences that I had undergone throughout my Trinity timeline thus far could assist me in a variety of facets within this company. My involvement as a tour guide helped me on the Communications department for tasks that required outreach, my “Mafia” seminar that observed human reactions and decision making in regards to vice markets supported me with understanding how the Analytics and Insights department operates, and the writing skills that I have attained through Trinity’s various writing requirements helped me to prepare client briefs and decks for Account Strategy and Client Relations as I spent the majority of my summer interning with this department.

The malleability of a liberal arts education is incredibly valuable, and the working-world may help you come to appreciate general distribution requirements in a manner that you never would have originally believed.

A Home Away from Home

Coming to Trinity in the fall of 2014, I didn’t know what to expect when it came to my living situation. I had received my housing assignment via email, I had been in contact with my randomized roommate (who ended up turning out to be one of my best friends), and I had scoped out my room dimensions online. Aside from those various aspects, I was completely unaware of what the interior of my dorm room would look like.

When I first stepped in through the doorway of my freshman year dorm room, reality began to set in and I started to panic: this was my first time living away from home. How would I manage having a roommate? A dorm with a communal bathroom? The two-hour distance from home?

In order to force these fears to dissipate, I spent a lot of time focusing on decorating the physical space of my room in order to make it feel more like home. I decked it out with curtains and a shag rug (which, I totally suggest you do, because these two items automatically create comfort in a space). What I eventually discovered was that regardless of how many throw pillows I added, how many pictures I hung up, or how many decorations flooded my walls, it was extremely more important to me to find spaces of comfort on campus that existed outside of my dorm room’s walls, especially during my freshman year.

I had remembered from my tour of Trinity that there was a coffee shop located beneath the main dining hall, and so within the first month of school, I decided to go on a mini adventure and see what it was like. Little did I know that I was about to find a cozy haven away from my dorm room.

Walking into The Underground is a tunneled, old hallway that at most times appears dark and desolate, but behind its large wooden door lies a gem of a space. The venue incudes every type of seating from barstools to comfy couches. The dimly-lit ambiance gives just the right amount of lighting to get reading and studying done, but is also fantastic for relaxation, making art pieces with friends, or even taking a quick nap prior to class. As much as the environment is aesthetically pleasing with student art hung on the walls, the coffee is even more fantastic, as much was the fact that I immediately felt at home within a randomized space on campus.

Although it may be easy to spend your freshman year camped out within your dorm room, it is incredibly important to explore your campus and find nooks within public venues where you can feel a sense of comfort, but can also enjoy running into new people while within this space to enhance your freshman experience.

An End & a New Beginning

As graduation celebrations have finally concluded, and as summer has continued to wane before drawing to an eventual close, students from the class of 2020 are budding with anticipation. For the millennial generation, there is such a tremendous spotlight that acts to showcase the college experience. “The best four years of your life,” “the time in your life where you’ll meet your closest friends,” “a stepping stone prior to your future career” are all common, intimidating phrases that are tossed around as an individual transitions from high school to their freshman year of college. To the Trinity class of 2020, here are three top components that you’ll attain as you become immersed within your college experience:

  • Independence

You will find yourself undergoing several moments where you feel alone, and that is completely okay. As you progress throughout your college experience, you will realize that grabbing breakfast by yourself in the morning before class can be soothing, doing work at a table alone in Peter B’s as your peers chat around you can be comforting, and going on a run by yourself is meditative. Though it is extremely difficult, changing the negative connotation of “loneliness” into a supportive feeling of independence enhances the college experience, and you’ll gain both renewed strength and maturation.

  • Self-discovery through Increased Involvement

Throughout the college experience in general, but particularly at Trinity, there are countless opportunities and methods to integrating yourself throughout the community. College is the time where you truly start “doing you,” and you don’t have to follow the pack mentality. Take advantage of the opportunities that college provides to enhance your individuality (whether that’s through clubs, sports, theatrical arts, etc.) because not only will that diminish to a certain extent in “the real world,” but it will also help you to define yourself and garner insight regarding interests that you can develop throughout the future years.

  • An Appreciation for Time

High school might have seemed arduous at times, but the college years pass within the blink of an eye. Speaking as a rising junior, I am experiencing a mid-college crisis where I can’t even believe that I’m halfway done. Although attending classes, writing essays, and taking exams are essential, it is also important to remember that it is the relationships that you make in college that will sustain for the rest of your life. Grab coffee with your professors, spend some extra time doing an activity with your friends on the weekend, and get to know both the students in your year as well as the ones above and below it. Before you know it, you’ll be back “‘neath the elms” clad in graduate attire.



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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