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The best thing about Trinity is its size because this feature permeates every facet of the Trinity education by endowing stud...
The best thing about Trinity is its size because this feature permeates every facet of the Trinity education by endowing students with small class sizes, professor accessibility, an intimate social environment, a beautiful and manageable campus and easy access to countless extracurricular and academic opportunities. One thing that I'd change about Trinity is that I think it would benefit from having one common place where students can hang out and advertise campus events and organizations and promote causes, etc. At the present time, Mather Hall is as communal a space as there, and consequently, I think the campus events that do exist suffer a bit from this lack of publicity. One of the best things about Trinity is the reaction that the school's very mention garners in others. I have found that the school has a very strong identity and a remarkable reputation for turning out successful alumni with a particular knack for the business, financial and commercial industries, however, alumni also hold prominent positions in politics and government, entertainment, medicine, among countless other professions. There certainly is a great deal of school pride at Trinity, and individuals carry that pride with them years after they take their last walk down the beautiful long walk or spend a final afternoon on the expansive main quad, so alumni often seek to hire fellow Trinity grads and most students can at least attest to the fantastic networking opportunities available through Trinity connections.
There is a good deal of diversity on campus and there are various and numerous cultural houses and organizations to represent all types of people on campus. On a typical day, most students can be seen wearing jeans and a sweatshirt or sweater, with a fleece and casual shoes. The "dress code" isn't exactly formal, but most students don't tend to wear sweatpants to class. Political activity seems to have grown on campus in recent years but remains a quiet presence, and there are clubs that actively represent both campus Democrats and Republicans. For a Northeastern college, there is a pretty large percentage of politically conservative students, who would most likely identify themselves as Republicans.
Like most stereotypes, there is a kernel of truth in each of these, but they fail to accurately represent the reality of Trinity College. While many students hail from their privileged homes in the cities and surrounding suburbs of Boston, Connecticut, New York, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., Trinity students come from 43 states (a vast number are even, dare I say, West Coasters!) and 30 foreign countries. It is true that many students have attended private high schools, perhaps in greater numbers than at other colleges, and that this factor does contribute to the lower levels of racial and ethnic diversity at Trinity. But this truism cannot be held accountable for the perceived uniformity of Trinity students. Diversity at Trinity is multifaceted, taking the form of racial, ethnic, religious, and socioeconomic. More important, perhaps, is that students possess diverse interests, hobbies and aspirations?at this very moment, in a college of just 2,100 students I personally know a world-class organist of all things?and the faculty is just as riveting. The students? relationship with the city of Hartford is admittedly volatile and has room for improvement, but the administration and students make a collective effort to participate in and help to revitalize the city. Trinity?s social scene is fast-paced and fun? weekends are never dull?and much of the activity revolves around, though is not limited to, Greek life. Of all the stereotypes this is perhaps the most accurate?Trinity students are notorious for striking a balance between their studies and partying with unparalleled aptitude.
Academics at Trinity are absolutely stellar. But, like with most life experiences, the amount of effort you put in correlates to the richness of the education you receive in return. There are phenomenal classes in all courses of study-- including those that aren't typically offered at small, Liberal Arts colleges, such as Community Outreach, Urban Engagement and Engineering--but none of the majors are pre-professional. That is to say, the majors are all humanities-based, instead of career-oriented, with the intention of providing all students with a premier Liberal Arts education that is focused on enriching the minds of all students. Requirements are limited; there are just five distribution requirements, one in the Humanities, Arts, Natural Sciences, Numerical Reasoning and the Social Sciences, that each student must complete prior to graduation. As an English major, I have had the opportunity of working closely with several published authors and poets, and am always able to access professors outside the classroom.
Social life at Trinity is very active due to the plethora of campus organizations, ranging from A Capella groups to intramural sports teams to Greek life and much more. Athletics are popular, and while many of the teams do well each year, the main sporting attraction at Trinity is the squash team, who now holds the record of the longest winning streak (10 consecutive undefeated seasons) in the history of college sports. Trinity draws numerous guest speakers to campus every week and the lectures are often filled with students, some of whom are required to attend for relevant classes and others who are genuinely interested in the subject matter. The Theater department puts on several productions each semester, some that are student directed, and those are always well-advertised and draw in large crowds. Trinity is also the only small college with its own movie theater, called CineStudio, that shows both old and current feature films every week. On that note, students who don't like to engage in partying or Greek life, there is always that option for a weekend night. Besides that, Hartford is a wonderful resource for finding alterantives to the fraternity/sorority scene, with its many restaurants, bars, clubs, museums and movie theaters.
The "typical" Trinity student is often categorized as a white, preppy graduate of an elite boarding or private school in the Northeast, who spends summers on Nantucket, Martha's Vineyard or the Cape-- the girls in sun dresses and the guys in their Nantucket reds and polo shirts. Trinity's academic environment is stereotyped as being less intellectual than that of its counterpart NESCAC colleges, boasting an intense and active social scene as the students loyally uphold the slogan, "work hard, play hard." Trinity is also targeted for having a low level of diversity in its student body, uneasy relationships between students of different backgrounds, and a strained "town-gown" relationship with the residents of Hartford.
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