Hartford, CT
Trinity College


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Brad
Describe the students at your school.

A blend of political mindsets, ethnic backgrounds, and fields of study; but predominantly white. Depending on the class, may ...

Describe the students at your school.

A blend of political mindsets, ethnic backgrounds, and fields of study; but predominantly white. Depending on the class, may or may not be social, but again, a seminar class would lend itself more to sociality than a big lecture class would.

What kind of person should attend this school?

Someone who is rich, who is preppy, someone who probably has family that has graduated from Trinity, and anyone interested in majoring in either economics, history, psychology or english. Those are by far the most populous majors. But yeah, Trinity is extremely affluent, and it tends to dictate social stratifications on campus. It's not impossible to find a niche at Trinity if you're not a run-of-the-mill trust-fund baby (lord knows I'm not), but it just makes life easier I suppose.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I would say the strongest influence is the gut feeling you get when you step on campus. Each campus had a personality, and energy to it that really is a good representation of how you feel you would fit as a part of the campus; so I would definitely be cognizant of that.

Haley
Describe the students at your school.

A preppy, rich girl who calls her mom every day to complain about her professors and who gets so drunk on "thirsty Thursdays"...

Describe the students at your school.

A preppy, rich girl who calls her mom every day to complain about her professors and who gets so drunk on "thirsty Thursdays" that she doesn't remember what she did.... but she lands an internship in investment banking due to her dad's contacts.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Students must take in mind not only the academic excellence of the college, but also the social environment. Of course, academics should take precedence, but especially if you will be living on campus in a new town, the people you will be spending four years with will be very important. I wish that I would have taken this into greater consideration when I was applying to schools. One tip I have to make the most of the college experience is to not be afraid to ask questions and to get help from professors. If they are good at their job, they will be more than happy to help you, even if you are not doing well in their class. It is in their best interest for you to pass their class. Don't waste your money (or your parents' money) by skipping classes or not putting your all into assignments. You might as well get as much out of your classes as you can. One piece of advice to incoming freshman: join as many extra-curricular clubs and activities as you can! You can always drop them later, but this will help you find friends in those crucial first weeks.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

I wish I knew that so much of the social scene revolved around alcohol and that the "typical" Trinity student went to boarding school.

James
Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

I don't think its very unique at all except for the fact it has a huge frat scene.

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

I don't think its very unique at all except for the fact it has a huge frat scene.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Seriously considered thinking about what you truely want to do rather than listening to your parents talk about their future that they never had. Enjoy your college, it will be the most rewarding four years of your life.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

The lack of respect for people with different cultures, sexual orientations, races, etc.

Heejin
What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

People can be close-minded and immature. There needs to be more effort made in pushing students to think about the community...

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

People can be close-minded and immature. There needs to be more effort made in pushing students to think about the community and of their place in it and their responsibility to it.

What kind of person should attend this school?

Students who are highly proactive will get the most out of the many things Trinity has to offer, but those who are less so will have to work harder to seek out opportunities that are there, but not evident at first.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Look at the Course Catalogue, but more than that, ask yourself what kind of experience do you look forward to in college - ie, going to a huge football game with friends, or getting to record a cd with an acapella group, or doing research in top-level facilities, or having access to a huge research database. Whatever you love to do, look into it; see if the colleges you are looking at offer you opportunities to do what you're really passionate about.

Dan
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Start off by making a geographic decision -- how far away from home am I willing to go? Then decide on what you want to pursu...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Start off by making a geographic decision -- how far away from home am I willing to go? Then decide on what you want to pursue as a major -- if you are undecided, consider liberal arts schools! Your next decision is to choose between a large or small school (size DOES matter -- if you hated / enjoyed high school based on its size, consider those feelings when choosing a college). Apply to as many schools that interest you, BUT if there is one school that is your number one choice, you should absolutely apply early action / decision. There is usually a higher percentage accepted for this applicant pool, so it is will only help you increase your chances of getting in. VISIT the schools you are most interested in and always do an interview if you can. Be sure to follow up visits with thank you cards -- the more interaction you have with a school's admissions team, the better (it shows the school how enthusiastic you are about applying)! Be yourself, do not lie, choose your letters of reccomendation wisely, and spell check everything you submit. Get started as early as you can and try not to let things overwhelm you!

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

I wish I had known that it was ok not to be certain on what I wanted to major in. I think many freshmen often feel somewhat pressured to go into college already knowing what they want to do with their lives. Trinity is an ideal college for the "undecided student." You do not need to declare a major until the end of your sophomore year. Take classes that sound interesting to you -- it's the perfect time to try new things and build your knowledge on subjects you enjoy!

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

PARKING -- Trinity is in a city and the campus has minimal parking spaces. Also, several college catalouges suggest that Trinity has horrible relations with the city of Hartford, which is simply untrue. Community Service is a big part of Trinity's campus and almost every student takes advantage of internship / job opportunities in downtown. Not to mention the many restaurants that fill Hartford!

christina
What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

people can be intolerant and it can be quite uncomfortable

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

people can be intolerant and it can be quite uncomfortable

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

wish i'd know how intolerant people can be here

Michael
Describe the students at your school.

Bright, energetic, and friendly.

Describe the students at your school.

Bright, energetic, and friendly.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

A great deal of my college selection came down to comparing the intangible qualities of the various colleges I visited. Unless one school has a far better academic reputation than another, or there is a huge difference in the cost, the best way to pick a college is by simply assessing how you feel when you're on the campus. Once you're accepted you'll be swamped with view books, facts, and figures but there's nothing like simply exploring the campus and meeting students. Walk around each campus for a day, talk with students, ask them if they're happy and try to imagine yourself there. Choosing a college is a hard decision, but if the goal is just to find a place that makes you happy (for whatever reason), it makes the whole process much more straightforward.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

The surrounding neighborhood is not fantastic, though It is steadily improving.

Kenneth
What kind of person should not attend this school?

Someone who can't abide the cold. In winter it can get down below freezing.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

Someone who can't abide the cold. In winter it can get down below freezing.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

Lack of funding for small departments. A previous president damaged out endowment, however the new one has been doing a great job rebuilding it! The school is still well mantained but the smaller departments need more money to reach their full potential.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

For finding the right school: Visit the schools and talk to students there. Take your time making the decision and trust your instincts. For enjoying your college experience: Get involved with groups around campus, be they clubs, sports teams or fraternities/sororities. It's a quick and easy way to meet people and make friends with common interests.

Vivian
What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

There's not a lot of variation in weekend social activities.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Don't let other people tell you what's best for you. You know yourself best - make a list of what you want in a school, and go from there. If it turns out you don't like the schools that come up, then reevaluate what you think you want. It's not about the name or prestige of a school - it's about what's right for you.

Alex
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I think that any student looking for a positive experience needs to take time to seriously look at his or her goals in life. ...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I think that any student looking for a positive experience needs to take time to seriously look at his or her goals in life. For example, if you're looking to go into Agriculture, don't go to a small liberal arts school. I know it sounds corny, but don't select a school based exclusively on its reputation as you may later find out that you don't feel as if you belong there. Go to a school where you feel like you can make a bond with the students you've met on your campus tours, where you feel comfortable with the faculty, and where you can imagine yourself living for all four years. Remember that whatever college you decide to go to, you will become a resident of that city and state and if you don't like the region for some reason (perhaps its political leanings for example), you'll have problems going to school there. Ultimately, you should choose a school based on your comfort level at that institution. When you finally stumble upon a school that fits your personality like a glove, you'll know you've found your new home.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

The worst thing about my school is the lack of social options that are present on campus. The majority of students here don't date - though it isn't impossible - and hookups are pretty prevalent as a lot of people get tanked and then go to the frats to party. If you don't drink or smoke weed you won't be ostracized and no one will call you lame or something for not doing the above, but realize you will be odd man out. To put it simply, on Saturday night, everyone is looking to get laid. Most do.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

I wish I had known how small of a community Trinity is. In some ways, this is a good thing as I honestly feel as if I'm in a large extended family when I go here. At the same time, it can be tiring to see everyone every single day. Hartford can also be problematic as the city is very dangerous and I'm not being dramatic here either - I come from a major urban center in the US and I feel very unsafe at times. Use caution when you're out and about and you'll be fine.

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