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Preppy alcoholics mostly.
Preppy alcoholics mostly.
In today's fast-paced world, college admissions is an extremely competitive process and even great students sometimes get left in the cold. I was a straight-A high school student with tons of extra-curriculars and awards. I wasn't sure where I wanted to go to school, so I applied to fourteen top schools in America. Unfortunately, only one accepted me. Trinity College gave me a full-tuition scholarship, which lessened the blow, but it still severely impacted the course of my education and future career. I knew nothing about Trinity and applied at the suggestion of my college counselor; when I arrived, I found the social atmosphere intolerable, but because of the scholarship, transferring wasn't an option. So, my advice to future students is to start early, research colleges extensively, choose a few that appeal to you personally - not just because they're big names - and keep your options open. Don't forget a saftey school, and don't be discouraged if your top choice doesn't accept you. At college, try to have fun even if you wish you were somewhere else. Above all, stay in school.
Athletics and very wealthy students.
Athletics and very wealthy students.
Talk to guidance counselors and visit all the schools you can. Do not limit based on wanting to be close to home. Get involved with everything that interests you.
Lack of diversity.
Being very wealthy, and the students dress exceptionally preppy.
Being very wealthy, and the students dress exceptionally preppy.
The strong relationship between the administration and the students. When the students have a problem the administration is quick to hear their issues and try and find a solution.
Visit schools, sit in on classes, and stay in a dorm. By seeing a campus you know if you'll be happy there. Sitting in on classes gives you a feel for the class size, interactions between faculty and students, and the quality of the education. In dorms, see if people are friendly with neighbors and if dorms are kept in good condition. See if the weekend night life it is compatible with your own interests. Join activities, be friendly, and utilize resources. Clubs and activities help you meet people with similar interests, and allows you to make a variety of groups of friends. There is no ?popular? group so being friends with a diverse group of people is easy and beneficial. It?ll broaden your experiences by meeting people from all walks of life. Freshmen year tough on everyone, no one has any best friends yet so never be afraid to introduce yourself. Meet with professors, they?re one of your greatest resources. They offer advice and help you with school work. It?s good to have a close relationship with a professor so you have someone to write letters of recommendation for jobs or graduate school.
Contributing writer Amanda Tramont discusses her March 4, 2008 article about Trinity's abroad program
Contributing writer Amanda Tramont discusses her March 4, 2008 article about Trinity's abroad program
Andrew Pedro '08 discusses the issue of cable at Trinity College.
Trinity Men's Squash team has won 165 matches in a row, en route to 9 consecutive National Titles.
Highlight video for the 2008 NESCAC men's hockey champs Part II
Freestyle battle at Trinity College, hartford, Ct.
Those applying to college should decide what kind of school they want to be at in order to easily eliminate those options tha...
Those applying to college should decide what kind of school they want to be at in order to easily eliminate those options that do not fit them. There is a big difference between a large city school, and a small school in a suburban area. Also take note of what fields you are interested in, and if the college you are looking at has a strong department in that area. Once you get to school, try everything you think you might be interested in before you decide which activities you will continue with. This way you don't rule out anything right off the bat.
The type of person who should attend Trinity is the type who know how to work hard but also how to relax and enjoy themself. Trinity students are intelligent and academically motivated, but are also excited about homecoming football games and school musicals. And though students like to do well, it is not a cut-throat environment.
The worst thing about our school is students do not always take the time to get involved in extra-curricular activities. It seems that the student who is active outside of the classroom is involved in several activities, to balance those students who are involved in none.
There is a divide on campus; there are a great deal of awesome students who are involved in the cultural houses, community se...
There is a divide on campus; there are a great deal of awesome students who are involved in the cultural houses, community service, arts, etc. and then there are those apathetic waste of space people that sleep through class and party the majority of their time.
There is rarely a "perfect" college fit for you, each college has a diversity of students even if there is a stereotype. I have found myself frustrated at somet of the qualities of my college yet I have been able to find my place with friends and activities on campus and even gotten to love the area surrounding my college. Of course each person will have their own size preferences and such but once you get down to a few schools that are all very similair like big university, small liberal arts, etc. you will probably do well once you get plugged into campus. Don't waste your college years- if you need to take off a year and binge drink do that, don't waste your time and money to do it 24/7 at college. Lastly educational institutions offer so many opportunities whether it be for jobs, research, grants, study abroad, etc. so make sure to take advantage of all your school has to offer.
The lack of community and social opportunities. Since the scene revolves around fraternities it is limited. There is a lack of diversity in this area as well as cultural diversity. However Trinity is making visible efforts to change this problem.
At first glance they may all seem to fit this super preppy mold, but it's really not true; there are many different types of ...
At first glance they may all seem to fit this super preppy mold, but it's really not true; there are many different types of students here and I find you can find a great group of friends no matter what, everyone is pretty nice. Trinity students are fun loving, hard working (most of them), social, sports loving, and generally good people, doesn't hurt that we are also really really good looking.
Visit while school is in session! Sit in on some classes, see where students hang out and see if you can envision spending 4 years there. I think the best thing is to know that there isn't just ONE good college for everyone so don't convince yourself that one school is the end all. If you like the campus and students, and the learning style and class sizes fits your needs, you will be able to create your own niche. Once you're at college, what you do once you get there is the most important part; get involved! Make friends and have fun while learning and socializing, that is what makes the biggest impact. If you enjoy your time once you have found a school, THAT is what makes alums look back and think that the school they went to was the only one for them. Its the experience I had that makes me look back on college and think I couldn't have gone anywhere else, and I would love to do it all over again.
People think we are all trust-fund kids who don't work hard and everything is handed to us, and its just not true, trinity college definitely has a work hard, play hard ethic. Of course there are some kids who don't follow this ethic, but isn't that the case at any school?
Trinity is like an over-the-top preppy bubble in the middle of hartford peppered with motivated and truely incredible student...
Trinity is like an over-the-top preppy bubble in the middle of hartford peppered with motivated and truely incredible students who are motivated and down to earth.
Trinity has an extremely underrepresented and amazing biology and environmental science faculty who are extremely dedicated teachers and colleagues. Trinity is a school where if you put your mind to it, you can participate and excel in many facets of the college.
If you know your academic interests, try to meet with some faculty members to get a better look at the departments. Visit the school while there are students around; try to stay overnight, visit some classes, etc. It's important that students get to check out the school a little without their parents so they feel uninhibited to ask current students questions they might not ask around their parents.
How much of a lack of diversity there really was, and how the large contigency of boarding school kids creates the social atm...
How much of a lack of diversity there really was, and how the large contigency of boarding school kids creates the social atmosphere (lots of drinking, drugs, etc.) There isn't a lot of tolerance for diversity or difference of opinions (in my opinion) and I would have liked to go to a school that was more liberal and open-minded, at least within the student body.
A preppy, wealthy, white kid. Although I strongly support and encourage the college's efforts to bring in a more diverse student body, because I think the school would be wonderful if there was a difference among the student body, as opposed to uniformed clones running around.
I would advise that students make use of resources such as overnight visits and stays in order to actually experience the social life firsthand. It's easy to gain a feel for the academic life through the guided tours, admissions vists, etc. but it's more difficult to gauge what your experience outside of classes will be like just from a day-long tour (especially if it's during the summer). To parents I would advise to not push any one-type of school, even if you think that's the best option for your child, because in the end he/she will know best and need to choose for themselves. In terms of making the most out of the experience, get involved as best you can, and always keep an open mind about your college experience. If it seems like the wrong choice, remember that you can always make the most out of any situation you're in, and there are plenty of activities to involve yourself in on almost any college campus, or in the surronding community.
Trinity is located in a capital city, yet the campus has a rural feel. It is so unique in that you have an absolutely beautif...
Trinity is located in a capital city, yet the campus has a rural feel. It is so unique in that you have an absolutely beautiful enclosed campus as well as access to a wealth of different internship, cultural, and community service opportunities right beyond the campus borders. There are incredible relationships between faculty and students, a great amount of say that students are given in the administrative aspects of the college, and a strong sense of community and involvement on campus. The small size of the school enhances the academic experience as well as the strong social connections. Trinity students have great quality of life. Students typically love the school because of the great sense of community cultivated on campus. Most students live on campus or in very close proximity to the campus, which enhances that community-feel. The on-campus housing is excellent and continues to improve. Summer 2008 renovations on the largest, oldest residence hall have been completed, providing 6-to-9-person suite housing options. First year housing is based on the first year seminar, but after that, housing is based on a lottery system. So if, for instance, one year a student’s dorm is not centrally located, the following year he or she will have a lower lottery number when choosing housing. The administration at Trinity makes it a point to listen to students’ views. Often students are members of boards that make major decisions about the college. Our campus movie theater and many of the student houses and spaces on campus are all students-run. As far as the facilities, the library underwent a 35-million dollar renovation in the past five years. There are committees of faculty and students continually assessing the maintenance of classroom and lab spaces. The main buffet-style dining hall, Mather, was refurbished this year and is now top-of-the-line. There are also two other dining options on campus: the Cave, which offers sandwiches, pizza, and food on the go, and the Bistro, which has a grill, sandwiches, smoothies/ shakes, salad bar, sushi twice a week, and culinary nights. Compared to most cities, Hartford does not have a very high cost of living. Trinity is located in a low-income area within Hartford. A lot of community service efforts are made right in the outskirts of the campus, which has resulted in a great deal of positive change in the surrounding area. Community service is a huge commitment of Trinity students, making it the largest student organization on campus. There is a strong relationship between Trinity students and the Hartford youth. Trinity students tutor or mentor Hartford students at the local Learning Corridor and Boys and Girls club right on the campus edge. The Trinity Campus Safety do their best to be proactive about crime. They have a strong presence on campus- always on the main walkways after dusk with lights flashing. Trinity is also on the Blue Light system. As on any college campus, students are urged to use their common sense when walking around after dark. There are campus shuttles circling the campus after dusk and Campus Safety offers escorts to take students anywhere on campus if they ever feel unsafe. Trinity alumni are very talented and successful. In addition, they are usually happy to help other students find careers and become successful themselves. Trinity’s Career Services is very active in organizing alumni and student gatherings as well as forming websites that connect students to alumni in their field. In addition, Career Services often holds recruiting events, mock interviews, workshops, and career seminars. Many seniors are working with Peace Corps or Teach for America. Others go straight into graduate school, particularly in the sciences. Others still find careers in finance, marketing, arts, etc. Most importantly, the preparation that any Trinity student receives throughout the four years makes that student a competitive candidate for any position. They are typically confident interviewees, strong analytical thinkers, and diligent workers.
Trinity has one of the strongest, most organized admitted students' programs, V.I.P. days. In this program student may attend classes and departmental open houses. Students also have the opportunity to speak with faculty and students in each major or other area of interest through a program at lunch. There is also a student panel, where prospective students can ask current students their real questions and concerns. This was a huge factor in my decision. The faculty I met were more than helpful and kind. Also, the students around campus were very friendly and open to helping direct anyone to where they needed to be. I would advise any admitted student to attend V.I.P days before making their decision.
This stereotype could not be farther from the truth. There is a great deal of diversity on campus, not only ethnic, geographic, and socio-economic diversity, but also diversity of interests, which makes for great intellectual conversations in and out of the classroom. Trinity students are mostly very social and friendly, coming from a variety of backgrounds. After spending a few moments on the campus, you will experience this and the strong bonds that have been formed amongst the student body.
There is no core curriculum at Trinity. However, we do have distribution requirements, one in each of the following areas: Natural Science, Social Science, Numeric and Symbolic Reasoning, Fine Arts, and Humanities. Most students fulfill these requirements within their first year without even trying. Also, many of requirements for any major satisfy several of those distribution requirements. Additionally, there are several general education requirements: one year of a first year seminar, 2 writing intensive courses, a global engagement requirement, and 2 semesters of a foreign language. Those requirements are also easy to fulfill because most students take those courses anyway. Trinity requires 36 credits (each class equates to approximately one credit) and each major requires about 10-14 credits, which leaves a lot of room to explore, take different electives, or add additional minors or majors. The weight of the workload depends on the student’s choice of classes and major. Typically students take between 4-5 courses a semester for a total of about 9 each year. Most students are taking challenging courses, contributing to the “work hard, play hard” atmosphere at Trinity. The student body is far more cooperative than competitive. Grades are not shared or stressed as the most important part of course. Because of Trinity’s unique first year program, students have an advisor before they even step foot on campus. Their first year seminar instructor also serves as their advisor until they declare a major, which is typically done by the end of the sophomore year. Once you select a major, you may choose any professor in the department as your academic advisor. My experience with my advisors has been very positive. Any professor, whether he/she is your advisor or not, is more than willing to sit with you and plan out your future courses. Students must speak with their advisor before they are permitted to select courses. Course selection is done online, which makes the process much smoother. Each student receives a time slot based on their class year and last name. Additional courses are created or dropped based on the expressed popularity during registration. There is usually a cap to courses to maintain the small classroom environment. If there is a course that is not offered that interests you, most professors will allow you to take the course as an independent study if you ask. Trinity’s extensive opportunities in research set it apart from other liberal arts colleges. I have researched with the math department every semester since my second semester in my first year. The plethora of research opportunities at Trinity enriches the academic experience at Trinity. These opportunities are possible because the faculty is so supportive of its students, and are committed to the growth of their students. Over half of the science majors participate in research at some point, yet research is available in any major. Many students leave Trinity with one or more published articles, having presented several times at science symposiums throughout the country. Besides research, students are often involved in internships throughout the country. Over half of students are involved in an internship for one or more semesters. There are well over 250 established internships in Hartford that students can either participate in, for pay or credit, during the school year or over the summer. The vast alumni network allows for students to have internships throughout the country. Studying abroad is also very popular at Trinity; over half of the students study away. There are two unique features of Trinity’s study abroad program. The first is that students are allowed to study abroad for up to 3 semesters, more than most colleges, and the second is that students’ financial aid packages travel with them, making studying abroad much more affordable. Trinity has two popular satellite campuses, one in Rome and one in Cordoba, Spain. Trinity also has special programs called Global Learning Sites, in which there will always be one faculty member as a contact who sets students up with internships and community service projects of their interest. Faculty members are very accessible. They are required to hold office hours, yet most are available to students for many more hours than that. It is very easy to schedule appointments to meet with them and it is highly encouraged because they are such a valuable resource for students. The degree requirements depend on the degree. A few require general examinations to graduate, yet most do not. In order to receive honors in a major, typically a student must complete a senior thesis or senior seminars, but again this depends on the major.
There is always something fun to do on the weekends, so most students never want to leave and risk missing something. The school-sponsored events are often well attended. For instance, the 80s party is a dance, where literally the entire student body dresses in 80s garb. Other popular events are Spring Weekend, which is a weekend full of concerts by mainstream artists and a luau/ pig roast, and the International Hip-Hip Festival, which is the first of its kind, bringing in performers and speakers from five continents for a weekend of hip-hop shows, graffiti art, and break dancing. Hartford offers a lot of cultural opportunities, such as museums and arts venues. It has the Mark Twain House, the Wadsworth Athenaeum (oldest public art museum), and the Bushnell Theater (off-Broadway performances) to name a few. Hartford contains many ethnic pockets, in which the food is amazing. From Afghani to Italian, you can find every type of food and most Trinity students take advance of that weekly. For students who are 21, the Tap is a popular bar within walking distance of the campus. Students also go 3-5 minutes downtown in Hartford to bars and restaurants. There is a bus that shuttles students downtown on Thursday and Friday nights for free. Also all students are given a free U-PASS, access to the local bus system in Hartford. However, after the first year, students may have a car on campus. Most students are involved in multiple student-run clubs and organizations. There are over 100 currently, but it is simple to start one up. Popular student groups are the 5 a cappella groups, TCAC (Trinity College Activities Council), ACES (Community Service), debate team, cultural groups, radio station, SGA, and the Tripod (school newspaper). About 18% of students are involved in a Greek organization. First year students are not allowed to pledge until their sophomore year. The Greek houses only house up to 7 students, so most members are interspersed throughout the campus community. Those in the Greek organizations contribute greatly through community service and hold events open to the entire student body. It is nice to have Greek life as an option, but by no means is it a dominant presence on campus. About 40% of students are involved in athletics of some form (varsity, club or intramural). Trinity has 30 varsity sports-- all Division III, except for Squash, which is Division I. The men’s squash team has the longest winning streak in the history of NCAA and they have won the national championships for 10 consecutive years. Not only are the squash teams incredible, but also the other sports teams are very competitive. For instance, men’s hockey and men’s basketball won the NESCAC championships this year. The men’s baseball team is currently 27-0. In addition, the intramural and club teams are very popular, particularly softball in the spring. For a small college, there is a great deal of school spirit, not just for the sports teams, but also for the student performers. Almost all of the events and sports games are very well attended.
The most common stereotype about Trinity students is that they are wealthy, prep school students.
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