- Class: Junior
- Major: English
- Gender: F
- High School: Saint Ann's School
- Transfer Student:
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.
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.
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.
The Best Things
The way the attention from professors and administration enables students to have an enriching intellectual and personal experience
The Worst Things
The current housing crisis, compounded by the lack of safe and available off-campus housing