On The Trinity Perspective, you will find those answers—or at least someone who asked the same questions. We have been in your shoes. The Trinity Perspective collects advice and stories from current students, parents, faculty, and alumni to share with you—prospective students, families, and the Trinity community.

By Paige Roth '15
Paige Roth '15
Biology Researcher & Playwright


 

In high school, Martin Luther King day generally meant one day spent revisiting Dr. King's famous speeches and one day off from school, but after my first MLK weekend at Trinity University, I learned that the holiday means a lot more than dusting off a recycled power point from year to year to brush up on my US history. While Trinity often provides opportunities for students to engage with the local community, this weekend in particular involves masses of Trinity students, faculty and staff getting out of the Trinity bubble and into San Antonio.
Trinity faculty, staff, students and even Councilman Alan Warrick (center) participate in annual chalking to celebrate Dr. King's legacy.
Trinity faculty, staff, students and even San Antonio Councilman Alan Warrick (center) participate in annual chalking to celebrate Dr. King's legacy.

The week kicked off with the newest Trinity tradition--chalking Dr. King's most memorable quotations all around the city. With chalk in hand, groups of professors, students and staff traveled to hospitals, museums, historic landmarks and more to remind the community of these enduring words of wisdom. Though occasionally mistaken for graffiti artists, the "TU Dream Team" met many new faces in the local community--including a group of professional artists who lent their talents to our chalk art.

TU Dream Team

Chalking the town culminated in the annual Trinity MLK lecture series. This year race relations specialist, Tim Wise reminded members of the Trinity and San Antonio community of the importance of remembering Dr. King's teachings as we navigate modern day race relations, current events, and community service.

"Dr. King would challenge us to do service as solidarity, not charity." 
--Tim Wise

Finally, on Monday, the Trinity community will join in the annual MLK march--a favorite tradition among students and staff. Even the newest Trinity President, Dr. Danny Anderson, will join the crowd to honor both Dr. King's memories and to remember the modern day relevance of his teachings.
Tim Wise, third from left, posed with (from left) Interim Trinity President Michael Fischer, San Antonio councilman Alan Warrick, San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor, Bishop David Copeland, and San Antonio councilman Roberto Trevino.
Tim Wise, third from left, posed with (from left) Interim Trinity President Michael Fischer, San Antonio councilman Alan Warrick, San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor, Bishop David Copeland, and San Antonio councilman Roberto Trevino.
As Trinity students, we are lucky to attend a university that invites and encourages continued discourse on challenging subjects like race. And, as I conclude my last MLK holiday as a Trinity senior, I am reminded not only of my distinct privilege as a Trinity student, but also of my power to affect positive change as I take my tentative first steps into the real world.
Trinity Students participate in annual MLK March.
Trinity Students participate in annual MLK March.


By Mariah Wahl '16

Mariah Wahl ('16)
Humanities Researcher &
Sorority Leader

In high school, I said yes to any activity that came my way. I held positions in Student Council, volunteering, athletics, and many other clubs. I loved extracurriculars, but doing so much at once often left me spread too thin and unable to commit to anything with real passion. I knew that in college I wanted to focus my interests, so I entered my first year committed to run for the Trinity University cross-country and track teams, and nothing else. My plan was to eliminate other activities and avoid the overwhelming pit I had dug for myself in high school.



But now, entering my junior year, plans have changed. I spent my sophomore year on the executive board of my sorority, and I just finished a summer of research with the Religion department. In the fall, I completed an internship working with non-profits. I am no longer a student athlete. My 18-year-old self would be shocked.



So, how does an incoming college student navigate all of their extracurricular options? How can you take on enough to become involved and explore your interests, without becoming overwhelmed? These are the three things I’ve found to be true:



Give Any Activity A Fair Chance.



It’s easy to decide that an activity is horrible or amazing after the first meeting or practice. But it takes time to know whether or not an extracurricular is really for you. I think the rule of three is a good one. Spend three days, meetings, or practices with a club before you make your decision. Sometimes you have to work through the initial awkwardness or excitement to find out how you really feel about an activity.



I came to college with absolutely no intentions of joining a sorority. Greek life was something I avoided in my college selection process. But when rush began, the more time I spent with the club, the more I realized I liked it. Taking the time to give Greek life a chance introduced me to lifelong friends and a passion for volunteerism that I would not have developed with my initially limited perspective.



Don’t Be Afraid to Quit.



On the other hand, don’t labor through activities that you no longer feel passionate about. No worthwhile extracurricular is a walk in the park, especially if it’s challenging for you to try new things. But if time passes and you find that you would rather be committed to something else, consider whether or not that activity is still meaningful to you.



It was a hard decision for me to quit being a collegiate athlete. I thought athletics looked better on a résumé than working, volunteering, or spending time in sorority leadership. But when participating became a chore, it was better for me to pursue what I found meaningful instead of what I thought sounded successful to other people.



Most Importantly, Join Something-- Anything!



No matter what your passions are, getting involved is an important part of finding your niche at any university. Even if you’re not sure about that Unicorn Enthusiast’s Society, join it if it interests you. At the very least, you’ll walk away with knowledge of what you don’t like. Most of the time, whether or not the activity becomes your favorite, you’ll make friends quickly in the first weeks of school if you make an effort to get involved.



Although cross-country wasn’t what I ultimately devoted my time to, I wouldn’t trade my year on the team for anything. Some of my best friends were made there, and leaving the team didn’t change that. Being involved from the beginning of my first year gave me time management skills and a support system that a lot of my peers didn’t have until later on.



Whatever you do, pick something you think you’ll love and try it! If your interests surprise you, pursue them anyway. You might just find that something you never considered becomes your passion.


By Paige Roth '15

paige Roth
Paige Roth '15
Biology Researcher & Playwright
You may have heard the undeniable truth that college schedules are dramatically different from your highly structured high school days. You hear rumors of more free time or two classes a day and are probably wondering why they heck college students are complaining about stress. We college students do, in fact, have quite a bit of homework and clubs or jobs that consume our time outside of class. So, at the risk of boring everyone to tears, I am going to share what a typical day in my life looks like so you can get a sense of what what life could be like in college. DISCLAIMER: I do not profess to be a “typical” or “normal” college student. If you are a current college student reading over this and rolling your eyes, please comment and share your typical day.

MORNING


I wake up around 7:00 a.m. every morning. I make a large pot of coffee. I take about half an hour to pull my act together and finish any reading before class or look over my notes before a test. On a particularly seamless morning, I grab a breakfast taco from Taco Taco on the way to class.

Paige Roth, Trinity Student
Look at that focus!
My first class is at 8:30 a.m. - I am a morning person. If you are someone who isn't excited about waking up early, don't worry. You have the option to choose later classes, I just like to get them out of the way early.  Typically, classes last between 50 minutes - 1 hour and 15 minutes (depending on the day of the week).

I have a 50 minute break before my next class. Being the model student that I am, I review my notes or reading before the next class. And, if my morning wasn’t so seamless, I now fetch a breakfast Taco.

My second class is at 10:30 a.m. By now other life forms can be seen on campus. By 11:20 a.m. I am done with classes for the day and grab lunch.

Class at Trinity University
                                                                        

AFTERNOON


As a science major, afternoon means lab! A typical science schedule will include about two labs a week. Labs generally last 3-5 hours. If students don’t have afternoon classes, afternoons can be filled with glorious free time, a music ensembles, theatre rehearsals, internships, etc.


After lab, I generally head to the gym, to the library, or to meet up with friends to work on a group project. Afternoons and evenings are the main study time for college students.

                                                         

EVENING


I take a break from studying to grab dinner on campus and either get back to studying or head to a club meeting around 9:00 p.m. Most meetings happen in the evening because with such variable schedules evenings are often the only time students can meet. After the meeting, I generally crank out a few more hours of studying and get to bed around 11:00 p.m. (NOTE that full 8 hours of sleep!)


Clearly, college schedules are highly flexible. Learning to maximize productivity with your new found free time will be key to your successful college transition. At Trinity, we all have our own version of "A Day In The Life" so I encourage you to meet with students and talk with alumni to get their perspectives. College is what you make it. You just want to be at a place with the right fit. 

About Paige Roth
Paige Roth is a senior biology & English double major at Trinity and acts as editor of The Trinity Perspective. Throughout high school and the beginning of her time at Trinity, she identified herself as a strong humanities student. However, after a serendipitous meeting with her introductory biology professor, Dr. Jim Shinkle, she took her first tentative steps into the world of research where she’s studied cucumber sunburns ever since. Merging her loves of science and humanities in a true liberal arts fashion, Paige is now the author of Trinity’s Undergraduate Research blog. Paige enjoys all types of writing, from non-fiction to playwriting. In fact, she’s produced two plays off Broadway in New York and off Sunset in Hollywood. In her spare time Paige loves spin class, singing, running with the Dean of Students, and spending time with her residents as a resident mentor for first year student