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By Jeff Sullivan '17
Jeff Sullivan '17
Marketing & Economics

When you come to visit Trinity, you’ll probably find yourself with some free time on your hands. This gives you and your family excellent opportunities to go out and explore San Antonio. If you’ve never traveled here before, you’ve probably still heard of some of the city’s big tourist attractions like the Alamo, the River Walk, and Ripley’s Believe It or Not! While these are definitely worth a visit, there are also a ton of unique places to visit to really explore the city.

San Antonio Historic Alamo
San Antonio Historic Alamo

If you’re interested in the arts, San Antonio has a wonderful art museum. It displays a wide variety of art styles from many different parts of the world. Included is a beautifully designed and unique contemporary art collection (my personal favorite in the museum). If you’re leaving from campus it’s an eight-minute car drive. However, I would recommend ditching the car and utilizing San Antonio’s bike rental program (there’s a rental spot very close to campus, and Trinity is installing their very own Bcycle station very soon)! The city is very bike friendly with bike lanes on many of its downtown streets. Turn the trip into an easy bike ride and give yourself a chance to view more of the city then you maybe would in a car.


San Antonio Museum of Art
San Antonio Museum of Art 
If you do end up renting a bike I would highly recommend spending some time going up and down North St. Mary’s St. Here you’ll find some great places to eat where you can unwind after a busy day of school tours and sightseeing. One restaurant I frequently visit is named “Tycoon Flats.” A short walk from the campus, Tycoon Flats consistently prepares one of my favorite burgers in the world - the chipotle black bean burger. This accompanied by an outdoor patio that frequently hosts live background music gives this joint a distinctively Texas atmosphere. 

If you’re looking for a place to grab some breakfast or brunch, the Candlelight Coffee House is also within walking distance of the campus. They provide delicious bottomless coffee and flavorful breakfast items for the long day ahead. 

San Antonio Pearl Brewery district
San Antonio Pearl Brewery district
These are just a few places I personally enjoy going to in San Antonio. One of the best things about Trinity is how close it is located to so many interesting parts of the city. It’s remarkably easy to take a walk or bike ride to places like The Pearl District, located off of Broadway St, where you will find great shopping, dining, and a farmer's market on the weekend. The city is full of life and culture open to your own personal exploration.


About Jeff
My name is Jeff Sullivan and I’m a twenty year old sophomore undergraduate student at Trinity University. I’m from Dallas, TX so I’ve spent the majority of my life in this massive state. My academic interests are primarily focused in English and Economics. In my free time I listen to music, search the internet for anything of value, and read. 



By Jeff Sullivan '17
Jeff Sullivan '15
Marketing & Economics

The Ilongot are a tribe of people located within the Philippines who attempt to alleviate feelings of grief by removing the head of an individual. After the removal they then throw that head deep into surrounding forests. If this isn’t a particularly interesting factoid to you then I have one more to throw at you. Did you know that 70 percent of the guns used by Mexican drug cartels are bought legally within the United States and then sold across the border at a price about 300 percent more than they were purchased?

These are two pieces of information I learned in my Introduction to Anthropology course taught by Dr. Montoya. I’m not an Anthropology major nor do I plan on being one. However, I gained valuable insights in my time in that class. I would have never gained them without the common curriculum and a liberal arts education. Trinity University requires undergraduate students to really develop their "whole" selves before graduating. If you are already, or are planning, to attend Trinity University as an undergraduate student you’ll be required to fulfill a diverse set of curriculum requirements. These are classes to be taken in order to fulfill requirements in studies such as social issues, the arts, the sciences, and many more. This is a wonderful necessity for any Trinity University student for a number of reasons.


The Value of a Common Curriculum

For students, like me, who came to Trinity undecided about what field they wanted to study, a liberal arts university and interdisciplinary curriculum is exponentially beneficial to self-exploration. You’re forced to dive into a plethora of different subjects of study with the intention of growing and finding one that sparks your genuine interest.

The Value of a Common Curriculum
Senior, Nikita Viswasam and Political Science Professor, Dr. Rosa Aloisi, discuss course material. 

There are individuals who come to a university knowing, or perhaps assuming, they know what they want to study. In that case, fulfilling a variety of "unrelated" classes may be seen as an unnecessary road block keeping them from leaving as quickly as possible with degree in hand. However, I don’t believe it should be seen as such. I’ve personally gained something valuable from each and every one of my classes here. That includes the ones I took only to fulfill certain areas of the curriculum. Trinity teaches you to discover. And, to make connections between seemingly unrelated pieces of information. 

The Value of a Common Curriculum

The value that comes from being educated in multiple and differing fields is invaluable. Whether you’ve come here to study biochemistry or music, there’s more to be learned than what your specific field has to offer. By immersing yourself in the different topics Trinity has to offer, you’ll be properly molding yourself into a well-rounded and educated individual of the world.

To learn more about Trinity's curriculum, "Pathways," click here.


About Jeff

My name is Jeff Sullivan and I’m a twenty year old sophomore undergraduate student at Trinity University. I’m from Dallas, TX so I’ve spent the majority of my life in this massive state. My academic interests are primarily focused in English and Economics. In my free time I listen to music, search the internet for anything of value, and read. 





By Matt Mitts '15

After giving tours for almost two years now, I have seen visitors come and go without necessarily engaging tour guides and most likely leaving campus without really digging deep into the culture. Of course, a guide could also just be so adept at delivering everything you need to hear, but we can't all be perfect. So here are three tips to get the most out of your visit:

1.      Ask questions geared towards their experience. 
      The guides are trying to relate to you anyway so by asking about their own personal experiences you can avoid potentially generic responses. Most guides follow a well rehearsed script with specific stories interspersed, but ask them questions off the record and you are likely to gain far more insight into their experience as a student. 

For example, instead of What is dorm life like? shoot for What was dorm life like for you as a first-year student? What helped your transition? What did you think of dorm life and living with a roommate? This way you get more specific stories that hopefully help you distinguish between campus tours. Topics like roommates, living on campus away from home, how easy it seems to integrate into campus life, are critical questions many visiting students don't think to ask.


2.      Dont be too shy to ask a question

      Often people wait until a time when they think their question might be relevant, but then they end up never finding that perfect opportunity. The entire tour is a time for you to ask questions, so even if the guide is talking about Miller Fountain and you want to ask about the Trinity Police Department and campus security, go ahead! The guide will most likely finish talking about Miller Fountain and then jump to additionally information on university security while walking to the next location. If anything you've just made their tour run smoother, while making them feel like a genius that can field any question (I mean we do go to Trinity, not to toot my horn or anything). You have one hour to really engage with a student who wants to express how awesome they think Trinity is, so get as much out of it as possible!


3. Ask about our Academics! 

This is a HUGE one. I've given numerous tours where no one has asked about any of our departments, classes, or majors. Isn't that what we are all here for?! I know many students are afraid of commitment and want to taste the buffet before they pick a major, but then ask about that! Trinity is perfect for those who know their academic track, and for those curious students who have no idea what they want to major in--that's why we have a common curriculum! Most students are undecided when the begin college and start to discover more about themselves within this red brick home on the hill towards the end of their sophomore year when major declaration time rolls around. I love my classes and every single one of them has been at least slightly unconventional in some of the most extraordinary ways.

All of the guides have had different individual experiences that have shaped their time at Trinity. However, at the heart of it, Trinity is incredible when it comes to education and opportunities for students. We have a lot of stories to tell. So ask us about it all so that you can also create your own path here. I hope you can visit campus. I cant wait to meet you!

About Matt Mitts
Matthew Mitts is a senior Biology major from The Woodlands, Texas who hopes to attend medical school after graduation. Over the past three years, Matt has researched in Biology professor Troy Murphy's lab where he currently studies the effects of testosterone on female goldfinches. On campus, Matt works as a university tour guide and serves as president of Omega Phi social fraternity. In his free time, Matt loves exploring the wonderful world of San Antonio and sharing all it has to offer with you.