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 Ileana Sherry
Ileana Sherry '16
Editor & Future Educator
As an incoming first-year, I didn’t realize research was an option for undergraduate students. Research always seemed, to me, a field that was for post-graduates and professors, but at Trinity University and other colleges there are opportunities for student research as early as your second semester. Although the opportunity for research is there, many students aren’t aware of it or don’t believe it’s for them. My first year, I knew I wanted to be an English major in order to pursue a career teaching high school English, and entering into the world of academia never even crossed my mind. Yet during my junior year, I pursued an opportunity within the English department for summer research under the Mellon Initiative Research Fellowship. After a summer of hard work, I realized the positive outcomes of summer research:

1. Close Connections

Summer research provides the opportunity to grow your professional network. You work one-on-one with a professor in your field, who acts as a mentor and advisor. Throughout your tenure as their student researcher, you develop a relationship that could later provide recommendations, helpful introductions, and/or job opportunities. During student research you also form bonds with your fellow researchers, making connections with the future leaders in your field and others.

Working one-on-one with a professor is one benefit of research. 
2. Sense of Self-Worth

Working on summer research also challenges you. Not only does it push your academic ability in your field, but also your critical thinking overall. My research work has improved my writing and my ability to craft a critical argument. It’s been a wonderful experience to rise to these challenges and exceed the expectations I had set for myself. Research gave me more confidence in my abilities and in the possibilities for my future.

Research helps to develop critical thinking, writing, and other skills.

3. Presenting and Publications

The most exciting part of research was the opportunity to present and possibly publish your work. At the end of summer research here at Trinity, there is a public conference for student research. There are many other avenues for presenting undergraduate research all over the country. It is a great place to practice introducing your ideas to an academic audience. Later in your research, you can present at larger conferences, and some of the hard work you produce in undergraduate research could be published in academic journals.
2015 Trinity summer research students presented their work this year in a public conference.
At Trinity University there is opportunity for all hard-working students to make close connections, gain a better sense of self-worth, and present and publish their academic work through undergraduate research. In spite of public perception, there are research grants available in college for studies outside of the sciences. Students who are interested in the humanities, sciences, arts, or social sciences all have a place at Trinity to explore their subjects and passions.

Ileana Sherry presented her research titled “Cities of Hope and Freedom: The Parallels between Harlem and Moscow as Seen through the Accounts of the Black and White Cast” at Trinity’s 2015 Summer Undergraduate Research Conference. Learn more about undergraduate research in all disciplines by reading Trinity’s Undergraduate Research Blog.

About Ileana Sherry

Ileana Sherry is a senior at Trinity University with a major in English and minors in History and Education. She is an editor for the Trinity yearbook, The Mirage, and for 1996: A Journal of Creative Nonfiction. She plans to pursue a career in secondary education after attaining a Master's of Arts in Teaching from Trinity University.
By Jessica Luhrman

Jessica Luhrman '16
Radio Host & Reporter
The days of summer are running thin and you know what that means—back to school season is upon us. Whether you’re a returning or incoming student, the feeling of starting class is a mix of nervousness and excitement. At first the feeling of leaving your home may seem daunting, but know this: homesickness is completely normal for students old and new. As a rising senior at Trinity University, I know the “back-to-school blues” all too well. But I’ve learned that the best way to abandon missing your home is to follow the age old advice: get out there and get involved. Here are a few ways that I heeded that advice and made Trinity my new home.

1. Join Something Fun

Your college experience is what you make it, so follow your gut and start by joining something fun. The choices at Trinity are so vast with a wide variety of organizations-there’s a little something for everyone. For me, caring for the environment has always been enjoyable, so I immediately connected with the Students Organized for Sustainability. I found likeminded people with an enthusiasm for the environment that made weekly meetings a fun place to be. 

The student involvement fair at the start of each semester is a great way to discover new organizations.

2. Find Your Passion

If your involvement is a chore, then you’re probably not following your passion. Although I had never considered myself a writer before coming to Trinity, I took a chance and joined the campus newspaper, The Trinitonian, as an apprentice. I quickly learned the basics of journalism, recognized my passion, and I have been writing ever since. Another passion of mine is discussing social justice issues. I joined the Trinity Diversity Connection (TDC) last year and followed my fervor for issues of diversity, which made involvement joyous rather than laborious. 

TDC's annual Taste of Diversity event.
3. Stay Busy

One of the best ways to overcome homesickness is to occupy your mind. Becoming a student worker is a great way to do just that and make a few dollars in the process. I have been a student worker in the Student Involvement office for more than two years now. The Student Involvement office is really the heartbeat of campus with a commitment to serving students through Greek Life, organizations, and programs that reflect student life. As a student worker, I keep my mind busy with projects that deepen my connection to campus and make Trinity feel more like home. 

You might be surprised where your passions lead you!
Stay busy, follow your passion and any homesickness will just melt away. To get involved, find the office on your campus that supports student organizations. For example, at Trinity, we have Student Involvement. Here you can find a list of all the organizations already on campus. If you don’t see something you’d like to join, you can contact Esther Kim, Coordinator for Student Programs. She can help students form new organizations.

Find a list of Student Organizations at Trinity here.

About Jessica
Jessica Luhrman is a native San Antonian and a double major in Political Science and Communication. Jessica stays busy as the Vice-President of TDC, a News Reporter for the Trinitonian, and a Radio Host for KRTU. In her free time she enjoys spending with her cantankerous cat, Rosie, and trying new coffee shops
Danielle Hoard '16
Resident Mentor & Double Major
By Danielle Hoard

As a Resident Mentor, it's my job to introduce new students to the college life here at Trinity University. It's a tough transition for everyone, but here is what I've learned from the last year of guiding new students through the process:

1. Allow yourself to be homesick

It doesn’t mean that Trinity isn’t right for you. Over the years, I’ve learned that not everyone adjusts to campus life at the same pace. As your cheery Orientation Team member makes you complete your sixth ice-breaker during New Student Orientation, just remember that everyone feels awkward and everyone is a little unsure of what they’ve gotten themselves into. I got plugged in early through the Plunge program, a group that volunteers together in the weeks before school. Because of that, I adjusted pretty quickly to Trinity and it wasn’t long before it felt like home. But that’s obviously not always the case.

New Student Orientation is a great way to meet new people and learn about a new campus.
I’ve had a First-Year resident in my room ready to transfer in December, but then in February he was thriving and happy he had waited it out. Do what’s best for you—always—but give it a whole year. Trinity will grow on you. 

2. Self-awareness is key.

Up until this point in your life, you’ve probably had a room to yourself, or possibly shared a bedroom with a sibling or two. Now, you’re entering a time in your life where you will be living with a roommate and maybe a few suite-mates, all with different lifestyles and class schedules than you. It isn’t easy, but your first year is the perfect time to get into some good living habits. 

Being a considerate roommate or hallmate can make the first few weeks more pleasant. 
This starts most importantly with self-awareness. Be conscious of the way hitting your snooze button eleven times, blow-drying your hair at 6am in the bathroom, or late night phone calls in the hall might affect those you live with. The reputation as ‘that person who always plays loud music’ will follow you around forever and other students will throw things at you (maybe not literally, but avoid the situation just in case). 

3. Be present.

You will feel overwhelmed sometimes in college; classes are challenging and will take up a lot of your time. Speaking from experience, don’t let yourself get tunnel vision and miss out on experiences to grow. If you plan on going home a lot, maybe reserve a weekend to stay in San Antonio and explore downtown with some friends. If reading that chapter can wait an hour, say yes to the Chick-Fil-A run with your hall. 

At Trinity, Christmas on Oakmont is a great way to take a break from studying for finals.
Don’t let finals stress keep you from going to things like Vespers and Christmas on Oakmont, my very favorite Trinity traditions. Coursework should be a huge priority, but so much of what you learn here won’t be in your classes. Look around once in a while—this place is yours. It will fly by before you know it, and soon you’ll be a senior quietly sobbing by the fountain about how much you’re going to miss college (not that I know anyone who has done that).

With these three ideas in mind, the beginning of your college career should be paved with minimal bumps in the road- enjoy the ride!

About Danielle Hoard
Danielle Hoard is a senior from Coppell, Texas and this is her second year as a Resident Mentor. She is double majoring in Sociology and English. In her free time, she likes to drink a lot of coffee and play with kittens.
By Mariah Wahl

Whether you are beginning your college search by asking family, friends, or Google for advice, this process has likely started (and may be dominating your dinner conversations).

Thinking about college usually revolves around the big question- where will I go? With such a big decision to consider, the little things get lost in the shuffle. They still matter, however, and can sometimes make all the difference in your college transition.

With this in mind, we put together some things to keep in mind as you explore what to do, what to bring, and what you prefer in order to have a great college experience.

1. Make friends with the mascot.

You never know when you will need a furry creature to take selfies with.

2. Bring Febreze.

Do you even have to ask why? Other, more effective cleaning supplies are also useful.

3. Bring a yoga mat for all your desired zen moments.

Did we mention our dorms have balconies?

4. The doggie paddle is encouraged, even in college.

Sunscreen is also encouraged.

5. Universities may not tell you this, but secret places on campus do exist. If you ask around, you may find some of ours.

Hint: One location will bring you to a tranquil oasis.

6. Scout out your favorite spots on campus.

These fence-like chairs are adirondack chairs. They are scattered all around campus. As a bonus, if you study at the magic stones you will catch the positive winds from Ireland and get a good grade on your next exam...or so legend has it.

Take a virtual tour of campus and find some quality places to hang out before you even arrive!

7. Cat food is not required, but may be needed.

Our mascot is a cat so perhaps we are biased. If you see LeeRoy on campus though, don't feed him cat food. He only accepts quesadillas from Taco Taco. 

Learn more about the Cat Alliance and other quirky Trinity traditions here.

8. Let's talk about bathrooms.

If you have to walk down the hall for a shower, write your name on EVERYTHING!

If your dorm has suite-style semi-private bathrooms like at Trinity, there's no need to nickname your shampoo. You certainly can if you want, though.

Feel free to bring your favorite Lego Movie or X-men Towels. We won't judge.

9. Running shoes are always good to bring.

Don't be worried about persuading others to run with you. There are always active students around campus. 

Plus, our dean of students has a running group! He will even help you train for your first (or next if you've already completed one) half-marathon.

10. If you're going to a big school with massive classes, your favorite "Hi! My name is _." badge will come in handy. At Trinity, professors will know your name so the name badge is only optional.

11. Choose somewhere that pushes you--not just academically.

Go to a college that will give you the confidence that you can stand on you own two feet when you need to.  Go somewhere you can tackle personal and professional goals that would have made you shake in your boots had you not chosen to push yourself.

Explore more of Trinity University by following the link to our website.
By Mariah Wahl
Mariah Wahl '16
English Major & Editor 

We all have those friends who know, from a ridiculously young age, exactly where they want to go to school. Some plan to attend their parent's alma mater, or have Ivy League dreams they've been working toward for years. Maybe you are that friend, or maybe you're on the other end of the spectrum, unsure of where to start. For those that need to hit the ground running for their college search, here are three simple decisions that helped me find Trinity University, and can help you begin your search for the right school:

1. Big or small?

Thinking about what size school you want to attend should be one of the first choices that you make, and it shouldn't be too difficult. Do you go to a small high school, and feel a little claustrophobic? Do you love Division I athletics, and want a team to cheer on? Maybe a bigger college will be right for you. Do you value small class sizes, and want professors that know your name? A smaller school might be the answer.

For some, a small class size is an important part of the college environment.
I knew I wanted to attend a university of 5,000 people or less. I looked for schools with small class sizes and fewer graduate students, so that the focus would be on me as an undergraduate. It helped me to visit college campuses in my area, just to have a feel for what size I liked most. Try to visit or talk to students who attend three different sizes of colleges: one small college of less than 7,000, one medium of 10-20,000, and one big college of 20,000 or more. Find out what they liked and didn't like, and what might fit you best.

2. Close to home or far away?

Now that you have a range of sizes for school, think about the distance you want to be from your hometown. Maybe you want to be close enough to visit on weekends, but not so close that you can go home for dinner every night. Maybe you want to be in an entirely new place, or maybe a place where you have other family nearby. Consider, in miles, how far away from home you'd like to be.

Consider how close you'd like to be to your family and hometown.
When I began my college search, I sought out new places and colleges far away from my hometown. I knew I didn't want to be in-state, or in any neighboring states. I also knew I wanted to be in the southwest or west of the United States. Limiting my options to schools within those regions of the country, with fewer than 5,000 students, gave me a workable number of schools to research.
On the other end of the spectrum, someone who wants to attend a big school in their home state might find they have too few options-- the state of Wyoming, for example, only has one school. In this case, you might have to prioritize size or location, in order to apply to a few other smaller schools within your area or similarly-sized schools in nearby states. You should aim for no more than twenty schools to consider in this early stage of the decision-making process.

3. Where can you see yourself?

Start by visiting websites or requesting brochures from different colleges that might interest you. You might know right away that a school isn't for you-- they don't have a program you're interested in, or they're in a city where you don't want to live. Cross those schools off your list, but be open-minded if they re-surface down the road.

Learning more about a campus' environment and atmosphere can help you narrow your options. 
If you can, talk to people from your top twenty schools, or even visit their campuses if they are in your top five. When I began applying to colleges, Texas wasn't my ideal destination. Even though Trinity University met my criteria for size and location, it wasn't until a friend shared her experience with me and convinced me to visit the campus that I knew Trinity was the right school for me. Doing research and learning more about a school will help you narrow your options to a reasonable number for applying: somewhere around eight to ten schools.

These tips should offer a good jumping off point for those just starting out in the college search. It's easy to be overwhelmed, but starting with these simple questions can help you take those first steps toward your future school.

Learn more about campus life at Trinity University here.

About Mariah 

Mariah Wahl is a senior at Trinity University. She is the editor of the Trinity Perspective as well as the Trinity Undergraduate Research Blog. In her free time, you can find her running, enjoying the outdoors, or exploring new places to eat.

By Whitney Ball

Whitney Ball '16
Sociology Major & Sorority Leader
When I first began my college search, I thought I knew exactly what I wanted. My plan was to get out of town and head to that big school where the whole city revolved around the college and all the streets were lined with the perfect student hangouts. However, I did the opposite by staying in the same city that I had grown up in. I was nervous that I would be missing out on the college experience that I thought I wanted, and that I would not be happy living on a campus that was smack dab in the middle of San Antonio. My mind quickly changed, and after three years at Trinity University I can say that I wouldn’t want to go to college in another city! Here’s why I think San Antonio makes for the perfect college “city.”

There is Amazing Food Around Every Corner.
College kids love food and San Antonio has us covered. The city is known for it’s amazing Mexican food, but that is not all SA has to offer. You can’t go wrong by hitting up a Tex-Mex restaurant and grabbing homemade tortillas and queso (which you can find only a mile away in every direction,) but tons of different options are popping up all over the city. Different areas of town are becoming culinary hot spots with options such as food truck parks, Cuban food, or some great Texas bar-b-q. Areas like The Pearl Brewery and Southtown cater to that college vibe by providing tons of laid back options with fun and unique atmospheres. The food is amazing and you are guaranteed to have a great time with your friends. Trust me, food matters in college and San Antonio will not disappoint!

Trinity students love to eat!
San Antonio is Rich with Culture
Having a lot of culture might not necessarily make the list when thinking about a college town, but it has definitely been an important part of my college experience. The fact that San Antonio is full of culture means that Trinity students are never lacking something to do. Whether it is live music, museums, or history, San Antonio has something to offer to you. And a lot of things are free! There is also this beautiful event called Fiesta, a two-week celebration packed with fun parades, festivals, and other great events. It is a must for anyone in the city during the month of April! It never gets boring in San Antonio and all the cultural activities available make for some amazing memories during your college years.

Trinity students, faculty, and staff in the Fiesta parade on the river.
You Still Get Those College Hangouts
Even though Trinity is right in the middle of a pretty big city, I still feel like I get that community vibe of a college town. There are definitely the local hangouts that Trinity students always go to. Bombay Bicycle Club (Bays) offers half priced appetizers every weekday afternoon and you will always run into a few Trinity students if you go! Tycoon Flatts is super close to campus and offers great outdoor seating and an even more amazing burger with queso on it (trust me, it is fantastic!) Ask the alumni during Alumni Weekend where they will be going back to, and they're bound to mention one of the places mentioned above, because they are such staples to the Trinity life!

I feel like I got the best of both worlds. I get to go to college in city with so much to offer while still getting that small college community vibe. San Antonio is bound to help you make some great memories during college -- did I mention you will get to eat some amazing food?

About Whitney
Whitney Ball is a senior at Trinity pursuing a major in Sociology with a minor in Arts Letters and Enterprise. She is a member of the sorority Sigma Theta Tau and serves as their alumni chair. Upon graduation Whitney hopes to work in the non-profit field. Read about her work with non-profits in San Antonio here.

Catherine Quigley '16
Anthropology major & future educator

By Catherine Quigley

Coming to Trinity University, I was more terrified and anxious than nearly anyone I’ve ever met in my life. This includes the four years that I’ve been working with prospective students in the Admissions office! I chose to attend Trinity largely because it was the place that felt the most comfortable, genuine, and multi-faceted out of all the colleges I visited. I thought the environment was stunning and the resources were unbelievable. The people, including faculty and administrators, were intelligent, charismatic, and unpretentious.

I fell in love with Trinity very quickly during my visit, but was aware that, coming from a rural small town in New Hampshire, the transition to life at college would have to be handled extremely delicately. This was especially true because, as an incoming freshman, I was shy and socially anxious to a nearly immobilizing degree. Ultimately, the life I’ve had at Trinity has made me happier, stronger, and wiser than I could have possibly hoped. The cultivation of that life was due to several tenets I kept in mind during the potentially stressful and difficult transition that occurs when you go to school far away.

1. Don’t dismiss options based on one identifying trait.

Especially when looking for school options amidst a sea of possibilities, it can be easy to develop filters in order to eliminate unappealing options (“This school is in Texas.” “This school has too much of the student body in Greek Life”). While this tactic can be very helpful for weeding out the duds, it’s easy to dismiss viable options this way, particularly if the aspects you don’t like about them are founded in a lack of understanding. Focus instead on what you’re most sure you need in a school to be happy, and pay special attention to the schools that meet all those requirements.

Try to refrain from passing judgment on schools unless they have a collection of aspects that you would hate without question. If I allowed my college choice to be governed by aspects I was nervous about, but not fully informed on, I would have never given a school in Texas a second glance. Remember that college is a complex community and cannot be viewed through a black-and-white lens. Trinity offers a kaleidoscopic realm of possibilities to new students that can fluctuate based on any number of details.

P.S. This advice can be translated into many situations, particularly when finding your groundings at a new school. Don’t dismiss new experiences (e.g. unusual classes, Greek life, joining clubs, even going out to parties) because you’re only examining one aspect of the whole. If you allow your judgment to be clouded or oversimplified, you’re doing yourself a disservice by restricting your opportunities to find happiness and learn more about yourself.

2. Find a balance of creating new roots and remembering your old ones.

Especially at the beginning of college, it’s important to explore the many aspects of the new place that you’ll be making home. I liked to do this by starting small – talk to as many new people as possible…seriously. Proportionately, that means that you’ll be much more likely to meet people that you like and connect with. Once you’ve found a group of people who are willing to go to things with you (and you will; everybody is terrified of not making friends in college and they will cling desperately to the social connections that have been extended to them), stretch a little further and go to events at your college with your newfound security blankets of friendship. From there, you will probably find it valuable to explore the cool quirks of the city and state in which you live. Trust me, if you move to Texas, you’ll learn that there’s a lot to appreciate!

Spend the first long chapter creating and understanding your new home. If you spend too much time right away talking with friends from high school, thinking about your family or your hometown, or even engaging in the same activities that you did before coming to college, you may find that you’re over-nurturing your investment in the place you just made a conscious decision to leave. Not only that, but you’re ignoring a potentially incredible life in a place that holds unforeseen, incredible possibilities for you.

That said, it also can be really valuable to appreciate your comfort zone in order to cultivate the energy and confidence for taking on this new challenge, and sometimes that means looking at your high school friends’ Facebook photos or Skyping your mom all night. It’s important to learn the unique combination of how much time you can spend on your college and hometown lives that will make you feel your best.

3. Make connections. The best way to build a new home is by meeting people and actually doing things within the new community.

Developing a bond with a new place that is strong enough to keep you happy and fully support you through your first college year takes invested effort. This new place may be entirely perfect for you, but you’ll never know unless you find out for yourself. That means that you should become okay with doing things that are outside your comfort zone and initially make you feel nervous, but remember that the things that make life worthwhile and interesting live largely outside your comfort zone! You have to nourish your new beginning in order for it to develop the potential for you to flourish and become happy there. If you don’t make the effort to go to the orientation events, join clubs, and more than anything, become comfortable talking to people you’ve never spoken to, you won’t ever reap the rewards: people who recognize and appreciate your presence, miss you when you’re gone, and consider you part of the family.

About Catherine
Catherine Quigley is a senior at Trinity, pursuing a major in Anthropology, with minors in Music, Teaching, and Arts, Letters and Enterprise. After she graduates, she is planning on pursuing a Master's of Arts in Teaching degree for Elementary Education through Trinity's 5-year MAT program. During her free time, Catherine can be found in the admissions office, the athletic training room, various San Antonio elementary schools, or in a practice room in the music building. 
By Isaiah Mora

During your college experience its nice to go out on weekends (after studying of course) to enjoy a movie, go out to eat with some friends, or just treat yourself and go to the mall. Sometimes going out can add up, and really strike your wallet. If during your first year at college you’re interested in employment, here’s a few tips to follow:

Evaluate your Time Schedule
On-campus can be a busy place between classes, and extra-curriculars. However, the priority of any college student should be...well, college. The first step in seeking employment during college is evaluating your time schedule. Personally, I believe the best way to do so will be to set up a Google calendar with designated time frames for class, and studying. For example here at Trinity one credit hour represents a minimum of three hours of student workload outside of the classroom per week. Set up a week long time frame and determine when and for how long you can work. As a precaution, I would advise to aim for 10 hours per week. This provides a good paycheck on payday while still giving you enough free time for other things.

Search In-House 
If your schedule allows begin your employment search by checking your institution’s student employment site. Many institutions like Trinity hire hundreds of students to participate in Student Employment (also called Institutional Employment) and for those that qualify, Federal Work Study. Students that qualify for Federal Work Study will be notified in the financial aid package from their school. I recommend searching for employment on campus first because it’s convenient. The interview process is more relaxed, and because of the setting the hours are more flexible. This is especially helpful during finals. In addition you get to experience the institution in a new way, making connections with academic departments and offices.

Off-Campus Jobs
While on campus job employment sounds nice, it may not be for everyone. Some students seek off-campus employment because of the higher pay. In that case be sure to establish strong communication with your employer, and determine which time frame works best for the both of you, including holidays and during finals. In a wider scope off-campus jobs help you experience the town your institutions is located in from a wider perspective.

The most important thing to remember in all this is that attending classes, and studying are your number one priority as a student. Your job, whether on campus or off, comes second.

About Isaiah
Isaiah is a first-year student from San Antonio, Texas who hopes to major in communication, and to complete the Masters of Education program (M.A.T.) here at Trinity. He hopes to one day be able to inspire first generation students to attend higher education. 

By Erika Migeon

Erika Migeon '16
Marketing & Pscyhology major
When I was a first-year at Trinity University, I knew little to nothing about Greek life except that it was not something I would ever be part of. I had an abundance of preconceived notions of what being in Greek life meant, and trust me, none of it was good. As the year went on, I met Sigmas, I met Spurs, I met Alpha Chis, and I met the rest of the sororities. They weren’t all like me, but these girls were not superficial and snobby, they were not dumb and backstabbing. These girls were artists, athletes, musicians, political activists and scholars.

So as I neared the end of my first year, I realized that maybe I did want to experiment with Greek life next year. Maybe I had been wrong and should have gone through recruitment, if only to as a way to get to know more of the girls at Trinity. So I went through the recruitment process my sophomore year. At Trinity, recruitment begins in October and lasts for until February. The recruitment process alone was incredibly fun and rewarding because I made so many new friends. It got even better when I actually decided to join a sorority, which to date has been one of my best decisions at Trinity.

I think every student should consider Greek life, whether it’s at Trinity or elsewhere. That said, you may have some of these same preconceptions I had:

Just after I accepted my bid for membership in 2014.
 “Joining Greek life is just an excuse to party all the time.”
Are parties part of Greek life? Yes. Are parties all there is to Greek life? No. Parties are organized throughout the year, whether it’s a date night or a formal, but you’ll also find Greek organizations putting on charity events or actively involved in other campus clubs, from the dance team to a club promoting awareness of social issues. Gamma Chi Delta puts on a huge event every year called Concert for the Cure which benefits Camp Discover - a camp for children with cancer, and Phi Sigs host events that benefit Operation Homefront -providing assistance to our service members and wounded warriors. Every organization has a philanthropy to which they actively find ways to support and serve.

“You’re limiting your circle of friends.”
Anything but. Joining Greek life is not a way to limit your friends, it’s a way to expand your circle of friends. I have lived with a member of a different sorority for the past three years, and both of my littles are doing the same next year. Greek life brings you together with individuals that you may have never met otherwise, but it does not keep you from continuing to meet new people all the time.

Greek life at Trinity is about making new friends, not losing old ones.
“Members of Greek Life are all the same” 
Again, anything but. The other week I was raving to an old friend about the diversity of the Trinity Greek life system. Trinity Greek life is made up of students with diverse interests, ethnicities, cultures, political views, majors, and religions. Joining Greek life at Trinity means finding a group you feel good with, not a group that makes you fit a certain mold.

“Members of Greek Life aren’t motivated to excel in school.” 
Not only does Greek life boast a higher overall GPA than non-Greek students, but you can find them in every department in the university. My active class is made up of a variety of majors: engineering, sociology, accounting, History, biology, mathematical-finance, English and more. I’m surrounded by some of the most motivated and high-achieving people I have ever known, and I know the other organizations at Trinity are filled with equally diverse and motivated students. On any given night, you’ll see a sea of Greek life jerseys in the library studying together.

Greek life includes a variety of well-rounded members.
That said, I hope you are able to put aside some of the preconceptions you had about Greek life and I encourage you to at least go through the recruitment process -- who knows where it will lead!

Learn more about Greek life at Trinity University here.

About Erika

Erika Migeon is a rising senior at Trinity. She is a double major in marketing and psychology, and a member of Spurs sorority as well as the Alpha Kappa Psi co-ed business fraternity. In her free time, Erika does a show for Trinity's jazz station, KRTU.