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 Brian Goll

Brian Goll '17
Student Senator & Future Educator
It’s that time of year again: the weather is actually starting to feel the way fall weather should feel (for at least one day of the week), Starbucks’s red holiday cups are right around the corner, and the highly-coveted bad holiday movie, Love the Coopers, hits theaters soon (move aside Vince Vaughn). All of this reminds us of the holidays, but before we can unwind and enjoy the holidays in the 75 degree San Antonio weather, we have to tackle several obstacles—two of which tend to raise our blood pressure: class registration and finals. For some, this entails knocking out more common curriculum classes and answering questions from your overly curious parents as to what you may be interested in pursuing. For others, like myself, it consists of continuing your major and/or minor requirements as well as answering questions from relatives you see once a year that range from, “So, what do English majors do once they graduate?” to “Is it too late to change your major?” Don’t worry, the last question only comes along when loved ones have sipped too much of the yuletide joy. One doesn’t have to venture too far to say that this time of the year tends to be stressful; so, let me offer you some advice for how to deal with the chaos:

1. Go to your Adviser Early and Often

I know being proactive tends to be difficult when you just want to keep your head above water and finish the semester, but the more initiative you take now, the better off you are next semester. I think the best approach to staying sane is by taking one to two hours and making a mock schedule; in fact, make a couple of them. After you do, email your advisor and schedule a sit-down meeting with him or her and be prepared to ask questions. You’ll be amazed how such a stressful situation can quickly become stress-less situation just by being proactive. Once you’ve met with your advisor, make sure to drop by every so often to ask for his or her advice about future classes—your advisor is here for you, so utilize the opportunity!

Your adviser is there to help you-- use them as a resource!

2. Continue to Put Forth your Best Effort

The October and November months are these weird, in-between months where the holidays aren’t too far away, but you also aren’t going home tomorrow. During these monotonous months, you have to hold yourself accountable and continue to put forth your best effort in your classes. I know it can become pretty draining, but you have to: continue to do all of your readings, write papers that have substance and are enjoyable to read, and stay organized with all of your note taking and assignments. This can’t really be a surprise to you, after all—you picked Trinity.

Studying during a slump is always better with a friend!
3. Get Off Campus!

I love Trinity as much as the next student, but sometimes you need to clear your head and pursue something non-Trinity related. Maybe this means grabbing coffee with a friend and catching up, or going for a run, or reading a piece of literature on which you’re not going to write a reflection essay, or perhaps you and a group of friends watch a terrible movie (even though it’s Oscar season, not all movies are gems… Love the Coopers). Whatever you choose to do, just take a breath and forget about course work for a while…and then return to campus and do all of the work you should have been doing. I’m kidding, kind of.

Get out there and explore San Antonio. 

4. Call Home and Talk to Friends

Whether you feel like your schedule for next semester isn’t close to what you had wanted or you are petrified about an upcoming exam, it never hurts to vent to somebody. I know for me, family is only a phone call away. So when things pile up and you don’t feel in control, talk to someone who will remind you to breathe, will use life-affirming words, will make you choose acceptance over anger, and will remind you that no matter how hard you try: you can’t control the uncontrollable.

Lean on your friends if the mid-semester slump is getting you down. 
About Brian
Brian Goll is a junior at Trinity pursuing a major in English with a minor in Political Science. He s a junior senator on SGA, a member of Student Ambassadors, involved in the RUF Christian Fellowship, and a member of the Omega Phi fraternity. Following graduation, Brian hopes to pursue the MAT Graduate Program at Trinity and eventually teach high school English and coach basketball in the Dallas area.

By Christian Soto

Christian Soto '16
Athlete & Resident Mento
November of my senior was an exciting time for me. I visited the University of Texas with of kids from all over El Paso, met some really cool people, and decided almost immediately that Austin was the greatest place on Earth. I watched a football game, toured the capital and the campus, and ate at some great restaurants. The trip proved to be so fantastic that I applied early to UT and got accepted, sent in my deposits, picked out a dorm, a meal plan, and didn’t give it another thought. I was going to be Longhorn and that was that. I was set.

Two months later, “Trinity University” and “San Antonio” were words that annoyed me. I kept getting emails from the cross country coach at Trinity about coming to visit during a recruiting weekend. But I didn’t know anything about Trinity except that I had a former high school teammate who was currently a sophomore. I had all the misconceptions that many people have when they first hear about Trinity. “What is there to do in San Antonio?” and “I thought Trinity was in Connecticut” were among those. Despite being set on UT, I decided to visit TriniLand anyway. At the very least, I’d get the chance to miss a day of school and visit a teammate, so why not?

One day after my visit to Trinity, I was sitting at home freaking out because the common app deadline was due in a few hours and I hadn’t even started. I consider myself a last minute kind of person but this was a new level for me. UT was not on my mind anymore. In fact, after realizing how awesome the students at Trinity were, how amazing the professors were, and how unbelievably kind and hardworking the cross country team was, I decided to forget Austin and the football games and trade it all for a spot at this incredible school. Most importantly, though, I realized I needed to keep running after high school. I could’ve gone out and ran for the Longhorns, but I would’ve probably struggled. It would’ve been a tough four years of injuries and failures before I could even make the varsity top seven. At Trinity, I could probably make a difference almost immediately, and I did. My first fall, the men’s team qualified to Nationals for the first time in school history.

I ended up canceling all of my plans for UT and Austin. And it continues to be the best decision I ever made. I’ll admit, I can’t recommend that you switch your commitment for a school so late in senior year. That spring was doubly stressful to get everything in order for a school I knew almost nothing about. But I’d do it again if I had to. And really, I have my love for running to thank for that decision. I think if there’s something about a school that you know you will love and have a lot of fun doing, whether that’s a sport or some other extracurricular, it’s certainly worth at least visiting to see if it’s right for you. Always visit. Always. I cannot imagine what life would’ve been like if I had decided to go to UT without visiting. I would’ve hated it. Visiting Austin and Trinity made me realize I didn’t just want to be a fan at football games, I wanted to make a tangible difference. Making that last minute decision was the best thing I ever did.

About Christian 
Christian is a senior from El Paso, Texas, majoring in urban studies. He is a member of Trinity's Cross Country team and a resident mentor for first year students. In his free time, Christian enjoys watching good movies and visiting Whataburger. 
By Mariah Wahl

Mariah Wahl '16
English Major & Editor
 If you're a senior, this point in the semester can find you in the early stages of senior nostalgia. While still longing for the younger days of our college career, it's hard not to want to move on. Before we do, here are ten fall items to add to the bucket list of Trinity University and San Antonio college traditions. Make some memories while you still have the chance!

1. Visit the top of the Tower of the Americas

This San Antonio icon is a prominent part of our downtown skyline view from campus, but few students have ever visited. Take a trip to the top, have some lunch, and gain a new perspective of Trinity!

2. See all of the Missions (other than the Alamo!)

The San Antonio Missions are a lesser known city icon, but no less worth seeing. Recently, they were even declared a World Heritage site. Rent a bike with B-Cycle and travel down Mission trail. Most students have seen the Alamo, but other missions like Concepción and San Juan have an equally rich history and beautiful architecture.

The Alamo is a wonderful landmark-- but find the other missions, too!

3. Take a Riverboat Tour
Play tourist for a day, and learn about the city from the river that we're known for! Visit downtown and gain a taste of San Antonio history. Even if you took a tour as a young or prospective student, it's fun to refresh yourself on the history of the place where you've spent four years of your life.

4. Go to a Spurs Game
Trinity Night at the Spurs happens every fall. Residential life hosts this game and offers discounts to students. Gather up a group of friends and cheer on the Spurs with other students, faculty, and staff.

5. Learn to Dance
When you register for second semester senior classes, take on a dance class. Learn to two-step or waltz while you pick up those final credit hours. If you don't have time for that, visit the Swing Bums for a quick lesson. Use your skills at Concert for the Cure, an annual fundraiser at Cowboys Dance Hall hosted by Gamma Chi Delta

The Swing Bums will happily teach you to dance like a true Texan. 

6. Watch a Football game from Thomas 8th
Befriend a sophomore and go cheer the Tigers on from the comfort of their balcony! Learn the Trinity fight song first, so you can wear your maroon with pride.

7. Attend First Friday Breakfast
Because who wants to cook every morning? This event, in Heidi lounge every month from 8-10:30, can help you put off the adult chores of making your own meal and doing your own dishes.

8. Take a Random Class You've Always Wanted
From computer science to Medieval metalworking, sign up for something unique and interesting. You never know-- book binding might be a lifelong hobby for you in real world.

Maybe you have a hidden artistic talent? 

9. Go have Lunch or Coffee with a Professor

Tell them how much their mentorship has meant to you, and start establishing those post-grad connections. Professors can be great resources even after graduation.

10. Show up Early and Visit Every House at Christmas on Oakmont

Prepare your strategy ahead of time: arrive early and travel quickly to get all of the free food and drink from different houses sponsored by different offices, the Dean of Students, and the President. Don't forget tamales from Dr. White's house! Once you've hoarded your holiday treats, bundle up and watch the choirs perform.

About Mariah 
Mariah Wahl is a senior at Trinity University, studying English and women's and gender studies. She is the editor of the Trinity Perspective as well as the Trinity Experiential Learning Blog. In her free time, Mariah enjoys running and being outdoors. Currently, she is training for her second half-marathon. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau sorority.  

Ryan Diller '17
Actor & Assistant Editor

By Ryan Diller

With the beginning of classes in late August, the English department introduced Trinity University to a new professor: Dr. Aaron Pratt. A specialist in Early Modern English literature, he has informally been recognized by students as that really cool new professor who teaches Shakespeare and loves so-bad-it’s-good movies. Wishing to know more about him, I sat down with him to discuss Shakespeare, advice for students, and the city of San Antonio.

Best so-bad-it’s-good Shakespeare movie?

I have to go with Anonymous, which was released in 2011 and directed by Roland Emmerich, the Roland Emmerich who brought us The Day After Tomorrow and Independence DayIndependence Day is an awesome movie, by the way. Roland Emmerich actually believes Shakespeare did not write his plays, and he somehow got Sony Pictures to release Anonymous, which dramatizes the story of the Earl of Oxford, Edward de Vere, writing Shakespeare’s plays. And it’s complete nonsense. In the movie, Shakespeare is a semi-literate drunkard who is really into getting the ladies, and he talks like an idiot. He’s completely ridiculous. Emmerich makes him barely able to read. [The English department is] actually going to be showing it on October 27th at 8 pm for the new English Department Film Series.

Advice for students really struggling with a reading? 

Honestly, and I think some of my colleagues will pillory me for saying this, for Shakespeare plays I don’t think there’s any harm in reading a summary of the play before you read it in its original language. Because A) no summary’s ever going to give you the whole plot, and B)—more to point—I want students to really engage with the language, and if you’re having trouble figuring out what the basic plot is and trying to engage closely with the complexities of the language, it might be overwhelming. You don’t want your interpretation to rely on what you learn on GradeSaver or Sparknotes, but I think that if you’re having a hard time, just figure out what the plot is and then actually spend your time wrestling with the language at a local level.

How would you recommend students choose their major, and how did you end up in your field of study? 

So there’s this line in Taming of the Shrew at the beginning: “No profit grows where is no pleasure taken.” And then the next line is “study what you most affect.” For the most part, I think that’s right. If you’re coming in wanting to do pre-med or pre-law only because your dad wants you to be a doctor or lawyer, there’s a good chance you won’t get as much out of your time here as you could otherwise.  Your college major does not bind you to a career, first off, which is very important. There are indeed post-grad programs that require some specific undergrad training, but even then there are plenty of students who go into medical school who have English majors. You can make it work, and faculty and staff are here to help.

I think that people—and this is where the Tranio [from Taming of the Shrew] line matters—people don’t really learn well if they’re not enjoying what it is they’re learning. You’re not going to profit from a major if you don’t like the major, but my recommendation of Tranio’s advice shouldn’t mean that you only take things you’re comfortable with or that you already enjoy. I think one of the things college is for is figuring out what you actually enjoy. Find out what you like by trying things out, by giving every subject a chance to change the way you think.

When I was in college, I started off as a Biochemistry major and didn’t really enjoy that so much when it came to working in the lab. I then majored in English/Film Studies and then I added a second major in Medieval Philosophy. And a minor in Women’s Studies. After giving up Biochem and switching to the humanities, I thought I was going to be a high school teacher, and the pre-education track meant that I had to take a Shakespeare class. I really hated Shakespeare in high school. I really hated Shakespeare. But I took the course, and I really enjoyed it. I came to it in a weird way, and I came to it thinking that it wouldn’t like it at all.

You came here from Connecticut (Yale specifically). How’s San Antonio? Any advice for incoming students about what there is to do in San Antonio? 

So hot. I moved here on August 1st, and it was something like 102 degrees that afternoon. I’ve learned when you can run and not actually die. I also eat a lot of tacos because that’s what you do out here. It’s easier for students, I think, because you don’t have to wear long pants all the time. You can’t really teach in shorts (unless you have tenure). So, you don’t need to bring all your coats and scarves. If you’re a student, expect for it to be warm. Lighten your closet. Bring some shorts.

The Alamo Drafthouse theaters are amazing. And one of the things I recommend for any city is that you go to weird restaurants and places off the beaten path. Go to a hole-in-the-wall taqueria off Blanco or a bookstore out near 410. Go to places your friends aren’t going, and take them with you.

To delve deeper into the mind of Dr. Pratt, attend the English Department’s screening of Anonymous on October 27th at 8 pm in Northrup 040. This will be the first entry in the new English Department Film Series developed by Dr. Pratt and Dr. Andrew Kraebel. Among other courses, Dr. Pratt teaches Introduction to Shakespeare, British Literature: Old English to 1800, and HUMA-1600: Readings from Western Cultures.

About Ryan Diller
Ryan Diller is a junior English major with minors in Theater and Creative Writing. He is an assistant editor for the national creative nonfiction journal 1966, participates in Trinity’s theater program as a writer and actor, and works at the Writing Center.
Andrea Acevedo '18
Art Intern & Musician
By Andrea Acevedo

Picture this: You walk into what was once an old abandoned bowling alley. Once inside you come face to face with a giant Victorian house (Still normal, right?) Things start to get a little weird after this. Explore the house and you will eventually find a “portal” that takes you to an intergalactic travel agency. Here you will be given one of a variety of possible destinations, you might find yourself directed into glow forest where trees have eyes, or perhaps into a room where you can find the skeleton of a giant mastodon that is also an instrument. No you are not dreaming- this is all a part of an immersive, interactive installation created by the art collective Meow Wolf with whom I interned this summer.

On a mission to find something art-filled for the summer I began by looking into various programs around the country. Thanks to my roommate I found out about an art collective in Santa Fe that was in the process of creating their biggest project yet, called The House of Eternal Return. Driving 637 miles from Dallas to Santa Fe, the uncertainty of where my life was headed was looming over my head like the New Mexican Mountains. I was excited to move to a new place, but worried about the fact that I didn’t know anyone. It was the biggest obstacle of moving away, but the best experience. I became incredibly comfortable with going anywhere alone. I would go to restaurants, museums, and on hikes. Cue the cliché: I learned a lot about myself, but I also had the opportunity to learn a lot about other humans. At work I met people that gave me new perspectives on life and inspired me with their creativity and passion for what they do.

One of the myths that you will encounter in college is that it is difficult to get an internship your first year, but this doesn’t mean you should opt out of searching for one. You never know what opportunities you might encounter. If you don’t know where to start I suggest going into career services and asking for a little guidance. The great thing about Trinity is that it is incredibly easy to find someone to talk to and they are there to help you!

If you are searching for adventure, inspiration, knowledge, and the opportunity to try amazing new foods then I recommend finding an internship. The experiences you will collect from going out into the world and interning will stay with you forever. The valuable connections you will make don’t hurt either. If anything else you will gain some insight into what it is like to search and apply for a job. So don’t hesitate to ask for help from Career Services or professors in your field. Chances are they will be able to recommend an awesome opportunity that might just change your life.

Looking for your own internship opportunity? A career fair will be held on Wednesday, Oct 21st in Laurie Auditorium from 11am - 3pm. It is open to all years and all majors and includes both internship and job openings. In addition, Career Services will host an event on networking etiquette November 9th in the Storch Lobby from 5:30-7pm.

To learn more about experiential learning opportunities, visit Trinity's Experiential Learning Blog and the Center for Experiential Learning and Career Success

About Andrea
Andrea Acevedo is a sophomore at Trinity University, she is thinking about majoring in Art History and Communications. She enjoys short walks on the beach, playing saxophone in the Trinity jazz band, and creating interesting food concoctions in the dining hall.
By Emily Wood
Emily Wood '18
Vocal Performer & Sorority Leader

As Trinity University students, we often hear our peers talk about how much they need to study over the weekend or about the papers they need to write. Personally, there are many weekends when I feel like I’d like nothing better than to sit around and watch Netflix all weekend. But despite the importance of keeping up with one’s studies and having that downtime, staring at a textbook for too long can start to fry your brain and even binge-watching your favorite show can feel blasé.

Thankfully, at a school like Trinity and in a city like San Antonio, there’s always a solution to these feelings of weekend boredom. So when it’s time to take that much-needed study break or you need to tear yourself away from your computer screen and get your blood pumping again, here are some things you do on campus and around the city.

1. Trinity-sponsored Events

Just about every weekend, there’s an exciting event happening on campus. This year, the school has started putting on tailgates before football games, and just this past weekend, Trinity’s Greek organizations held the Greek Carnival, which featured lots of fun activities and free food. Although these events are usually sponsored by particular groups on campus, most are open to the entire Trinity community. In addition to activities like these, Trinity is always hosting lectures, concerts, and performances that are made possible by generous donations to the school. These opportunities are sure to broaden your horizons and teach new appreciation for the arts. Keep an eye out for news of these events so you never miss them! 

Trinity hosts a variety of entertaining weekend and weekday events on campus. 

2. Athletic Games

Keep up the energy from the tailgating events and check out the games that take place on campus each week. But keep in mind that you don’t have to be a football fan to enjoy Trinity’s athletic offerings; our school boasts great teams in tennis, soccer, volleyball, and much more. Plus, the in-season sports change throughout the year, so you have the opportunity to see lots of variety in Trinity’s athletics. Check out each team’s schedule on Trinity’s athletics website.

Trinity athletic events are a great way to have fun and show your tiger pride. 

3. Get Your Farmer’s Market On
There are several farmer’s markets open in San Antonio, especially on the weekend, and a favorite of Trinity students, staff, and faculty is the farmer’s market at the Pearl. The Pearl is a fun place to walk around any time of the week, but it’s made even more interesting by the vendors selling fresh local food along the way. Check out the fresh produce and products, and taste the ready-to-eat food from vendors selling crepes and breakfast tacos. The Pearl is a short car/bike/bus ride down highway 281, and it’s open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Midtown San Antonio is home to some great farmer's markets-- even here on campus!

4. San Antonio Events

The City of San Antonio also hosts many interesting events throughout the year, and they provide a great way to experience the culture and diversity of the city. For example, First Fridays are monthly events in Southtown where participants can stroll through the historic neighborhood and peruse arts, crafts, and food for sale and enjoy live music. In April, the huge event in San Antonio is Fiesta, which features varied events celebrating San Antonio, and making a trip to one of these events is truly worthwhile for anyone who’s new to the city or who just wants to be a part of one of the biggest city-wide events in San Antonio. The city has a listing of events of all kinds on the Visit San Antonio website.

With the rich offerings of events on campus and around the city, there will always be something to save you from the boredom of sitting in your dorm room another beautiful weekend day. Next time, instead of letting your Netflix show autoplay the next episode, get involved in campus events and explore the city.

About Emily

Emily is a sophomore at Trinity University, studying English with minors in Arts, Letters, and Enterprise and Creative Writing. She is a part of the Trinity University Chamber Singers and the student-led female a cappella group, the AcaBellas. She is also a member of Alpha Chi Lambda sorority and works as a copy editor for the campus newspaper, the Trinitonian. Some of Emily’s favorite things include sloths, music, chocolate, tea, good food, and…yeah, mostly food.
By Mariah Wahl

Mariah Wahl '16
Editor & English Major
As a college senior, I have accrued vast amounts of information about college dating through careful research and objective observation. Mostly, I have realized that dating is ridiculous and sometimes awful, and sometimes wonderful. Other than that, here are three tips I have to offer you:

1. Birds do it, bees do it

Let’s start with the obvious. College comes with an incredible amount of exciting and overwhelming personal freedom. When it comes to gettin’ busy, exercise that freedom in a way that makes you feel comfortable, good about yourself, and aligns with your personal values. Whatever happens (or doesn’t happen), be considerate of your physical and emotional health. All concerns of sexual health apply to all people. If you have questions, visit your University’s health or counseling services and find answers.

2. Join different clubs or groups on campus to meet new people

A far better alternative to anonymous dating is meeting people in real life! Finding someone who shares your interests is important in any relationship, romantic or otherwise. If you love the outdoors, find a outdoor recreation club like Trinity’s O-Rec. Join a political interest group, or a cat enthusiast club, or whatever suits your fancy. These groups provide ample opportunity to hang out with someone new in a low-pressure situation. And, if you do meet someone you’d like to go out with, you have a built in excuse to go on a date. Ask them if they want to go hiking with you, or go volunteer at the local animal shelter, or watch a political debate. You’ll have a built in discussion topic to avoid the dreaded, awkward first-date pause.

You never know where you might meet that special someone. 

3. Be cautious with dating apps and the internet

Tinder, Bumble, Steam, Grindr, Hinge, etc. Are those all even real dating apps? The possibilities are overwhelming. Regardless of your specific app of choice, they can be a fun way to meet people, as long as you’re smart about it. Like all social media, however, know that you may not be as anonymous as you feel.

Always let someone know where you’re going on a Tinder date. Schedule these “encounters” in a public place. Make sure your photos can’t be linked back to your social media in a Google image search, otherwise someone might easily gain access to those profiles and your personal information. Never agree to date anyone who exclusively takes selfies (just kidding, selfie-takers of the world. I’m sure you’re very nice).

What I’m trying to say is: be careful. Use your head. And feel free to abstain from all forms of online dating.

Approach social networking with caution. 

4. Date everyone, date someone, date no one. It’s up to you 

In college, it can sometimes feel like everyone is paired up in a pre-engaged (or actually engaged, or actually married) serious relationship. It can simultaneously feel like everyone you know is meeting someone new every weekend, having crazy, fun experiences, and coming home with great stories. You can do either, neither, or something in between. The important thing is that you make choices about dating in college based on what you want and not based on the expectations of those around you. Be clear about your intentions with the people you choose to date and always be considerate of others. 

Get out there and meet new people!

The truth is, no one actually has dating figured out. Only you can really find out what’s best for you! Good luck with all your romantic endeavors.

About Mariah 
Mariah Wahl is a senior at Trinity University, studying English and women's and gender studies. She is the editor of the Trinity Perspective as well as the Trinity Experiential Learning Blog. In her free time, Mariah enjoys running, and being outdoors. Currently, she is training for her second half-marathon. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau sorority.  
By Fran Wahl
Fran Wahl
Trinity Parent & Part-Time Teacher

The job of all parents is to help create productive, independent adults. We have been working toward this time for roughly 18 years, hoping and praying we've given you everything you need to be successful. We simultaneously love and hate that you are ready to launch. Here are a few thoughts about your departure and new life in college. If you were fortunate enough to have parents who could verbalize between bouts of tears, it couldn't hurt to hear them again.

Texts and emails are just ok....
But a phone call or Skype is the best. Hearing your voice, while learning about your professors, roommates or class lectures is like heaven! Stick to the facts, don't complain, and keep it as short as you need to make it count as a conversation. We are here for you, we know a few things. Lean on us. If you need to mark it in your planner so you don't forget, do it! Call us!

Don't just write on my Facebook wall.

While we're on the subject of phone calls, did you get that money I sent you?
A thank you communication is a must. Did you notice I paid your tuition this semester? Ditto!
We parents enjoy being thanked and appreciated. We may say "it's ok" but really, deep down, we want to know you are grateful for what you've been given. Wait, you say you are paying your tuition with student loans? Remember that simply the foundation of your K-12 education and roof over your head got you where you are today. Say thank you! And if you are fortunate enough to have most or all of the bill "footed" by your hardworking parents? It goes without saying that cartwheels of thanks are in order! Call us!

We would love it if some of our family's life lessons and traditions stuck with you.
If your family goes to church, temple, chapel or mosque, try to maintain at least some of that spirituality in your new life. Trinity and San Antonio offer a whole host of alternatives for spiritual growth and renewal, so take advantage of what you see around you. You would be surprised at how grounded you will feel by reconnecting to your roots. Yes, it can be intimidating that first time, but who knows? Maybe that nice girl from biology will be sitting across the aisle from you at mass. Now you have a partner to invite next week. Stranger things have happened. Call us and tell us about it after your adventure.

Trinity's Parker Chapel has a variety of resources for spiritual growth across faiths. 

Sex, Drugs and Rock 'n Roll
This is a tricky one, but here's a secret you may not know about us parents. We were all where you are once. We may not have all been in a university setting, but we all found ourselves newly independent with new decisions to make. And ALL of us have made mistakes and done a few things we regretted later. We may have lost a few brain cells, but quite frankly, the majority of them were fully intact until sometime in the mid nineties (check your birth certificate to understand this reference). But we do remember!

Know this: mistakes happen, and we are here to help. Are you sitting in class Monday morning with a slight headache and a twinge of regret about the weekend's shenanigans? Maybe we don't' need to hear about it. Are you barely awake on Monday with little recollection of your weekend's activities, realizing your first two classes of the week have long been over? Then it might be time for a conversation. Come clean before grades come out, or before we find out through some other means that this may not be the best time or place for experimenting with new independence. These things have a way of working out, but not without the intervention of those who know and love you best. And that, my friend, is your parents. So, you guessed the next line. Call us.

We were in your shoes once. Let us know how we can help you now. 
Your absence will be noticed
Over the last 18 years you have been, at times literally, an appendage attached to us. Having you go off to college is a little like losing a body part...no joke! Just twist off my right arm! Whether you are the first or last to leave, heading across town or across the country, your departure drastically and irreparably changes the family dynamic. Neither our lives nor your lives will ever be the same, but that's ok. Your independence is a big check mark in the win column for dear 'ole Mom and Dad. Please just remember that we have feelings too. We like to be treated with kindness and respect. And we like the occasional phone call.

About Fran
Having turned the term "domestic engineer" into a full time profession, Fran Wahl has experienced sending two of three children off to Universities. She frequently lobbies to have one of them choose real engineering as a major. In her spare time she volunteers in the local schools, and works as a substitute teacher. She also enjoys talking on her phone.
Maddie Smith '16
Actor & Sorority Leader
By Maddie Smith

Hey you, kid. I know you’re thinking: “I want to make friends in college” or “I want to branch out and leave my comfort zone” or “who are all these people with matching shirts?” Maybe you think that sorority recruitment can help you with all of these things—and why wouldn’t you? On the outside, it’s a non-committal way to find a group of girls on campus who you enjoy hanging out with. You get to go to events or have lunch with some friendly people who genuinely get to know you. And maybe, just maybe, you’ll one day be handed a shirt that looks just like fifty other shirts and you’ll feel a sense of accomplishment, belonging, and pride. These are all completely rational ideas. However, they’re all completely wrong. Sorority recruitment is a lie and you should avoid it at all costs. Here’s why:

1. You Love the Feeling of Wearing a Bra

One of the “greatest” parts of being in a sorority is getting one of its soft, comfy jerseys that do not require any undergarments underneath. Many girls relish in the freedom of going bra-less, but not me. I love constriction and the feeling of underwire digging into my back. Honestly, it’s freeing in a sort of constricted, painful way.

Comfortable attire is overrated. 

2. You Hate Community Service

Another thing you’ll hear sorority people preach about is their dedication to community service. You’ll often see pictures of them on Facebook volunteering together or you’ll come across some stupid event they're having to raise money for orphans or puppies or cancer. Personally, I’d rather sit in my room and watch the world burn. No thanks, community service. I’ll pass.

Giving back to the community is the worst. 

3. Spending Time with Like-Minded Individuals Makes You Queasy

One thing I hate doing is spending time with people who make me feel comfortable with myself. Apparently, why you join a sorority, you’re constantly bombarded with dumb stuff like “acceptance” and “affirmation” and “commonalities,” yet the clubs are evened out with “diversity” and “respectful discourse.” My favorite thing about myself is the fact that I’m insecure and I want a group of people who are going to support and perpetuate that.

Who needs friends? 

4. Leadership Positions? Not for me!

Apparently, many Greek organizations have positions in the club that allow their members to gain experience in event planning, leadership, group communication, and being an overall jerk. I don’t want an opportunity to organize events for my friends or to control a group’s social media, or make web pages. I want to learn nothing and be responsible for nobody.

Developing leadership skills is not valuable for future careers. 

Hopefully, these reasons have convinced you that joining sorority recruitment is a waste of time. The draw of community, friendship, campus opportunity, and joy is both annoying and stupid. The greatest thing you can do for yourself is to stay as far away from the Greek community as possible. That’s what I did and I’ve never been so happy.

Learn more about fraternity & sorority life at Trinity University here. Find our Student Involvement page here

About Maddie
Maddie is a member of Alpha Chi Lambda sorority, where she serves as the service chair. Contrary to the opinions expressed in this article, she loves it. Maddie serves as the Arts & Entertainment editor for the Trinitonian, the associate producer of the Not So Late Show on Tiger TV, and is the head writer for Trinity's First Time Offenders improv group. Maddie is a senior double majoring in Spanish and Communication.
Mariah Wahl '17
English Major and Editor
By Mariah Wahl

Last Sunday, for the second year in a row, Trinity University participated in Síclovía, hosted by the YMCA of greater San Antonio.

Síclovía is a free event that turns San Antonio's streets in to a safe place for people to play, exercise, and get fit.The streets are cleared of cars for about 5 hours on a Sunday for families to run, ride bikes, and take exercise classes. Because the San Antonio community ranks highly in national statistics on obesity and related health disorders, events like this are important to help the community find ways to enjoy being active.

The concept for Trinity's booth was simple: in order to be awarded a Trinity water bottle and drawstring bag, all a player had to do was spin a wheel and do as many jumping jacks as they landed on. This was anywhere from zero to seventeen.

Many people walked by with their bikes hoping for a low number. Some challenged themselves and did more than they were assigned. Everyone was enthusiastic. One woman refused to jumping jacks, claiming they were too easy. Instead, she did burpees.

Perhaps most surprising was how excited kids were to spin the wheel and do jumping jacks. Even when the prizes were gone and we were packing up to go home, one little girl and her sister asked to spin the wheel just one more time so she could "play the game."Playing outside, doing really almost anything, can be such a fun experience for kids when they have the opportunity.

Behind our booth, Trinity students ran a yoga session. People riding by on bikes dropped in and out, getting a few poses in before moving on their way. The crowd ranged from small kids sharing a mat to an older man, bike helmet still on, in a warrior pose.

I loved seeing Broadway street closed off to cars, full of families riding by on bicycles, people walking the street, and even the occasional unicycler. It was a great way to spend my Sunday outdoors in the San Antonio community, showing off some Tiger Pride!

About Mariah 
Mariah Wahl is a senior at Trinity University, studying English and women's and gender studies. She is the editor of the Trinity Perspective as well as the Trinity Undergraduate Research Blog. In her free time, Mariah enjoys running, and being outdoors. Currently, she is training for her second half-marathon. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau sorority.