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 Alexsandra Rojas –

Decked out dorm rooms, roommates, frat parties, the occasional all nighter. You’ve been dreaming of college, and all the amazing experiences that come along with it, for years and now it’s finally here. You’ve officially joined the Trinity family – congrats! – a family that, while certainly quirky, will definitely keep you entertained for the next four years. Still, there’s a few things you should know before stepping into the wide world of adulthood (or at least one step closer, no need to panic quite yet), some fun and some that will make your next few months go a whole lot smoother. Take it from a senior, these hacks will come in handy more than you think!

1. Be open with your roommate.


Roommates can be awesome. One of the most amazing things about my freshman year was getting a roommate that I just clicked with, so much so that three years later, we’re still living together. Unfortunately, not everyone is so lucky. While Trinity tries its best to pair you with people that you match well with, that doesn’t always happen, a problem that can only be alleviated, or at least helped, by being open with each other. Too often, freshman, and even upperclassmen sometimes, are too worried about making a bad impression or angering their roommate by voicing their concerns, whether that be anything as simple as not leaving drawers open or as important as whether or not you are okay with other people spending the night. No matter the concern, it is imperative that you bring them up early in a respectful and polite way. You will probably need to make compromises, that’s a given, and if you can’t do so on your own, ask your RM or even a friend to help mediate. Otherwise, people have a habit of squirreling away frustration and resentment until they boil up in one big explosion of passive aggression. So talk to your roommate, even if it feels awkward at first, and take your first step in creating a happy living relationship year round.

2. Talk to your hall mates!

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While not true of everyone, I made some of my very best friends at Trinity on my freshman hall. While you may all be very different or, in some cases, very very alike, these are the people you’re going to see in passing all the time, every day even. You might as well get to know them! More importantly, many of the people on your hall will not be the same major, or even discipline as you. While this may come as a shock to some, making friends outside of your own major is one of the best things you can do on campus, if only to meet new and interesting people that think a little differently from you. Take it from an English major whose best friends include anything from Biochemistry majors to Music Ed majors to Economic majors. So, while it may feel awkward at first, study in your hall study rooms, open your door and invite people in or, if you live in Herndon or Beze (as I did so long ago), study on those rickety-looking benches outside your room so you can greet people as they make their way to their rooms. Widen your horizons people! You’ll be glad you did.

3. Do not, I repeat, DO NOT take all 8:30 classes.

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Trust me, I know what you’re thinking: “But I woke up early everyday in high school.” While that may be true, here’s a little secret, college is a lot different from high school. With late nights talking to roommates, projects you put off to the last minute, and those infamous all-nighters I mentioned before, 8:30 is going to feel a lot more like 4:30 some mornings. Unless you’re a crazy morning person (which, let’s be honest, is anyone really?), you are going to hate yourself by the second week, third if you’re lucky. So go for those later classes at least a couple days a week, 9:30 if you still want to seize the morning, but give yourself at least a day or two of leeway to sleep in.

4. Hoard those bonus bucks.


Let’s be honest here, everyone gets a little tired of Mabee after a few weeks. It just comes with the territory, especially when you’ve just started missing mom (or dad’s) home cooking. The thing is, while it may be tempting to start blowing those precious bonus bucks as soon as you get tired of the pasta line, you’re really going to want to use some self control. Finals come around fast and, when it does, there’s going to be a whole lot of those midnight pod runs and emergency coffee breaks, all of which require the bonus bucks you were so hasty to spend during the first month of classes. So, unless you like begging hapless upperclassmen for their bonus buck leftovers during the chill of December finals – never a flattering, or economical, practice – learn to maintain some bonus buck finances.

5. Learn when to go to Mabee.


Speaking of Mabee, one of the things you learn as an upperclassmen, right when those Mabee swipes are ripped from your grasping fingers, is that you really should have appreciated the all you can eat dining hall when you had it. The trick to it is finding the right times to go. Breakfast, thanks to the great and wonderful omelette line, is always a winner if you’re willing to get up a little earlier before your first class (see why all 8:30’s are a no-no?). Beyond that, certain days and times offer the best selection. Try not to grab dinner too early (like before five) because you’ll find yourself in that confusing no-man’s land between lunch and dinner, when the only options are cold pizza and a leftover biscuit from lunch. More importantly, be sure to make it to Mabee on Trinity in Focus and 360 days to get the best food, though you’ll want to get there early, before the prospective students begin scuttling in, to beat the crowds.

6. Don’t be afraid to put your name down for lots of clubs at involvement fair.


Involvement fair, where dozens upon dozens of different clubs, groups and even sororities or fraternities vie for your attention, is often a wonderful, if overwhelming, experience. However, one of the mistakes people often make is either a) not going or b) only signing up for the couple of things they know for sure they want to join. While that might work for some people, starting college is all about trying new things, even things that you never would have thought you’d be a part of it, so sign up for that equestrian team or chemistry club. The worst that can happen is that you’ll get a couple of emails that you can choose whether or not to join in on later. Either way, you’ve opened yourself up to a whole new set of options and people you might not have had otherwise.

7. Go through Greek life recruitment!


Now I know for a fact that at least half of you read this one and did little more than scoff. Trust me, we all know the movie cliches of Greek life but, what everyone doesn’t know, is that whether or not you think you’re “Greek material” (a definition that is arbitrary at best, and downright false at worst), recruitment is actually a really great way to meet a whole lot of people in a short amount of time, a must for your freshman year. Thanks to Trinity’s longer recruitment system, which takes months rather than just one week, potential new members (PNMs) have the chance to get to know not only their fellow PNMs but also people from each sorority or fraternity personally. Whether you decide to join or not, a decision that might actually surprise you in the end, you still spent the last few months making connections and friends across all kinds of social spheres and even grade levels.

8. Dreading the freshman 15? Run the Rock and Roll Half Marathon!


Everyone has heard the horror story of the freshman fifteen and, if you’re anything like me, you’re planning on doing everything you possibly can to make sure you don’t follow the trend. Here’s the perfect solution: the Rock and Roll Half marathon! While a half marathon may sound like anything but fun to some of you, it truly is a great way to not only stay in shape, but check a thing or two off your bucket list early. Thanks to Dean Tuttle, the half marathon has become a staple of healthy Trinity life, with a Trinity team (matching running shirts and all), scheduled runs every weekend to get you on track all trained up for the big day, and even ways to coordinate any other weekday runs with your running peers. The run is for runners and former couch potatoes (*cough* me *cough*) alike. Best of all, the event will help to support the San Antonio food bank while simultaneously helping you kick those freshman 15.

9. Don’t buy too many Trinity shirts (unless you really want to).

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This one is a surprisingly important one. While everyone wants to show off some school pride, you might want to hold off shelling out the cash for a brand new Trinity t-shirt at the store. It seems every day, not to mention every event, at Trinity offers a brand new maroon t-shirt, most of the time for free. By the time you get through your first year, you will be up to your neck in Trinity t-shirts, a good problem to have, but certainly not a collection you really need to be adding to anytime soon.

10. Feeling those holiday blues? Go to Christmas on Oakmont.


Christmas on Oakmont is truly one of the gems of the Trinity world. Taking place right after Vespers (another Trinity experience for those of you that can’t get enough Christmas music) where you can and do just walk into President Anderson's house and eat his food. Dress up, walk up and down the street a couple times, visiting anything from the President’s house to that one house that always has the eggnog and mini pumpkin pies. If you like food, hot chocolate, christmas music or any kind of merriment at all, head to Oakmont!

11. Be ready (and excited) for the fountain.


Getting thrown in the fountain on your birthday is basically a right of passage around here. In fact, whether or not you pretend to be excited or not, you should just expect to find your friends or your hallmates barging their way into your room at midnight on your birthday. Fighting is basically futile so, unless you are from OZ and melt under water, I would suggest cooperation. It’s all more fun in the end, especially when you get to be the one on the throwing end. Though, disclaimer, when I say throw, I don’t actually mean to *throw* your friends into the fountain. The fountain is not as deep as you may think so, unless you want one bruised behind, I’d recommend a gentle drop.

12. Try the new things, even (or especially) if that means popping the Trinity bubble.


While the Trinity bubble – that mystical, invisible barrier that keeps unsuspecting Trinity kids wandering, and socializing, no farther than its tiger striped walls – is more real than any of us would like to admit, one of the best things about Trinity is its location. Fifteen minutes from downtown, and even less from the Pearl Brewery, the world outside the Trinity campus is a magical place of interesting opportunities and, more importantly, delicious food. Whether you’re interested in buying some fresh fruit at the Pearl farmers market, devouring a three pound cinnamon roll at Lulu’s Cafe (with friends or on your own, no judgements here), or grabbing a late night snack at El Regio taco truck (my personal favorite), the food possibilities are endless and the attractions, like the 13th floor during Halloween or the colorful light show at the San Fernando Cathedral year round, are not only fun but uniquely San Antonio. Enjoy the moment!

About Alexsandra

Alex Rojas was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas and hasn’t managed to leave since. She is a senior English major at Trinity University with plans to go on to Medical school. When she’s not doing homework, she spends her free time reading, writing, and watching random YouTube videos.
By Matthew Reynolds –

Here’s a not so little-known fact about college for you: many of the classes are difficult. I think that, for most people, making the transition from high school to college classrooms is easier said than done. Even if you graduated at the top of your high school class, you’ll likely have to make some adjustments to continue performing well at the college level. At a university as rigorous as Trinity, this can be especially true. Of course, there are many simple ways to enhance your educational experience at Trinity University and to make these classes much more manageable! Here are a few “class hacks” that will help you in your first year and beyond:

1) Visit professors during their office hours.

This is by far the most important piece of advice I could possibly give anyone regarding academic success in college. We’ve all seen movies that depict professors as ruthless, terrifying figures who show little interest in really helping their students. The truth, however, is that professors are there to help you! I cannot begin to stress this enough. Sure, there are faculty members who are more intimidating than others, but that doesn’t mean that they won’t give you the assistance that you need. On syllabus day, your professors will inform you of their office hour times. If you need help with a certain concept or assignment, go and speak with your professor during those times (or during a separate appointment, if their office hours don’t line up with your schedule). You’ll build a rapport with your instructor while getting the help you need!

2) Collaborate on your classwork.

You’ll have classes in which things just click, and you won’t need too much help to get a high grade. On the other hand, you’ll certainly have other classes where the concepts are confusing and it will be too much to handle on your own. Just remember that there will be several other students in those classes with you. Some may need lots of help, while many others may be able to provide that help. You don’t have to work alone, and when you put several minds at work on a difficult assignment, you’re likely to come out with a better understanding. Study groups are a great way to have fun while doing classwork (but not too much fun!).

3) Take GOOD notes.

This may seem like an obvious point to make, but it’s very important nonetheless. The majority of my instructors lecture and write on the board, rather than using powerpoint presentations and other visual aids, making it a tad more difficult to figure out what to copy down in my notes. To combat this, you have to listen to your professor very closely and write down the important points, not every point. The same goes for when you’re reading for class. Taking good notes does not necessarily mean that you need to take a lot of notes. Focus on the important concepts, and you’ll have a better grasp of the topics as a whole.

4) Find some good study spots. They aren’t hard to find.

Personally, the location where I do my assignments is instrumental to how well I can focus. I can’t work in my room, for instance, because my bed and my fridge are both too close by; let’s be honest, eating and sleeping are more tempting than studying. My favorite study spots on campus are in CSI. The building is beautiful, of course, and very open, allowing me to stretch my legs pretty easily when I need a break. Study spots by the windows are especially nice because, regardless of where you are, you’ll get a pretty fantastic view. The quiet lounge in Murchison is also a fantastic place for intense, late-night paper writing. But don’t feel like you need to be confined to campus! There are several coffee shops in the area that serve as cozy places to get work done. Find a handful of places that you like, and try not to study too much in one area--you may get tired of working there, and then you’ll have to find a new spot.

Yes, college classes can be very demanding. It’s highly unlikely that you’ll go through your four years at Trinity without taking several classes that really and truly challenge you. Don’t fret about it, though! If you work with others--especially your professors--,take strong notes, and find suitable places to get work done, you’ll make your classes and your assignments so much more manageable. Welcome to Trinity, and I’ll see some of you studying in CSI very soon! (Feel free to bring me some coffee from Einstein’s.)

About Matthew

Matthew Reynolds is a senior Music and Urban Studies major from Waco, Texas. He is involved in Alpha Phi Omega, Mu Phi Epsilon, Chamber Singers, O-Team, Trinity Distinguished Representatives and is a member of the Trinitones, Trinity’s all-male a cappella group. In his little free time, Matthew enjoys training for half marathons, listening to music, and watching his newest Netflix obsession.

By Hannah-Elyse Konyecsni –

Hi there, Trinity University Class of 2020 (and parents)! It is very nice to meet you! My job is to ensure that you are psyched to begin your new journey because you should be. It’s fun and oh so exciting.

So, it’s finally that time. Time to stuff your new home to the brim with things that you can’t picture life without. Time to leave your parents. Time to spread your wings and do the most frightful act on earth: make new friends. Don’t fret! You will have many smiling faces (including my own!) to help you through this process. We’ll do our best to make the transition as easy as possible.

New Student Orientation will be one of the best times of your college career. There is much to look forward to. This week is literally packed with fun. So much fun that you won’t even notice that you have been conveniently acclimated to college life. I know, tricky right??

This all might sound too good to be true so let me tell you five things I loved about NSO. Because it really is THAT great.

1. On that first day, you’ll be met with people ready to help you before your feet have even hit the ground.

Trinity University students, faculty, and staff help first year students move into their dorms. 
Trinity does this really special thing where they have kind souls to help you move your things into their new home. This makes move-in much, much smoother for you! Also, I know you’re probably a little self-conscious about the amount of stuff you have in your car. Well, at least I was. Don’t worry, we’re so happy to help! I’m super excited to be part of Team Trinity this year and be one of the the first people you might see on campus.

2. You get to meet your resident mentor, roommate, suitemates, hallmates, and your O-Teamer. Oh, and don’t forget about your faculty advisor!

Trinity's O-Team and ResLife team lead first year students through NSO activities. 
These are some of the best people you’ll meet because they’ll be there whenever you need it. Locked out of your room? Wanna grab some food? Need a Netflix buddy? Can’t figure out your schedule? What the heck is going on? Any one of those people have got your back.


Trinity first years participate in Playfair during NSO. 
Yes, it’s as fun as it sounds. Essentially, it’s just a whole bunch of activities designed with the sole intent of you making as many new connections as possible. This means there will be name games. Lots of name games. Prepare yourself. Now’s a good chance to pick a new identity. And to play rock paper scissors with about 600 people.

4. You get to walk up the tower. And if that’s not cool enough, you get to shake President Anderson’s hand once you get up there.

Trinity students climb the tower during first year NSO and during their last week as a senior.
I would like to highly recommend pants for this event. Or a nice romper. It will be windy. It will be worth it. It will be memorable. Learn from my wardrobe malfunctions.

5. You get to go to fair that’s literally all about clubs.

Every club at Trinity has a booth at the student involvement fair. 
I promise that you’ll never feel more wanted or included in your life. Everyone at the Student Involvement Fair is ready for you to join their organization and become their best friend. What could be better than that??

New Student Orientation is the best right? We’re all excited to welcome you to the big Trinity family. Group hug, anyone?

About Hannah

I’m Hannah-Elyse Konyecsni, a sophomore from Austin, Texas majoring in Environmental Science. I fill the time that I’m not in class with clubs including Alpha Phi Omega and Eco Allies. You can catch me helping the first years move in and holding office hours for the Food Matters First Year Experience. I hope to meet all of the newest Tigers!
By Brady Iba – 

New student Orientation (NSO) looks different at every university. Some larger university's take one day to introduce students to campus and register them for fall classes. While others, like Trinity, take an entire week to orient first year students to college life.

At Trinity, NSO is an exciting time of disappearing acts. From nerves and fear to boxes on boxes, New Student Orientation is an amazing time to make life-long friends and to begin a new stage of life. My hands were shaking as I drove up to Trinity University. I had no idea what to expect, but as soon as I put my car in park things started to disappear –namely my boxes.

Team Trinity is a group of volunteers made up of students, faculty, and staff (including the university president!) who move all the first year possessions to their dorms for them. It makes that first move in a breeze in the Texas heat. By the time I walked out of my car, my boxes had already disappeared and reappeared in my new room. This was the first disappearing act. The second followed very quickly as the dean of students carried in my roll-y chair and stopped to talk for a few minutes.

Team Trinity eagerly unloads an incoming student's car on move-in day.
Our dean of students, Dean Tuttle, is one of the most personable people I have met, and with that conversation, there went my nerves. So take a moment to get to know your faculty during the mayhem of orientation—they are eager to meet you and could serve as useful mentors later on in your college career. The rest of orientation flew by and I loved every minute of it. I met so many people, some who are now my closest friends.

Even University President, Dr. Danny Anderson, lends a hand as a member of Team Trinity. 
NSO at Trinity is a great mix of fun games with your hall, advising sessions with your personal advisor, evening events like Tiger Rally, and adjusting to college life. It is a whirlwind of names, faces, joy, laughter, and excitement that reappears those nerves and fear as friends, adventures, stories, and confidence. The only things that Trinity University doesn’t reappear are those empty boxes.

About Brady

Brady Iba graduated from Trinity University in 2015. During his time at Trinity, Iba studied biochemistry and theatre.
By Faith Byrne and Mackenzie Hill —

Welcome class of 2020!

A little more than one week from now you will move into your first dorm at Trinity University and maybe you don't know what to expect. After all, this is the first (and only) time in your life that you and a complete stranger will live in a room that is likely smaller than your childhood bedroom. And, if that doesn't scare you, for many of you this is probably the first time you've been away from your family.

While the idea of living in a dorm seems daunting, the three year on-campus housing requirement at Trinity is one of the most special parts of the university. I mean, when in your life are you going to live in the same room as your best friends again? However, if you still are struggling to figure out how to make your dorm feel like home, we have some tips for you!

1. Buy a big tapestry.

A tapestry full of colors you like will cover up a huge amount of space so you won’t have to worry about decorating on the walls, and it’ll make your room feel super cozy

2. A rug also helps to pull your room together. 

Target has them for pretty cheap or make your own!

3. Put up picture strings or cork boards to make your room more personal.

These are great for putting up a ton of pictures of your friends back home, your pets, and your family for whenever you get home sick. Here are 10 great ideas to display your photos. 

4. Buy good bedding.

You’ll be able to use it for the three years you’ll be in dorms, and trust me, you’re going to want to make your bed as comfy as possible for when you actually have time to sleep. Urban Outfitters has some cute bedding for those awkwardly sized Twin XL dorm bed. 

5. Less is more, especially in tiny dorm rooms.

Try not to go crazy and buy everything you see from Target or Bed Bath and Beyond. Rather than buy everything you think you'll want or need, make a list of unnecessary items and see how you feel once you've moved in. You could save time and money by refraining from over shopping!

6. No need to spend a whole lot of money on new furniture and accessories! 

Delve into the world of thrifting and give any item a facelift using a new coat of paint. Fortunately there are lots of great thrift and antique shops near Trinity, like Boysville and Off My Rocker

7. Bring a piece of the outdoors to liven up a bland space. 

Have small jars with miniature cacti and succulents or grow some herbs. If you don't have a green thumb, here are some tips on how to avoid killing your succulents. 

8. Pack at least one thing from your room at home that makes you feel really cozy and welcome. 

Whether it's a blanket or a specific framed photo, it's so nice having something to make the transition easier.

For more tips on what to bring to make your first dorm the perfect place to live, check out this extensive dorm checklist. Or, take a look at Trinity's resources on moving in

About Faith Byrne

Currently a senior studying at Trinity University, Faith Byrne '17 is double majoring in Communication and Anthropology, with hopes of integrating writing into her long time career. She is incredibly passionate about all things travel, considers herself a foodie, and is very proud of her status as a crazy cat lady.

About Mackenzie Hill

Mackenzie Hill is a junior majoring in Communication and minoring in Art History and Psychology. In her free time, she acts as the president of the First Time Offenders Improv Comedy Troupe, External Recruitment for Alpha Chi Lambda, and as a content creator for The Odyssey Online.
By Humberto Sandigo –

On July 12, 2016 the San Antonio Stars' mascot, The Fox, celebrated his birthday with a bash at the WNBA game. Among other special guests, Trinity's own LeeRoy was invited to attend the festivities. Humberto Sandigo '16 and Torre Davis '17 shared the duties of wearing the LeeRoy costume at the event, participating in pre-game celebrations and a game of dodgeball at half-time. With the majority of the crowd being children from local summer camps, Sandigo and Davis, as LeeRoy, demonstrated #TigerPride to San Antonio's youth. Sandigo provided some reflections on the day:

Leeroy participating in half time celebrations at The Fox's Birthday Bash. 
Unaware of what was to occur at the Fox’s birthday bash, I jumped into the suit ready for whatever was to come my way. Welcoming the young children with hugs and high-fives, which even acted as a win-win because it encouraged me to keep welcoming the children with even cooler high-fives, and I finally joined the extensive, exclusive, and exciting list of anonymous celebrities as I signed at least a dozen autographs. With crayon in claw, I scribbled LeeRoy’s name with pride and with quite a certain dexterity that would impress many penmanship instructors.

Sharing the duties of LeeRoy, I had two perspectives of what truly happens in and out of the tiger suit. While inside the costume, I sweat at least ten times more than I would after finishing a half-marathon, but, at least, I was ten times more energized from the smiles and the great tiger hugs; outside, I was able to actually see those smiles, and had full mobility of my ten fingers -- something I will never take for granted.

LeeRoy and KONO 101.1 Top Dog at The Fox's Birthday Bash.
To be honest, the hugs and high fives, the selfies taken, and the autographs could have happened without the LeeRoy costume, but it probably would not have been as much fun as it was inside the famed tiger suit. Although tough to see through LeeRoy’s mouth, I could still hear the excitement from the children and the adults.

About Humberto

Humberto "Tito" Sandigo '16 is a recent graduate from Trinity University, majoring in Business Administration: Marketing and Theatre. He is currently the Publications Management intern in the Marketing Communications office, and likes to binge watch tv and run in his free time.