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 Katie Middleton –

It's been a long semester of homework and projects and we've finally made it through finals week - congratulations! Here are 9 things you can do to help kick-start your break now that finals are over and really get into some relaxation and holiday spirit.

1. Grab your favorite hot beverage and snuggle up with a good (non-class related!) book.

Whether it's coffee, tea, or hot chocolate, there's very few things that are better than a hot drink on a cold day and a good book to snuggle up with. Read a favorite book or one you've been wanting to read but haven't had the time to get to yet.

2. See some neighborhood Christmas lights.

They're everywhere this time of year and it's amazing to see what people and even whole neighborhoods come up with. Load up into your car with some friends and some good tunes and go check 'em out.

3. Get in some quality time with family, friends, and pets.

The holidays are a time to be with friends and family and whether you're from out of state or from San Antonio it's always a struggle to find time to spend with family and friends during the semester. Enjoy your time with them over the break and get in some good pets and pats to your doggo or other furry friends.

4. Veg out on the couch just a bit. 

Load up the latest episodes of your favorite shows on Hulu or some of your latest binging show on Netflix and settle in. You've made it through another semester and through four or more classes of finals - you've earned it.

5. Cook up some delicious latkes.

Hanukkah is here and so are these beautiful, golden brown potato beauties. Who can say no to potatoes. My new motto is "Potatoes make the world go round." Who am I kidding - that's always been my motto.

6. Light a fire in the fireplace and watch a kitschy holiday classic.

Who can resist a good fire in December? Get one going and turn on a good holiday classic movie on the t.v. - you won't have to flip through many channels to find one this time of year I'm sure.

7. Learn to cook something new.

Now that you've got free time on your hands take a moment to learn a new skill in the kitchen. Learn how to make a new side dish or desert that you can whip out for holiday parties. If you're at home for the break test out your new skills on your family - everyone loves to have someone cook for them - just make sure to clean any mess in the kitchen when you're done!

8. Take some time to organize your living space.

I'll be the first to admit that during the semester I can get a little lax on putting things in their proper place and letting piles of papers and such pile up - we all know the chair - you know, the one that has clothes piled up almost as tall as your little brother? Take the time to clean up your room or apartment and bask in that glow of accomplishment and adultness.

9. Finally, get cozy with some blankets and take that nap you've been thinking about since November.

You been dreaming about this nap for weeks now. It is time.

About Katie

Born and raised in Austin, Texas, Katie Middleton is a senior at Trinity University majoring in Ancient Mediterranean Studies. She is also pursuing minors in History and Medieval & Renaissance Studies. She studied abroad in Athens, Greece and hopes to do more world traveling before pursuing a graduate degree. She writes and edits for the Trinity Experiential Learning and Trinity Perspective blogs and is a member of Trinity’s Sigma Theta Tau social sorority.
By Claire Warkentin –

The summer of 2017 took me to a place I never thought I would end up: Middle-of-Nowhere, Minnesota. Following my Trinity University study abroad trip with Dr. David Ribble’s Costa Rican Ecology course, the second half of my summer was spent living on the grounds of the Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary. The closest sign of civilization was a solid 30-minute drive to the tiny town of Orr, population of nearly 300. There I had the internship of my dreams -- spending my days with the American black bears that frequented the sanctuary.

The story of the namesake,Vince Shute, is a popular in the area, and many similar stories can be found throughout northern Minnesota. Once upon a time, there was a man named Vince Shute who owned a logging company. The logger’s campsites were frequently visited and ransacked by the local American black bears. In response, the loggers would shoot and kill the bears. After many years, and many bear shootings, Vince decided it was time to find a better solution; he quickly figured out that these bears were not malicious, but rather were just hungry. Instead of shooting the bears, Vince and his men started placing food (pancakes were a favorite) for the bears outside of their camp and their raiding problems were solved. This was, unfortunately, breaking a pretty big rule: never feed wildlife.

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One of the sanctuary's visiting bears hanging out at a feeding site enjoying the summer sun.
Time passed and eventually the logging camp was converted into a kind of park where people would pay to visit and Vince would guide them around among the many habituated bears on the old logging grounds. In the late 1990s, the American Bear Association was established in order to manage the Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary and maintain the feeding situation established by Vince Shute. The Sanctuary is a center of conservation (a.k.a. a magnet for controversy) and gains a lot of attention due to the fact that the black bears that visit our grounds are fed. Previous efforts to wean the bears off of the provided food led to nuisance bear activity in the surrounding communities who had no qualms against shooting the raiding bears. In order to protect the bears, the feeding program has continued while longer-term weaning-off programs are currently in development. Meanwhile, a raised platform was constructed to keep visitors separate from the bears, and the diet was changed from pancakes and pastries to fruits, nuts, and seeds to better supplement a wild black bear’s natural diet.

An average day at the sanctuary started pretty early in order to feed the bears as the sun is rising when they are most active. Thankfully, the morning food is bucketed the previous night so we just had to be physically present and awake enough to navigate the field of bears waiting for us. We would tromp out into the “magic circle,” the only area of the protected Sanctuary grounds where the bears were given the right-of-way (elsewhere, we try to negatively condition the bears so as to appropriately fear and avoid humans), lugging 30-50 lb buckets of food. As the summer went on, more and more bears would visit the open Sanctuary grounds to get their fill of food in order to fatten up before hibernation. By the end of the internship, we sometimes started the day with an hour and a half of straight feeding before enough bears had wandered off to give us interns a chance to head in for our own breakfast.

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Claire observing Bobo the bear during morning tasks.
The work shifts consisted of a variety of jobs including prepping and mixing food, restocking the gift shop, weeding around the grounds, and, everybody’s favorite, poop scooping. One of my absolute favorite moments happened one day while I was working in the morning walking around scooping poop when I had a little encounter with a curious yearling, a young bear that has recently moved out of the house from living with mom. As a general rule, we were not supposed to leave any buckets around where the bears could steal them, but when this little yearling started following me around, I knew that was exactly what he wanted a look at. I set down my poop bucket and took a step back to let the yearling approach -- I was not concerned that he would steal my bucket. Bears HATE their own poop. If you ever see a bear step in their own poop, you will know it when you see it: they have a full-body convulsion out of disgust. They completely lose it. So this little yearling approaches my bucket and throws caution to the wind and blindly shoves his head deep down to the bottom. Oh silly bear, he soon realized his a regrettable mistake. The poor little guy picked his head up and ran away as fast as I had ever seen a bear move. It was hilarious.

In addition to the daily work tasks, a cool opportunity with the Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary internships is that they allow interns to create their own research projects. In some of our free time, I led a research project with two of my fellow interns to gather observational data on black bear vocalizations and body language patterns (I am still in the process of working through all the data we collected!). In the evenings, the sanctuary hosts public hours for visitors to come and see the bears, and we interns would rotate the nightly jobs such as working admissions and parking, working in the gift shop, standing on deck and educating visitors (including giving scheduled talks on specialized topics: my specialization was black bear senses), and being on the grounds feeding the bears.

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Claire delivering her educational deck talk.
It is hard to think of one specific highlight of the internship -- the bears are so curious and dopy that there were multiple occasions where you just had to laugh out loud at what they were doing. Another one of my favorite moments was when one of the frequently-visiting mother bears, Jade, was sitting at the base of a tall tree, gulping to call her four cubs down. Unfortunately, they were being disobedient little children and not listening to mother. Jade, one of the larger and older mothers, gave up on waiting for her rebellious little cubs and got up in the tree herself, climbing right to the top where her cubs were waiting for her. Jade began nipping at the ankles of her cubs, but they were just out of her reach and still not obeying. Jade, exasperated, climbed back down and lumbered away-- a sort of punishment like “if you’re not going to listen to me now then you just have to stay up there and you now you have to wait until I come back!” Sure enough, the little cubs waited up in the tree branches for hours until Jade returned in the afternoon. This time they listened when she called them down.

Throughout my Trinity educational career I have had the opportunity to dip my toes into the field of research through studying abroad in Tanzania with the School for Field Studies Wildlife Management Studies program in the summer of 2016, and studying abroad again this past summer with Dr. Ribble for his Costa Rican Ecology course. The Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary internship was my first move into the professional working world of wildlife conservation and research world that I plan to expand on by heading to grad school to further find my path in the wildlife research and conservation biology field after obtaining my bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry this spring.

About Claire

Claire Warkentin is a senior biochemistry major with an ancient mediterranean studies minor from Round Rock, Texas. She is the president of Alpha Phi Omega, plays the cello in the Trinity Symphony Orchestra, and is on Trinity's ultimate frisbee team Altitude. In her free time she communes with nature and bakes cheesecake.
By Davis King, Class of 2018 –
Written on 9/1/17 in anticipation of the beginning of the football season.

Tomorrow will be another “last first” for the fellow football seniors and I. The football team will be taking on the Redlands Bulldogs here in California, and it will be my “last first” football game as a Trinity Tiger. Recently, there have a lot of these “last firsts” in terms of my football career at Trinity, starting back in the spring when it was my final semester of participating in spring workouts and spring practice. Then it was my "last first" day of training camp on August 10th, where each player gets to be a “full-time athlete” for nearly two weeks prior to the fall semester starting each year. During these two weeks, our team eats all three meals together, practices together, lifts together, and pretty much share the exact same schedule for all hours of the day.

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Davis gets ready to pass the football during a 2016 season game. Photograph by Joshua Moczygemba.
In just 10 short weeks this season will come to a close. My four seasons as a Trinity University Football player will be completed, and I will join the many men who came before me and add the word “former” to my title. These “last firsts” will continue to occur all throughout my senior year, and up to graduation on May 12th, 2018, or 253 days from now (but who’s counting?). With each day flying by, I just want to make sure to take it all in, enjoy every minute I have together with my teammates and coaches, and appreciate all that Trinity has provided our team during my time as a Tiger.

As I enter into my fourth season, it is also the fourth season for our head coach, Jerheme Urban. Coach Urban has continued to impress me, year after year, in how he transforms our unique and diverse team of individuals into a collective group and close-knit family. A few examples include: “Real Life Thursday’s” in the spring, when Trinity football alumni come and speak to our team about a variety of topics, “Fool’s in the Pool” twice a year, where our team does a pool workout filled with competition and a belly flop contest, or even just having our team learn the Trinity University Fight Song and perform it each night during camp.

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Davis moves down the field with the ball in a 2016 season game.
This upcoming football season is a little different than the past three. Now part of a new conference, the SAA (Southern Athletic Association), we will be flying five times. In order to be ready for these new opponents, we have been fortunate to get to workout in the brand new Stumberg Sports Performance Center, a state of the art athletic facility that was just completed this summer in the William H. Bell Athletic Center. Our team also gained the edition of a new coach, Michael Clark, who joins the staff with years of experience at both the collegiate and professional level. In addition, football and other sports have also gained access to brand new locker rooms. The above mentioned changes, as well as the continued renovations to the William H. Bell Athletic Center, will continue to attract top students and athletes for years to come.

I cannot thank Dr. AndersonBob King, the many faculty and staff, and the alumni for all of the tremendous support we receive. Our team is very fortunate to have all that we do: travel opportunities, meals, two helmets, warm-ups, and more. I am so excited for the season ahead and how the program will continue to grow under Coach Urban’s direction.

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Come out and support the Trinity Tigers in the 2017 season!
Come out and support the Tigers at one of our games this season! For the class of 2018, our “last first” home game will be Saturday, September 24th, as we take on Chapman at 1:00 pm.

About Davis

Davis King is senior from Columbia, South Carolina majoring in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance, and minoring in both Economics and Sport Management. He is the Co-Chair for the Student Ambassadors, Co-President of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, University Tour Guide, Trinity Distinguished Representative, and works in the Equipment Room. He participated in Trinity’s Shanghai Summer Program in the summer of 2016, and will be participating in the Sport in London Program this upcoming winter break. The past summer Davis interned at Andeavor (formerly Tesoro Corporation) in San Antonio. He has accepted a position with Andeavor and will begin following his graduation in May 2018.

San Antonio high school students spend summer on campus taking courses, gaining real-world working experience

by Cheyenne “Cici” Garcia

Thirteen interns from San Antonio’s Upward Bound program have spent six weeks this summer on the Trinity University campus, taking courses and working in selected offices or departments. The result for these high school students has been an inside look at college life and insight into the working world.

The interns arrived on the Trinity campus with fresh perspectives and a “ready to work” mindset, and they said they will leave with newly gained abilities.

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Upward Bound students at Trinity University

Allison Payne, an intern at the KRTU 91.7 FM radio station, says, “I’ve learned so much here that I can apply to real world situations or that I can use elsewhere, such as building up my organization skills, computer skills, and networking. Being here also helps me become more diverse among my music taste.”

Ricardo Peña and Waverly Reyes, who interned in the engineering science department, agreed, “The beneficial part of this internship is that it’s challenging, it prepares us for tough challenges in other situations, and it’s definitely a learning experience.”

The interns share a motivation to get work done. For example, Raveé Mata, in the Office of Experiential Learning, and KRTU’s Payne feel that Trinity gives a “home-like feeling.” Payne says being at Trinity really gives her “a sense of belonging.”

Mata mentions that since many interns are seniors, “It makes sense that we’ve grown a certain type of love for the campus. Some of us have been here since the beginning, and some like myself, have recently joined.” It is definitely easy to understand this perspective from high school students who have gotten a feel for an actual college campus. Most of the interns agreed that the summer at Trinity and the experiences on campus will never be forgotten.

To qualify for the Upward Bound program at Trinity University, interns had to apply for specific jobs in designated areas. This year’s interns at Trinity campus and their department are:

- Ana Nunez, Information Technology Services

- Allison Payne and Ivonne Martinez, KRTU 91.7 FM radio station

- Karen Padilla and Arin Douglas, University Presbyterian Children’s Center

- Samuel De Los Santos, Department of Physics and Astronomy

- Lizeth Salazar, Student Involvement

- Raveé Mata, Office of Experiential Learning

- Waverly Reyes and Ricardo Peña, Department of Engineering Science

- Diana Long, Study Abroad

- Samantha Martinez, Office of Career Services

- Cheyenne “Cici” Garcia, Office of University Marketing and Communications

Additionally, other Upward Bound interns worked off Trinity campus, including Rosario Moreno and Laura Filerio, who were at the Law Office of Diane Martinez; and Alexis Mata, who was at a dental office.

Text provided by Cheyenne “Cici” Garcia of San Antonio, a senior at McCollum high school and student to the Upward Bound program at Trinity University. She was a summer intern in the Office of University Marketing and Communications. She observes, “As interns, we received an inside look in some of the offices of the University, going places we’ve never ventured before, and in return, gaining a variety of skills that can be applied elsewhere. Trinity has given us something to remember as interns, and as students we will keep learning and working not only for its benefit but for ours.”

By Grace Cline –

A little less than a year ago, I started my first year of college at Trinity University. Prior to starting college, many people gave me advice about what to expect and while most of the advice was good, I still don’t think I was fully prepared for what my first year would bring.

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Grace Cline proudly stands next to the Trinity University sign on upper campus.
One of the biggest things I struggled with this year was finding my place. During my first semester, I had trouble finding friends and discovering clubs and people to hang out with. I feel like this aspect of college life isn’t talked about enough to future students. All people ever said to me about college was that it would be the best time of my life. And yes, it has been an amazing time but that comes when you find where you belong, and that is often very hard to do at first.

The first week that I arrived at Trinity was New Student Orientation week. This means that I arrived on campus and moved all of my stuff into my dorm, met my suite mates and roommate, and then spent a week doing a variety of icebreakers to get to know the people around me. I’m normally not one for icebreakers but I really enjoyed NSO because everyone was on the looking to make new friends. It wasn’t like most group activities where everyone has an established cohort of friends already.

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Grace poses with her decorations in her first-year dorm room.
During the first week of freshman year, nobody really had a friend group and everybody seemed like fair game to strike up a friendship with. That being said, after my first week of college, I was convinced that I had set up my friend group already with these 4 or 5 girls that I met during NSO. For the first few weeks or so, we’d all sit together at meals and text each other but that group of friends lasted less than a month. Don’t get me wrong, they were all very nice people, and we still are friendly but we were all still trying to find our “people” and we banded together at first. By the end of the first month that first group of friends had grown apart and it seemed like everyone around me had at least one person whom they could trust and hang out with while I still felt like all I had were acquaintances.

This doesn’t mean my first semester was bad. It was incredibly good; it was mostly good, in fact. In my first semester, I rediscovered my passion for choir, performed in a talent show solo, joined several clubs, met new people, and fell absolutely in love with my classes along with a slew of other experiences. My first year of college had its highs and lows – the rest of my college career will probably be like this as well. There was a time last semester when I was so overwhelmed by my 17 hours of classes and midterms that I rode home on a bus in tears and was absolutely convinced that college wasn’t for me.

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Grace performs in the Talent Show.
But through all of these things, I have come to know and accept myself better. All of those really stressful moments from college this year passed and overall I had the most amazing first year of college ever.

My advice to any incoming freshman is this: fitting in can be hard at first, it’s like that at any new place and it can be difficult when you add in the added effects of homesickness and newfound independence. The best way to combat the feelings of loneliness during your first few months at college is to join clubs and find people that make you feel special, you may grow apart from these first friends but you will find those that last as well.

You can read more from Grace in her personal blog Coming Out of The Exodus.

About Grace

Grace Cline is a rising sophomore originally from San Antonio majoring in Psychology and Religion. She is co-president of the Jewish Student Association, a member of PRIDE, and a team member on the newly formed Trinity Rock Climbing Team. Grace is an intern for Hillel San Antonio and works as a Trinity tour guide. In her free time, Grace enjoys rock climbing, running, playing guitar, and writing for her personal blog.
By Inka Sklodowska Boehm –

The college search process can be a nerve-wracking one but it’s important to remember that there are people here to help guide you along the way, both literally and figuratively. Tour guides are an excellent source of information, which can quell the fears you might have during your hunt for the perfect school. We also happen to be incredibly funny and really, really ridiculously good looking.

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Zoolander references aside, here are 8 questions to ask your Tour Guide to get the most out of your campus visit.

1. What opportunities are there for students in *insert your field of interest here*?
The campus tour is all about figuring out how you would thrive at Trinity. Therefore, ask all the questions you want about research, internship, class, and club opportunities relating to what you are most interested in. There’s no reason to be shy about what you’re passionate about from computer science to cheese rolling. Even if your tour guide isn’t involved in neuroscience or the acapella group, chances are she will know people who are and will be able to tell you relevant anecdotal information.

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2. What’s your favorite memory or tradition on campus?
Anyone can look online and find the statistical information given on our tours. What makes a campus visit unique is the ability to hear individual perspectives on the real student experience. The more stories you hear, the better picture you get. Plus, you get to feed our egos by letting us talk about ourselves.

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3. What were your favorite and least favorite classes?
I was just recently asked this question on one of my tours and it surprised me that no one had asked this before. We are current students so we can offer plenty of advice, from how to deal with academic stress to what professors are the crème de la crème.

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4. What are the relationships with professors like?
Related to the previous question, if you’re going to invest time and money into a university, you should know how the professors and students interact. At Trinity, we pride ourselves on how involved our faculty is, so you can be sure any response to this question will have at least one anecdote about our fantastic faculty and staff.

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5. How involved are students off-campus?
Having access to a city as big as San Antonio is a great perk of attending Trinity. The city has a lot to offer and while there’s plenty to do on campus, it’s important to know if and how students engage with their community outside of the university. If you’re worried about getting trapped in the campus bubble, ask this question.

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6. Where would you recommend going in San Antonio?
You now have an insider guide on where to go and what to do after your tour. Asking where we like to eat off campus gives you some excellent culinary options that are often inexpensive as well. If you’re pressed for time and can’t explore for yourself, this question can introduce you to the endless possibilities our captivating city has to offer.

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7. What is the most underrated aspect of Trinity?
Like I said before, asking questions on individual perspectives helps paint a picture of real life at the university. You may learn something about the campus or university as a whole that most visitors might never have the opportunity to learn.

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8. Why did you choose Trinity? 
The final recommended question, of course, allows you to get yet another insight into the type of university you’ve just walked around and hopefully better understand what you’re looking for in your future college home and what’s important to you. Finding the school that’s right for you is a daunting task, and your tour guide only wants to help. We’ve all been in your shoes before and each have anecdotes and advice we are more than happy to share with you. The main reason we chose to become tour guides is to share our love of our school with you in the hopes that you’ll see it how we do.

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Despite my apparent flaw of quoting Zoolander all the time, I’ve found a second home at Trinity, and I hope you will, as well.

About Inka

Inka Sklodowska Boehm is a rising senior from St. Louis, Missouri majoring in Political Science. She is a member of Alpha Phi Omega, Trinity University Players, Trinity Distinguished Representatives and works as a tour guide and an orientation team leader. This past semester she studied abroad in Strasbourg, France, where she studied French and interned at the Council of Europe. In her free time she enjoys kayaking, reading true crime novels, and finding her next slice of pizza. 
By Hunter Sosby –

When I heard that Ron Nirenberg was running for mayor, I was beyond excited. I was already familiar with Ron – last summer I had the opportunity to work as an intern for the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center looking at San Antonio city policy, and I got to see his love of the city firsthand while he was a councilman. I loved his vision for the city and soon found out he was a Trinity graduate. It felt great to see him dedicating himself to our city. That dedication grew in early December when Nirenberg announced that he was running for mayor of San Antonio.

Trinity juniors Danielle Trevino and Hunter Sosby show their support for then mayoral candidate Ron Nirenberg during the June runoff election.

Lots of students – including myself – followed his campaign and looked forward to being able to see a Trinity graduate at the head of our city. At Trinity’s mayoral debate in March, there was a great energy and huge show of support from our community. That excitement remained in June, when on June 10, after a fierce runoff election, Ron was elected mayor of San Antonio.

The crowd at the Arneson River Theatre for the inauguration of Mayor Ron Nirenberg and the city council.
I was lucky to have the opportunity to attend the inauguration of Mayor Nirenberg and the newly elected City Council members. When my friend Danielle, a fellow Trinity student and a San Antonio native, and I arrived at the event we immediately ran into two more friends of ours from Trinity. Once the four of us sat down, braving the heat and sun in the back row of the outdoor Arneson River Theatre, some Trinity staff members that we knew ran into us and joined our party. Our Trinity corner was ready to cheer on our new mayor!

Left: Ron Nirenberg giving his first speech as Mayor of San Antonio. Right: Mayor Nirenberg with Trinity students Andy Acevedo '18 and Madeline Kennedy '19 at San Antonio Pride, curtesy of Trinity University Instagram.

Throughout the evening Ron received multiple standing ovations and some especially loud cheers from his Trinity family. It was incredible to see the support he garnered from all across the city and how many people were so clearly inspired by the message he sent. His speech followed a round of hard-to-beat impassioned and exciting speeches from the new council members, and what I saw that evening was a leader who cares deeply about the future of his city and everyone in it. I’m so proud to know that Trinity shares in Mayor Nirenberg’s vision for a city that welcomes and works for all, and I’m looking forward to what the next two years have in store for this #CityOnTheRise.

About Hunter

Hunter Sosby is a rising junior from Wimberley, Texas majoring in Political Science and Communication with a minor in Spanish. He is a member of the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Alpha Phi Omega, PRIDE, Trinity Distinguished Representatives, and works as a Tour Guide. This summer, he is researching free speech and civil liberties in San Antonio. In his free time he loves to travel and hike, is always down to see a good musical, and enjoys exploring San Antonio.
By Curtis Whitacre –

It seems like every high school tells its seniors to decide on a major before graduating - before they’ve even started considering which colleges to attend, if any at all. My high school was no exception. Looking to my future and exploring my options with loved ones, I eventually stumbled onto the idea of a Psychology major. I always liked psychology and the idea of helping people so it seemed like the perfect fit. Senior year came and went and with my high school diploma in hand I was off to attend Trinity University in the fall of 2014.

I spent the next two years at Trinity working towards that coveted Psychology degree. However, I managed to sneak in a lower division Latin course during my first semester. I had always been interested in the language as a hobby, so I jumped at the first opportunity to learn it in an academic setting.

As time passed, I found myself filling up my schedule with more and more Classics courses. Statistics and heavy textbooks were replaced with Ancient Greek and Latin poetry and prose. I had fallen by the wayside of my original path, but much to my surprise, I had transformed from a budding Psychologist into a flourishing Classicist.

I dropped the Psychology major and declared a Classical Languages major in the same breath. A whole new world had been opened and welcomed me with open arms. I became the Vice President of the HOMER society, a club dedicated to working with ancient manuscripts. I composed an english translation for a section of an untranslated 12th century Latin manuscript as a final project under Andrew Kraebel, professor in the English department. I enrolled in so many amazing courses that explored the beauty of ancient language and the persisting effect of the classical world on today’s pop culture. I was even able to publish my work in the San Antonio Current, with the help and encouragement of Thomas Jenkins, professor in the Classics department.

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The Roman World Lab, curtesy of Dr. Dupertuis.
Back left to right: Tim O'Sullivan, Ph.D., Ruben Dupertuis. Ph.D. Front left to right: Caroline Kerley, Curtis Whitacre, Andrew Tao.
It only took one year for my entire perspective to shift, my identify to metamorphose. I’m now working with Tim O’Sullivan, professor of Classics and Ruben Dupertuis, professor in the Religion department in the Roman World Lab, a product of the Mellon Initiative’s Undergraduate Humanities Research program. For ten weeks, we’ll be working on the unique intersection of early Christianity and the Ancient narrative, as well as exploring the exceptional works of the Gospel of Peter and Book 11 of Apuleius’ The Golden Ass.

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Professor Kraebel and Curtis Whitacre looking over their translation work.
As the summer moves forward, I hope to continue working hard at my newfound passion. Working in the Roman Word Lab has exposed me to new areas of study that I otherwise wouldn’t have considered a necessary part of my education. Not only am I strengthening my Latin and Ancient Greek abilities, I’m also fostering an appreciation for Early Christian literature and the Ancient Greek novel. I cannot imagine what my future has in store for me, but I know that Trinity has so many more surprises just beyond that rosy fingered dawn, and I can’t wait to fly headfirst beyond the horizon.

About Curtis
Curtis Whitacre is a rising Senior and Classical Languages major from Costa Mesa, California and hopes to attend graduate school in Classics after graduation. He is the Vice President of the HOMER society here at Trinity, has been published in the San Antonio Current on classical reception in modern day comics, and works in the Roman World lab with his professors and fellow peers this summer. In his time off he enjoys playing Dungeons & Dragons, creating art, writing, and learning new languages.
By Miriam Cone

Before coming to Trinity I had only visited San Antonio three times. I say only, but for a student from the Tampa Bay Area in Florida, it felt like a lot. During my first visit I didn’t see much of the city beyond the Alamo and the River Walk. The two subsequent trips were to see if Trinity was the university for me, so I spent most of my time on campus. Although I had only seen a limited amount of San Antonio’s rich history and vibrant community, I knew the city was somewhere I’d love to live. Now that I’m a rising junior, I’ve had numerous opportunities to go out and experience a lot of what the city has to offer.

This summer I’m a marketing intern at Trinity University Press, which has been an amazing experience so far and a literal dream come true. An unexpected bonus of interning with TU Press is that it has allowed me to get to know San Antonio even better.

I thought I learned a lot about the city, but reading Mark Louis Rybczyk’s book, San Antonio Uncovered, I realized how much I didn’t know. The book, subtitled Fun Facts and Hidden Histories, published by TU Press in August of 2016 as an updated edition, discusses San Antonio’s history and peculiarities, from the reason why the Hogwild Records building has a sign with the number of miles to the North Pole (4,189) to the origin story of Fritos chips.

North Pole sign, Hogwild Records, Miriam Cone, around San Antonio
The North Pole sign can be found on the Hogwild Records building, near San Antonio College.
I read the book for my internship to prepare for a San Antonio Uncovered inspired trivia and book giveaway we are doing to celebrate summer in San Antonio. As a part of this, I went around San Antonio taking photos of different places, many of which I’ve never been to before like the Mission San Jose to see the Rose Window and St. Mary’s University, where former president Dwight D. Eisenhower was briefly a football coach.

Even at places I’d visited more times than I can count, like the River Walk, I learned something new. I never knew that the River Walk architect, Robert H. H. Hugman, had been fired without a hearing in 1940, a year before the River Walk was completed. It wasn’t until 1978 when he was recognized for his vision and work. I also never noticed that each of the River Walk stairwells are unique and that this was intentional in Hugman’s original design.

Robert H. H. Hugman’s bust can be found at the  bottom of the west staircase leading down from Commerce Street on the River Walk.
San Antonio has a host of more places to discover, food to eat, and stories to uncover. Anyone visiting or living here really needs to take the time to explore it, and reading San Antonio Uncovered is a good place to start.

The book giveaway will begin on the June 20th and run until August 1st, so follow Trinity University Press on Instagram (@tupress), Twitter (@tupress), and Facebook to participate. Also visit our website to learn more about the press and to sign up for our email list.

About Miriam

Miriam Cone is a rising junior from St. Pete Beach, Florida, and is an English major with a minor in creative writing. She is involved in Alpha Phi Omega, with the Trinity Review, the Cat Alliance, O-Team, is a Trinity Distinguished Representative, and is a marketing intern for Trinity University Press. When she has free time she enjoys swimming, cross stitching, crying over cat videos, and cooking.

By Brittney Bowman –

I originally came up with the concept of an elevator pitch competition my freshman year when I started working for the Entrepreneurship Department. My boss gave me the task of making a list of all of the amazing things I wanted the department to do. He told me that there were no parameters. The sky was the limit. So I started to do some research about what other universities did to come up with ideas. I came across a university that rents out one of the tallest buildings in their city in order to use the elevators for the completion and that’s when I decided that Trinity needed to do this. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to make that a reality at the time. It wasn’t until last semester that my boss came to me and asked if I wanted to make it happen and of course I said “yes”!

When trying to figure out the logistics of the event, the one thing I knew for sure was that I wanted more people to be involved in the event than just the participants. I started throwing around different ideas for how it could work and that’s when I decided that it could also be a networking event. So my overall goals were to allow students to practice a pitch, to have more people than just the students and competitors to participate in it, and I wanted it to involve more people than just those of the Entrepreneurship Department. In order to accomplish all of these, I set up the event in two rounds.

Student Competitor Gets Ready to Give her Elevator Pitch

The first round was a networking event. I invited professors from a variety of departments to be both attendees and act as judges for the first round. Nobody knew who was a judge and who wasn’t a judge. The idea behind this was that you never know who is the CEO of a major company, so you should always try and pitch yourself and make a good impression because you could be talking to the next Steve Jobs and not know it. Those who were competitors were labeled as competitors on their nametags and they had thirty minutes to give their pitch to as many people as they could. If they happened to pitch to a judge and the judge liked their pitch, then they were handed a business card. At the end of the first round, all of business cards were tallied and the top 10 competitors with the most cards moved on to the second round. The second round consisted of 5 judges in two different elevators. The competitors had only the time of the elevator ride to give their pitch to these 5 new judges in the hopes of collecting more business cards to add to their total. At the end, the 5 students with the most business cards won a prize.

Overall the event went better than I had hoped. Everybody who came out, participants and judges alike, really enjoyed the event and thought that it was a great concept. Everyone always hears the term “elevator pitch”, but I don’t think anybody ever actually thinks of actually doing it in an elevator. I think having that concept happen in real life was what made the event so cool. Getting all of the positive feedback after the event really validated that this was a good idea that should be continued in the future. There are definitely a few logistics that need improvement before we do this event again, but overall the event was a great success.

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The 2017 Elevator Pitch Competition Winners

I think the Trinity Elevator Pitch Competition contributes to the Trinity experience because it really is an all-encompassing event. It not only brings together people from a variety of departments, but it also gives students the opportunity to work on any sort of pitch that they want. They could give a pitch for a business concept, they could try and sell themselves for a particular job, really they could pitch anything. So this meant that it wasn’t just for business students with business ideas. One of the biggest misconceptions about entrepreneurship is that it is only for business majors. In reality, it can fit in with any major and that is what I hope can come across to people who attend this event. The things that we do in entrepreneurship and the skills and knowledge that we teach can be paired with any type of educational background or interest. I think this competition also can help to prepare students for life after graduation. It helps them to not only work on their pitch, but it is also a reminder that you never know who you are talking to or what opportunities you can come across from networking. Because of that, you should always sell yourself to anybody that will listen. I think an event like this is unique to Trinity because it is all-encompassing of the campus community. It not only brings multiple department together, but it also connects student, professors, and alumni together. We really pride ourselves on begin this great community and having events like this that can bring everybody together and can benefit everyone really helps to strengthen that community.

About Brittney

Brittney Bowman is a senior Business Administrations major with a concentration in Accounting with an interdisciplinary second major in Entrepreneurship from Georgetown Texas. In her four years at Trinity, her most notable involvements have been as the captain of the Trinity Cheerleaders and the president of the Zeta Chi sorority. Entrepreneurship and baking are her passion, and after graduation she plans on opening her own cake pop bakery.

By Allyson Mackender –

Earlier this week I stumbled upon the first email I ever exchanged with my first-year roommate. It was filled with the expected questions: Where are you from? Do you have any siblings? What colors should we use to decorate our dorm? All the essentials. I couldn’t help but chuckle at one question, though.

What are you studying?

Northrup Hall, home of Trinity's English department. 
I enthusiastically answered, “International studies and political science,” launching into a lengthy paragraph explaining how passionate I was about the disciplines. So, with graduation just three weeks away, I can’t help but ask, how did I become an English major?

During my first semester at Trinity I took HUMA-1600, Introduction to Philosophy, International Politics, and Calculus. I went into the semester expecting to love my International Politics course; I ended the semester swearing to never take another international studies course. My decision had nothing to do with the department itself. Many of my closest friends have had phenomenal experiences as international studies majors. However, during my first semester I was deeply influenced by Professor Victoria Aarons’ Writing Workshop course, which was the first step in my decision to become an English major.

I officially declared my English major in the spring of my sophomore year, but leading up to that my parents had endured many phone calls where I emphatically told them I had found the one. After deciding I didn’t want to study international studies or political science, I considered studying anthropology, psychology, communication, and religion before finally deciding on English.

Victoria Aarons is an O.R. and Eva Mitchell Distinguished Professor in Trinity's English Department
Because of Trinity’s Pathways Curriculum, students are expected to fulfill six criteria: The First Year Experience, Approaches to Creation and Analysis, The Core Capacities, the Interdisciplinary Cluster, The Major, and Fitness Education. This means that during your time at Trinity you will likely take classes in almost every department, giving you the chance to try a plethora of academic disciplines. And if you take advantage of this period of exploration, I assure you that you’ll eventually find the perfect fit.

My advice to future, and fellow, tigers is not to worry if you don’t immediately know what you'll study. When your future roommate asks what you want to major in, it is perfectly fine to say, “I have no idea.” The unique Trinity curriculum and the faculty at Trinity will guide you until you eventually find your place. Stay open-minded. Be inquisitive. Find a mentor. And remember that no matter your major the resources Trinity provides will prepare you for a lifetime of success.

About Allyson

Allyson Mackender is a senior English major from Denver, Colorado. She is the author of Trinity's Experiential Learning Blog and the editor of the Trinity Perspective.  Allyson is a member of Sigma Theta Tau and Phi Sigma Pi
By Andrea Acevedo –

When I came to Trinity, I was not sure what the LGBTQ community on campus would be like. I had a pretty close-knit group in high school so I was afraid of not being as accepted as I had been. One of the first things I did when I was looking into campus life was search for the diversity page, and when I made it to campus, the first club I signed up for at the Student Involvement Fair was the on-campus LGBTQ club – PRIDE.

The fears that I initially had melted away. I met an organization with wonderful and accepting members. However, around the end of my sophomore year, I noticed that the club was losing momentum. I wanted to see the organization continue to make an impact in the Trinity and San Antonio Community, so I ran for club president. As president, I worked to make our campus engagement more present and helped organize a variety of events which were related to both activism and social events. We have brought in speakers such as Michael Sam, the first openly gay NFL athlete and Robyn Ochs, an expert on bisexuality and gender. We have regular events like holiday parties and socials where everyone is invited to come as they are and be themselves.

What I found at Trinity was a community that marched alongside me in the San Antonio Pride parade, that advocated with me at the state capitol for non-discrimination ordinances, and that sat next to me during LGBTQ movie marathons.

However, there is much work to be done for our organization and our community. Today in Texas, we face discriminatory bills targeting members of the Transgender community like Senate Bill 6 and other bills that pose threats to the rights of LGBTQ workers. If you are interested in being an activist for the LGBTQ community, the opportunities to make an impact here in the lone star state are numerous.

If you are someone who has not gotten very much exposure to information or education in the areas of gender identity or sexual orientation, then you have come to the right place. One of our major goals for the organization is to provide community members with more information and education that breaks down misconceptions about the LGBTQ community.

Choosing a college requires you to consider factors like class sizes, campus locations, and academic rigor, but an often overlooked and important factor that students might also consider is how friendly that college is to students of different sexual orientations or gender identities.

Michael Sam at Trinity University.
When considering Trinity, keep some things on your radar:

1) You should make a point to connect with PRIDE, which is the LGBTQ+ club on campus! You can find us at a variety of student organization fairs and during New Student Orientation.

2) PRIDE hosts lots of events that cater to a variety of interests. This ranges from movie nights, to speakers, to activism events for the San Antonio community.

3) Professors will make an effort to accommodate to your preferred gender (don’t be afraid to let them know.)

4) Residential life is very accommodating to your rooming needs.

5) If you are looking for a support system, you can find that within our organization or with some of our professional LGBTQ friendly counselors.

If you come from a community where you have not been shown love and acceptance because of who you are, know that you can expect to come to Trinity and find a community that embraces your differences and celebrates diversity.

About Andrea

Andrea is a Junior Communication major and a new media minor from Dallas, Texas. She is the current president of Pride, the lgbtq club on campus. She works for the Trinity Marketing department and is a production assistant for Tiger Network. On her time off Andrea is an avid news reader and strives to one day work for the digital department of a major news organization. Her favorite hobbies include long walks in the grocery store and making digital art.

By Andrew Cable –

Hello there, Tiger Nation!

My name is Andrew Cable and I am currently a junior Biology major at Trinity University. I hail from Tucson, Arizona where I was born and raised. Growing up I didn’t know much more than the Sonoran Desert, but when I received the opportunity to attend Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, I was excited. However, I had my reservations about Texas.

Below you'll find what I have learned from living in San Antonio for three years and why you can, and should, venture away from Arizona to join us here in Texas.

1. Texas is not just cowboy boots and country music, but there is plenty of that if you want it. Contrary to popular belief, people like you and I live everywhere in this country and the culture is not that different from anywhere else I’ve been.

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2. There are real trees here! And a lot them! This was huge for me when I moved to San Antonio. I was expecting more brown bushes and sand and small trees like back home but there are actual tall trees and grass and green plants that grow naturally here.
Right: Tuscon a.k.a. bushes, sand, cacti. Left: Trinity's green campus filled with trees and happiness everywhere. 
3. You can still find incredible Mexican food pretty much anywhere in San Antonio. This is a bold statement, I know. And, I have to say that the Mexican food is different from Sonoran-style Mexican food (like in Arizona), but it is still quite delicious. In our current society, we are often challenged to celebrate our differences and what better way to do just that by eating tacos all over San Antonio?

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4. It’s still hot here, but not as hot. It gets to about 100 degrees here in the summer, which is nowhere near as bad 115 degrees. 

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5. The sports teams here, specifically the San Antonio Spurs, are actual contenders. The Spurs have won more titles than the Diamondbacks, Cardinals, and Coyotes combined, and no one looks down on you for hopping on the bandwagon. 

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6. I moved from Arizona to Texas and I got to meet Macklemore because of it. Coincidence? I think not.

Cable '18 (right), Macklemore (center), and Austin Guerrero '18 (left) 
7. Texas doesn’t have to replace your home! It simply can serve as a wonderful home away from home and may even cause you to celebrate Arizona once you have been away for a bit.

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About Andrew

Andrew Cable is a Junior biology major and classics minor from Tucson, Arizona and is hoping to attend graduate school in Physical Therapy after his time at Trinity. He is a Resident Assistant in the Sophomore Area, is a member of the social fraternity Omega Phi, and works in the Athletic Training Room. His favorite hobby is eating, though playing any sport holds a close second. He loves cheese, the Green Bay Packers, laughing, grocery shopping, outdoor adventures, cheese again, watching movies and writing.