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| This school is an extension of high school. Most of the students have known each other since grade school. The students are almost all Calvinists even though they advertised at the time they were interdisciplinary. I met some of the best people I have ever known there but at the same time I met some of the worse I ever met (worse meaning they were racist, greedy, overly judgmental, and only friendly if they wanted something from you) which may sound like anywhere else but the ratio was at least 1 good to 10 horrible. The good were like I said though very honorable, great people. There were some great teachers there but there were teachers who got a job because their parents were great financial contributors. When I eventually transferred out the state university I went to did not accept almost half of my business courses and I had to take them over (and they were different). Nursing and education appeared to be excellent so if you are planning on one of those two and you are a Calvinist this could be the school for you. |
|Apr 14 2010|| 1st Year Female --
Class 1995 |
| It is not easy to be an education major at Trinity, but it does pay off in the end. At times, there was so much work to be done for different classes on top of completing a HUGE online portfolio that was to be completed before graduating, that it was tough to see the light at the end of the tunnel. |
The portfolio was to be a useful tool when interviewing and applying for positions at different schools. (That proved to be true - it is a very useful tool to give to administrators for them to view the work that you have completed over the course of four years of college as an education major.) But it was a labor-intensive project, as are most things related to the education major.
The grading scale isn't easy either - a 98 to 100 is an "A" in most coursework tied to the education department. A 94 to a 97 was an "A-", a 90 to a 93 was a "B+" and on down - definitely not an easy grading scale, although it wasn't impossible by any means to maintain a high grade in the education courses - it just took a lot of work, turning things in on time, and putting a good amount of effort into each assignment.
It wasn't easy in college, and it consumed my life at times, but it was good preparation for the real world of teaching, as there is always a ton of things to be done in the classroom, between planning and preparing lessons, helping students one-on-one, grading papers, turning in paperwork to the administration, keeping up with the parents of students, keeping my certification valid, and more.
The professors in the education department are excellent - they are current in the information that they are providing their students, and they bring years of knowledge and experience to the college courses they teach so they can prepare future educators in their classes. They also make sure that we stay up-to-date with what the state of Illinois requires for future teachers, and there are a lot of rules at times that go hand-in-hand with both the state of Illinois requirements and the requirements that the Education Department at Trinity has.It's not a program of study for everyone, that's for sure, especially when it comes to turning in paperwork on time, keeping grades up where they needs to be, (there are a lot of rules regarding what grades must be met in both the education courses, the courses you're taking for your minor, and your overall GPA), and "jumping through the hoops" so to speak for the state of Illinois. But, it was definitely worth it, and when it came time to student teach and then teach in my own classroom, I felt more than prepared for the different aspects of teaching I have encountered.
|Jan 16 2010|| Alumna Female --
Class 2000 |
| I went to trinity for the 06-07 school year and absolutely hated it. I tried to leave after one semester but you had to talk to the dean who didn't think it was a good idea and would do everything possible to get you to stay. She really thought I should stay one more semester to see if things got better and they didn't. It was one of the worst decisions I made.|
The campus is quiet. Everyone goes home for the weekends. This is a dutch reformed community and if you're not dutch and reformed, dont expect to fit in. All the 20 african-american students stick together. The student government was sick of hearing the word "diversity" and there were a lot of racially charged incidents that went on that year.
I felt that at 28,000/year I was not having the college experience at all.
My professors were awesome except for the Human Anatomy one because he just doesn't know how to teach and he's the only one who teaches it. I took that class elsewhere and excelled in it.If I'm not mistaken, 1/3 of trinity students are married by the time they finish. Everyone started dating each other within the first 2 weeks on campus. It was kind of disturbing. The campus is 2/3 female...I think that's the reason a lot of them come here.
|Dec 17 2009|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2007 |