Trinity International University Illinois
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Also, this school needs more creativity. Unfortunately, many Christian schools focus too much on rules and not enough on fun. Fun does not equal sin. Also, popularity is valued highly here and materialism is important to the students. Appearances are important. I have travelled to many colleges that are much less uptight than this school. Things seem tense here. People are not very upfront and honest if they have issues. I had trouble getting along with manyof the students because they seemed judgemental. I would recommend visiting Taylor University because the diversity and activities are more varied. If you want a slightly larger school, Taylor is good. Also, chapel is not a requirement at Taylor, so if you have a higher workload and can not make chapel as often as you would like, you won't get in trouble for missing if you need to study and people won't look down on you.
You'll hear a lot about this school. One side feels the school is confining, while the other feels it's becoming lenient. It all depends on your background. If you're used to living with a lot of freedom to make your own lifestyle choices, then no, you won't necessarily be happy here. If you've held to the belief that a certain lifestyle should always be upheld, then you'll accept the somewhat conservative lifestyle that Trinity wishes to maintain. The university desires to give a reputation that is above reproach from all perspectives, so it is inevitable that its expectations may seem strict.
Academically, I've had a good experience. Yes, there will be some classes that seem to drag on or have muddled homework assignments, but overall, I've learned a lot. For the most part, the professors are accessible and approachable. Also, there are some great staff members. Many of Trinity's employees are willing to get to know the students.
Socially, well, there could be improvement. A lot of students go home on the weekend, so feelings of community will lessen. If you want a fun event every night of the week, you won't be satisfied here. Basically, you can't rely on the school to provide activities for all of your free time. Those moments will be affected by the friends that you've made. If you have entertaining friends and good ideas, you'll have fun. Every school has students that act snobby, awkward, or intimidating, so I can't use these types of qualities to define TRINITY'S student body. I will say that even though this is a small college, there is a diverse group of people. You have to find the ones that match your lifestyle, interests, and personality.
Extracurricular activities, as mentioned before, are limited, but are not nonexistent. I've been to some pretty great events. They're generally coordinated by Trinity's student leadership groups. If you become involved in leadership, the school will attempt to invest a lot into your growth - spiritual and personal.
The college is distinctly religious. Chapel attendance is required, missions trips are supported, classes are expected to have a Christian worldview, etc. With that being said, the students are ultimately in charge of how much they wish to become spiritually engaged here. The college has tons of opportunities to so call, "grow in your faith," but it's really up to you to decide how much you want to become involved. Some students here are devout in their faith, while others, quite frankly, really don't care. The college administration doesn't come across as being complacent, but they can only do so much to affect the student body. Personally, I prefer my fellow students to be honest about where they are spiritually. If they don't want to join a Bible study, okay. It's not my place to judge. But those open about their faith need to stay away from double standards. It's a fine line and we all make mistakes, so overall, I think our school would do well to constantly extend grace.
To conclude, your experience at Trinity is what you make of it. Knowing the expectations of the school ahead of time will help you make your decision to attend or not. If you're uncomfortable or frustrated with them, just don't come. It's not the perfect fit for everyone.If you really want to succeed academically, you can probably do well here. Class sizes are small and faculty and staff are generally helpful. If you're concerned about your spiritual life, there are plenty of resources to support you. Trinity has a lot of good qualities, but you have to personally decide if the good qualities that it offers are the ones that are your priority.
Life requires effort, and Trinity is no different. Its expectations may require self-control, and you may need some creativity to have fun. To form good friendships, you'll have to keep an open mind. But honestly, I've been able to enjoy my time here, and I think that my experiences have been worthwhile and have taught me important life lessons.
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