Trinity University - Comments and Student Experiences|
Social: Let's get this straight. If you consider yourself "normal" (especially if you're a girl), are politically conservative, Christian and you're coming to Trinity and NOT part of an athletic team, you're probably going to hate it. (normal=intelligent, social, friendly, put effort into your appearance, not bizarre, not into greek mythology, etc.) The athletes run this school and consider themselves above the rest of the student body. This sentiment is almost justified though, because the rest of the student body is so painfully bizarre and socially inept. This are where the "weird" kids in HS go to college (aside from the athletic teams). If you're one of those "geek and proud of it" kids, by all means, go to Trinity as you will fit right in.
Financial: Trinity is expensive, so the school draws you in with a promise of a hefty scholarship all 4 years. This is where the fine print comes in. If you are on a scholarship (merit or need based) and are unable to keep your GPA 3.5+ then there goes your scholie $. The school knows that not enough students would enroll if they did not give out so much merit aid to prospective freshmen. Ask anybody why they chose Trinity, and if they are not an athlete I can guarantee you they will say "the scholarship money." I should have picked up on this red flag, but I ignored it. Problem is, by year number two this money is out the window for the average student, since Trinity makes it so difficult to maintain a high GPA.
Atmosphere: L I B E R A L. This school might as well be in the middle of South Central. It's so ironic how this school was founded as a Presbyterian one, because there is little to none of that on campus today. The Christian organizations that do exist tend to be run by bigots and judgmental, narrow-minded students with almost 0 life experience whatsoever. Professors implement their political (liberal) ideologies into course work to the point where it is sometimes overwhelming. I realize most college campuses are liberal these days, but this campus does NOT feel like it is anywhere near South TX, I can assure you. Oh also, if the campus was not liberal enough, cigarette smoking is prevalent and you can bet that you'll smell it on your way to and from class daily, depending the routes you take. I am also unsure where the "spoiled white kid" stereotype comes from, because it does not seem to be based on fact. The school is incredibly ethnically diverse. Secondly, most of the students (again, that are NOT athletes) come from lower middle class families. People are NOT rich here. Maybe 5% of the student body has a luxury car and can afford to eat off campus/buy food often. I think that stereotype vanished as soon as the school unaffiliated with the Presbyterian church. Just a guess.
Dorms: The dorms are big, sure. What people do not take into consideration when coming here, is that THREE YEARS on campus is a long time. Dorms are loud. Dorms smell. Dorms are an altogether unpleasant experience unless you're incredibly social, low maintenance, loud, and do not mind crappy wifi or cold showers. Living with a roommate in the same ROOM (completely diff. from an apt. rooommate) for 3 years sounds unbearable to me, which is one of the reasons I am transferring.
*There are some really unintelligent people that get in here and it blows my mind. However, for every idiot here- there is another brilliant, hardworking student that is set for a bright future. There is no "typical Trinity student," as student characteristics are all across the board.
*The Dean of students is an awesome guy (I have met with him personally multiple times and he really does want the best for students). He is incredibly welcoming and interested in the well being of each individual.
*Nobody here cares about their appearance or hygiene. If you want "hot girls," you sure as he|| are not going to get that here.
*Campus buildings are (for the most part) nice and clean. I have never had issues with bugs or dirty areas in public buildings.
*Dorms are loud af and rather unpleasant during the weekends (and everyday) if you're not into the party/alcoholic lifestyle
*The surrounding area has a lot to offer. If you can afford a car & off campus meals, I would absolutely recommend exploring the area as there are some great local restaurants/bakeries/stores.
*beware of the random roommate matching your first year. I know a lot of people that have had awful experiences (me included) with either their roommate or suite mates. I lived with a girl who had absolutely zero concept of person hygiene. ZERO. It was disgusting.
TU is awesome if:
1. You're a student athlete set for four years of built-in, mostly normal friends
2. You're liberal and love to smoke cigarettes on a daily basis with zero concern of how you're impact anyone else's atmosphere
3. You're basing your college choice solely off of how academically rigorous a school is and how much professor attention you will receive.
4. You're bizarre and enjoy reading and discussing greek mythology or dressing up as pirates in your spare time.
5. You love alcohol and weed. 6. The idea of living in a noisy, unpleasant, smelly building for the next three years sounds ideal to you.
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