Profiles

 


Christina Seda

Senior, double major in public policy and law and Hispanic studies

Studying abroad in Santiago really shaped my thinking. While I was there, I began to observe similarities between Chile’s diverse, multicultural society and ours. I believe in seeing what our neighbors in this hemisphere are doing and learning from it. That idea led me to apply for a Fulbright Grant, which I’ve received for next year.

I’m going back to Chile to investigate how the Mapuche minority who live in the poorest sections of Santiago act to improve education even if policy lags behind. Eventually, I want to improve education policy in the United States, and this is my path.

 

Grace Greene

Junior, American studies major; writing, rhetoric, and media arts minor

When I got to Trinity, I sampled so many areas — philosophy, film, writing — and then realized that American studies would be the perfect major to combine my interests. I love my junior seminar, “American Texts,” where we dissect classic works and how they’ve influenced American culture.

You can participate at a deep level here. I’m involved with the Writing Center and Cinestudio, and especially with “The Fred,” where I live. We plan and host all-campus events every weekend. A favorite of mine was when the film director Stephen Gyllenhall, a Trinity graduate, came to visit and read his poetry.


 

Adam Wright

Junior, double major in engineering and mathematics; Chinese major

Engineering is the right field for me because it lets me work with math and computers and also have a tangible effect on the world, like creating a robot to assist people with disabilities. Next year, I’ll be chief engineer for the Trinity robotics team, which holds a competition on campus every spring and also competes nationally. To unwind, I play rugby.

I got started with Chinese to fulfill a requirement, and now I’m helping my professor with her introductory class. I was able to study in China last summer, so I advanced a lot and got to see engineering sites like the Great Wall—pretty sweet!

 

 

Christopher Houlihan

Senior, music major; writing, rhetoric and media arts minor

I’ve been playing the organ since I was 12, but I didn’t consider going to a conservatory. I had interests besides music, and I wasn’t sure I wanted to devote my life to organ.

At Trinity, I’ve studied with John Rose and played in the Chapel and at churches in Hartford. And I spent an amazing junior year with Trinity-in-Paris. Trinity made it possible for me to study at the Conservatoire National in Versailles, and I also worked at the American Cathedral. I’ll enter Juilliard in the fall — a step closer to my goal of playing the classical repertoire in a way that excites 21st-century audiences.


 

Verdell Walker

Senior, double major in economics and international studies

Growing up, I was deeply affected by 9/11 and decided to study Islam. At Trinity, I’ve been able to concentrate on the Middle East and gain proficiency in Arabic. For my senior thesis, I used history, law, and economics to analyze Islamic stock portfolios, which adhere to strict ethical guidelines. I found that they performed well, suggesting that investors can follow their consciences and still get good returns.

After graduation, I’m joining a prominent financial firm in Manhattan where I interned last summer. Eventually, I plan to work in global health, a new direction inspired by a course I took this year.


 

Rebecca Cohn

Sophomore, double major in economics and political science

I’ve always been interested in economics, but I didn’t know anything about political science until my “Introduction to Comparative Politics” class. That’s the beauty of a liberal arts education — you can take classes that expose you to new interests.

Playing basketball is a huge part of my life, and I love our close-knit team and our coach. I switch positions between guard and forward, which allows me to experience different parts of the game. It’s also fun to play pick-up ball with professors. Afterward, we hang out on the bench and talk about what we’re reading or politics or life
in general.


 

Dan Hoyle

Senior, political science major; religion minor

One of the best things about Trinity is the freedom I’ve had to explore different options. That’s how I became a religion minor. What I’ve learned about Eastern religions challenged my preconceived notions and introduced me to Asian communities in Hartford. It’s also amazing to see how religion and politics intersect around the world.
I’ll be following these ideas next year in the international government and politics program at the London School of Economics.

My biggest achievement has been working for three years on Relay for Life, an all-night on-campus fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.