Student Admissions Associates

Student Admissions Associates (SAA's) are a group of highly motivated seniors who are selected to represent the College. SAA's conduct interviews and group information sessions for prospective students and their families. We are very proud of our Student Admissions Associates and have used the space below to expand on their talents, interests, and involvement here at Trinity. Please feel free to browse through and read more about each of our SAA's.


Marie Christner

King of Prussia, PA
Class of 2015
High school attended: Conestoga High School
Major: English Literature & German
Why I chose Trinity: I fell in love with the campus environment the first time I visited. I love small class sizes because they allow students to build relationships with their professors.
Favorite class taken at Trinity: “Modern British Fiction”
Favorite professor at Trinity: Professor David Rosen
Extracurricular activities: Writing Associates, Trinitones A Cappella, SGA Budget Committee, Chapel Singers
What I love most about Trinity: I love how many opportunities there are for students to get involved.  There are so many ways to be active in the Trinity community, both academically and socially.
Professional goals/career plans: After I graduate I plan to attend law school.

Alex Deluse

Farmington, CT
Class of 2015
High school attended: Farmington High School
Major: English Literature
Minor: Music
Why I chose Trinity: Trinity was always my first choice. Growing up in the area, I was introduced to the campus at a young age and got to know the school even better when my sister (class of 2012) enrolled here.  The combination of her amazing experience and my desire to attend a small, liberal arts college only confirmed that I wanted to attend Trinity.
Favorite classes taken at Trinity: “World Cinema,” “Beethoven: His Life & Music,” and “Introduction to Comparative Politics”
Favorite professors at Trinity: Professor Prakash Younger, Professor John Platoff, and Professor James Bourbeau
Extracurricular activities: The Writing Associates Program; Fred Pfeil Community Project; Steel Pan Ensemble; Bantam Blogger
What I love most about Trinity: I love the close relationships fostered between professors and students on this campus. In many aspects of our lives, from the classroom, to athletics, and performances, our professors are there to support us. Professors truly are invested in getting to know their students on more than an academic level.
Professional goals/career plans: My goal is to become a teacher and help develop students both academically and personally.

Nicole Muto-Graves
Boxford, MA

Class of 2015

High school attended: Brooks School
Major: Music (Ethnomusicology)
Why I chose Trinity: I chose Trinity because I wanted to be a part of a community where I would have the opportunity to build lasting relationships with my peers and the faculty. I wanted the freedom to explore a variety of academic and extracurricular endeavors, which is something that Trinity celebrates. 
Favorite class taken at Trinity: “The Music of Thought”
Favorite professor at Trinity: Professor Dan Lloyd
Extracurricular activities: The Trinity College Quirks (all-female a cappella), Samba Ensemble, Steel Pan Ensemble. Trinity-in-Trinidad Study Abroad Program, Trinity-in-Trinidad Global Ambassador
What I love most about Trinity: I love that nearly everyone is involved in something outside of their academic pursuits, which brings vibrancy to the community. Being a member of the Quirks has been my favorite part of my Trinity experience. Getting together with such a wonderful group of girls to express ourselves through music is such a special opportunity, and they are the greatest friends and supporters.
Professional goals/career plans: I would love to further my education in ethnomusicology through traveling and researching, and I have considered pursuing a career in radio.

Tanya Nongera

Harare, Zimbabwe
Class of 2014


High school: Girls’ College, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
Major: Interdisciplinary Computer Science with Chinese
Why I chose Trinity: I was recruited to play field hockey for Trinity, thanks to help from a Trinity College alumna. She raved about the strength of Trinity’s academics and athletics, and finally sold me on the idea of going to school so far away from home when she mentioned how friendly the campus was.
Favorite class taken at Trinity: “Intensive Elementary Chinese”
Favorite Professor: Professor Jiu-Chien Wang
Extracurricular activities: Varsity Field Hockey, Varsity Track and Field, African Development Coalition member, Trinity in Shanghai study abroad program, Trinity in Shanghai Global Ambassador, Office of International Programs, Office of International Students and Scholars, Teaching Assistant
What I love most about Trinity: Being so far away from home, I needed a school that would make me feel at home. My teammates and my friends do that for me because when I am here I feel like part of a family. The friendliness of this campus is refreshing.
Professional goals/career plans: The love I developed for Chinese language and culture while studying at Trinity made living in China a goal for my future. I hope to live and work there, improve my language skills, and learn more about their culture.

Consuelo Pedro
Piarco, Trinidad
High school attended: St. Joseph’s Convent, St. Joseph
Why I chose Trinity: Being an island girl, I was looking for a small school with caring teachers and friendly students within small, personal classes. Trinity gave me that and had amazing support staff designated specifically to help international students. Trinity’s location was also perfect, as I would be able to take a direct flight home from JFK in New York, which was just a bus ride away. Also, Hartford offered the perfect balance of city internship and volunteering opportunities without being overwhelmingly bustling as other cities can be. Academically, it was important to be to be able to pursue science while taking courses in many other areas that excite and interest me. In addition Trinity offered me the opportunity to participate in science research with high profile science faculty as a first year student! When Trinity offered all this, it was a done deal!
Favorite class taken at Trinity: “Neuroethics”
Favorite professor at Trinity: Dr. Phillip Brunquell
Extracurricular activities: Trinity College Chemical Society, Trinity College Caribbean Students’ Association (C.S.A) Co- Social Chair, Girl Scouts of Connecticut Mentor and Assistant, Praxis Community Service Organization, Head Makeup Artist and makeup artistry coordinator for Annual C.S.A Fashion Show, Honor Council Member, Volunteer Cognitive Remediation facilitator, Physical Therapy Clinic Volunteer
What I love most about Trinity: I love the fact that a new lasting friendship and academic collaboration is always only a hello away.  At Trinity my personal experiences have shown me that connections between people do not depend on common things shared, but compassion, and being able to risk the awkwardness of the first smile and hello. I love that every time I walk around campus there are limitless connections to be made, and so endless friends to meet and share memories with. The same goes for professors. I love that valuable mentoring relationships or collaborations are only a hello or email away. I have become the mentee and advisee of numerous professors within and beyond my science concentration. These two opportunities, the opportunity to form infinite friendships and the opportunity to become inspired by any professor irrespective of their field, are my favorite parts of Trinity.
Professional goals/ career plans: I hope to earn a Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) or a doctorate in rehabilitative science and practice internationally.
Zachary Topkis
Beverly Hills, CA
High school attended: Pacific Hills School
Major: History
Minor: Classical Tradition, Legal Studies
Why I chose Trinity: I chose Trinity because I was looking for a small liberal arts school on the east coast. I have lived in southern California my entire life and wanted to live in and experience the “other half” of the country. Trinity provided me with the opportunity to do just that and also gave me the chance to take advantage of the various study abroad and social opportunities provided on and off campus.
Favorite class taken at Trinity: “Archeological Excavation: Tel Akko, Israel” and “Provinces of the Roman Empire”
Favorite professor at Trinity: Professor Sean Cocco and Professor Gary Reger
What I love most about Trinity: The thing I love most about Trinity is the relationships one can make with fellow students and professors that attend and work at this institution. Trinity’s various first year programs and 10:1 student to faculty ratio allow for all members of the Trinity community to easily interact with and meet new people, thus creating an environment to easily make friends and relationships that I’m certain will last long after studnets have graduated from college.
Professional goals/ career plans: I plan on applying to law school for the fall semester of 2015. After law school, my future career goal is to earn a job as a criminal defense or corporate law attorney.

Sarah Wolcott
Wilmington, DE
Class of 2015

High school attended: The Tatnall School
Major: History
Why I chose Trinity: I grew up hearing about the benefits of a Trinity education from my mother. While I never envisioned myself going to the same school as her, Trinity has been a great fit for me. I was looking for a school with small classes, professors who were easily accessible and a strong study abroad program. 
Favorite class taken at Trinity: “Building the European Union”
Favorite professor at Trinity: Professor Thomas Wickman and Professor Sean Cocco
Extracurricular activities: Co-Chair for Relay for Life, Do It Day coordinator, Student Alumni Ambassador, Student Caller, Studied abroad at Trinity-in-Paris
What I love most about Trinity: I really love the Trinity community. Rarely am I able to walk across campus without seeing people I know. There is definitely pride in being a Bantam. It creates a bond between the students that extends well beyond our time here at Trinity.
Professional goals/career plans: I hope to continue my work in Admissions or Alumni Relations.