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.


Missy Aja
West Hempstead, NY
Class of 2015
chinyere.aja@trincoll.edu
High school attended: The Lawrenceville School
Why I chose Trinity: When I first toured, I fell in love with the atmosphere at Trinity. I was looking for a small, liberal arts school and Trinity was by far my favorite of the ones that I saw. Being on the campus for the first time, I really felt it was the place for me!
Favorite class taken at Trinity: “Sociology of Gender”
Favorite professor at Trinity: Professor David Rosen
Extracurricular activities: Jones-Zimmerman Academic Mentoring Program
What I love most about Trinity: I love the accessibility of the professors. Throughout my time at Trinity I have grown to realize that there is not a single professor on campus who isn’t willing to take the extra time to talk to you about any and everything. This is amazing because the professors are such a great resource. 
Professional goals/ career plans: I hope to work in entertainment, media marketing or public relations.
Alexis Benedetto
Easton, CT
Class of 2015
alexis.benedetto@trincoll.edu
High school attended: Joel Barlow High School
Why I chose Trinity: I chose Trinity because the small size allows students to form personal relationships with their professors. The professors are invested in the student body and are always willing to work individually with students to achieve their academic goals.
Favorite class taken at Trinity: “Food, Fitness, and the Journey to Self-Discovery”
Favorite professor at Trinity: Professor Sarah Raskin
Extracurricular activities: American Medical Student Association (AMSA) club, Neuroscience Research Assistant, Head Injury Clinic at Hartford Hospital Intern, Emergency Department at Hartford Hospital Volunteer, West Hartford Senior Center Volunteer
What I love most about Trinity: Trinity provides students with experiences and opportunities that are life changing. From the moment I walked on to campus my first year, I became aware of how motivated the student body is to become involved in as many extracurricular activities, internships, study abroad and job opportunities as possible. These opportunities, in conjunction with the liberal arts education, provide students with a well-rounded background for the world outside of Trinity.
Professional goals/ career plans: I am going to be applying to medical school this year in hopes of becoming a physician in the future.

Subrina Bisnauth

Intent, West Bank Demerara, Guyana
Class of 2015
subrina.bisnauth@trincoll.edu
High school attended: Queen’s College
Why I chose Trinity: I was looking for a small school that has a diverse student population and activities that would easily enable me to find a niche for myself. I also wanted to go to a school that has a great academic reputation with a good Neuroscience program, and is located at least close to an urban area. Trinity, therefore, fit my search criteria, but I was truly blown away when I came to visit the campus. Its beauty and serenity were the last things that I ticked off on my checklist for finding my perfect school.
Favorite class taken at Trinity: The Interdisciplinary Science Program (ISP), “Gender and Natural Resources,” and “Drugs and Behavior.”
Favorite professor at Trinity: Professor Alison Draper
Extracurricular activities: Research Assistant in the Neuroscience Department, Secretary of the Open Airways Student Organization, Student Caller, Student Worker in The Office of Campus Life’s Event Support, Fred Pfeil Community Project, I-House
What I love most about Trinity: I love that I have had such great professors during my time at Trinity. My professors have always gone above and beyond to make me feel welcome at Trinity, reinforcing my feelings of Trinity being my second home. I also love the liberal arts curriculum that has allowed me to explore other subject areas I had not previously had the opportunity to. Finally, the diverse, but close-knit, student community and abundance of activities on campus truly helped me in expanding my horizons socially and intellectually.
Professional goals/ career plans: I am applying to graduate schools this summer and I hope to one day become an epidemiologist.
Dominic Carbone
Groton, MA
Class of 2015
dominic.carbone@trincoll.edu
High school attended: St. Mark’s School
Minor: Formal Organizations (Entrepreneurship)
Why I chose Trinity: I chose Trinity because when I first visited I felt inspired by the beauty of the campus and the architecture of the Long Walk and Chapel.  Trinity’s location in the heart of a vibrant urban center was also a huge plus for me.  There are so many shops, opportunities for cultural enrichment, and opportunities for internships within just 10 minutes of campus, and I knew that was important to me.  I applied Early Decision to Trinity and never looked back.
Favorite classes taken at Trinity: “Formal Organizations” and “Modern Classical Liberalism”
Extracurricular activities:  The Center For Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Founder; Trinity College Entrepreneurs Association, Legislative Internship Program, Trinity College Rome Campus, Advancement Office Student Worker, Chapel Helper
What I love most about Trinity: The aspect of Trinity I love most is the intellectual diversity of students on campus. For example, in political science classes, classroom discussions rarely end in consensus, and I feel as though that is unique amongst liberal arts schools.
Professional goals/ career plans:  After graduation, I hope to work in Washington, D.C. at a public policy think tank before returning to school and pursuing a joint J.D./M.B.A.

Marie Christner

King of Prussia, PA
Class of 2015
marie.christner@trincoll.edu
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
alexandra.deluse@trincoll.edu
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.

Sophie Doering

Darien, CT
Class of 2015
sophie.doering@trincoll.edu
High school attended: Darien High School
Why I chose Trinity: I was immediately drawn to Trinity for its superior athletics and excellent education. I knew it would be the perfect fit for me because I have always wanted to be at a school that allowed me to play field hockey at a high level and further my academic interests.
Favorite class taken at Trinity: “Toxicology”
Favorite professor at Trinity: Professor Isabel Evelein
What I love most about Trinity: I am constantly in awe of the beauty of Trinity. There always seems to be something happening on campus that attracts a diverse group of the student body, be it a faculty lecture series or an athletic event. I love how even after all of my time at Trinity, I am still creating new relationships with my peers and professors.
Professional goals/ career plans: I plan on pursuing a career in digital sales and advertising.
Liz Driscoll
Westfield, NJ
Class of 2015
elizabeth.driscoll@trincoll.edu
High school attended: Westfield High School
Why I chose Trinity: I chose Trinity because I fell in love with the beautiful, small campus. I knew I wanted to go to a smaller school, and Trinity was the perfect size. Here at Trinity I have been able to develop great relationships with my professors, which has given me a very personalized college experience.
Favorite class taken at Trinity: “Law, Argument, and Public Policy” and “Toxicology”
Favorite professor at Trinity: Professor Adrienne Fulco and Professor Stephanie Chambers
Extracurricular activities: Tour Guide for the Admissions Office, WRTC Radio Show Host, Outdoors Club, Trinity Recreation and Environmental Education (TREE)House, and the Sailing Club
What I love most about Trinity: What I love most about Trinity is that we are a small campus, but the sky really is the limit in terms of our educational experience. Between our amazing professors and the vast opportunities that are offered here, Trinity’s students can take their education wherever they want. Personally, I love Trinity’s location in Hartford, Connecticut. Being located in a capital city enables unique outside-of-class activities. Also, Trinity enables us to take our education outside of Hartford with so many study abroad options. I love that Trinity provided a way for me to spend an entire semester in Denmark; it is one semester I will never forget.
Professional goals/ career plans: After college, I hope to be involved with public health initiatives in order to improve the state of health in the United States.
Fayola Fraser
Port-of-Spain, Trinidad
Class of 2015
fayola.fraser@trincoll.edu
High school attended: St. Joseph’s Convent, Port-of-Spain
Why I chose Trinity: The two main criteria I had when choosing a college were a small, liberal arts college, and one in an urban setting. Trinity was one of the few that fulfilled both! Hartford as a diverse, centrally located city was also very appealing to me. However, Trinity’s study abroad program list was what really got me; the opportunities of places to go were endless.
Favorite class taken at Trinity: “The African Diaspora: Latin America & the Caribbean”
Favorite professor at Trinity: Professor Raymond Baker
Extracurricular activities: Co-president of Caribbean Students Association, Senator on the Student Government Association, Teaching Assistant, yoga, recreational sports
What I love most about Trinity: I love the balance of life between getting a great education and having a great experience. I also love the faculty, as most professors I’ve had are so willing to go above and beyond what is required to see you succeed. I really enjoy the traditions of the school, from simple things like the whole campus enjoying the quad on nice days, to the more distinct traditions.
Professional goals/ career plans: Aside from earning a graduate (and doctorate) degree, I want to work in international organizations/think tanks, especially those focused on Middle Eastern and Latin American affairs.
Annie Gibson
East Hampton, NY
Class of 2015
anne.gibson@trincoll.edu
High school attended: East Hampton High School
Why I chose Trinity: Trinity attracted me because it is a small liberal arts college, but its location in Hartford gives students the resources of a city. Aside from the strong academics, I was draw to the sense of community I felt during my campus tour as a prospective student.
Favorite class taken at Trinity: “World War II”
Favorite professor at Trinity: Professor Michael FitzGerald
Extracurricular activities: Trinity-in-Paris, Trinity-in-Rome, Trinity at E.B. Kennelly School Mentoring Program, Admissions Tour Guide.
What I love most about Trinity: I love the smart, engaging, and caring professors at Trinity. They are eager to get to know students and are always happy to meet outside of class for help or advice. Also, Trinity’s small classes allow you to engage in discussions and get the most out of each class.
Professional goals/ career plans:  I would be happy with several different career paths. I plan on applying my art history degree to the museum world, publishing and design, or furthering my education at graduate school.
Saida Harpi
Philadelphia, PA
Class of 2015
saida.harpi@trincoll.edu
High school attended: The Agnes Irwin School 
Why I chose Trinity: I had a very specific interest that I wanted to study: Korean. I needed a small school and teachers that cared, and Trinity fit that bill. They have many resources for students with specific interest as well as teachers that care for your general well-being.
Favorite class taken at Trinity: “Korean Independent Language Study”
Favorite professor at Trinity: Professor Jui-Chien Wang
Extracurricular activities: President of Asian American Student Association, Cultural House Coordinator of AASA, Underground Barista, Welcome Desk Manager
What I love most about Trinity: I love that I am free to study what I please, as well as the ample opportunity to be a part of amazing organizations that help me grow as a person and help me find the path I wish to take.
Professional goals/ career plans: I am still studying and searching for what I want to do but thus far my goals are leading me to a life abroad and endless possibilities.
Tasmerisk Haught
Santa Fe, NM
Class of 2015
tasmerisk.haught@trincoll.edu
High school attended: Santa Fe Preparatory School
Major: Neuroscience with Cellular/Molecular Concentration
Why I chose Trinity: Being from the Southwest, I wanted to experience a different region of the country. I chose Trinity College because it was a small, liberal arts college on the east coast with an engineering program. I also wanted to experience a lot of snow.
Favorite class taken at Trinity: “Intro to Psychology”
Favorite professor at Trinity: Professor Dan Mrozowski and Professor Susan Masino
Extracurricular activities: President of the Greek Organization Cleo of AX, Events Manager at The Underground, dancer and choreographer for Elemental Movement, American Medical Student Association (AMSA), Quest Scholar Network
What I love most about Trinity: I would have to say that the people have made my experience at Trinity College the most enjoyable. I wasn’t expecting to make so many lasting friendships. The people here are truly amazing, and it is what I love most about Trinity College. Whether I am with my dance crew getting lost in choreographing a piece or distracting myself in the Underground with all of my friends, there is never a dull moment, and I am always surrounded by fantastic individuals.
Professional goals/ career plans: After graduating, I plan on taking a year off in order to do research. I am hoping apply to an MD/PhD program in the future with the hopes of studying neurodegenerative diseases.
Connor Jacobson
Sudbury, MA
Class of 2015
connor.jacobson@trincoll.edu
High school attended: Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School
Why I chose Trinity: I chose Trinity because I felt that it offered me the best thing a college could. Because Trinity is a relatively small college, I knew that Trinity would afford me tremendous opportunities to do science-related research with my professors. Likewise, small classes ensured that I would get individualized attention in the classes I have more difficulty with. The academic integrity of the student body and the school spirit attracted me to beautiful Trinity College.
Favorite classes taken at Trinity: “Introduction to Animal Behavior,” “Cognitive Psychology,” and “Studying in the Spanish World Colloquium”
What I love most about Trinity: It’s difficult to pinpoint one thing. I would say that it is the dedication and enthusiasm of our student body both in the classroom and outside of it. With a breadth of classes, extracurricular activities, and campus-wide events, Trinity is always bustling with excitement.
Professional goals/ career plans:  I hope to work in a lab studying addiction to illicit drugs at a neurological level.
Emily Kauls
North Oaks, MN
Class of 2015
emily.kauls@trincoll.edu
High school attended: Mounds View High School
Major: Economics
Why I chose Trinity: I wanted a smaller liberal arts school on the east coast that would challenge me in the classroom and give me the chance to participate in a competitive athletic environment. When I visited, I fell in love with the beautiful campus and I immediately knew that this was the place I wanted to spend my collegiate career.
Favorite class taken at Trinity: “European Sovereign Debt Crisis”
Favorite professor at Trinity: Professor Arthur Schneider
Extracurricular activities: Varsity Basketball Team, Business Manager of the Trinity Tripod, Psychology Research Assistant, Admissions Tour Guide, Teaching Assistant, Admissions Office Social Media Intern
What I love most about Trinity: I really love the professors; they are always willing to help and are very invested in teaching you the material. The campus has a strong sense of community and I have met some great and interesting people here. There are a lot of opportunities to get involved in the Hartford community and gain valuable experiences through internships or volunteering.
Professional goals/ career plans: I hope to work in finance after I graduate and possibly get an MBA.
Nicole Lukac
Guadalajara, Mexico
Class of 2015
nicole.lukac@trincoll.edu
High school attended: American School Foundation of Guadalajara
Major: Psychology
Minor: Human Rights
Why I chose Trinity: I wanted a small liberal arts college, and Trinity has a great Psychology and Human Rights Department. I loved the tour I went on and my tour guide was really knowledgeable and helped me make my decision in choosing Trinity.
Favorite class taken at Trinity: “Arts and Special Populations”
Favorite professor at Trinity: Professor Alison Draper
Extracurricular activities: Mock Trial, Amnesty International, New Beginnings, SECS
What I love most about Trinity: I love the close relationships you develop with professors, and the fact that I am not just a number in class, but I am recognized by my professors as a student willing to work. I love the Trinity community and how the campus is organized, making it feel like a home.
Professional goals/ career plans: I plan to get a master’s degree in either Child Psychology or Clinical Psychology and work with children and adults with a variety of disorders. I hope to either work in a school setting or open my own private practice.

Nicole Muto-Graves

Boxford, MA

Class of 2015
nicole.mutograves@trincoll.edu

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.
Ambar Paulino
Harlem, NY
Class of 2015
ambar.paulino@trincoll.edu
High School Attended: Bronx Theatre High School
Why I chose Trinity: I remember visiting Trinity College as a senior in high school through the preview weekend program and immediately falling in love with the campus and the students. Everyone made me feel welcome and I knew right then that I could see myself as a part of the community.
Favorite class taken at Trinity:  “Race and Urban Space” with Professor Davarian Baldwin and “Shakespeare on Film” with Professor Milla Riggio
Favorite professor at Trinity: Professor Milla Riggio and Professor Chris Hager
Extracurricular Activities: Student Government Association, Sports Communications, Teaching Assistant, Mentor at McDonough Middle School, Trinity College Without Borders Group Leader, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. 
What I love most about Trinity:  Trinity encourages and embraces growth. Professors actually care about you and are willing to go to whatever lengths to provide their expertise and advice when needed. Students are given the tools and resources they need to succeed on and off campus. While I find the academics rigorous and intellectually stimulating, campus life brings things back full circle for me...there is a strong sense of community within this small campus.
Professional Goals/career plans: I plan on attending graduate school and continuing my studies in English and Educational Studies. Ultimately I’d like to receive a PhD and teach at a liberal arts institution like Trinity.

Consuelo Pedro
Piarco, Trinidad
Class of 2015
consuelo.pedro@trincoll.edu
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.
Nicholas Reichheld
Carlisle, MA
Class of 2015
nicholas.reichheld@trincoll.edu
High school attended:  Belmont Hill School
Major:  Media & Performance (Self Design)
Why I chose Trinity:  I’d heard a lot about Trinity; not only about the amazing academic opportunities, but also about the intense connection that Trinity alumni feel to the institution and to one another.  The sense of community and family is incredibly strong at Trinity, as well as after.  In the end that became one of the most important factors in choosing where I wanted to spend my four years of undergraduate work.
Favorite class taken at Trinity: “Horror & The Culture of Excess” and “Philosophy 101”
Favorite professor at Trinity: Professor Mitch Polin and Professor Prakash Younger
What I love most about Trinity: I love the people: classmates, professors, and anyone else on campus make the Trinity experience so memorable.
Professional goals/ career plans: I’m going to work in entertainment in New York City or Los Angeles.  I want to write, act, film, and basically do all I can to make people laugh, be happy, and feel entertained.

Zachary Topkis

Beverly Hills, CA
Class of 2015
zachary.topkis@trincoll.edu
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 Watson
Columbus, Ohio
Class of 2015
sarah.watson@trincoll.edu
High school attended:  Upper Arlington High School
Why I chose Trinity:  When I was a senior in high school, there was a poster near my locker for Trinity College.  It is one of the most popular posters that Trinity uses, I think—a beautiful image that captures the Chapel and the main quadrangle in fall on one side of the photograph, and winter on the other.  I was inspired by the picture, and did a little research on Trinity, having always liked the idea of a New England liberal arts school.  After looking into Trinity’s financial aid program, I discovered that Trinity’s aid was much more extensive than any of the other colleges that I was considering.  My family and I then went on a visit during the spring of my senior year, on a day that coincided with Trinity’s Spring Break.  Although the campus was almost completely empty (due to Spring Break), my parents and I admired the Chapel and the campus, which were as beautiful as the poster promised.  On the Upper Long Walk, we ran into a student who realized that we needed a little guidance, and who quickly and happily described her Trinity experience to us.  She said that her favorite part of Trinity was that it allowed her to be good at everything—the size allowed her to have access to many resources and opportunities, but also allowed for her to balance different elements of her life.  My introduction to Trinity was random but gracious.      
Favorite class taken at Trinity:  “Melville”
Favorite professor at Trinity:  Professor Christopher Hager and Dr. Erin Valentino.
Extracurricular activities:  Trinity College Quirks, Chapel Singers, Barista at the Underground Coffeehouse, Research Associate in the library, post office worker, volunteer at The Coop, volunteer at the YWCA, Transcendental Meditation, WGRAC, the Mill events, Fred Pfeil Community Project
What I love most about Trinity:  Trinity’s size is perfect for meeting someone new every day, but frequently running into your closest friends.  It’s perfect for having competing viewpoints in classes, but still having personal attention from your professor.  It means having incredible professors, but still being able to sit at the President’s table in Mather.  Additionally, and most importantly, my Trinity home is in the many exceptional people I have met, who have simultaneously supported and challenged me.  I look forward to growing alongside these people in the years to come.        
Professional goals/ career plans:  I hope to be happy and make people happy.  After college, I hope to leave the United States and work for a non-profit organization.  I want to constantly grow in my writing, which I expect to serve me in all of my future endeavors.  I hope to attend graduate school.    
Abigail Whalen
West Hartford, CT
Class of 2015
abigail.whalen@trincoll.edu

 

High school attended: Newington High School
Major: Biology, Pre-med track
Why I chose Trinity: I chose Trinity because of the small class size and the ability to do research as a first year student in the Genomics Research Program. I was also drawn to the beautiful campus and its strong sense of community.
Favorite class taken at Trinity: “Animal Physiology”
Favorite professor at Trinity: It's a toss-up; I love all of the professors I've had at Trinity!
Extracurricular activities: First-year mentor (Genomics Research Program); Head tutor at Writing Center; Research Assistant; College bookstore employee; Supplementary Instructor for biology; President of American Medical Student Association (AMSA); President of Tri Beta Biology Honor Society; Biology club member
What I love most about Trinity: The small class size allows you to create great relationships with your professors. I can honestly walk down the hallway of many departments and feel comfortable stopping in any of the offices and having a conversation with the faculty. The relationships you can make with the faculty at Trinity are truly special and something unique to our school.
Professional goals/ career plans: I am applying for M.D./Ph.D. programs this summer and hope to become a physician scientist pursuing my love for both research and medicine.

Sarah Wolcott
Wilmington, DE
Class of 2015
sarah.wolcott@trincoll.edu

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.

Youlan Xiu
Harvard, MA
Class of 2015
youlan.xiu@trincoll.edu
High school attended: The Bromfield School
Major: Public Policy & Law, English (Literature)
Why I chose Trinity: I was initially drawn to the school for practical reasons – it was in an excellent location between Boston and New York, I was given a scholarship, and it wasn’t too far from home. When I got here, it didn’t take long for me to feel that I had sovereignty over my academics, my social life, and my campus. The faculty here is among the best in the world. That, coupled with the dedication to liberal arts, creates the perfect combination of a world-class and intellectually intimate classroom. I have been able to meet so many interesting, great people here in the past three years who are diverse in both background and interests.
Favorite class taken at Trinity: “Islam in America”
Favorite professor at Trinity: Professor Okey Ndibe
What I love most about Trinity: There’s nothing like the Bantam network. It’s great to be a part of a close-knit campus, where you really get to know the people you are living, learning, and working with. It’s also great to meet Trinity alumni when you leave Hartford, because they are doing such important things all across the world. 
Professional goals/ career plans: I’m interested in business, and hope to get a JD/MBA.