Trinity Football Sees The World
football in the NESCAC is a privilege. The history and tradition present on
every campus in the league is unmatched by other Division III schools around the country. The
education a student-athlete receives, especially here at Trinity, is
life-changing and irreplaceable. So, too, are the experiences Trinity
student-athletes have attending a school in the NESCAC. The College’s study
abroad program is one such opportunity that many upperclassmen on the Bantam
football team have taken full advantage of.
universities, especially top-echelon Division I schools, football players would
never have the opportunity to participate in a study-abroad program. With the
season ending in November and spring ball starting in May, most student-athletes
have no time to slow down and experience their college and everything it has to
offer. The NESCAC is different and the players realize that. The study-abroad
program is a once in a lifetime opportunity that captains Connor Quinn ’09 and
Tyler Berry ’09 couldn’t pass up.
thing that we missed were spring workouts, which we are able to do while studying
abroad,” said Quinn. “In a Division I program where football is mandatory in the
spring, they do not have the same opportunities as us. This is why I felt that
it was an opportunity I could not pass up.”
enjoys having the off-season responsibilities rest on his shoulders.
there is no 'mandatory' off-season like in Division I programs, I have the
ability to do something like this,” said Berry. "I can go abroad and it is
really up to me to stay in good shape and maintain contact with my team. Coach
[Jeff] Devanney always said to take advantage of such opportunities and I feel that I
students who go abroad have interest in a country, want to learn about their
family heritage, or simply experience a different culture firsthand. This fact
is not lost on Adam Difulvio ’09 and Kevin Sun ’09, who traveled abroad together
with the Trinity Rome Campus program.
decided to go abroad because I have always wanted to go to Italy,” said Difulvio.
“My dad’s family is from there and I have always wanted to meet them. I knew it
was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel and experience Europe with my
to go abroad to experience education and life in a completely different
culture,” added Sun. “I chose Rome because of its rich cultural history, and the
fact that it was a Trinity program made applying a lot easier. I definitely
recommend studying abroad to anyone who is interested. It changed my life.”
realizes the effect this program has had on him as a person.
“Experiencing a semester abroad really expanded my cultural horizons and made me more well-rounded. I feel more educated and mature from this whole experience.”
trip to Ireland was an enriching one, as he learned about family and saw where
they grew up, something he may not have been able to do outside of Trinity.
to study in Ireland because my family originates from there. The best part about
the experience was seeing where my grandfather came from and meeting family that
still lives in there.”
experience touched Quinn in a variety of ways.
less of what was learned in the classroom, and more about the extracurricular
learning that took place,” added Quinn. “For the most part, I was on my own in
another country, and had to adapt to a different culture and their customs. The
experience of studying abroad has enhanced my overall college experience.”
Berry acknowledged the convenience of being able to earn college credit even while living in another country.
never had the opportunity to travel across the Atlantic. Going to Europe has
always been a goal of mine. What better opportunity than to go through school
and earn credits while at the same time experiencing a different style of life.”
All four Bantams emphatically recommended these programs to other students who are considering studying abroad. It was an enriching experience that will not only last a lifetime, but also greatly enhance one’s college experience