First-Year Students Get to Know Hartford and Each Other During ‘The Amazing Race’

‘Bantam Beginnings’ Pre-Orientation Programs Offer Fun Introduction to New Home City

​Hartford, Connecticut, September 15, 2016 – The buzz of activity on Trinity’s campus returns every August with many pre-orientation programs. That energy could be felt on the streets of Hartford during the Bantam Beginnings programs on August 30 and 31. Bantam Beginnings includes six unique programs: “Hartford by Bike,” “The Skill of Observation and Communication in Art and Medicine,” “Hartford Highlights,” “Spirit of the City,” “Community Service Program,” and “The Amazing Race Hartford.”

Amazing Race Hartford - 2016The Amazing Race began with team-building activities with the Riverfront Adventure Program at Riverside Park. The 28 student participants then raced across downtown Hartford following clues that led them to locations like Heaven Skate Park, City Hall, and Union Station. The teams of Bantams caught their breath and enjoyed the view after following one of the final clues to the top of the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch in Bushnell Park.

Following the race, The Hartbeat Ensemble offered a pop-up performance of their upcoming neighborhood profile of Frog Hollow. Students learned about the neighborhood from the perspectives of various fictional characters that were based on recent interviews with neighborhood residents and community members.

The second day of the Amazing Race program entailed a bus tour of Hartford. The students started out the day by learning about the work of Southside Institutions Neighborhood Alliance (SINA), a partnership between Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, Hartford Hospital, and Trinity College. Friendly and curious neighbors slowed down and waved as the group of students walked along Wolcott and Park streets to check out SINA’s housing developments. The bus tour also included a meet-and-greet with Hyacinth Yennie, Hartford community activist and president of the Maple Avenue Revitalization Group, and a tour of the Colt building and the State Capitol.

Trinsition Fellow Consuelo Pedro ’15, the coordinator of Bantam Beginnings, believes that Hartford is an essential part of the Trinity experience. “Over the course of two days, first-year students are intimately introduced to our warm city, its community, history, art, landscape, food and many resources and opportunities,” Pedro said. “By the end of the program, we hope that the students feel at home and realize that Hartford is fertile ground for their growth and exploration for the next four years.”

Written by Julia Rivera

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