Students Who Are World-Ready

Preparing students to tackle whatever the future may hold—it's what we do. Trinity teaches students such as those profiled below to pursue their curiosity, think for themselves, and shape their own paths.

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Meet the Students


Pornpat Pootinath ’14, Class of 1939 Scholar, President's Fellow in Educational Studies

Hometown: Queens, New York
(originally from Bangkok, Thailand, Pornpat's family immigrated to the U.S. when she was five)
Major: Double major in Educational Studies and Sociology
Why I chose Trinity: I chose Trinity because of its small class sizes, strong Human Rights Program, and its location in a city. I also wanted personal attention from dedicated professors and engaging classroom discussions, which I have found here. I spent my first day (through Quest) hiking on the Appalachian Trail with a group of Trinity students, which further confirmed that it was the school for me.
Favorite classes taken at Trinity: Professor Valocchi’s “Social Class and Mobility” and Professor Averna’s “Parenting, Interpersonal Relations, and Mental Health”
Favorite professors: Stephen Valocchi and Andrea Dyrness
Extracurricular activities: Resident assistant; Teaching Assistant for Sociology and Educational Studies Departments; Trinfo.Café Computer Instructor; Career Development Center Fellow; Learning Corridor mentor; Human Rights Summer Fellow; AASA (Asian American Student Association); Habitat for Humanity; Do it Day; WGRAC’S Big Sister/Little Sister Program; Quest. [Check out Pornpat’s recent blog post about an alternative spring break project, “Border Immersion Program”]
What I love most about Trinity: Whatever you’re interested in, there are so many opportunities here.
Post-Trinity career aspirations: I hope to pursue a master’s degree in international education and combine my interests in education and law.

View a video profile of Pornpat here.

Georgios Papadeas ’15  View a video profile of geor

Hometown: Athens, Greece
Major: Double major in Economics and Mathematics, with a minor in French
Why I Chose Trinity: I chose Trinity because it’s a great combination of everything I'm looking for. As a recruit, the basketball program and the coach were new and it was nice to feel part of something that was about to begin. Also, academics are great at Trinity and in the NESCAC in general, and I knew I would receive an outstanding all-around liberal arts college education.
Favorite class taken at Trinity: So far, I really enjoy “Corporate Finance” with Professor Christopher Hoag.
Favorite professors: Nancy Wyshinski and Arthur Schneider
Extracurricular activities: Captain of Men’s Basketball team; vice president of Trinity's investment club; Student Government Association senator; water skiing; playing piano
What I love most about Trinity: The thing I love the most about Trinity is that it feels like a small family. It’s a small school and all the students feel connected.
Professional goals/career plans: I would like to potentially work in finance in the U.S. or pursue a basketball career back in Europe.

View a video profile of Georgios here.

Abigail Whalen ’15, Joslin Family Scholar

Hometown: West Hartford, Connecticut
Major: Biology, pre-med track
Why I Chose Trinity: The small class size and the ability to do research as a first-year student in the Genomics Research Program.
Favorite class: Animal Physiology
Favorite professor: It's a toss-up; I love all of the professors I've had at Trinity!
Extracurricular activities: First-year mentor (Genomics Research Program); Writing Associate; Research Assistant; College bookstore employee; Supplementary Instructor for biology; President of American Medical Student Association (AMSA); Biology club; Quest participant
What I love most about Trinity: The small class size allows you to create great relationships with your professors.
Professional goals/career plans: I am applying for M.D./Ph.D programs this summer and hope to become a physician scientist.

View a video profile of Abigail here.