We know them. We love them: Trinity gimmick Instagram accounts.


@trinitymemeaccount made its first appearance on Sept. 1, 2021 with an adaptation of a popular Uno-related meme, giving Mabee Dining Hall the choice to either “serve edible food on a consistent basis” or draw 25 cards.

Then @trinityuaffirmations appeared nine days later with another swipe at Mabee. All of its posts are Trinity-related photos with sparkles edited in and satiric comments, like “my dorm opens on the first try,” and “the Trinicats love me.”

Other accounts popped up over time, including @tu.missedconnections and @tu.love.letters, but campus comedy entered a renaissance this summer with the birth of @trinityamericangirldoll and @trinityulittlemiss. Both accounts followed the viral trend of creating American Girl Dolls and Little Miss characters with relatable, funny characteristics. The first American Girl Doll post was, “we need an American girl doll who got hit in the head with a brick while doing the tower climb.”

It’s safe to say that accounts like these provide a sense of relief to a lot of students on Trinity’s campus because they capitalize on common frustrations while also being hilarious. Our university is already small, but these posts connect us even more. Most importantly, it gives students a place to do something annoying but necessary: complain.

There are only so many official conversations and feedback surveys we can take. Thank goodness there are avenues to provide feedback on the state of Mabee food, curriculum changes and other campus policies, but sometimes it’s nice to bond over the things we don’t like without worrying about expending any energy to fix them. However, walking around campus loudly dissing the things we hate about Trinity isn’t productive either, and you never know who might overhear at the wrong time. A great solution: meme accounts.

While accounts like @tu.missedconnections are less meme-y than some, the anonymous, lighthearted messages still serve to connect students. All of these accounts also help students preserve our sense of youth while struggling through intense internships, classes and life decisions. There’s nothing better than laughing at something only your fellow peers understand, and this kind of release can be healing in the midst of stressful semesters.

Although some students have insider knowledge on the people running these accounts, the owners remain largely anonymous. To those people, thank you for your service to the Trinity students looking for some humor about our campus and all of its issues.