36 questions that lead to something, hopefully

A Trinitonian take on the famous New York Times questions that lead to love

The New York Times published a famous series of 36 questions based on a study by psychologist Arthur Aron that can theoretically accelerate intimacy between strangers or even lead to love. Now, I know what you’re thinking: these questions seem cool and all, but I wish that there was a set of questions more applicable to my life as a Trinity student. Luckily, now there is a series of 36 questions developed by Trinity students for Trinity students, based on the hard-hitting research of me asking my roommates to shout out questions for an hour.

The questions will be divided into three categories: icebreakers, Trinity-specific and weirdly deep. All are designed to help you strike up a conversation with someone in your class you haven’t talked to before, have something to ask strangers at parties or even woo a fellow student. Elaborate as much as you can on these questions when answering with a partner.

1. What is your go-to streaming service?
2. What color are you? (Not which one is your favorite, which one ARE you?)
3. If you were to go to jail for something, what would it be?
4. What’s your best pickup line?
5. Would you rather have the ability to rewind time or freeze time? Why?
6. What movie genre would your life be? Who would play you in a movie about your life?
7. Do you know your Myers-Briggs personality type? If so, what is it? Do you think personalities can be distilled to categories like that?
8. What animal would you say you sleep the most like?
9. Are you a man, a muppet, a very manly muppet or a muppet of a man?
10. Do you identify more with earth, water, air or fire? Why?
11. What’s a place you’ve always wanted to travel to, but never had the chance?
12. What reality show do you think you’d do really well on?

1. What is your favorite place to study on campus? Do you have a preferred floor of the library?
2. What building on campus do you suspect may be haunted?
3. What building on campus do you think matches your personality best?
4. If you were Leeroy for the day and got to do anything you wanted, what would you do?
5. Be honest, do you like the name Leeroy? Suggest another name for our mascot.
6. What is the best Revolve restaurant?
7. Let’s say the zombie apocalypse breaks out: which major is gonna do the best at surviving? Which major is gonna do the worst?
8. What is your favorite Trinity tradition?
9. What shows, movies, video games and songs have been getting you through college?
10. Who is your favorite of the Trinity cats?
11. Have you overheard any interesting conversations through the thin walls of the dorms? If so, tell your partner about them.
12. Where are the best bathrooms on campus?

Weirdly deep:
1. When did you most recently feel homesick?
2. Did you go to college because you really wanted to or because you felt like you had to? Are you in the major you’re in because you genuinely love it or because you think it’ll give you the best career options (or both)?
3. Do you worry about selling out? What would you choose as a career if money, parental/societal limitations, etc, were not a factor?
4. Do you see yourself as a fundamentally good person? Do you believe that people can even be classified as good or bad?
5. When is a time you got really excited about something only for it to not live up to your expectations?
6. What is the most meaningful thing someone could do with their life?
7. What words would you want on your tombstone? How would you want your funeral to go?
8. What’s a fear you have that you don’t talk about very often?
9. What core emotion drives you more than others?
10. How often do you tell people you love them? Why? At what point in your relationship with someone (platonic or romantic) do you find it appropriate to tell someone you love them?
11. What about yourself would you say makes you the most unique from other people? Do you ever worry that there’s nothing that makes you truly special?
12. What do you think the world will look like in 10 years? 20? 30?