Trinity has several selling points that we hear throughout our experience here; first, as high school seniors, we saw that Trinity offered small class sizes, generous scholarships, a diverse community and, of course, a liberal arts education … whatever that meant. Once on campus, we continue to be drilled with statistics about our student-professor ratio, competitive academic programs, financial aid and how taking classes that have absolutely nothing to do with our interests or majors are all part of that magical liberal arts education. Those who have reached senior status are praying to whatever god they studied in the required religion class to complete the “understanding cultural heritage” category of common curriculum that the words “liberal arts education” on their resumes will put them ahead of the competition when it comes to finding jobs after their imminent graduation.

As cliche as they might have grown, those selling points really are some of the coolest things about our school; getting to form meaningful relationships with professors because of the small class sizes, having our eyes opened to cultures other than those we were raised in and taking seemingly random, or even pointless, classes all play a part in transforming our knowledge of and attitudes toward the world around us during our time at Trinity. As registration approaches, think about how those requirements can be rewarding. As a communication major, you can take Volcanology and learn that science isn’t as scary as it seemed during your first semester when you had every intention of being a biology major. As a biology major, you can take Media Interpretation and Criticism and 1.) learn the difference between communication and human communication and 2.) learn that there are important societal impacts of each. A finance major can learn about the socio-political effects of sports on society in Ancient Athletics, an urban studies major can take a field trip with her Oceanography class, a political science major can learn basic computer science — and the list goes on and on.

Oftentimes, these seemingly random classes are some of the most fun, interesting and memorable. Instead of trying to find the ones you can complete with the least amount of effort possible, seize the opportunity to get outside of your academic comfort zone and try something new. After all, you have to take them anyway, might as well make the most of it!