Thanks to the efforts of sophomore Weiyu Lin, Trinity students now have the opportunity to become a part of the Club of Mind, a program designed to allow students to inspire each other and brainstorm new and creative ideas.
Lin, who goes by his English name â€œWill,â€ first came up with the idea for the club after learning helpful tips for improving the memory.
â€œI shared them with my friends, but the chances were only limited to, for example, the dining hall table and my Chinese tutor job,â€ Lin said. â€œThe Club of Mind is a bigger stage to have my ideas shared to more students.â€
The club plans to meet once or twice a week in the Parker Chapel Meditation Room. Meetings are currently expected to last about half an hour, depending on the number of ideas shared.
â€œThe time we meet is very little, but every minute is loaded with helpful information,â€ Lin said.
Meditation as a way to come up with innovative ideas is also something the club will focus on. Lin recently experienced the benefits and also the difficulties that come with meditation personally.
â€œI managed to meditate every day since one year ago. I wished to share my personal experience to break peopleâ€™s stereotype on meditation and hopefully let them start it,â€ Lin said.
Lin held the Club of Mindâ€™s first official meeting on Thursday, Sept. 12, and about seven other students attended. The main idea discussed during the meeting was, â€œWhy you cannot change your life no matter how many books you read and ideas you heard.â€
Laura Prentice, a senior majoring in environmental studies, was one of the students who attended the first meeting. She described the first meeting as â€œa peaceful environment.â€
â€œI wanted to join initially because Will is a really interesting person who has a lot to share,â€ Prentice said. â€œAt the first meeting, he shared the idea that feelings are much more powerful than actual words in conveying wisdom.â€
Nikita Viswasam, a junior majoring in neuroscience, also enjoyed the Club of Mindâ€™s first meeting.
â€œI thought that hearing student-created content with no topic limit would be a great opportunity, especially from the bright minds of this campus. [Linâ€™s] talk was so well thought-out that I couldnâ€™t help but enjoy it,â€ Viswasam said.
She also believes the idea-sharing mentality of the club could be very beneficial.
â€œWho knows? Maybe thereâ€™s someone in that audience that walks away with a different view of the world because of your ideas,â€ Viswasam said.
Lin expects the club to hold future events such as, â€œhow to improve your eyesight naturally,â€ â€œthe healing power of breath,â€ â€œhow to improve your memoryâ€ and even, â€œhow many days can you survive without Facebook.â€ However, he expects the clubâ€™s events to depend mainly on the interests and needs of its members.
â€œWe are the loyal patron to any creative idea,â€ Lin said.
Students interested in joining the club or getting on the email list should contact Lin at firstname.lastname@example.org.