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Readiness and Support

Dear Trinity Students:

As we near the beginning of classes both in-person and remotely, I want to wrap-up our focus on readiness by emphasizing academic, mental, emotional, and spiritual preparedness.

The beginning of a new school year always comes with stress, and this year, an uncertain pandemic, combined with racial upheaval and a chaotic election season, will no doubt add to our anxiety. They can distract us academically, rattle us emotionally, and wound us spiritually.

Thankfully, at Trinity, students don’t have to face these challenges alone. Please utilize these resources at any point during the year if you find yourself needing a little extra help:

Betty Curry

Betty Curry

Director for Academic Support

Services Offered:

“We support students academically in a variety of different ways, including peer tutoring through the Writing Center and Quantitative Reasoning and Skills (QRS) Center,” says Curry. “We also provide support for students with disabilities through Student Accessibility Services. Our Individual Academic Coaching program helps students improve study strategies and time management. This year, we’ve formed a new group called Get Stuff Done that meets Friday afternoons (in person and online) to support getting and staying organized and motivated.”.

Tips for Success:

  • Managing time and study space can be extra challenging when remote, so reach out for help in setting up and maintaining good habits.
  • When attending a class via Zoom, make sure you are actively engaging with the lecture. This can be done by taking great notes and writing down questions along the way. Multitasking during Zoom classes will not help with this engagement.  

For more Information:

  • Schedule Academic Coaching appointments, Writing Center appointments, and QRS visits at tutortrac.trinity.edu.
  • In addition to the links above, if you’re on campus, drop by the Tiger Learning Commons in the library - staff would love to answer questions!  

Richard Reams

Richard Reams

Associate Director, Counseling Services

Services Offered:

“We provide free and confidential consultation and counseling services to enrolled students,” says Reams. “Our services include counseling for individuals and support/discussion groups for Black students, gender minority students (e.g., transgender, nonbinary, and those questioning their gender identity), and students who know or suspect they are on the autism spectrum.”

Tips for Success:

  • Allow yourself to adjust your expectations of yourself and others. You and they can only do what is possible under difficult circumstances. This is not a time for perfectionism.
  • Make good self-care a priority. Move your body. For example, take regular walks. Get the sleep that you need, preferably employing good sleep practices. Eat healthily to fuel yourself.  
  • Reduce your exposure to the news if you are feeling too distressed about the pandemic, the presidential election, police brutality, etc.   
  • If you find yourself repeatedly engaging in problem-generating means of coping (e.g., substance misuse, excessive sleeping), connect with one of our counselors to explore more positive ways of coping.   

For more Information:

  • You can read more about our services on the Counseling Services webpage.
  • We are providing our services remotely via a secure version of Zoom. A student can schedule an individual counseling appointment by calling 210-999-7411 (more efficient and preferred) or emailing counseling@trinity.edu.  
  • To express your interest in participating in one of the support/discussion groups, email our associate director at rreams@trinity.edu who co-facilitates the transgender/nonbinary group and can connect students with the facilitators of the other groups. 

Katherine Hewitt

Katherine Hewitt

Wellness Coordinator, Student Involvements

Services Offered:

“We provide resources to support and engage students by offering leadership training and guidance for facilitating programs in areas such as new student orientation, diversity, social, recreational, wellness, campus publications, and more,” says Hewitt. “My role specifically is to provide health education group outreach, as well as health coaching primarily in exercise, nutrition, and sleep.”

Tips for Success:

  • Students should think holistically about their health - meaning placing equal focus on their physical and mental wellness. Regular exercise, managing stress and anxiety with relaxation and/or mindfulness skills, as well as sticking to a regular sleep schedule will not only help with academic success, but also strengthen overall immunity.
  • "Doing the 5," focusing on hand washing, sanitizing spaces, physical distancing, staying home when sick, and wearing a mask, are the best ways to avoid Covid-19 exposure and illness.  

For more Information:

Alex Serna-Wallender

Alex Serna-Wallender

University Chaplain

Services Offered:

“As Chaplain, I am available to students, faculty, and staff for confidential conversations, pastoral care, counsel, or simply to provide a listening ear, both virtually and in-person, says Chaplain Alex. “These conversations can be about anything including life transitions, vocational discernment, processing grief and loss, navigating identity, and cultivating a rich interior life. Additionally, I am here to be a resource to help students get connected to a faith community on campus or in the region. As well as explore with ways to develop practices or rituals that will help them maintain their spiritual health or learn about other traditions.”

Tips for Success:

  • Back in April, I wrote a piece for the Trinity website about Spiritual Lives in this Threshold Moment, and I would echo much of what I shared then. It is okay (and important) to take time to lament and grieve - to be honest with yourself and others about your places of pain and name that which we have lost.
  • To root yourself by connecting with a person or community of people, if even virtually, that allows you to be your authentic self, to share deeply, and be known fully, to be inspired.
  • To rediscover or create new rituals or spiritual practices. And to hold onto hope knowing that season we are in now is not the one that will always be.

For more Information:

Thanks to our contributors for detailing the services they provide.

I want to point out that these resources are specifically designed to help you, but you should remember that our entire campus is full of people who want to help you succeed. Whether it’s a professor, staff member, or even another student -- growing deep, personal, and healthy relationships is fundamental to your liberal arts education.

I wish you the best as we prepare for this exciting academic year. Until then, stay healthy, stay safe, and stay strong.

Danny J. Anderson
President