Trent University: Student life on campus

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An insider’s guide to the best place to live, campus food and more

Evan Robins, 19
Cultural studies

Evan Robins (Courtesy of Evan Robins)

Why did you choose Trent?
The biggest factor in my decision was Trent’s incredible sprawling campus, which was built on two banks of the Otonabee River and connected by the iconic Faryon Bridge. It is an enchanting place to study and live. The cultural studies program was also a strong selling point. I had applied to fine arts programs at several other schools, but chose Trent because I could take a mix of academic classes and hands-on workshops, which I really enjoyed.

Describe some of your best experiences so far.
I was on campus during O week this year. With all the fall colors, the smell of campfires, and the warm air, I felt my first week in Trent was like a fairy tale. Having hands-on workshops and seminars also made a difference for me this year; I was able to produce a portfolio of work while obtaining academic credits.

Do you participate in extracurricular activities?
I work for Arthur, Trent’s Independent Student Press, and participate in several other extracurricular activities. Trent has a bustling scene of levy groups (groups, such as the student newspaper, a film society, and an outdoors club, are funded by tuition fees), and I’ve served on several of their boards. administration and steering committees. I found this to be one of the best ways to meet people in my freshman year.

What do you think of your teachers?
My program is known for the diligence and passion of its faculty, but faculty from all departments at Trent have left a great impression on me. Most of my teachers know me by name, and I have found them to be extremely supportive and accommodating, especially considering how strange the past two school years have been.

What do you think of the school administration?
There’s a joke among students that in your four years at Trent, you’ll change majors five times and always end up in the one you started with. All in all, reconfiguring schedules is made easy by the myTrent online system and academic advising team. The rare administrative problem I encountered was resolved in a few emails.

What is off-campus life like in Peterborough?
Peterborough is a small town, but there is plenty to offer students as Trent plays an important role in the community. Many restaurants and stores offer student discounts. Peterborough is pedestrian and bicycle friendly, and anything that isn’t close enough to walk or cycle can be easily reached by bus.

PROFILE: Trent University | Peterborough, Ont. | Founded in 1964

Best place to live: East Bank is quiet and residential, provided you don’t mind the drive. The area around the Rotary Greenway Trail is affordable, close to downtown, and easily accessible by bike from campus.
Best place to study: Sadleir House is a co-op-owned student center in a Victorian mansion on George Street. They serve free coffee.
The best events on campus: Disorientation Week
Best kitchen on campus: The seasoned spoon
Best cheap lunch: El Camino’s
Best Pizza: Brothers Pizza
Best place for a fancy dinner: The Publican House Brewery
Best gift: At the open market you can buy all kinds of free stuff
The best bar to go out: The only cafe
Best Live Music Venue: The Best Gordon Theater
Best breakfast for hangovers: The Whistle Stop Cafe
Best place for a nap: Any spot on campus is an idyllic nap spot, but Lady Eaton College’s quad might just take the cake
Best activity of the weekend: Biking or canoeing to Lakefield makes a great day trip, and camping at the locks of the Trent-Severn Waterway is a great weekend getaway.
The thing that surprised me the most about school: I keep finding new rooms in old buildings

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