Trent: An insider look at the community-oriented university


Trent University

Amanda Hobbs, 24

If you’re looking at Trent University from the darker side of spring, it can be hard to see past the gusty Faryon Bridge housed between two banks of stony architecture—but then you’d miss the wonderfully weird Trentlings that make this place what it is (not to mention the beautiful Otonabee River tucked beneath that bridge). Trent’s centre is not a team or a reputation; here we’re steadfastly personal and community oriented. It doesn’t take long to enjoy familiar faces on campus, to know where “your spot” is in the library, to commiserate over a lecture in “the dungeon” or to race from the DNA Building to Bata Library between classes. Although we share a lot of experiences in our years “bleeding green,” Trent’s edge is that it’s a school that challenges its 8,000-odd students to decide what their own niche is going to look like. This is a place where students can be environmental science and philosophy majors at the same time, or combine a study of computer science with English literature. Small class sizes mean your professors know you by name and actively encourage you to chase after the things that interest you most. Students are empowered to start their own organizations and pursue research opportunities around the world, and there’s an enormous range of activities on and off campus to suit a variety of interests.

Trent proves that a university doesn’t need to be massive to be accomplished and innovative.

Trent offers some of the best scholarship opportunities in Canada along with many on-campus jobs and internships. Trent students can fill their co-curricular record with activities that actually matter to them, whether it’s the Wildlife Society, the Archery Club or the Visual Arts Network. The Trent Central Student Association also makes the process of forming and funding new clubs and groups simple, allowing students to shape their environment and activities.

City Vibe
Peterborough possesses all the character and variety of a city without the pollution or chaos. Almost everything can be accessed on foot, but bus terminals (city, GO and Greyhound) are all on one downtown block. Beyond providing endless temptation to the budding foodie, Peterborough also boasts an exceptional arts and entertainment scene, with museums, local productions and Canada’s longest continuously operating darkroom. On any given night, there’s a pub or coffee house offering up a night of spoken word or local music.

The Skinny will help you navigate the campus in your first year.