Originally from South Africa, her first study experience in Australia at 16 proved to be a tough time. On returning to Australia for uni, and becoming part of the Trinity family, Amber says it has ultimately become home for her. Amber has been appointed as the College’s Senior Resident Advisor for 2019.
I am so excited for 2019 and everything that Trinity has to offer me for another year.
What made you choose Trinity to live and study?
My older brother went to Trinity and not only did he love his time at Trinity, but he also left with long-lasting friendships. Whenever I came to visit him, it seemed like there was always something exciting happening. There were awesome events planned but it also just seemed like a really exciting environment to be in on a day to day basis, with people always around doing different things.
In hindsight, my outsider’s perspective was correct but it was also only the beginning of what the community at Trinity has to offer.
Tell us about the Dining Room; perhaps your favourite dish?
Sandwich day is the most underrated day. Brunch on a Sunday is life changing. Mexican is always a winner. We have it so good in regards to food at Trinity. The 3 meals we get a day not only provides convenience but is also of such a high standard that I don’t think you would be able to find anywhere else.
What is life like for an RA (Resident Advisor)?
Resident Advisors live in the wings with the residents. In the beginning, it’s just to help people get settled in and a bit of guidance for the first year residents as well. We’re also pastoral care, so if anyone has any issues or has anything they want to talk about they can come and knock on our door at any time.
What have you learned at Trinity?
For me, Trinity has provided a lot of opportunities leadership-wise. I wasn’t really involved at school in any leadership roles so it’s definitely broadened my horizons. I’ve learnt a lot about myself and developed my skills in working with different sorts of people. I’ve also learnt so much about different cultures and backgrounds thanks to the diversity we have here at Trinity.
What makes Trinity a special place to be a part of?
Trinity represents a place of comfort, of embracing all backgrounds, fostering personal development and nurturing lifelong friendships through the community values of support and inclusivity. It is home, but it is also so much more.
What are the best parts of Trinity?
There are always people around to chat to but you also have your room to retreat to when you need to escape the hustle and bustle for a bit of “me” time. Academic life is also supported by the many study areas we have available as well as the tutorial programme that we run. Our facilities and grounds also set us apart.
What advice do you have for new residents entering the College?
Make use of all that Trinity has to offer. Relish every opportunity that is provided and get as involved in the spirit and culture of the college as you can. It is the most rewarding community to be a part of.
Trinity is home, but it’s also so much more.