Ben came from Ireland to study in Australia as part of his great big adventure. His first time out of home has brought with it a sense of freedom, including being able to explore the country. During his time at Trinity, he’s been on trips down south to Margaret River and up north to the outback, where his group helped a rescue team in Karijini National Park to get someone out of a gorge.

The first day I got here, I was here earlier than most of the other new residents, so I met up with Jug who showed me around. And even that day, the College tried to help get you out to meet people once you settled in a bit. Once everyone else started arriving, it started to get a lot more interesting.

How has Trinity helped you see more of Australia?
The chance to live on my own was one of the main things I looked forward to before making the trip to Australia. I have learned that throwing yourself into all the new experiences is one of the best things possible. The road trip on the north-west coast, which the Trinity staff play a big part in, helped us get organised and settled in. We also got the chance to help a rescue team in Karijini National Park get someone out of a gorge.

What have you learned at Trinity Residential College?
Going on exchange alone is probably one of the best things you could do because you’ll meet so many great people, and not have someone see you as everyone else would back at home.

What do you love about TRC?
The intercollege sporting and wing events. The social life and people you meet. The staff do whatever they can to make you feel at home and help with as many things as they can. And all the trips you get to go on, either with the College or the people you meet.

What’s your favourite spot in Trinity?
The Dining Room, because it’s one of the social hubs of Trinity. Whether it’s for a meal or study, you’ll always find someone hanging around. It’s where we all spend a lot of our time as you’re able to meet up with everyone for all your meals and socialise.

What advice do you have for new residents entering university or the College?
Throw yourself into as many activities and events as you can and talk to as many people as possible. One thing I didn’t take advantage of was that if there’s any skill you want to learn, you can probably find someone to teach it.

Compared to other colleges around Perth Trinity is easily the best place.