Growing up in Bunbury in WA’s South West, Patrick moved to the big city by himself for university. He selected Trinity specifically because he would start out not knowing anyone – to fully embrace the college experience and meet new people.

Starting uni after a gap year and a bit of travel after high school, moving into Trinity is the longest that he’s ever been away from home. The hardest part of independence though? “Having to do my own laundry.”

There are tutorials run at Trinity which I found were really helpful, because I used to get tutoring from my Dad, and he doesn’t do any of the subjects that I’m doing at Uni. It was good to have someone there that’s been through the same kind of stuff that I’ve been doing, and having friends that I live with that I can get at a moment’s notice to help me study.

What’s your favourite dish in the Trinity Dining Room?
Burger Day is #1. The burgers are absolutely lovely, I think they build friendships and they’ve been one of the best experiences at Trinity. The best way to settle into a Saturday.

What was your experience coming to Trinity Residential College?
I picked Trinity specifically because I wouldn’t have any friends; because part of the college experience is meeting new people, and starting that network up in Perth. Orientation Week made me feel like it was a really comfortable place to meet new people, and I was in a really well-facilitated position to start meeting and making those friends.

How have you found Trinity as your first place away from home?
I did a bit of travelling in my gap year, but Trinity is the first place I’ve been away from home for such a long stint. I haven’t really gotten homesick or anything, and had plenty of support from friends around me.

What makes Trinity a special place to be a part of?
The people. I feel like I could strike up a conversation with just about anyone.

Tell us about one of the best memories you have a Trinity.
One night out we were getting Hungry Jacks in Semester One. I looked at the friends I had in the car and realised that I knew none of them before the start of the year and realised how close we were. That casual freedom was something that I had been looking forward to since high school.

What hobbies have you gotten into since joining TRC?
Something I’ve gotten into this year with a couple of people around Trinity, that I didn’t really think I’d get into, was social netball. Lots of social events, I’ve been kind of surprised because a lot of the sporting events have been less focused on the sport and more on the social aspect.

What advice do you have for new residents entering the College?
I’d probably say, go in there with the expectation that you’re there to have a good time, and everyone else is, and if you are scared about the situation everyone’s in the same boat. Don’t be afraid, this is the easiest time that I’ve ever had meeting people and making friends. A little effort in ‘Welcome Week” goes a long way. It’s going to be fun.

I’m never bored. Between study, social and other activities, I’m able to stay busy. It’s perfect for me.