Originally from Singapore, Peng transferred to Trinity from University Hall for his second year of a Medical Science degree. In Australia for the first time for university, he explained that one of the big draw cards of Trinity was the pastoral care available, offering another level of support to complete his studies.
Trinity is home to people from diverse backgrounds, with a good balance of Australians and people from all around the world.
What made you choose Trinity to live and study?
The strong social and pastoral support system is a reason I chose to live in Trinity, especially during the grueling and transforming University life. Trinity has a huge campus with many facilities and pretty gardens. It is especially spectacular during spring.
What was it like being welcomed into Trinity?
It was great, the Deputy Head of College was very friendly, he personally welcomed everyone. They gave us all a bag with gifts in there, the RAs (Resident Advisors) put in lots of effort to make everybody feel more welcome.
How has pastoral care and the faculty of the college helped you?
Whenever I’ve had any issues or problems, whenever I’ve been stressed, I could visit the counsellor here and could find Craig the Deputy Head directly to talk to, or the RAs. Even the Dean of Students will sometimes talk to me to find out what’s happening. In the Dining Room, the Deputy Head will go around to each table to check if everybody is doing alright.
Tell us about one of the best memories you have at Trinity.
One of the best memories would simply be spending time with close friends in common balconies and spaces. Trinity’s community and campus make us feel home.
Tell us about the Dining Room?
The Dining Room serves a diversity of food almost throughout the day. On days when I do not feel as cheerful, the food sometimes can bring me some comfort. There are also cultural cuisines served on special events that we look forward to.
What makes Trinity a special place to be a part of?
We learn to appreciate and respect differences from the everyday social interactions in common spaces. It is a good place to gain perspectives and to experience living harmoniously together.
Tell us about the cultural aspect of the College?
In other colleges there might be higher percentages of people from just one particular place; over here it’s a really good mix. I’ve met people from Japan, Sweden, Finland, the UK, the US, many places.