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Tim first heard about Trinity Residential College at a uni exchange open day in his native Netherlands. A nature and sports lover, Trinity and Australia seemed like the perfect choice for Tim, especially after he was told about the experience by a previous exchange student in Amsterdam. During his time here he’s even managed to run a half-marathon in 1:31:04.

Just the combination of Australians and the exchangers really gave me something extra, because it gave me the opportunity to really know Australia. It’s not just the stuff that everyone knows that you’re doing – it’s getting involved with the culture of the place.

How has Trinity helped you see more of Australia?
I’ve been down to Margaret River with 20 of the exchangers and some of the Australians who showed us the area – visiting Yallingup and Dunsborough. And during the mid-semester break, we went to Karijini and Exmouth, travelling separately and together in seven cars; it was just great seeing everyone, a really nice experience.

Tell us about the food and the Dining Room?
My favourite dish is the Sunday Roast – don’t forget to cover your dish with gravy! The Dining Room is great because it’s the place where you see everyone… you can just get your food, see a table and sit with them. You see each other at the start of the day and the end of the day, and it’s just so nice to catch up with each other. It’s really a place where people come together.

What are the best parts of TRC?

  • Meeting friends for life
  • Hoops at the court
  • Not always studying in the Resource Center
  • Morning coffee with a newspaper
  • Chit chat with the kitchen staff
  • Getting bike keys from Karen
  • Formal dinners

What makes Trinity a special place to be a part of?
After being away for the mid-semester break I genuinely missed having all the people around. Just after being around for a few months, I already had the ‘coming home’ feeling you experience after the holidays. It really feels like a new home.

What’s your favourite spot in Trinity?
The basketball court. With the convenience of the gym just 100-metres away, I play sports at least six times a week here just because it’s so convenient to just do it.

What have you learned at Trinity?
Living with all those different nationalities and religions gave me the opportunity to get to know them better.

What advice do you have for new residents entering the College?
No worries, you’ll be perfectly fine.