Julia Pecora ’25
Transitioning from high school to college can be an overwhelming experience, full of uncertainties and questions. However, at Trinity College, a supportive program known as the Big Sister Little Sister Program, facilitated by the Women and Gender Resource and Action Center (WGRAC), aims to ease this transition by fostering meaningful connections between students. This initiative not only provides invaluable guidance but also creates lasting bonds among Trinity’s young women.
The Big Sister Little Sister Program pairs first-year students with volunteer students from higher grades, offering a friendly hand to navigate the uncharted waters of college life. The fun begins over the summer when these dynamic duos are connected, setting the stage for a supportive relationship that extends well beyond the first semester.
One of the program’s core features is the opportunity for first-year students to ask their “big sisters” questions about move-in day and the college transition. This resource provides students with insider insights and tips to make their entry into Trinity as seamless as possible. From housing details to course registration advice, these conversations set the stage for a successful academic journey.
Throughout the academic year, WGRAC organizes a series of engaging events for these mentor-mentee pairs. Past activities have ranged from apple-picking excursions, where the bond between sisters deepens amidst the orchard’s bounty, to creative cookie decorating nights that bring out the artistic flair in everyone. There are also meet-and-greet sessions held in the warm and welcoming WGRAC office, creating a safe and inclusive space for open dialogue and friendship building.
This year, the excitement is palpable as big and little sisters eagerly prepare to venture into the apple orchards once again in early October. It’s not just about plucking apples, it’s about the laughter shared, the stories swapped and the connections strengthened during these outings. These events provide students with opportunities to bond outside the classroom, fostering a sense of community and belonging that is vital during the college years.
The Big Sister Little Sister Program is more than just a mentorship; it’s an embodiment of Trinity’s commitment to empowering its students, particularly its women. The bonds formed between big and little sisters extend beyond practical advice and into a supportive network that helps young women navigate the complexities of college life.
Laura Lockwood, the head of WGRAC, is enthusiastic about encouraging more inspired Trinity women to become big sisters. By reaching out to Laura via email, firstname.lastname@example.org, interested individuals can receive more information about how to participate in this enriching experience and make a positive impact on the lives of their fellow students.
The Big Sister Little Sister Program at Trinity stands as a testament to the institution’s dedication to fostering a close-knit and supportive community. It exemplifies the idea that the college experience isn’t just about academics; it’s also about forming meaningful connections and finding a network of support that lasts a lifetime. As Trinity continues to uphold its commitment to empowering its students, programs like these remind us that we are all part of a larger community, where mentorship, friendship and guidance go hand in hand to create an enriching and fulfilling college journey.