Don’t Just Visit Trinity, Visit San Antonio

by Leila C. Ramos —

If you're like me, the mother of overachievers, your mailbox will no doubt start to fill up with college brochures as soon as they’re old enough to drive. The thing is, after a while, each college starts to look more and more like the last. And why not? Every college wants to go out of their way to look the best on paper.

As a mother who has toured over two dozen colleges and universities across the country with her children, I can attest that a lot of them are very similar. On the other hand, there are some amazing schools out there that you really just need to see for yourself to appreciate how special they really are and to determine if they’re the right fit for your child.

Let me save you some time and let you know that one of the schools that you need to visit is Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas.

Trinity University is a small, residential, liberal arts and sciences university, located in the beautiful Monte Vista Historic District, that sits on top of a hill overlooking the downtown San Antonio skyline. Trinity’s campus is absolutely stunning, whether it’s the classic red brick buildings, the cozy Adirondack chairs, incredibly lush landscaping, or the state-of-the-art classrooms and labs (which have been ranked among the best in the nation, I might add). Don’t even get me started on the caliber of faculty at Trinity - second to none. You can schedule a walking tour of the campus throughout the year, but I’d really recommend that your child attend one of their Trinity in Focus events that are scheduled on select Saturdays throughout the Fall and Spring school year. There’s even a special Summer Trinity in Focus coming up on June 25 if you want to get an early start. Did someone say FAMILY VACATION?

As I’ve learned over the years, San Antonio is more than just the Alamo (although you should definitely stop by for the obligatory photo-op while you’re in town). Actually, San Antonio is the seventh largest, and among the fastest growing cities in America, and despite its growth, it’s managed to maintain a charming vibe. From the San Antonio Missions (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) to the south to the Texas Hill Country to the north, there’s so much to do and see, whether you’re interested in theme parks, world-class dining and shopping, art galleries, breweries, boutique hotels, nature trails or the San Antonio Spurs. For all those reasons (and so much more), AARP has named San Antonio among the Top 5 U.S. Places to Visit for 2016.

A few of my personal favorite parts of San Antonio to consider checking out when you’re in town:

The Pearl is a perfect location for visitors to enjoy San Antonio's rustic atmosphere. Photo by Anh-Viet Dinh.
The Pearl Located about five minutes from campus, this meticulously restored 23-acre former beer brewing complex has been transformed into San Antonio’s hottest new neighborhood, complete with amazing dining, libations, trails along the San Antonio River, and the crown jewel, Hotel Emma. Stay here if you can, or at least pop in and check it out. It’s amazing!

San Antonio's riverwalk is only 10 minutes from campus. Photo by Anh-Viet Dinh.
The Riverwalk If you’ve never been to the Riverwalk, this is a must! Built over 80 years ago, this network of walkways in the heart of downtown, along the San Antonio River, is dotted with dozens of restaurants, hotels, shops, patios, and galleries to suit just about anyone’s taste. Best of all, it’s only 10 minutes from campus!

La CanteraThe Rim – This newer part of town, located about 20 minutes north of campus, is a shopper’s paradise. From Saks 5th Avenue to Bass Pro Shop to some truly fantastic restaurants, there’s so much to see. Even better, Six Flags-Fiesta Texas and Sea World of Texas are only minutes away.

Like I said, there’s really so much to do and see in San Antonio that you might just want to turn your child’s tour of Trinity University into a San Antonio vacation. And once they’re accepted to Trinity, there’s a special event for admitted students, a perfect excuse to come back and see more of this wonderful city!

About Leila

Leila Ramos is a healthcare specialist and retired teacher living in Duval County, Texas. Her son, Abel, graduated from Trinity in 2007 and is currently an analyst and strategist for the Office of University Marketing & Communications. Her passions include spending time with her children and grandchildren, gardening, travel, and bedazzling.

1 comment:

  1. I am glad that I finally got a chance to check out this place. Great views, food is nice. The quality of service at Chicago event space was great, and the environment were pretty comfortable. I’ll say I will look forward to visit again.