About the Program

The Summer Bridge FYE is an invitation-based program designed specifically to welcome incoming first-generation students and/or students from underrepresented populations to Trinity University, facilitate their transition to university life both academically and socially, and provide them with an early introduction to all the resources that the University has available for students.

Participants move into campus early to begin their First-Year Experience (FYE) course in advance, make friends, participate in workshops, and get to know Trinity University.

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What You’ll Learn

FYE Topic

The topic of the Summer Bridge FYE is “A Successful Life.” Everyone sets out to succeed, but pinpointing what “success” means can be tricky business. In this course, you will:

  • Question how we can measure deep, long-term success
  • Examine the surprising ways important figures have sought to define success
  • Study contemporary examples of struggles to achieve artistic and scientific success

The semester will culminate in your individual creative exploration of how you might finish your first year at Trinity with success, how you might extend that success along the road to graduation, and, most importantly, how you can forge the path to an ultimately successful life.

Workshop Topics

You will attend workshops and seminars focused on starting your life at Trinity off strong. Topics covered include:

  • Study strategies
  • Transitioning to college life
  • “Tech @ Trinity”
  • Time and task management
  • Library resources
  • Navigating the Pathways curriculum
  • Embracing diversity, inclusion, and community
  • Mindfulness and wellness

You will also take part in some orientation and community building activities, including:

  • A campus resources scavenger hunt
  • Volunteering at the San Antonio Food Bank or other community service
  • Getting your Tiger Card (student ID card)

This is a great opportunity to take advantage of. You finish early and get introduced to campus early, which is a great advantage. You also have many resources: the TLC staff, your professors, and advisers that will all help you succeed.

Program Details

Meet the Faculty

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Betty Curry 
Director for Academic Support
Summer Bridge Sessions



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Jennifer Bartlett
FYE Professor, English Faculty


Jennifer Rowe
FYE Professor; Director, Tutoring Programs


Niescja Turner

Niescja Turner 
FYE Professor, Physics and Astronomy Faculty 

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Becca Burt
Academic Coach
Summer Bridge Sessions


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Greg Hazleton
FYE Professor, English Faculty


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Ronni Sadovsky
FYE Professor, Philosophy Faculty


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Sheryl Tynes
FYE Professor, Vice President for Student Life



If you have questions or would like additional information concerning the Summer Bridge FYE, please contact Betty Curry at