After six years itís really hard to tell what I appreciated most during my time at Trinity.
It was definitely not just the tuition. Of course it is fantastic to have first-class supervisors, to be supplied with virtually everything you need to do research on any subject, to be able also to go beyond the borders of what is actually required and to broaden your horizon more than you ever did before.
It was definitely not just meeting interesting people, making friends with students from all over the world and feeling part of a strong, friendly and supportive college community.
It was not only the wonderful musical experiences, although all the high quality concerts with Trinity Choir or the music society have had a strong influence on the scale of rating which I apply nowadays for my work as music journalist and concert agent.
Nor was it simply all the eccentric details, like the Great-Court-run, the Duck-Society, gowns, bedders, porters and being allowed to cross the lawn on Graduation Day. Nor Ė being a native German speaker - becoming fluent in a foreign language.
In the end, most impressive was that people who were clearly far more talented than me showed a real interest in what I was doing and in what I was thinking. In short: I was taken seriously by people whom I respected greatly for their achievements or even admired. In addition to that, my self-confidence was extremely strengthened by the fact that I had some extra-curricular skills that numerous of my smartest fellow students clearly lacked. Like cooking for example, or being able to do my laundry without shrinking all my jumpers. That put a lot of things into perspective.
One might argue that all this is something other colleges or universities are potentially able to offer, too.
Iím not so sure.