Unofficial Orientation Series 2016: Getting There From Here

This is a repost of my 2015 update of daniphantom‘s 2014 update of her 2013 post. Ha!

Yes, this is from Björk's video for "Triumph of a Heart."

Yes, this is from Björk’s video for “Triumph of a Heart.”

This is part of our 2016 Unofficial Orientation Series. A quick reminder that you can check out the welcome post here and past years’ series here.

If you have a car — lucky you. Most of today’s installment doesn’t apply to you, except that we’re all very jealous of your ready access to transportation. If you don’t have a car, consider making friends with someone who does.

As any current Wes student will tell you, one area in which Middletown is seriously lacking is its ability to help you get out of Middletown (not that you would ever want to, of course). The closest train station is in Meriden, though your best bet for getting out of town is to go to Union Station in New Haven or Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks (near Hartford). Getting there, though, is quite the challenge. At one point there was even a campus organization strictly dedicated to improving transportation. Lucky for you, we at Wesleying, along with our friends at the Peer Advisor Blog, have attempted to compile a list of the car-less ways to get to Connecticut’s two main transportation hubs to make your lives easier.

Unofficial Orientation Series 2016: What to Pack

This post is a repost of Jackson’s post from last year. Which was a repost of Frizzly’s post from the year before. Which was a repost of Samira’s post in 2013. As it turns out, the shit you need to pack doesn’t change much over the years.

arrivalday-22This is part of our 2016 Unofficial Orientation Series. A quick reminder that you can check out the welcome post here and past years’ series here.

At first glance, this post might seem like the most straightforward of the Unofficial Orientation Series. But scoff not, freshman or unadjusted upperclassman. Packing for college is anything but a piece of cake. You’re placing some of your most prized and cherished possessions into flimsy boxes and suitcases, making difficult choices about what you’ll keep with you for the next nine months of your life — how could it not be stressful?!

By now your mom has probably found Wesleyan’s official packing list and, much to your chagrin, has begun scrounging around your garage for old milk crates and pillow shams. While mumsy dearest probably knows what you’ll need best, you might also benefit from a list compiled by a person who’s actually your age.

Unofficial Orientation Series 2016: WesLingo

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This is part of our 2016 Unofficial Orientation Series. A quick reminder that you can check out the welcome post here and past years’ series here.

This post is an updated repost of a repost of a repost of a repost of a repost of a post for anyone who’s worried about sounding like a totally unassimilated dweeb walking around campus – which is inevitable, but this post is tradition by now. So frosh, listen up. Conformity is key. Which is probably the last thing you’d expect to hear at Wes.

At this point, you’ve probably spent your summer knowing the names of buildings as they are on the campus map (which is conveniently linked here for those of you who are procrastinating even that). Let me just tell you now: almost all of them have earned some nickname or other over the course of Wesleyan’s long lifetime. We’re here to help you relearn their de facto names, so you aren’t marching around looking like the uninformed frosh you are. Once again though, it’s inevitable; even if you’re “on your phone” we know you are looking at the school map as you head towards one direction and do a completely noticeable 180 degree turn towards your building of choice.

Click after the jump to fake it ’til you make it.

Unofficial Orientation Series 2016: Tweet at Us!

“must be a lot more powerful than I imagined. Didn’t realize I could cause such havoc. EXTRA…Cher makes Twitter IRRELVANT. News at 11” – Cher

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This is an announcement post. Basically we’re announcing that this Sunday at 3PM EST, Wesleying will be hosting a Twitter chat with any and all who would welcome our snarky online presence. This is part of our 2016 Unofficial Orientation Series, which launches IN FULL FORCE on July 24th! A quick reminder that you can check out the welcome post here, the Dorm Living FAQ post here, and past years’ series here.

Confused as to what this is/why we’re doing a Twitter chat for the first time? Don’t worry: we got u. Here’s why:

Live in Full House!

202 washington full houseEmma Rose Borzekowski ’19 writes in:

Full House has two doubles to offer so we are looking for two to four people who want to join the full house family! If you want to live in the most fun (as the saying goes, ‘party at Full House’) and YUMMIEST program house next year, let me know. We are a great community, will share lots of nice food together, and have a gorgeous house with pretty big rooms.

Apply soon! Email Emma at eborzekowski@wes to apply.

Place: Full House (202 Washington Street)
Cost: $13,950 (but you have to pay that anyway)

Unofficial Orientation 2016: Dorm Living FAQ

Holly and Xue wrote the first version of this post in 2006 and it has been reposted every year since then.  Dorm Life never changes much. Unless Fauver becomes Bennett.

Pictured: A bright-eyed young freshman shakes his groove thang, eager to impress his lofty peers. Taken by Rachel Pincus '13.

Pictured: A bright-eyed young freshman shakes his groove thang, eager to impress his lofty peers. Taken by Rachel Pincus ’13.

Dear frosh of 2020,

As you are probably fretting about your first day of college, a sense of melancholy (or jittery excitement and increased WesAdmits activity, if you hated high school) has creeped up on you. Are you making lists of toiletries and getting boxes from Staples to pack your life into? Wondering how much action your soon-to-be bed has gotten in the past? A lot, probably.

But don’t be too frazzled. Before you finish your housing form, get your roommate(s) assignment, and make dorm Facebook groups that no one will check after October, Wesleying‘s here to answer your 40ish most pressing questions related to waking-up-and-instantly-having-200-or-so-of-your-peers-to-hang-out-with.

The pertinent FAQ doesn’t change much from year to year, so we tend to update/repost much of the original guide by Norse Goddess Holly-and-Xue ’08 (cuz it’s still damn good and we’re still damn lazy) every year. This re-vamped guide is up to date and full of Wesleyan lingo:

Wesleying Unofficial Orientation Series 2016: WELCOME

You won’t be ~sorry~ you chose Wes ;)

Sorry ft. MRoth'78

Dear preFrosh,

Every year as the summer draws to an end and the countdown to Wes begins, a new class of froshpeople fall into a frenzy. We know you’ve got questions:

“How do I live with a roommate? What do you mean there’s no AC? How many nights a week can I actually party without dying/going broke/failing all my classes? What’s a breakfast pail? How do I manage to see that one person I hooked up with the first night of orientation everywhere on such a small campus? Is it chill if I just walk into any bathroom when I have to pee?  How do you pronounce Usdan?”

It’s pronounced yous-dan. You’re welcome.

Contribute to Loam Environmental Arts Magazine

loam2logoHannah Wilton ’18 and Mira Guth ’18 want YOU:

LOAM magazine, an environmental arts magazine started by Kate Weiner ’15 and Nicole Stanton ’15, is back! We are looking for photographs, artwork, essays, poems, and thoughts that in some way explore our relationship with the earth. We’re hoping to get a jump on submissions for Fall 2016, so email your work to loam(at)wesleyan(dot)edu. We can’t wait to see what you send us!

Also, check out Kate and Nicole’s website to see all the beautiful work they’re doing as they expand LOAM to the wider world. We are so excited to collaborate and take their project forward at Wesleyan.

If you have any questions feel free to contact us! ( mguth(at)wesleyan(dot)edu and hwilton(at)wesleyan(dot)edu )

Submit soon!

Share Your Thoughts about the MASH!

musicFrom the CFA:

Do you like music festivals but can’t afford Coachella (or aren’t down with its culturally appropriative dress tendencies)? You’re in luck: Wesleyan’s student-run music festival is coming up!

While the upcoming semester may seem too distant to think about, this is an important time to hear different student voices as to how the MASH can continue to improve as an inclusive, safe, and fun musical experience for everyone.

Please fill out this quick survey about your past experiences, conceptions and opinions about the MASH and how it can be strengthened!