WELCOME, PREFROSH!

Fun fact: although applications for the Class of 2015 went down 5.5% since last year, enthusiasm among admitted students has gone up 6.74% to make up for it.

They’re heeeeere.

According to our shiny admissions site, Regular Decision applicants to Wesleyan’s Class of 2015 received their online decision notifications at 3:00 this afternoon, and you know what that means: hundreds of screaming prefrosh on Facebook, excited as all hell to learn about their fellow 2015-ers’ locations, music taste, heights(?), and general thoughts on Kurosawa and dubstep and crunchy vs. smooth peanut butter and anyone-want-to-buy-my-extra-GY!BE-ticket? (Best comment: “i didn’t know anyone else has ever heard of Godspeed You! Black Emperor! haha.” Welcome to Wes, man. It’s a magical place.) One of our future classmates made a Wes 2015 message board. Another is even dreaming about us:

Last night I had the craziest dream that we were in our first week at Wesleyan and all of our dorms were in random shore houses with tons of pebbles in the front yards. Also everyone was asleep at 12:30 P.M. and I was walking behind Mike the Situation looking as he tried to help me find people I knew.

Also out and about: scores of current freshmen strangely anxious to offer up essay-length, exclamation point-happy bios usually ending with offers to “answer ANY and ALL questions you have” (seriously, anything, just shoot me an email at avanwyngarden@wes, I promise nothing’s too personal) and even “get any other information about 200 Church or the Butts if you guys need it.” Thanks for the enthusiasm, guys.  Note to prefrosh: the ACB might be a better venue for some of your questions. (Oh, and obligatory bonus CollegeConfidential creepiness: if you’re more interested in your future classmates’ SAT scores, income brackets, and frequent inability to use HTML code, click here. I couldn’t make it past the first page.)

Congratulations, admits! With WesFest 2011 just three weeks away (scope the events calendar here), this seems as good a time as any to offer up a very Wesleying welcome to Wesleyan (and a tasteful slice of condolence pie to those who didn’t make it). Choose Wes! If this introductory orientation video package doesn’t convince you, I can’t fathom what will:

Also, a bit of advice: enjoy the WesAdmits Facebook group, but proceed with caution. Yes, everything you post there will be scrutinized by future classmates, current students, admission officers, and Wesleying staff. Yes, your future Wes friends will one day look back on those posts and give you shit for bragging about being one of “those who spell theatre with the r before the e.” It’s okay if you don’t already know where you want to live, what you want to study, who you want to be at Wesleyan: you’re not supposed to. Be friendly, share info, but don’t feel pressured to make all your friends and find a roommate and choose an extracurricular and construct an entire post-high school identity now. It doesn’t work that way. And no, you will not have trouble finding other Wes students who share your obscure interest in Radiohead or Arrested Development or playing tennis. They’re out there, and many of them aren’t posting on the Facebook group.

Oh, and you know that one guy who friends every member of the prefrosh class before school even starts? Don’t be that guy.

Welcome to Wes. We’re psyched to meet you.

4 thoughts on “WELCOME, PREFROSH!

  1. Guest

    I love how this blog periodically references the insane-ness of College Confidential. It should be illegal.
    I just got admitted regular decision and according to that website I probably wouldn’t have had a chance in hell.

  2. Guest

    Prefrosh: For the love of god DO NOT BRING YOUR PARENTS TO WESFEST. Not in the scandalous way, in the “you will feel obligated to hang out with them” way. Trust me.

  3. Ayn Rand

    You’re sending prefroshes to the ACB for questions? I thought you were trying to scare them off, but then I realize you’re trolling the ACB. Who trolls the trolls? Zach.

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