“Being on campus, surrounded by this incredible enthusiasm, and sometimes the necessary jadedness that comes with facilitating a community like this, was what really confirmed my decision to attend Wesleyan.”
Our second prefrosh perspective on WesFest comes from Molly Hastings ’17, a member of the Class of 2017 from Santa Cruz, California. If you’re a prefrosh and you want to write a guest post about WesFest, send it to us at staff(at)wesleying(dot)org. Here’s “Prefrosh Molly”:
My WesFest started out without a bang, as I waited in the San Jose airport for five hours due to air traffic delays. But my excitement rose as I lined up to board the plane, almost seeing Connecticut outside on the horizon, though it was another hour until I actually boarded the plane due to a missing first officer.
After a bumpy ride in, between a man who repeatedly offered me twizzlers and a woman who played Rat on a Scooter for what seemed like the entire flight, I arrived in Boston. It took me another two hours to actually get to Wesleyan, during which I hyped myself up by alternating between taking twenty-minute naps and reading my acceptance letter, feeling slightly confused.
Finally, after the long journey, I arrived on campus, alone and exhausted. Luckily, the senior I was staying with rushed me to her house and fed me. I then ventured out to the world of Wesleyan, where people congratulated me on being a prefrosh and called me “Prefrosh Molly.” There was a pervading air of positivity through it all, though, and every Wesleyan student I met made me feel welcome.
The tours were great, led by extremely talented artists, filmmakers, and writers. I thought I’d learned everything I could from the Wesleyan website, but I was dead wrong. Being on campus, surrounded by this incredible enthusiasm, and sometimes the necessary jadedness that comes with facilitating a community like this, was what really confirmed my decision to attend Wesleyan, though I have been intending to be at Wesleyan for about a year-and-a-half now.
So, upon congratulating everyone for being so great, I am also making a request as a prefrosh: please, for everyone’s sake, start to deconstruct the male-dominated music scene. I, and countless other female musicians, would really appreciate it!
Stay golden, Wesleyan.
All photos via Olivia Drake and the Wesleyan Connection.