Soon, this could be you. Glad to have you in the family.
In less than a week, you’ll get to the campus of your dreams, all wide-eyed and mildly terrified and probably carrying way too much stuff. You’ll navigate through seas of other people moving in with you. You’ll meet your RAs, your orientation leaders, your first friends (and enemies?). You’ll learn about gender-neutral pronouns. You’ll wander around late at night, likely trying to figure out where the hell you are. You’ll have a lot to figure out — what classes you’re going to take, what a breakfast pail is, and how to pronounce ‘Usdan.’
There’s a lot to take in, so if you’re a bit freaked out, we’re here to help. Welcome to the 2015 edition of the Wesleying Unofficial Orientation Series! Every day for the next two weeks, highly reputable bloggers who really don’t just spend all day on the Internet will post something we think could help you in your journey and that your orientation leaders might not tell you.
Here’s what we’ve got in store, in no particular order:
- 8/21: WesLingo
- 8/22: Eating and Drinking at Wes
- 8/23: Getting There From Here
- 8/24: Dorm Living FAQ
- 8/25: WesTech
- 8/26: Music Scene
- 8/27: Middletown Eateries
- 8/28: What to Pack
- 8/29: Student Groups
- 8/30: First Year Classes
- 8/31: Athletics / Athlete Life
- 9/1: Making Friends
- 9/2: Social Media Directory
- 9/3: Health Resources on Campus
- Being Green
- Drop/Add Tips and Tricks
Check back around noon each day for something new. Some of these posts will be new and timely updates, while some will simply be reposts from last year’s series. Some things don’t change very much. If you’d like, you can look back at past years’ Unofficial Orientations or keep track of this year’s series with the Unofficial Orientation Series 2015 tag. This post will be updated in the coming weeks with links to each post.
I’ve been bedridden with some form of the flu and can’t think straight so I’m going to steal some words from Samira:
You’re going to have a lot of things coming at you this fall semester: choosing classes, being bombarded at the student activities fair, exposure to seemingly weird ideas about how society should be, meeting a ton new people all the time, trying to figure shit out in general. Just take it in stride and know that there’s always going to be people to help out and understand what you’re going through, even if you have questions like “What is a grundle?” and “Does beer taste like pee?”
Have any specific questions? Post them as comments to this page, email staff[at]wesleying[dot]org, or post them in WesAdmits 2019. From us to you, welcome to Wesleyan! You’re in for something special.