“Did Lin Manuel Miranda really breathe on these admissions brochures?” – Someone at WesFest last year probably
Real news alert: according to an Instagram post from Wesleyan Admission, regular decision admissions letters were released to the Class of 2021 today at 3PM. Excitement! If you’re a current student, this means several things: (1) We’re old, really old, (2) We’re that much closer to WesFest and thesis deadline and 4/20?, and (3) many reflections on the cyclical nature of things, in times like these, in places such as right here.
There’s no word yet on our acceptance rate for this year, or whether we came close to meeting last year’s record of 12,000 applicants. I can confirm, however, that someone is predicting the Christian apocalypse to occur in 2021 and, according to several futurist blogs, male birth control is likely to be made widely-available by 2021 and Greenland is likely to move toward full independence.
But yeah, hello, prefrosh! Consider this your alternative acceptance letter:
First off, a big congratulations on your acceptance to Wesleyan! Another congratulations on nearing the end of the college admissions process. Maybe you read one-too-many circuitrider posts on the Wesleyan College Confidential forum? Maybe you tore through the cork soles of your Birkenstocks after touring all 53 of the U.S. Colleges and Universities with more than one ultimate frisbee team? Maybe you didn’t tour any colleges because you spent all your money on application fees like me? Well, all of that is (hopefully) coming to a close.
WesAdmits 2021, the admitted students Facebook group is likely to heat up in the next few days, as students begin to post lengthy bios about their favorite NYC-based soft indie band, your enthusiasm for postmodernist basket-weaving, and your slightly-outdated obsession with Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Someone might even post a video of themselves eating cereal like they did when I was a prefrosh.
Alas, the folks at admissions stopped allowing current students to join WesAdmits until around WesFest, our admitted students weekend. This is quite possibly due to good-natured trolling and memeposting by upperclassmen. So I’m just going to post some things that, as you become acquainted with life at Wesleyan, you should know about:
- Wesleyan YouTube classics:
- This comprehensive guide to pooping venues on campus
- An aggregation of Wesleyan Starter Pack memes, courtesy of the now-defunct Wesleyan meme group We$ Hookupz 2020
- A link to all the classes you might be able to take next year
I’d like to leave with some wise words from former blogger Zach about WesAdmits, because it truly does stand the test of time:
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.
We are psyched to meet you. Hopefully we’ll see you during WesFest (happening this year from April 12-14th). It looks like y’all are psyched too:
— jen (@jenniferrha) March 25, 2017
I got into Wesleyan!!!! Following my boy @svnni footsteps
— Dear Jawn, (@OHB_saint) March 25, 2017
wesleyan university 2021 ?????????
— syda (@sydalevy) March 25, 2017
I am speechless….I was accepted to Wesleyan University! pic.twitter.com/E8WTFxRQEi
— Ricardo Vega (@RickyV2017) March 25, 2017
— dylan!! (@dylclair) March 25, 2017