Unofficial Orientation Series 2015: What to Pack

This post is a repost of Frizzly’s post from last year. 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.

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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.

Of course, everyone needs the basics: toiletries, bedding, school supplies, and clothes. But at Wesleyan, as you’ll quickly learn, we tend to do almost everything a little bit differently.

Unofficial Orientation Series 2015: Middletown Eateries

This post is a repost of a repost

Note: This is by no means an exhaustive list of eating options in Middletown. Feel free to add your own recommendations in the comments. 

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Middletown has so many fantastic dining options that at first you might feel like this turtle: faced with an almost insurmountable mountain of deliciousness. Much like the above turtle, though, you’ve got to start somewhere. We’re here to give you a head start.

From coffee-shop casual to awkward-family-dinner upscale, there’s food in Middletown for every occasion. This is Part 1 of our guide to some of the best places to eat in town, to be continued tomorrow.  Prices are on a $ to $$$ scale. Also worth noting is that a lot of Middletown restaurants accept Middletown cash, so save up some of that laundry money for your dining excursions. Read all of our food list after the jump!

Unofficial Orientation Series 2015: Wes Music Scene

This is my update of Q’s post from last year, which was an update of his post from 2013. Some things have changed, but  the scene here is still ‘unique, zealous, and sweaty.’

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New Jersey punkers Titus Andronicus at Eclectic, 5/1/2015

The more I talk to college kids at other schools, the more I realize how much the music scene at Wesleyan sets itself apart. Though we have them, we are not confined to house parties and bars — there’s music nearly every day, all week. Often, there’s so much music that you can’t possibly go to it all, but you try anyway.

Once things get going, there are 3-5 concerts every weekend, sometimes even multiple shows a night. I’ve seen more bands than I have the energy to count with more variety than I can quantify simply  by wandering around at Wesleyan on a given weekend. The folks who book shows at Wesleyan work very hard to bring in all kinds of groups, well-known or just emerging, from punk to dance, and usually put one or two solid student bands on the list.

Many student bands have gone on to greater things, like Henry Hall ‘14 of Grand Cousin (RIP), the Rooks (who are playing The Mash this year, fyi), Novelty Daughter, Overcoats, Heems of Das Racist, AND MORE. Wesleyan is also home to a unique brand of jazz/hip-hop fusion, as showcased by bands like Sky Bars and junior band Chef.

Seriously. It’s very special. What’s even better is that 95% of this stuff is totally free.

Unofficial Orientation Series 2015: WesTech

This is an update of alt’s update of pyrotechnic’update of lesanjuan’update of Syed’s 2010 post.

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This entire post strikes me as wildly ironic, as I’m posting it from my phone in a tiny Internet café in Paris, through the web browser because the WordPress app is awful and also because we’re afraid to update Wesleying to the latest version. Internet addiction clearly runs deep, and since you, dear prefrosh, presumably have a computer/probably other electronic devices you’re bringing to campus, here’s some info for you on how to connect and do other technical things at Wesleyan.

The first thing you should know: WesTech. It refers to the kindly people who provide “technical services and support to all faculty, staff and students,” you might think. No, that’s ITS and how they describe themselves. Here’s what a previous WesLingo post says about WesTech:

WesTech is a word that will pop up every once in a while (via the ACB): “WesTech refers to everyone not DKE/Beta* or mostly the ‘very Wesleyan’ population. It comes from the idea that Wesleyan has unattractive girls and bad sports and thus might as well be a technical school: WesTech.” Apparently, however, this is a term used mainly by other schools to make fun of Wesleyan, and has been appropriated by the sports teams as a label of pride (sports teams doing the ironic appropriation? Only at Wesleyan). A Techie was a term generally used by athletes to describe a “typical” Wesleyan student (artsy), or a “Techie.”

Now that you know what it means, this is required viewing: WesTech State of Mind.

If you’re confused, don’t worry: I’ve never heard anyone use the term WesTech, which probably means I’m a techie. Huh. Anyway, for instructions on how to be technologically savvy at Wes, read on.

Apply to Be a Stethoscope Press Editor

stethoscopeFrom Rebecca Brill ’16:

Stethoscope Press, Wesleyan’s only student run publishing press, is looking for a few more editors! As an editor, you will work one on one with a writer to create a beautifully published book by the end of the year. If you love the process of writing, editing, and designing, consider joining us for a rewarding and collaborative experience. In the past, we’ve published graphic novels, poem collections, novellas, memoirs, and short stories.

To apply, please send a 5-7 page writing sample to stethoscopepress[at]gmail[dot]com and a few sentences on why you’re applying and what kind of writing excites you. The deadline is Sunday, September 20 at 4pm.

Don’t hesitate to email Rebecca Brill (rebrill[at]wesleyan[dot]edu) with questions.

Deadline: Sunday, September 20 at 4 PM

Wesleying Unofficial Orientation Series 2015: Dorm Living FAQ

This post is a repost of a repost of a repost of a repost of a repost. Dorm Life never changes much. Unless Fauver becomes Bennett.

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Dear frosh,

At this point in the summer, you are probably fretting over things like 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. Last year’s Unofficial Orientation Series Dorm Living post  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 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). This re-vamped guide is up to date and full of Wesjargon:

Wesleying Unofficial Orientation Series 2015: Getting There From Here

This is an updated repost of daniphantom’s 2014 post, which was an update of her 2013 post.

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

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

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, and 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 2015: Eating and Drinking at Wes

This post is an updated version of the Eating and Drinking installment of last year’s Orientation Series.

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Eating and drinking is a necessity for all living beings, even during your hazy college days. While we all have to adjust our food standards from delicious home-cooked meals to university food, trust me, it could be worse. Wesleyan has many options for dining that you can enjoy regardless of your dietary orientation. Although we lost to Oberlin last year for “most vegan friendly school,” we still have awesome vegan food and our friends at the Mongolian Grill are always willing to cook up a chicken tortilla topped with cheese if it’s protein that you want.

This is a part of the Unofficial Orientation Series 2015 to remind you to eat your veggies.

Wesleying Unofficial Orientation Series 2015: WesLingo

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This post is an updated 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. So frosh, listen up. Conformity is key.

At this point, you’ve probably spent your summer knowing the names of buildings as they are on the campus map. 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.

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

Wesleying Unofficial Orientation Series 2015: WELCOME

Soon, this could be you. Glad to have you in the family.

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Spring Fling 2010

Dear 2019ers,

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: