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Unofficial Orientation 2020: Drop/add Tips and Tricks

This is a part of our 2020 Unofficial Orientation series. Find the rest of the posts here. 

COVID-19 Update: The main thing to note is that even though classes start on August 31st, Drop/Add opens on August 24th. So that means if you’re looking to slide into a class with spots, you need to start making mogul moves before class even starts.

Besides that, not a lot has changed. Essentially, the most important thing you can do is show up on the first day if you’re interested in the class, even if you’re not enrolled. If you’re not there in that first meeting, professors will drop you from the class without a second thought. Some of them get off on it. Luckily, since the first week is going to be remote, going to class should be super easy. (Is there a possibility for attending multiple classes at the same time? Please report back.)

Hello, and welcome to today’s episode of Unofficial Orientation: Drop/Add. If you don’t know what that is (seriously, how do you not know what that is yet?), the folks at the registrar’s office have provided this overview. You can also check out this FAQ, also kindly prepared by the registrar’s office, as a way to get the basics down before proceeding. Read on for detailed stratagems, and a TL;DR at the bottom.

Unofficial Orientation Series 2020: First Year Classes

This is a coronavirus version of fern’s update of un meli-melo’s post which was an update of Jackson‘s post from 2015, which was an update of skorn‘s post from 2014. Which was an update of DaPope‘s post from 2013. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, or some shit like that, right?

 

This is part of our 2020 Unofficial Orientation Series. A quick reminder that you can check out the rest of the series here. 

Take a nice deep breath in, at this point you’re either on-campus or just days away.  The excitement is tangible, new campus, new room, new people.  Before you get too wrapped up in your new freedom let’s talk about the real excitement: Your courses, the splendid garden that is Wesmaps, and what this year might be like academically.

I myself remember being confused by the process of choosing and then actually signing up for that class during my first semester so hopefully, this post provides a little clarity in the whole subject (and not the opposite).  Worst comes to worst just remember that most first-year classes are fairly big and your chances of getting into them are pretty high.

On that happy note, let’s dive right into this abyss!

Unofficial Orientation 2020: Weslingo

I call this one “some kids on Foss”, colorized, ca. 2017

This is part of our 2020 Unofficial Orientation Series. You can find the rest of the series here. 

This post is an updated repost of a repost of a repost of a repost of a 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 – which is inevitable, but this post is tradition by now. So prefrosh, listen up. Conformity is key. (Which is probably the last thing you’d expect to hear at Wes.)

You’re about to be introduced to the most crucial part of the Wesleyan experience: WesLingo.

Unofficial Orientation 2020: What to Pack

This a coronavirus updated version of a not highly modified repost of Fern’s post from 2019 which was a highly updated version of Meli’s post from the year before, which is a repost of Sam’s post from the year before that, which is a  repost of Jackson’s post from the year before that, which was a repost of Frizzly’s post from the year before that, which was a repost of Samira’s post in 2013.

Find the rest of our 2020 Unofficial Orientation series here.

 

The packing list: possibly the most exciting part of the entire pre-frosh experience. There’s nothing quite like that first pilgrimage to Bed Bath and Beyond, walking through the forest of twin XL sheets and Premium, Ultra High Thread Count, Norwegian-Silk-Worm-Excrement-Infused ® towels. Every which way you look there’s something else that you couldn’t possibly live without in the perfect dorm room you’ve conjured up in your head.

Unofficial Orientation 2020: Dorm Living FAQ

Holly and Xue wrote the first version of this post in 2006 and it has been reposted every year since then. Dorm Life never changes much. Unless Fauver becomes Bennett (wow this joke is old). [Or unless Clark goes on fire a few times]

Pictured: A bright-eyed young freshman shakes his groove thang, eager to impress his lofty peers. Taken by Rachel Pincus '13.

Pictured: A bright-eyed young freshman shakes his groove thang, eager to impress his lofty peers. Taken by Rachel Pincus ’13.

This is part of our 2020 Unofficial Orientation Series. Find the rest of the posts here.

Dear frosh of 2024,

As you are probably fretting about your first day of 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.

Unofficial Orientation 2020: Welcome!

Hello and welcome to Unofficial Orientation 2020! To the class of 2024, we know that coronavirus isn’t exactly bringing the ~energy~ that you were expecting from your freshman year. But fear not! Wesleying will be providing our usual quality, emphatic, and Wesleyan-related content despite all of the world’s apocalyptic chaos. However, just like every other aspect of the upcoming school year, the structure of our Unofficial Orientation series is going to look a little different. 

In addition to individually posting each Unofficial Orientation article on everything you need to know about being a Frosh, we are going to put the links to these articles together on this post so that you can find all the important 2020 info in one place. This year has been tough enough already, and we don’t want to make things any harder than they need to be. Some of these articles will be the same as last year, but many of them will be updated according to covid-19 guidelines and how Wesleyan is dealing with the pandemic as a whole. It will be pretty obvious which posts have that special coronavirus flare. 

We are also writing brand new articles that pertain to Wesleyan student life that we think are important for all four years of your Wesleyan experience. These are hopefully on topics that are useful with or without global pandemics.

Even though we are facing a lot of changes in 2020, we are still so excited to introduce you to our community and can’t wait to see you virtually or on campus soon!

 

Part 1

Life in the Time of Coronavirus

Dorm Living FAQ

What to Pack

Weslingo

First Year Classes

Drop/add Tips and Tricks

Financial Aid/Paying Bills

Social Media Directory

Student Groups

Queer Life

Athletic Life

Being Green

 

Stay tuned for the links to Part 2!

Westech

Rage Update

Jobs and Work/study

Music Scene

Wesadmits Culture

Getting from here to there and back again

Making Friends 

Student Identity Groups

Unofficial Orientation 2020: Life in the Time of Coronavirus

This is a part of our 2020 Unofficial Orientation series. Find the rest of the posts here.

So, you’re coming back to campus. “Things are going to look a little different this year,” or so you may have heard. Five months ago, in March, physically returning to Wesleyan felt like both an impossibility and the Only Thing to look forward to for the rest of the year. Now, two-thirds of the way through August, it’s become a little more possible. But also, like, a lot more different. As upperclassmen, it is our ethical duty to tell you about every single college experience you’ll ever have before you get to actually have it. But tbh, even we are not fully sure what this fall is gonna look like. Lucky for you, I completed the Moodle course, read the WSA handouts, and skimmed Roth’s letters.

Here’s what we DO know:

Unofficial Orientation 2019: Greek Lyfe

“I mean, I studied abroad in Athens. Is that what you mean by Greek Life?”

frats

This is fos’ update of sdz‘s update of wilk‘s update from 2016 as part of our 2019 Unofficial Orientation Series. A quick reminder that you can check out our welcome post here and past years’ series here.

So this article is gonna be interesting. It includes an aggregation of updates from both 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 and 2018-2019. These years included some pretty pivotal Greek Life related things that you probably wanna know about. Some of you may be surprised that we even have Greek life (apparently other lib arts schools don’t?). Others might have already delved into our storied Greek Life related past. Are we about to tell you that Wes Greek Life is back to its prime? No. But there’s some new stuff here that you’re probably gonna wanna know, so it’s probably best that you hit the jump.

Unofficial Orientation 2019: Queer Life

This post is an updated version of Sam’s update of his 2016 article, because “heterenormativity is [still] killing this country.” 

Taken from the 2017 Showtunes Sideways performance. Showtunes Sideways is a musical cabaret that opens up a space for those to perform roles in songs from musicals which they wouldn’t traditionally be cast in. PC Maia Nelles Sager ’17

This is part of our 2018 Unofficial Orientation Series. A quick reminder that you can check out the welcome post here and past years’ series here.

 

Hello, sweet sweet children! This post is here for all of my children of the rainbow to get a sense of what it is like to be a Queer identifying person on campus. This is a revamped version of the post I wrote last year (which you can find ~here~). Now that I’ve gotten a bit more experience under my belt at Wes (I’m going to be a Junior. Ik. I’m so old), I thought it was fair to update my general feeling on The Community™ at Wes. On top of my general experiences, this post will also contain some resources that are here for all LGBTQIA+ bbys.

 

Quiet Side Story: An American Musical

to the tune of Avril Lavigne’s Sk8er Boy

 

He was a boy
she was a girl
can I make it any more heteronormative?
He’s into film,
she plays croquet
What more can I say?
He wescams her
She does as well,
They come to Usdan dressed in pastel
They took The Ride
But he had lied,
That he was cool sitting on Loud side

He was a film house boy
She only drank la croix,
He really hated Loud Side Yooz
She was like “what the hell?”
Was he feeling unwell?
She thought that Quiet side was a snooze

Five days from now
She sits on Quiet side
Wishing that she hadn’t tried to hide
Because she realized
That she really prized
Seeing the happiness in his eyes
When she would say
Let’s go and play
A little of my favorite sport, croquet
And in return
I’ll have to learn
To have dinner without athletes in the way

He was a film house boy
She only drank la croix
He really hated loud side yooz
But with some patience and
A little raisin bran
Quiet was no longer a snooze

She took a chance
She asked him to dance
He thought it was a real romance
She never knew
what Usdan could do
To change everything that you thought you knew
She would decide
that loud to quiet side
Was not so big of a divide
Now they’re just friends
But it’s ok,
Cuz they sit on quiet side every day
Laughing about
Loud side throughout
Knowing that later they’d play croque

He was a film house boy
She only drank la croix
He had stopped hating loud side yooz
It didn’t matter now
They worked it out somehow
Now they had nothing left to lose