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Unofficial Orientation 2019: Official Orientation 101

This is part of our 2019 Unofficial Orientation Series. A quick reminder that you can check out the welcome post here! Welcome to fakeshark’s lightly updated version of michelle’s post

 

Congratulations! You’ve made it through unofficial orientation with a little help from your friends here at Wesleying. You’re one step closer to evolving from a pre-frosh to a frosh! Now, for your final challenge before you are officially Wesleyan students: ~Official Orientation~

Orientation is a wild time. There are the parties you hear about people going to, but have no idea how to find. There are those first awkward meals with your hallmates/roommates. There are the nights when you curl up in bed with a picture of your best friends from high school and wonder why you didn’t just follow them to college.

Our goal today is to teach you (nearly) everything you need to know in order to make the most out of your orientation experience!

~REGISTRATION~

Definitely count on meeting the cardinal during your first days here. No, not the one that looks like an angry-bird. 

Before you do anything else, you’re going to want to register. Registration is usually in Usdan. Basically, you’ll go down a line of tables and people will hand you important papers, wifi instructions, instructions for filing your W-9 tax form (important for anyone who’s planning on working a campus job). In addition to all that, you’ll get Wes swag to rock for the next 4 years, like your Wes2023 t-shirt, a reusable cup, and drawstring bags. Hang on to this stuff, they’re more useful than they seem, and you’ll thank yourself later when your parents are gone, and you have no idea what’s going on. 

MOVE-IN

All of your earthly possessions will be unloaded unceremoniously into a patch of dirt/grass/concrete.

This is probably the most hectic part of the entire orientation process at Wes. Basically, depending on where your dorm is, you will be directed to bring your car/truck/whatever to a certain unloading location. There, you will get everything out of your car and into a taped-off section of ground so that your parents can move the car to a more permanent parking spot and make room for one of the other 700-and-something frosh trying to unload their stuff.

While this is happening, you will go up to a table with orientation workers who will get you your room key and point you in the general direction of your new home for the next year.

Then, student volunteers (usually athletes who had to move in early for pre-season practice) will help you move all your stuff from the unloading area to your room. There are some carts available, but you’re going to end up carrying a lot of stuff, so dress accordingly (and wear closed toed shoes – take it from someone who dropped  a mini-fridge on their toe during move in).

#MoveInHack: Label all of your stuff with your name and room number. Get a roll of masking tape and a Sharpie, or if you’re feeling really fancy, print up some sticky labels. There’s going to be so much stuff everywhere, and you don’t want the box with your underwear and shower caddy accidentally ending up in some stranger’s room down the hall. (Trust me, you will want to shower and change as soon as you’re done moving in. It is HOT, and most of you won’t be fortunate enough to be living in Hotel Bennet with air conditioning.)

Once all your things are in your room, you get to begin the fun process of fitting all the stuff you thought you needed into a room that is a solid 25% smaller than you pictured it being. If your mom is anything like mine, she will insist on organizing your shelf by genre, and title. But that’s okay, because she will be gone before you know it, and you’ll miss her organizational skills. 

 

OFFICIAL ORIENTATION ACTIVITES

 

Get ready to sit uncomfortably close to a complete stranger as we capture the class photo. This, and Graduation are probably the only times you’ll ever be with all 700-and-something people in your class year! 

New Student Orientation rolled out a digital schedule on the app Guidebook. To find the schedule for Official Orientation 2019 – download Guidebook onto your phone, and search search “Wesleyan New Student Orientation 2019-2020”. Click on download, and you’re good to go! Make sure to keep checking in for official details. 

Once the schedule is posted, you’ll notice that there are more sessions than you can possibly go to (and definitely way more than you’ll want to). Some sessions are listed as “mandatory,” and you really should do your best to attend all of those. While no one is going to track you down and drag you out of your newly-decorated dorm room, it really is important to show up to these sessions. In addition to providing you with important information as new members of the Wesleyan community, these are also great places to make some friends. Most of the mandatory sessions will be with your hall/dorm, so this is another great opportunity for ~bonding~. You’ll be sharing a bathroom with these people for a year, so it’s in your best interest to be on friendly terms with them. That is not to say that you’re going to be besties with your whole hall, or even your roommate, but it’s much nicer to come home to a smile or a wave from your neighbors than awkwardly pretending you didn’t see each other to avoid having to interact.

They’re also going to take a giant panoramic photo of the entire class on the steps behind Olin Library. It’s going to be hectic, but it’ll be a nice memory to look back on (and to find your friends/enemies//tinder matches in once it’s posted). You should definitely show up to this. (If you really want to enjoy this experience twice as much, sit in one corner, and run to the opposite side while it’s being taken and you can be in the photo twice!) 

Then there are all the other sessions. There are departmental open houses, meetings for groups like first-generation and low-income students, financial aid info sessions, ice cream mixers. Again, no one is forcing you to go to any of these, but if you have any questions, these are a really good way to get them answered. Also, going to these keeps you from being bored and alone in your room all day.

As they tell you on the Official Orientation website:

“Some events are required as an essential part of Orientation. There will also many optional events, which you’ll be able to choose from according to your interests. Orientation programs will help you form a foundation for your college life, and students often find themselves at a disadvantage when they miss essential events. We have planned time for you to move in, and there is also free time during the weekend.”

Some of my personal favorite events at orientation last year were: In the Company of Others and We Speak We Stand!

Devon Cooper ’19 shares one of her favorite, non-mandatory orientation experiences:

“Even if other people think something is super dorky *cough cough* square dancing in Andrus field, just DO IT! You will end up having tons of fun and being able to tell some pretty fun stories about it later :)”

The best part about orientation is that you get to shape your own experience. Most of you won’t come into college knowing that many people, if any, and the only way to change that is to put yourself out there. Sit next to someone new. Compliment someone on their outfit/shoes/hair/music/other thing you can bond over. Reach out to the person standing alone and invite them to join you. The fact is, everyone is going to be a little overwhelmed by everything that comes along with being in a new place with new people, so no one is going to think you’re weird for being proactive and friendly.

TL;DR: Go to the mandatory sessions, go to the non-mandatory sessions, meet new people, have fun!

UNOFFICIAL ACTIVITIES DURING OFFICIAL ORIENTATION

You’ll have plenty to do if you just go to the official orientation events, but we all know that there’s plenty of stuff that happens outside the official schedule.

As good Wesleyan students, you’ll probably spend an afternoon or two lounging on Foss Hill with your ~orientation besties~. Don’t feel weird just walking up to a group of people chilling on Foss – that’s what this entire week is for. 

 

Sometimes MRoth even jams on Foss

Then, there’s the parties. For many of you, this will be your first foray into the world of non-parent-chaperoned partying. There may be drinking. There may be dancing. There may be hooking up in shady corners of houses that you don’t know how to find your way out of. The key to a fun orientation party experience is to follow the golden rule: everything in moderation (including moderation). There will be plenty of parties throughout the year. There will be plenty of times to drunkenly make out with a stranger (or two) on the dance floor. There will be plenty of time to see how bad of a hangover you can give yourself. Don’t feel compelled to have every college experience in the book during your first week. 

MAKING FRIENDS

This is fakeshark’s repost of michelle’s update of kitab‘s update of daniphantom‘s update of their own post.

Make lots of friends to share lots of sandwiches with.

Orientation is the time when you’ll meet so many new people that you’ll begin to doubt that Wesleyan actually has less than 3,500 students. (Don’t worry, in a few months, you’ll start to realize exactly how small this place really is.) In order to help you on your journey to make those lifelong college friends that everyone gushes about, here are a few tips and tricks to use during orientation and beyond:

  1. Leave your door open

When you’re in your room and you feel like being social (especially in all freshmen dorms), leaving your door open effortlessly increases the chances of meeting new people in your building, most importantly your hallmates. It sort of acts like an open invitation to passersby to say “hi.” You’re going to thank me for this when it’s freezing outside, and you have friends in your building/floor. 

  1. Go to Usdan to eat

Usdan is by far the most social eating space on campus. It’s almost always crowded during meal time, so it’s easy to bump into people and have simple, yet lasting conversation. There’s a good chance you might be in the sandwich line with that cool kid with the glasses from film class – what better way to get to know each other than to start a conversation about yesterday’s lecture? Especially early in the year, try eating with people you recognize. Lots of people are happy to have someone new to chat with during a meal. Are you going to be a loud side person or a quiet side person? 

As a side note – make friends with the Usdan workers and cooks (I know Tom, the pasta guy, is intimidating, but he’s really nice!); they work super hard and a smile and quick chat can make their shifts much more pleasant. ALSO, clean up after yourself! 

  1. Just smile and wave, boys. Just smile and wave! 

This is a small campus; even though you won’t meet everyone, you’ll definitely start to notice a lot of the same faces once you form a routine. Don’t awkwardly look at the ground or pretend to answer a call you’re really not getting when you bump into familiar faces. Be friendly! Say hi! Smile as you pass! It’s not weird, trust me. I do it all the time and I haven’t been rejected yet. You never know who you will meet on your way to class.

  1. Go to events—and invite people to come with you

Some of my closest friends were acquaintances I invited to performances, meals, or even walks to Rite Aid (fakeshark: RIP). It’s great to feel comfortable going to things alone, especially as schedules get busier, but it’s also really nice to have company. Especially if you get socially anxious, going to a Second Stage show or a concert in the CFA is a great lowkey way to get to know someone: there’s a built-in conversation topic and activity, and you can always hang out afterwards if you hit it off.

  1. Get involved with student groups

There are SO many clubs, teams, and societies on campus that it’s pretty hard not to be involved in some capacity. Being active on campus gives you an instant network of people that you share interests with. Many groups on campus also host lots of pre-games, outings and formals for its members, increasing the chances of friend-making even more. This is a great way to meet upperclassmen, and to expand your friend group beyond your hallmates, and/or orientation friends. Which leads me to…

  1. Have various different groups and relationships

It’s easy to get really close really fast when you start college, and that’s a good thing! That being said, remember to spend time with different people. You and your roommate may get along really well, but if you spend all your time together, there’s likely to be some tension. Most of us are used to having distance from our friends—going home after high school, for example.  This distance is pretty important for a lot of relationships—don’t be afraid to take time for yourself and for other relationships. It’s okay if not all your friends know each other; it gives you an opportunity to explore different things and meet more people.

  1. Balance old and new friendships

Maintaining relationships at home is important too: some of my best friends are people I’ve known since I was little. Don’t get too caught up in old relationships though—spending all your time on the phone with your best friend from home makes it hard to make new friends. As important as old friends are, having friends who understand your current environment and are physically there gets more and more valuable as you get settled at Wes. You’ll be a lot less homesick when you have new friends, and you’ll have more stories for your old friends anyway. Sometimes it’ll feel like you’re leading two different lives: one with your friends at Wes, and one with your friends back home. It’s pretty fun! 

  1. Go out on the weekends—and follow up

There’s tons to do on the weekends, especially when workloads are light and the weather is nice, still. Apart from parties, there are tons of art and performance events, both university and student-produced, sporting events, and student group activities. The weekends are also good opportunities to grab a meal in Middletown, or just to hang out with friends in their rooms or on Foss. Especially at the beginning of the year, you meet lots of people going out. Just talking to people when you’re drunk, however, isn’t the best way to make lasting friendships. If you have a cool conversation with someone in the Fountain backyards, say hi to them next time you see them. Invite them to grab a meal with you during the week. I know way too many people, myself included, with the tendency to awkwardly avoid people we meet at parties, which is super silly. Probably (hopefully) they remember you and were also into the conversation; if they don’t, you get to bond over their crazy night.

  1. Relax, nothing’s set in stone

You’re going to make friends. You’re going to make friends you don’t stay friends with. You’re going to make acquaintance-friend hybrids you feel differently about over the course of your time at Wesleyan. You’re probably going to make friends you later hook up with and then feel really awkward around for a while. You’re going to end up with phone numbers of people you talked to twice during orientation. The point being, people will change and grow over the next four years and your relationships will change and grow with them. Don’t stress if you don’t immediately find people you can see yourself being friends with forever. Keep making new friends—your random Usdan acquaintance might end up being your best friend later on. It often feels like everyone has a wonderful, permanent group of friends they’re completely thrilled with, but lots of people are open to new relationships, take advantage.

Best of luck, new (and even returning!) students. Make lots of friends, maybe even some here at Wesleying!

ADJUSTMENT, ADVISORS, AND COURSE SELECTION—OH MY!

We know you’re freaking out about classes. There’s people who are here to help.

Sometime during orientation, you’ll have a chance to sit down with several different people to help you plot out your academic trajectory for the next semester, year, or if you’ve really figured out your shit, four years. You’ll probably start off with a Peer Advisor. Each Orientation Group is assigned one of these students to help them get a better feel for what types of classes they may want to take. You’ll have the opportunity to meet with this person in both group and individual settings.

Then, you’ll have both group and individual advising sessions with your faculty pre-major advisor. This person is usually assigned to you because they teach one of the courses you got during pre-registration, or teach in a department that you’ve expressed an interest in. It’s okay if they don’t end up actually being your teacher (I dropped the class my advisor taught immediately once adjustment began), or even in your intended major department, they’re still a great resource to help you navigate academics at Wes. One thing to keep in mind as you meet with your advisor is that they will likely not remain your advisor all four years. Once you declare a major, you will be assigned/select a major advisor in that department. While your pre-major advisor may not be able to give you tailored advice based on your specific academic interests, they can usually point you to someone who can.

You will have to meet with your faculty advisor every semester during pre-registration/adjustment for them to approve your schedule. If you don’t, you may not be registered for classes. It is your responsibility to set up those meetings; think of it as one of your first adult-college-responsibilities.

 

This will be your home for the next 4 years. Soak it all in – this place is truly something special. 

We hope this guide to ~Official~ Orientation helps you as you embark on your Wesleyan journey. If there’s anything you still have questions about (or we made a mistake somewhere), please reach out to us via Twitter, Facebook, Email, or in the comments! 

Best of luck, Class of 2023!

 

Unofficial Orientation 2019: Drop/Add Tips and Tricks

 

 

 

This is part of our 2019 Unofficial Orientation Series. A quick reminder (although, you really don’t need one anymore) that you can check out the welcome post here.

Disclaimer: While the tips introduced in this post can be applied universally, you should remember that your odds of getting into a class depend primarily not on your effort, but on the professor’s policies and how popular the class is (and, also, maybe how lucky you are). It’s pretty much impossible to convince a professor of an extremely popular class who simply won’t go over the limit to accept you into their class, even if you do absolutely everything right. But, trying can’t hurt, right? 

Hello, and welcome to today’s episode of Unofficial Orientation. The focus of today’s episode will be mainly on the devil known as 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. During this period, students are able to add or drop pretty much any class to their schedule, regardless of the limits posed by pre-reg (however, your faculty advisor will have to approve an extension in your credit limit if you go above 4 credits). I also highly recommend you check out this FAQ, also kindly prepared by the registrar’s office, as a way to get the basics down before proceeding. This post will not be doing much explaining of Drop/Add itself. It will, however, try to warn you, innocent, unassuming frosh, about the reality of this brutal race and offer some insights (read: randomly gathered knowledge that may have been the results of embarrassing behaviours of the author (and past authors)).

If reading long articles is not your thing, scroll down to the bottom for a step-by-step guide.

The first thing you need to know about drop/add is that it is brutal if pre-reg seriously messed you up, or you seriously messed up your pre-reg. By brutal, I’m not just referring to having to look up dozens of classes — that’s the easy part, often even fun. I’m referring to the simple fact that sometimes even if you nag the professor day and night in person and by email, participate and prove yourself worthy, or beg your advisor to put in a good word, or perform a satanic ritual, your efforts will be wasted. 

I mention this first because it is the harsh truth, and you should, therefore, adjust your expectations accordingly. Also, you should know, for future reference, that pre-registration is the most important time to shape your schedule. (I learned this the hard way) I know Wesleyan’s general atmosphere is one that is of ‘spontaneity’ and ‘flexibility’, but you’re not going to think that when pre-reg royally screws you over, and you have to pin all your hopes and dreams on drop/add. 

Now that I’ve probably scared you into giving up, let’s get your hopes up again by talking about how, against all odds, you can wiggle your way into a class.

Since all other students have participated in a full pre-reg process, this may seem to put you at a disadvantage, although that is not actually the case. Even if the pre-reg process completely screws you over, there are still plenty of options to choose from. For instance, there are a ton of First Year Seminars (FYS) available which you can read more about here. Since, FYS are only available to freshman, your odds of wiggling your way into one is significantly higher. While the school may recommend taking an FYS, they aren’t a requirement. So, if taking one is really stressing you out or messing up your plans, you can always opt out. If, like me, you prefer problem sets over readings, you don’t have to force yourself to take an FYS. On the flip side, you’re also welcome to take more than one FYS in a year or even in a semester! 

Another reason why new students shouldn’t stress too much about pre-reg is that most frosh generally take intro-level classes. These classes are usually quite big and/or have many sections, and are geared towards first-year students, so you have everyone’s blessings to be in those classes. As long as… you show up to the first class.

I cannot stress enough how important showing up to the first class of the semester is, whether you desperately want to get in or would like to keep that class in your schedule, or just as a general rule to leave a good impression. (Also, come on, do you really want to skip class on your first week?) Showing up to the first class will let the professor know that you are trying to get in, and putting your name and face out there helps the professor remember you, which leads to better chances of getting in. To bump your chances of getting into the class, try talking to the professor after class, and make your case. 

A word of caution to those who get too cocky and don’t plan on showing up on the first day because they are already ‘enrolled’ in the class: according to the EPC statement on attendance, professors may kick you out. If the class is especially popular, professors may give away your slot to someone who did show up on the first day, and expressed real interest in the class. Professors could also take offence of your absence, and, trust me, that will come back to bite you when you need that extension on an overdue midterm paper. 

In my experience, showing up to the first class pretty much guarantees you a spot if you want to get into classes with 100+ seats. But things are more complicated when you want to get in a smaller, seminar-style and/or non-intro-level class. WesMaps’ Past Enrollment Probability may tell you that in the past students had less than 50% percent chance of getting in (that’s the lowest tier, btw). What can you do to improve your odds of getting in?

First of all, don’t blindly pursue any one class just because it sounds generally interesting. (But generally, you should go for any class that catches your eye because we here at Wes encourage ~exploration~ and ~experimentation~) If you spend all of your energy on this one super hard to get into class, you may miss out on a whole WesMaps of classes that are unexpectedly incredibly fun. So think hard about the reasons that make it sound interesting to you. Is it a field you would like to major in? Is it related to some experience in your past which you would like to find out more about? Is it something you’re extremely passionate about? Tell your professor about it! If your reason for wanting to take the class is personal and close to you, you may stand out from all the other people trying to get in. 

Don’t forget to follow up with email. Professors are incredibly busy during this time, and you can’t blame them for forgetting a few things here and there. You just have to make sure that they don’t forget you. Be courteous but firm in your email. Highlight your personal reason for wanting to take the class. But don’t spam. Nobody likes a spammer. 

When you’ve done the two things above, don’t forget to attend every class during drop/add! Simply by showing up, listening and participating in the class, you’re demonstrating your commitment to the class (and let’s not forget that you can learn quite a lot from just four sessions), and trust me, the professors will notice that. You will automatically move up on the “waiting list”. In some cases, the professor might just ignore the limit and admit you into the class even when there isn’t technically a seat available! (However, several professors have seen enough cases over the years to not be moved by your intense commitment or passionate reason for wanting to take the class). Most frosh don’t know about this, but if all else fails, you can ask to audit the class. Auditing is quite a flexible option, but not every professor allows it. Essentially, you and the professor can come up with your own arrangement, which usually involves you participating in class and doing some work, and at the end of the semester, if the professor is satisfied with your performance, they will place “Audited, without credit” on your transcript. It is completely up to the professor whether they will allow auditing, and it is up to you to think about whether it is worth the extra time commitment.

If you ever find yourself in the position of having multiple classes that you are equally interested in taking but don’t all fit into your schedule, it can be hard to prioritize them. In these desperate (but lucky!!!) scenarios, it’s good to move beyond the subject matter and base your decision on its other aspects, such as:

  1. The time the class starts – Some people are absurdly cheery in the morning (I will never understand how), and others are not. I know most of you think you can wake up at 8:00am every morning (you did it for the last four years in high school anyway!), but trust me, it’s harder than it was in high school. Be honest with yourself about what you think you can handle, and consider what kind of schedule would work best with your body clock.
  2. The kind of class it is – this is probably the most important aspect for me. Consider the nature of the class and its assignments. The ‘Examination and Assignments’ section will generally provide you with an insight into the kind of class it is. In most cases, it is wise to balance your courses, and try to take some reading-heavy classes, and some math-heavy classes. When you first get to college, it can be tempting to concentrate on a specific area of study that you might have been wanting to pursue for years, and while doing so, you may find yourself in all four reading or math-heavy classes. Taking something outside of that bubble is a good way to give your poor brain a break. However, if you are like me, and cannot read more than 3 sentences without zoning out, reading-heavy classes may not be the best move. So, take what you’re comfortable with, and what you are more likely to enjoy. 
  3. The way it works with the rest of your schedule – consider how you want your classes distributed throughout each day and each week. Would you rather have all your classes on some days and none on others? Would you rather have all afternoon classes? If a class makes a day seem especially hellish, maybe it’d be best to put your energy towards other options. Additionally, if you have two classes back-to-back, ask yourself if you’d need more than a 10-minute break between them, or if your brain would be able to switch gears between classes. Some classes may also have mandatory TA sessions or lab sessions – make sure to consider them whilst curating your perfect schedule. 
  4. The location of the class – this is the most trivial aspect of them all, but is something that should be considered when you have two classes back-to-back with just a 10-minute break between them. In my freshman fall, when I was just as naive and unassuming as you, I took a class at Russell House that ended at 2:40pm, and a class at Exley that started at 2:50pm. After a semester of frantically running from Russell to Exley in record time, I learned my mistakes and know better now.   

This is also a good time to emphasize the importance of having back-up options. In case you are unable to get into a particular class, make sure you have a back-up class you can turn your efforts towards. You don’t want to be left with fewer credits than you wanted at the end of drop/add.

The last thing you need to know: yes, it sucks when all your methods fail and you just can’t take the class you want or have the perfect schedule, but don’t let it get to you. You have four years here – you will have plenty of opportunities to take the classes you want, young grasshopper.

 

Here’s the tl;dr for all you lazy frosh: 

STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE FOR GETTING INTO CLASSES:

  1. Rank the class as No.1 during pre-reg. 
  2. Submit an enrollment request on Wesmaps even before classes begin. (You can also send an email to the professor to give them a heads-up.)
  3. Show up to the first class! Determine your level of interest in the class, your eligibility to take it, and your probability of getting into it. 
  4. Make sure you talk to the professor before or after class. Be polite, reasonable, but compelling when you explain why you want to take this class. (Frosh: Saying it is a prerequisite for your intended major almost always helps. Many Wes students come here with absolutely no idea what they want to major in, so the “major” card does gain you an edge. Don’t lie, but it is entirely reasonable to have two or more prospective majors. Or if it is an advanced class that doesn’t usually admit first years, present all your credentials – AP scores, places in competitions, extracurricular time spent in the field, etc. – and fight for your place. Politely.)
  5. Follow up with an email to gently remind the professor. Be courteous, yet firm. Do. Not. Spam. The. Professor. You may not get a response immediately, be patient. 
  6. Show up to class. Don’t be tempted to skip class during drop/add. (easier said than done, I know) If/When seats open up, you’ve got to be there.  
  7. Typically, by the time a seat becomes available, there won’t be that many students who have kept up throughout Drop/Add, so it will probably be yours. 
  8. If you don’t get in, don’t fret! This will make a much stronger case for next semester, especially if the same professor teaches the class.

* Again, remember: your odds of getting into a class depend primarily not on your effort, but on the professor’s policies and how popular the class is. Proceed with this in mind.

OTHER RANDOM, BUT HELPFUL, TIPS:

  1. Even if a class allows zero freshmen on WesMaps, you can still ask for the professor’s permission to take the class if you are interested. If there’s space, the professors would probably allow you into the class (after warning you about the challenges) and will provide ample assistance throughout the semester just in case. You really can’t take a class if freshmen are crossed out – “X” – though.
  2. You should try to enroll in 4 full-credit classes, because then if you find yourself unsatisfied with one of your classes, you can withdraw and still complete the semester. Wesleyan requires at least 3 full credit classes each semester for you to be considered enrolled full-time.
  3. Should you find yourself wanting to take 5 or more full-credit classes, talk to your advisor. Some would raise your credit limit without any question, and some would be very strict about it. But reason with your advisor nonetheless. If you think you can do it, go for it! Don’t be intimidated by your advisor or some arbitrary rules. However, keep in mind, the ‘Rule of Seven’ (if you don’t know about it now, you will by the end of orientation, I promise) 
  4. Closer to the beginning of the school year you may see some announcements on the WesAdmits about Student Forums, which are Pass/Fail classes designed and led by students along with a faculty advisor. While these courses can be taken for credit, there is a limit to how many student forum credits will actually count towards graduation. (The same applies to PHED classes) 
  5. Lastly, know that you will probably make some mistakes with pre-reg and drop/add. That’s okay. The good news is that you will have plenty of chances not to make those mistakes in the future. You could prepare way ahead of time, and plan every detail meticulously, and still not be completely happy (are any of us ever truly, completely happy, though?) with what you receive, but the academic freedom you have as a frosh at Wes is really quite precious. Cherish it. 

Good luck, frosh!  

 

Unofficial Orientation Series 2018: WesTech

This is fakeshark‘s update of wilk‘s update of michelle‘s update of kitab‘s update of alt‘s update of pyrotechnics‘ update of lesanjuan‘s update of Syed’s 2010 post.

Before we begin, here’s where you can find the welcome post (so that you can binge read from the beginning), and here’s where you can find last year’s edition of this post.

Hello, and welcome to the 8th annual edition of the Unofficial Orientation Series. In today’s episode, we’ll be discussing everything you need to know about the World Wide Web (and all things affiliated with it). Actually, we’ll be discussing everything you need to know about the Wes Wide Web. If you’ve reached this far, you’ve proved your competence in terms of navigating through some of Wesleyan’s digital landscape. But, my dear Prefrosh, there’s so much you have to learn. That’s where I come in – I’m going to teach you about the finer things in life, and all things in the WesTech multiverse.

Unofficial Orientation Series 2018: WesLingo

Photo courtesy William Halliday, The Argus 

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.

 

This post is an updated 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.)