In two weeks you will arrive at Wesleyan University in a likely overpacked vehicle. As soon as you step out, you may be overwhelmed by the number of things going on around you. There’s the hundreds of other students moving in at the same time as you, the people who are eagerly welcoming you all and helping you move in, and the fact that you are now a college student with all of the freedom and responsibility that brings. Perhaps you’ll be unfazed by move-in and orientation week, but the fact is, you’re in for a hell of a ride at Wesleyan.
If you’re freaking out a bit, don’t fret! We’ve harnessed all your confusion and excitement into the Wesleying Unofficial Orientation Series 2014: a two-week long series of informative posts by bloggers in their underwear who sometimes claim to represent “real students, real student life at Wesleyan University.” We know that you’ll be too busy getting used to the term ‘cisgendered,’ man, and instagramming photos of your first Psi U party to learn anything between August 27th and August 31st, so we’ve got the following topics covered (in no particular order of importance):
From the Shapiro Writing Center:
C.D. Wright has published over a dozen books and several book-length poems, including the critically acclaimed Deepstep Come Shining (1998). Wright’s writing has been described as experimental, Southern, socially conscious, and elliptical. As poet and critic Joel Brouwer asserts, “Wright belongs to a school of exactly one.”
Wright spent significant periods in New York and San Francisco before moving in 1983 to Rhode Island, where she teaches at Brown University. With her husband, poet Forrest Gander, she founded and ran Lost Roads Press for over 20 years. Among her honors are a MacArthur Fellowship, a Lannan Literary Award, a Robert Creeley Award, and membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2013, she was elected as a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. –(Excerpt from The Poetry Foundation)
From Katie McLaughlin ’15:
To all new students, come join the Wesleyan Outing Club and explore New England!
WOOTs (Wesleyan Outdoor Orientation Trips) provide small groups of first-year students/transfers/new students with an opportunity to meet new people while spending time in the great outdoors. Experienced students, faculty, and staff lead trips focused on group bonding, helping first-year students adapt to life at Wesleyan, and enjoying rustic New England.
A Google Glass Movie by Annalora von Pentz ’14
From von Pentz:
I wore Google Glass while graduating and made a movie about it. Here’s why you should watch it:
1. You’ve graduated and are reluctantly coming to terms with your new alumni status.
2. You’re an overachiever and you want to prepare accordingly.
3. You’re an underachiever and probably won’t wake up in time for the ceremony when it happens, if it happens…
“What happens when a prep school’s black student president mocks her white male classmates?” a recent BuzzFeed article asks.
Well, she gets ousted as school president and then attends Wesleyan.
Maya Peterson’s tenure at Lawrenceville School, a prep school in New Jersey, focused on bringing awareness to diversity issues, whether that was trying to ease implicit racial tensions or bring gender neutral bathrooms to campus. The trouble started when she and some of her friends posed with their fists in the air in a “black power” photo in their yearbook. After some students complained to the principal about this, Maya instagrammed a photo of herself as a typical “Lawrenceville boi,” teasing her main critics, with hashtags like #romney2016,” “#confederate,” and “#peakedinhighschool.”
“You’re the student body president, and you’re mocking and blatantly insulting a large group of the school’s male population,” one student commented on the photo.
“Yes, I am making a mockery of the right-wing, confederate-flag hanging, openly misogynistic Lawrentians,” Peterson responded. “If that’s a large portion of the school’s male population, then I think the issue is not with my bringing attention to it in a lighthearted way, but rather why no one has brought attention to it before…”
From Molly Steinfeld ’15:
Waste Not!, Wesleyan’s beloved annual yard sale, is looking for volunteers for this fall! Move into school early (August 26th), help sell donated items, and hang with great people! Fill out the application below and send it to either of the Waste Not! coordinators: Molly Steinfeld (msteinfeld[at]wesleyan[dot]edu) and Michael Ortiz (mortiz01[at]wesleyan[dot]edu).
Application here or after the jump:
Greg Faxon ’14 asked members of the class of ’14 “where do you see yourself in 20 years?” the day before graduation. Answers ranged from “studying medicine” to “pondering my first career.” See for yourself where other recent grads see themselves in two decades.
Leave a comment below if you want to answer Greg’s question! Between graduating and turning 41, Wes alums have gotten married, traveled the world, and had successful careers in basically any field you can think of.
From Emily Brown ’12:
This week marks the last screening in our Connecticut at Work Film Series with 1950′s Summer Stock, a lighthearted musical starring Gene Kelly and Judy Garland. The film will be introduced by Marc Longenecker, programming and technical director of the Film Department.
Date: Thursday, June 19
Time: 7-9:30 p.m.
Place: Center for Film Studies
Milk & Choreo presents: An awesome Wes rendition of Pharrell’s “Happy,” one of the most unavoidable and Orwellian songs of the year.