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Unofficial Orientation 2019: WesTech

This is sdz‘s repost of 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 2019: Athletic Life

This is sdz‘s update of last year’s post, which was a short update of wilk‘s short update of D‘s mostly repost of previous athletics unofficial orientation series posts.

 

This is part of our 2019 Unofficial Orientation Series. A quick reminder that you can check out the welcome post here and past years’ series here.

Some of you frosh probably don’t know that WesTech competes in the prestigious NESCAC—the most competitive D3 conference in the country. Despite the throngs of news outlets that flock to many of our sports games, you will never have to enter a lottery system or wait in a line overnight to obtain tickets. We also aren’t like these fans, and we never will be. That’s okay. Do not believe the naysayers who claim that Wesleyan students do not support or appreciate athletics. Little known fact, Wesleyan Football holds a lifetime win record against Michigan (never mind that our first and only meet was in 1883). I have personally witnessed Wes students get so fired up after a basketball loss to Trinity that we started a “safety school” chant. Not our best moment but definitely an example of caring!

Whether you’re attempting to relive your high school glory days, looking to get or stay fit (the freshman fifteen is real), or trying out a new sport, Wesleyan has what you are looking for!

Also, tune into our live Twitter chat today at 3 pm EST! We’ll answer any and all questions you may have :)

Unofficial Orientation 2019: Health Resources on Campus

This is an re-written, re-edited, and re-updated repost from 2018 which was a repost from 2017, although ~health things~ have remained (basically) the same. The original is an updated version of a post originally written by Catherine MacLean ’14 which appeared on the Peer Advisor Blog and on Wesleying. It also includes a section on resources for survivors of sexual assault by Ryden Nelson ’16 and Chloe Murtagh ’15 and a section on the new support groups run by WeSupport by Veronica Harrington ’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.

Whether you’re a prefrosh or about to start your last semester at Wesleyan you will learn something new from this post (unless you’re a health center pro).

If you think you’re going to make it through four years of a liberal arts education without once having to find some medical support do I have news for you.  This guide is made with the help of some very knowledgeable people on campus, most who have already graduated. We have gone through the post and updated everything that needs updating so you can save yourself at least a little trouble when it comes to navigating the terrain that is the Wesleyan Medical Services.  Before we begin let me stress the need to wash your hands.

Unofficial Orientation 2019: What to Pack

This is a not highly modified repost of Fern’s post from last year 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.

 

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 2019: WesLingo

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

This is part of our 2019 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 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.)

wescam is baaack (almost)!

Yes, I will kiss the girl from Venus for science

**update as of 3:52pm today, wescam is LIVE! wesleyanscam.com**

It is now officially April 8th here on the east coast, which means (spoiler alert) the wescam website will be live literally any second. (Also it’s this year’s organizer/lead coding queen Emma Freeman ’19s birthday!) It’s going up earlier this year than it has in the past, which could be either a good thing or a bad thing? Historically, I’ve been very excited for the first week of wescam season, after which my hype factor diminishes exponentially. This is most likely because I’m a horrifically terrible texter, but also because of the self-fulfilling prophecy that wescam won’t live up to my expectations. But Mercury is no longer in retrograde, so maybe this year will be ~different~.

Seeing as apparently spring is the season for #figuring #shit #out, here are some things I’ve been thinking about in the lead up to wescam:

In Depth: OurCampus

 

This past week, I got to sit down with Tyler Lederer-Plaskett ’21, one of the founders of the new app OurCampus. OurCampus is a professor review app, and it’s out just in time for pre-registration! Gone are the days when we had to rely on ratemyprofessor.com or post in WesAdmits in order to get the lowdown on the best/worst/hottest/easiest professors at Wesleyan. I distinctly remember prefrosh-me trying to do pre-reg in the middle of July and having absolutely no idea who to ask about which professors and classes I should take. That uncertainty comes back full force every semester, and until now there wasn’t really a good way to deal with it aside from basically waiting it out til Drop/Add.

Read past the jump to get Tyler’s take on OurCampus!

APPLY to work for WASTE NOT!

The Waste Not Spring 2019 Application is out!! The deadline has been extended to Friday, April 5th at 11:59 PM!

Hi hi friends. Do you like waste not!-ing? Do you want to help people get cheap stuff for their rooms? Do you like working with a group of students carrying hand me downs? DO YOU CARRY A LUNCHBOX? (and thus can you carry other things?)

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, consider applying to Waste Not! Waste Not is Wesleyan’s annual tag sale, which seeks to reduce waste on campus by reselling gently used donations to students in the fall, so that stuff stays in the Wesleyan cycle and isn’t thrown out. We’re looking for amazing people to work with us in the spring, which is basically tearing microwaves out of the hands of weeping seniors. plus, YOU GET TO STAY FOR SENIOR WEEK!!!!!@!!@!

Apply HERE and let us know if you have any questions!
Applications are due March 31!

More information on Waste Not dates and stuff are here: http://www.wesleyan.edu/sustainability/initiatives/waste/waste-not.html.
For any questions, email: wesustainability[at]gmail[dot]com

Date: Friday, April 5
Time: 11:59 pm
Place: Application Form!

WESU Spring Record Fair

The WESU Spring Record Fair is here!!!!

WESU’s biannual record fair is back. The Spring Record Fair will take place on April 6th from 11am-4pm with early entry available for $5 at 10am. Come by to grab tons of music memorabilia from t-shirts and stickers to vinyl and cds. Local vendors will be in Beckham hall selling swag all day. WESU DJs will be spinning records to keep the vibes going. All are welcome and admission is free.

Date: Saturday, April 6
Time: 11AM – 4PM
Place: Beckham Hall