Unofficial Orientation 2020: Student Groups

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

By the time classes start, you’ll likely be successfully moved into your dorm, blissfully free from your parents, and finally finding the time to figure your shit out. Or this year, maybe you’re doing remote learning. Either way, you’ll soon realize that you have a little too much time on your hands — and you might want to fill that time with Organized Social Activities.

Thankfully for you, there are about 300 student groups at Wesleyan, so you have many, many options. Joining student groups is one of the best way to meet people outside of your dorm and in different class years. You could find best friends! Mentors! Something new about yourself! It’s all up to you.

As your Orientation Leaders, advisors, and basically everyone else including me will tell you — stick to the Rule of Seven. Each class you take, group you join, job you have, and any other thing you might do counts as one commitment, and you should try to have only seven full-time commitments per semester. With a standard four-course load, that leaves three spots for you to fill with whatever the hell else you want. That’s what this post is for.

Unofficial Orientation 2020: Social Media Directory

This is a repost of hen’s modified repost of a Meli repost of a repostedrepost by wilk taken from caro‘s aggregation station social media directory that Gabe originally made. If you want your own super cool social media up here, hit us up staff[at]wesleying[dot]org.

So many questions. Why the skateboard? Why the tablet? Why are they under a bridge?

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

At some point in your career at Wesleyan, The Argus  just won’t come out soon enough or—heaven forbid—Wesleying won’t update quick enough for you to get some vital update or piece of news. Luckily for all of us, the fine people in charge of and around Wesleyan University are on top of this social media wagon, and sometimes, Facebook pages and Twitter feeds are your best shot for up-to-the-minute information. But even beyond the immediate, some of these pages and feeds, run by the departments or by student groups or even by anonymous individuals, can be interesting, thought-provoking, hilarious, and full of discussions, tips, commentary, and quips that will enrich your experience here. Or at the very least, give you a cheap laugh.

Here’s an updated collection of the essential (and currently active) social media accounts, as well as some of Wesleying’s personal favorites. This list isn’t complete, and new accounts are being created every year. Like, does Summies really need a parody Twitter? Chime in once again for things you think were passed over, because the official school-approved list (which doesn’t even include Wesleying) just won’t suffice. There are also individual Twitter feeds (both student and alumni) you’ll find useful to follow, but you’re on your own for discovering those. Nobody uses Pinterest, so don’t bother looking.

Unofficial Orientation 2020: Financial Aid

This article by fern is part of the 2020 Unofficial orientation series. You can find a list of all of this year’s articles that have been published so far on the welcome post.

While we attempt to provide as much relevant and up-to-date information as possible please do not make decisions based on what you read here. All the most correct and comprehensive information will be found on Wesleyan’s Financial aid website. This article should only be used as a map to understand and point you towards relevant financial aid information. If you have any questions about financial aid contact the financial aid office using the contact information on their website.

 

With a price tag of $78,435 for underclassmen and $80,677 for upperclassmen, there is no doubt that financial aid is a massive topic. In this article, we’ll try to spell out as much as possible and leave the relevant links so that you can have some understanding of how to go about making sense of financial aid.

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: