Tour guides are recruiting for the spring, here’s your chance to show prefrosh what’s up:
Apply to be a Tour Guide!
Do you love talking about Wes? Do you have a desire to walk around campus and interact with prospective students and their parents? If you answered yes to those questions you are in luck. The Office of Admission Tour Guide Program is currently accepting applications for the spring semester!
Applications are due Wednesday, November 11 by 5PM and can be downloaded here. Turn in a hard copy to the Office of Admission. This semester preference will be given to work study students, but all are encouraged to apply! Get your application in on time.
Are you a frosh who lives in Fauver or Clark? Do you love your room? Do you get along with your roommate? If you’ve answered yes to any of the above, then sign up to show off your rooms to pre-frosh and their parents on their tour of campus! If you’ve got it, flaunt it.
Just click on the Link and then hit the **Frosh Click Here** button.
Why? It’s a great way to meet pre-frosh and their parents and convince them to come to Wesleyan. Also, you will get bonus points if you ever apply for a job at admissions!
Claire Kaplan ’09 wants you to help freshmen see Wesleyan up-close and personal. The first meeting of her student-run alternative tour group is tomorrow at 3:00 PM, in Usdan 104 (right outside the WSA).
Date: Friday, Dec. 14
Time: 3:00 PM
Location: Usdan 104
Claire also offers a few points of clarification:
- “No, I don’t think I’m rebelling against the fuckin’ man, man. I don’t think admissions is evil or that their tours are deliberately censored to make students want to come here under misconceptions.”
- “An official tour must do two things: it must be inoffensive to the point where any potential freshman and his mother will want to take it, and it must strive to be objective. The fact that a student-run tour is not obligated to do either of these things is one of the biggest reasons I’m interested in starting one.”
- “Nope, I don’t want to tell prefrosh what to think. I want to hear what they’re thinking, and if it sounds to me like there’s another question they should be asking to get to that information in a better way, I’ll tell them.”
Claire adds, most importantly, that:
- “No, I don’t think people should do an alt tour *instead of* going on an admissions tour. I think they accomplish two different things, which is why I’m not currently memorizing all that important stuff like the size of our science endowment and how many freshman can expect to get singles etc (well, that plus all my finals). Again: it’s a supplement, not a replacement.”
- “All of this is still in its nascent stage. If you think it’s stupid, well, maybe it’ll become less stupid. Maybe you can come to the meeting and make it less stupid yourself! Eh?”
Claire Kaplan ’09 is planning to start a student-run tour group:
I’m interested in starting a student-run alternative to the University tours for the adventurous prefrosh. Tour guides would be unaffiliated with the University and, as such, wouldn’t have to worry about what they say, wouldn’t have to provide statistics to students, and could even deviate from the classic tour format (e.g. replacing the last part of the tour with a session hanging out on Foss Hill blowing bubbles) assuming they do so in a lawful and tasteful manner. Basically, tours would be an explicitly subjective but hopefully interesting look at the University beyond the traditional tour. The upside here is you get to do whatever you want with your prefrosh ducklings; the obvious downside is, you won’t get paid. I mean, I’m certainly not going to pay you.
Interested in being part a part of this operation, tentatively called “Wesleyan All Over You”? Email the illustrious Ms. Kaplan at clkaplan@wes.