Heyo Class of 2022,
It’s that time of the year: last-minute house parties where you make regrettable decisions with people you forget you’ll see over breaks, the last couple trips of the summer to the coffee shops and diners around the corner, getting the first onslaught of questions by your stressed senior friends with questions about the Common App, family vacations to visit relatives you haven’t seen ever but have to pretend to remember, or maybe just staring at old YouTube videos while listening to some angsty jazz while hoping that maybe college will be better than high school.
This is an update of skorn‘s post from 2014. Which was an update of DaPope‘s post from 2013. So there.
Shoutout to this post in WesAdmits 2019 that I have shamelessly stolen. I am a real and good journalist.
Good afternoon, froshlings. Or morning, or evening, or whenever it is that you’re reading this. You’re probably bubbling with excitement right now — and you can’t wait to finally be on campus getting oriented and all that shit. (BTW, orientation is pretty fun. You should be excited. There are also parties. So that.) But, of course, part of being interested in Wesleyan means also being interested in the classes that you will take at Wesleyan, and as a Real Life Wesleyan Student, perhaps I can help you on that front.
First things first, or at least required things first. You’ve already chosen (by ranking choices) and been assigned your First Year Seminar, or FYS (or you’re confused about why you’ve been assigned an FYS for spring semester), as well as a second course. First Year Seminars are small (15 people maximum) discussion-based classes on a variety of topics, ranging this semester from “Single Combat in the Ancient World” to “Jewish Graphic Novels.” You can find the full FYS list here. These classes are meant to raise the level of your thought from the dank depths of high school drudgery to the glorious, shining majesty of the ivory tower. Maybe not quite that dramatic, but you get the idea. They will all make you think; they will all make you write. Like I said, you’ve been assigned them already, so you know what they are. If you don’t like what you got, you can always talk to your advisor about changing it when you get to campus, but keep in mind that not liking a subject is, in fact, a perfectly fine justification for taking a class. Expand your horizons. Do something you wouldn’t ordinarily do. Have an academic adventure. It’s no accident that you’ll be hearing things along those lines well into and beyond your freshman year.
Word on the street is that you’re excited. Your AP scores just can’t show up on ePortfolio fast enough, you’re over 2,000 comments deep in a word-association game, and you’ve already bought that handy-dandy MacBook Pro. We get it. But do you know what you need to like on Facebook? What student groups you want to join? How to run away from Wesleyan in case it’s too scary? No? Don’t worry, ‘cuz Wesleying’s got your back.
Welcome to the Wesleying Unofficial Orientation Series 2012, a collection of
unbiased, purely factual, informative posts by a bunch of kids who sometimes claim to represent “real students, real student life at Wesleyan University.” We know that you’ll be too busy developing your frosh-pack and hipstagramming photos of your first Psi U party to learn anything between August 26th/29th and September 2nd, so we’ve got the following topics covered: