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Wesleying Unofficial Orientation Series 2012

If you can't tell from the glaring orange in this picture that this is not the Wesleyan you'll be attending in just a few days, please go home.

Dear prefrosh,

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:

King ’09 Creates College Graduate’s Handbook Featuring Wes alumni

Stepping out of the college bubble and into the real world can be a pretty terrifying prospect. Wesleyan alumnus Ari King ’09 went through this process himself not too long ago, and made it out alive–alive enough not only to tell the tale, but to put together an entire handbook about the experience. The College Graduate’s Handbook: Tales from the Famous and Not-So-Famous About Senior Year, The First Job, and Figuring it All out Once You Graduate is a collection of firsthand accounts and pieces of advice about the senior year of college and that daunting first year after graduation.

For the handbook, King interviewed Wesleyan graduates in their early twenties, as well as older and more prominent alumni who have made names for themselves in the real world. Among those featured in the book are Broadway director Tommy Kail ’99, producer Larry Mark ’71, Lemony Snicket series author Daniel Handler ’92, Himanshu Suri ’07 of Das Racist, author Sebastian Junger ’84, TV producer Bill Wrubel ’85, and plenty of other successful alumni in a range of fields. President Michael Roth ’78 makes an appearance, too.

King, who hails from Oakland and is now living in Brooklyn, is still seeking funding for publishing this book. As he says in his video on the Kickstarter page for his project (click on that link for lots more info!):

Secrets of the Student Handbook: Secret #164

Quick Guide to Composting:

It is best to start the bin with a layer of “browns” that include dried leaves, shredded newspaper, or dried grass clippings. Put food waste (“greens”—with the exception of meat, dairy, and oil) in bin. If the compost is too wet or smells, add a layer of browns on top. You will get the best results from your compost if you aerate it once in a while with a stick or broom handle (just stick it down in the compost and make a hole in different places) and turn (stir) the compost occasionally as well. Other than that, let Mother Earth, heat, decomposition, chemical reactions, and, of course, worms, do the rest!

A friendly reminder from your Student Handbook.

Secrets of the Student Handbook: Secret #293

Consuming alcohol at high risk levels is more likely to result in personal consequences such as:

  • hangovers, vomiting or nausea
  • memory loss (“blacking out”) or loss of consciousness (“passing out”)
  • being criticized for [your] drinking behaviors
  • regretting actions taken while under the influence of alcohol
  • damage to relationships with friends and family
  • unplanned or unsafe sexual activity
  • missing classes
  • poor performance on an exam or project
  • lower grade point averages
  • driving while intoxicated
  • hospitalization due to injury or severe intoxication
  • citation by university judicial system or arrest by local police
  • alcohol dependency or addiction
  • death due to injury, accident or alcohol overdose

A friendly reminder from your Student Handbook.