Congratulations! You have made it through the rigors of Unofficial Orientation with your good friends here at Wesleying! Now, for your final challenge before you are officially Wesleyan students: ~Official~ Orientation.
Orientation is a wild time. You are left to your own devices without classes/activities/parents to structure your time. There are “mandatory,” highly-recommended, and optional sessions. There are the parties you hear about people going to, but have no idea how to find. There are those first awkward meals with your hallmates/roommates. There are the nights when you curl up in bed with a picture of your best friends from high school and wonder why you didn’t just follow them to college.
Our goal today is to teach you everything you need to know in order to make the most out of your orientation experience and start the year off on a good foot!
We emerge from this summer void for a message from Irma Mazariego ’16:
The New Student Orientation program is now seeking performers to come back early and participate in In the Company of Others 2015. This important peer theater piece is a central aspect of the New Student Orientation. In the Company of Others is a time when upperclassmen are able to share their experiences with new students in the hopes of sparking conversation regarding what it means to live in a diverse community.
This year, we are particularly looking for applicants that can share experiences that relate to our theme of access, equity, and inclusion. If you are interested in being a performer for this program, please complete the interest form here.
Please submit your application no later than Wednesday, June 24, 2015 by 5:00pm. If you have any questions, please contact Irma Mazariego in the Office of New Student Orientation.
Application Deadline: Wednesday, June 24 at 5 PM
From Emma Golub ’16:
Kick back with us as we take a breather from orientation weekend, roast some s’morez, sing some campfire songs, reunite with friends, meet new people, and have a great time! Anyone and everyone welcome.
We’ll be in the Bayit backyard (next to WesWings)! In event of rain, we’ll be indoorz. See you then!!
Date: Monday, September 1st, 2014
Place: The Bayit (157 Church Street)
From Gwen Rosen ’15:
The Argus is looking for writers, copy editors, social media editors, photographers, layout staff, and members of the advertising committee. Join us at our all-staff meeting this Sunday!
Date: Sunday, August 31st, 2014
Place: The Argus office (above Broad Street Books)
So maybe you’re a freshman, nervous and overwhelmed by all the information coming at you about classes, housing, what to bring from home – and are feeling like you can’t even begin to think about bigger issues on campus. Or maybe you’re a senior and feel like you’ve gotten this far and never really involved yourself in any social/political engagement on campus, so now it’s way too late and where would you even begin if you wanted to. Wherever you might stand, activism at Wes can seem like a huge, widespread and unnavigable thing.
Thankfully, some very committed students are trying to change that sentiment and make activism within the Wesleyan world an approachable and cohesive community. This past week, the Disorientation Guide was released through the University Organizing Center site to bring together the wide-ranging issues affecting us into one document. The entire Disorientation zine can be downloaded here, and I strongly recommend that everyone take a look at it.
Hey! You! Over there, with the brand new Wesleyan University 2018 shirt on… You don’t have to sound like a freshman just because you are one…
Bad news: you’re gonna have to relearn the names of the buildings you spent the summer memorizing off the campus map.
Good news: Wesleying is here to help. We present to you: a comprehensive guide to faking it.
Almost every building on campus has acquired some kind of nickname over the past 100-and-something years that Wesleyan students have spent on the hallowed grounds of Middletown, CT. There are the chop-and-shorten nicknames, the Wes-suffix-words, a few almost-funny-jokes, and one very famous ass-pun… We’ve outlined (almost) all of them to help alleviate the gripping terror and confusion of your first few weeks at college.
From Kimberly Heras ’17:
In previous years, the Community Engagement Trips have only been open to new students but this year we are opening the opportunity to the whole Wesleyan community! The projects will be held on September 6th and each project is about 1-3 hours long! Sign up and get to know your community and some of your new frosh through a little community service!
Deadline: Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Trip Date: Saturday, September 6, 2014
Cost: Free for everyone!
From Elisa Cardona and the nifty Office of Student Activities and Leadership Development:
Have you always wanted to make a difference in the Wesleyan Community?
Now is your chance! The Office of New Student Orientation is looking for 4 eager and excited orientation summer interns and 30 equally excited and vibrant fall Orientation Leaders.
From Elisa Cardona and the totally rad people of SALD:
Want to get your spring semester started off right? Come to any of the following “Re-Orientation” events! If you attend at least 7 programs and turn in your stamped “passport” to the SALD office by February 12, 2014, you’ll be entered in a raffle to win an iPad! Passports can be picked up from Dean Brown’s office, ResLife, or the SALD/NSO office in Usdan.
Read after the jump to see all of the events (there’s quite a lot of them).
It’s really that time of year again! A time of joy, of orientation, of new students, and, of course, of Wesleying events posts. Amy Bloom ’76 and Izzy Rode ’14 at the Shapiro Writing Center write in with a great opportunity (also, snacks):
Interested in creative writing at Wesleyan? Wondering what writing opportunities are offered at Wes? Looking to find the best study space on campus?
Drop by the Shapiro Creative Writing Center this Friday to meet Amy Bloom, Wesleyan writer-in-residence, and Shapiro Center Fellow, Izzy Rode, and share some snacks and chats!
Date: Friday, August 30th, 2013
Place: Shapiro Center for Creative Writing, 167 High (located on the corner of Church St. and High St.)