“I tried to look around myself more critically, and… shit, it was just as awesome a place I’ve always thought.”
This year, for the first time ever, we asked prefrosh to send in their impressions of WesFest for publication on Wesleying. Our first guest post comes from Chris Gortmaker ’17, an Early Decision prefrosh from Belmont, Massachusetts. Feel free to leave a comment, but don’t be an asshole. Here’s Chris:
Wesfest was awesome, but really, I wouldn’t have expected anything less. As an ED1 admit, I went to Wesfest without any doubts as to where I’d be spending my next four years. My decision was in, and my two-and-a-half days on campus did nothing but affirm my choice. The fellow prefrosh I met were consistently great people, and everything from Battle of the Bands at Eclectic to wine and cheese (the cheese notoriously absent) at WestCo kicked my ass with just how right it felt.
My sense of belonging stayed with me throughout, but was put somewhat into perspective at the Wednesday night comedy show in the Nics Lounge. A stand-up comedian whose name I forget—I do recall that he, in full police officer garb and brandishing a nightstick, endearingly harassed me later that night in WestCo—brought up an interesting point at the beginning of his act. He proclaimed that Wesleyan was in all respects the best school there was, and that all of us prefrosh present would be crazy not to choose Wes. I heard my own voice in his, as I had been saying things along these lines all day to the other prefrosh I met. Sarcasm began to creep into his voice as he exaggerated, blowing up his praise for Wesleyan to an absurd extent. He exclaimed, “Wow, what is this—a cult?”
As noted a few days ago, Wesleying’s A-Batte wrote a plea for prefrosh to stay for Zonker Harris Day and 4/20 and posted it on the Admissions’ “Voices” blog. It was subsequently removed by Admissions staffers, who felt it would be more appropriate for Wesleying. It’s no longer timely for prefrosh, but it is a fun and informative read, so we’re posting it here for posterity.
Hey there, prefrosh! If you’re reading this, there is a greater-than-zero chance that you either are on campus right now or will be in the next couple days, potentially for the first time ever. If you’re a potential member of the Class of 2017, congratulations on your acceptance! Along with the rest of the Wesleyan community, I’m delighted to welcome you here, and hope that you find the various activities of WesFest this year eclectic and appealing enough to seriously consider attending next year. In the way of resources for the next few days, you may want to make use of the administration’s official schedule for the weekend or the WesAdmits 2017 facebook page for accepted students. You may also want to check out the “WesFest” tag on Wesleying, a student-run blog that covers student life on and around campus (which I should mention I write for; sorry if this sounds like a cheap plug).
WesFest runs from today, Wednesday, through Friday, April 19th, and you should feel free to do roam campus as you feel best while you’re here. If you don’t mind, though, and you have the time, I think that you should seriously consider staying for Saturday, 4/20, which is Zonker Harris Day, an annual student-organized celebration which typically takes place during WesFest. If you do, you’ll get a better picture of what life at Wesleyan — social, academic, and beyond — is actually like, which will help you make a more informed decision about your future in higher education. Interested? Click past the jump for some more information.
It’s 4/20 and WesFest is over! Here’s what happened when I tried to find out why.
Scenes from WesFest 2009, which narrowly avoided falling on 4/20.
Why is this WesFest different from all other WesFests?
The answer is so obvious you may not have realized it: WesFest began on a Wednesday rather than a Thursday this year and, as per the official schedule, it’s now over. But the weekend is only getting started! What gives?
The issue first came to my attention way back in November, when the Office of Admissions tried pushing WesFest to a Mon-Tues-Wed format and some WSA members registered their discontent. Noticing that 4/20 falls this year on the third Saturday of April (traditionally the last day of WesFest), the reasoning seemed pretty obvious:
As Dean Culliton reminded us yesterday, it’s no secret that the powers that be are a little squeamish about traditional 4/20 proceedings. Add prefrosh to the mix, and it’s an entirely new crisis. This story is well recounted in Jacques Steinberg’s The Gatekeepers, when a student is waitlisted after writing her college essay about getting caught with a weed brownie in high school; she subsequently visits Wesleyan on April 20, 2000, and feels stung by the hypocrisy of it all. The most recent time WesFest fell on 4/20 was 2008, when Director of ResLife Fran Koerting was quoted in the Argus as saying that Admissions would not let the two holidays overlap again. Apparently the problem was that if students were smoking marijuana on Foss Hill, prefrosh might think that “anything goes on here”:
Zainab Khan ’13 writes in with this opportunity to eat ice cream and learn about Muslim life at Wesleyan:
Attention Prefrosh (and other Wesleyan Students)!
Join the Muslim Students Association this Friday, April 19th at 1pm
for Jummah (Friday) Services and a reception afterwards. You’ll get to
meet current Muslim students as well as our Muslim Chaplain, Imam
Adeel Zeb. After prayers, we’ll be serving ice-cream and other
delectables! It’ll be a great time to ask questions and see what
Muslim life is like at Wesleyan.
And you don’t have to be Muslim (or a prefrosh) to come- all are
Place: Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, 169 High Street
Date: Friday, April 19th
Time: 1-3 pm
What’s good prefrosh? Yeah, I see you coming to Wesleying before reading through any packet the Admissions office may have given you.
Roth welcomes you on Andrus jk you’re not at UCSB
Wesleyan has an almost scary amount of things you can check out for the next few days, so whether you’re an ED student with an unofficial host or someone who’s probably going to Brown but came here to skip school, take it all in.
Just to note a few highlights from the awesome lineup of events, today will feature performances including poetry by WeSLAM in 200 Church, Second Stage’s Eurydice, and the Asian culture show Mabuhay. Tomorrow includes Battle of the Bands, an Open Mic at 200 Church, and an a cappella concert in Olin. Different majors and departments are holding open houses. Most importantly, ITS Helpdesk will have drop-in hours all day; take advantage of this golden opportunity.
Here are the full schedules for today, Thursday, and Friday. Enjoy the nice weather and party hard.
Blaise ’16 wants you to come to this awesome concert:
A mix of Maine and Brooklyn based bands! Lunch Cult is from Portland, Maine and the band of future Wes student Luke MacDonald. “Comedy routine disguised as punk rock band. blow-fi.” The Ne’er Dowells are a Brooklyn band lead by the audacious Gio Escobar. Technically developed fun indie rock woo. The Micks are also based in BK are lead by John Walsh of New Paltz college. Lunch Cult are fun moshy, rock with anthem-y tunes that you will like. COME AND MOSH AND SING
Date: March 30, 2013
Place: Westco Cafe
I googled “college admissions stock photo” and this is what came up. Can you dig it?
It’s been a rather turbulent few days for Wesleyan in the news, so here’s some positive news for a change. According to the New York Times’ The Choice blog (which has been surging along since the recent departure of its dear leader/resident Wesleyan hound Jacques Steinberg), total applications to Wesleyan rose by 4.18% for a total of 10,942 applicants for fall 2013. Since we’re all suckers for a good comparison chart, here’s how that stacks up with a few peer institutions:
It’s a comfortable leap (and eerily close to last year’s 4.5% rise in applications), but it’s nothing compared to Skidmore’s freakish 42% rise in applications.
Want to be a totally famous celebrity in the Class of 2017 Facebook group? (I’m not kidding. Just ask BZOD about his experience.) (Well, you can’t because he’s currently somewhere between Quito and Hartford.) Elisa Cardona—or The Artist Formerly Known as Elisa Del Valle—has got the perfect opportunity for you:
The Orientation Program is seeking four interns to assist with the planning and implementation of the Orientation Program for the incoming Class of 2017 and the new transfer, exchange, & visiting students. Interns plan both International Student Orientation (ISO) and New Student Orientation (NSO) with position responsibilities varying based on specific assignments. As an intern, you will work with professional staff in creating interesting, informative programs and activities for new students.
The internship will be June 3 – September 1, 2013. Compensation is $8.25/hour plus on-campus housing. Interns will work 35 hours/week.
Click here toapply online
Applications are due by February 1st at 5:00 p.m. Students who will be returning to Wesleyan in Fall 2013 are eligible to apply. Selected candidates will be interviewed mid-February and notified before spring break. If you have questions, contact Elisa Cardona (ecardona@wes).
Deadline: February 1 (hey, that’s Big Boi’s birthday)
Remember how excited you were when you got into Wes back in Spring 20__? You immediately joined the WesAdmits20__ Facebook group, and absurdity ensued. There were those handful of kids who friended everybody in the group (including over-zealous freshman “upperclassmen” ready to share their first-year wisdom). The oh-so-necessary roommate survey thread started (wait, Wes randomly assigns roommates?!). “What colleges did you pick Wes over” (lol I was rejected from Brown too). “Let’s meet-up prior to spending four years together!” “About how many quarters do you think I’ll need for a year’s worth of laundry” (wtf is this M-Town Ca$$)? As the illustrious Laiya Ackman ’15 notes: “Freshman are fucking weird.”
Thanks to the brilliant minds of other jaded college students, there is now a whole site devoted to making fun of the rising freshman class: Freshmemes, the cleaned-up version of Accepted2016. Hours of giggles at your future classmates are now possible!
Quotes from both the WesAdmits2016 group and Freshmemes after the jump:
WesFest commences—along with Hill Season, Undies in Olin, and the Revenge of Chalking.
Happy WesFest! Happy prefrosh! Happy spring! Happy tenth anniversary year of Doug Bennet’s 2002 moratorium on chalking! Happy clothing optional library!
Sup, 2016? WesFest 2012 appears to be in full freakin’ swing, and the weather gods are cooperating for the first time since, like, 2009, so consider this a cheery “welcome to Wellesley” on behalf of a bunch of dorks on the internet. There’s a lot going on! As always, we advise you to head on over to the Wesleyan Propaganda Hegemony’s official WesFest calendar, but don’t look too closely if you’re a prefrosh—spend some time wandering, chillin’, foss hilling, and getting lost. There’s a lot of chaos, and the university wants you real bad (memo: you’re special), so take it all in. And don’t forget to scope out Wesleyan’s clothing optional library, which made a surprise resurgence earlier today.