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Wesleying Unofficial Orientation Series 2015: Getting There From Here

This is an updated repost of daniphantom’s 2014 post, which was an update of her 2013 post.

Yes, this is from Björk's video for "Triumph of a Heart."

Yes, this is from Björk’s video for “Triumph of a Heart.”

If you have a car — lucky you. Most of today’s installment doesn’t apply to you, except that we’re all very jealous of your ready access to transportation. If you don’t have a car, consider making friends with someone who does.

As any current Wes student will tell you, one area in which Middletown is seriously lacking is its ability to help you get out of Middletown (not that you would ever want to of course). The closest train station is in Meriden, though your best bet for getting out of town is to go to Union Station in New Haven or Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks (near Hartford). Getting there, though, is quite the challenge. At one point there was even a campus organization strictly dedicated to improving transportation. Lucky for you, we at Wesleying, and our friends at the Peer Advisor Blog, have attempted to compile a list of the car-less ways to get to Connecticut’s two main transportation hubs to make your lives easier.

Unofficial Orientation Series: Getting There From Here

Screen Shot 2014-08-19 at 11.55.53 PMToday’s installment is a huge blob of updated information from an article I posted during last year’s Orientation Series detailing ways for you to travel home (or not), around the New England area, and most importantly how to get some delicious pancakes at 4 in the morning. If you have a car already, feel free to ignore this post entirely while the rest of us look upon you with envy. If you don’t, then you might want to take my advice and become friends with someone who does. Until then, you may want to read on.

As any current Wes student will tell you, one area in which Middletown is seriously lacking is its ability to help you get out of Middletown (not that you would ever want to of course). The closest train station is in Meriden, though your best bet for getting out of town is to go to Union Station in New Haven or Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks (near Hartford). Getting there, though, is quite the challenge. At one point there was even a campus organization strictly dedicated to improving transportation. Lucky for you, we at Wesleying, and our friends at the Peer Advisor Blog, have attempted to compile a list of the car-less ways to get to Connecticut’s two main transportation hubs to make your lives easier.

Fall Break Transportation Raffle

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Courtesy of Sustainability Coordinator Jennifer Kleindienst:

Traveling off-campus for fall break? The Wesleyan Sustainability Office has teamed up with CT Rides, a state transportation program, to encourage you to take the bus, train, shuttle, or carpool whenever you go off campus. To give you an extra incentive for fall break, CT Rides is holding a free raffle for a $25 Amtrak gift card for anyone who signs up for its NuRide incentive program or takes alternative transportation over break.

There are 4 ways to enter (one entry per person):
1. Sign up for NuRide at the CT Rides table on October 9th from 11:30-1:30 or email Alexandra.Bernier[at]ctrides[dot]com.
2. Offer or ask for a ride on the Rideboard between October 9-23.
3. Sign up for one of the shuttles to Bradley Airport, New Haven Train Station, New York City, or Boston by October 16th.
4. Share how you’re traveling sustainably over break with the Sustainability Office at the CT Rides table on October 9th, post it on Facebook (wesleyansustainability), or email us at sustainability[at]wesleyan[dot]edu by October 17th.

Learn more about how to travel sustainably on our website.

Date: Wednesday, October 9
Time: 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM (to sign up at the CT Rides table)
Place: Usdan
Cost: Free

WesBikes: Fall 2013 Bike Rental Sign-up!

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Sophia Park ’14 and Winston Soh ’14, WesBike coordinators, want you to sign up for a bike:

Wanna bike to Millers Pond? Wadsworth Falls? Lyman Orchards? Or just simply breeeeze your way through the campus? Oh it’s so beautiful out, and what other ways to make it more enjoyable than to bike around?! Sign up to rent a bike from WesBikes! It’s $5/week for 9 weeks ($45 total) and you will also get a helmet, a bike lock (+key), a pump, and a bundle of happiness :D If you are interested, please fill out the form at (and sooner the better):

And check out our website here.

We are also looking for new coordinators! If you are interested in the program, please contact us at wesbikes[at]gmail[dot]com

Cost: $45 to your student account
Contact: wesbikes[at]gmail[dot]com
Website: Here
Sign-Up Form: Here

Make the World Your Workplace: Discussion Tomorrow

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Alexandra De la Cruz ’16 has a message for all potential world-travelers, resume-builders, and snack-eaters:

Interested in traveling, working, or doing an internship anywhere in the world? Learn how to Make the World your Workplace in this discussion hosted by the Wesleyan Career Center and the Office of International Student Affairs (OISA) Student Advisory Group. Plus, there will be light refreshments!

Date: Wednesday,  3/27/13 (tomorrow)
Time: 5-6 PM
Place: Olson Commons, Wesleyan Career Center, 41 Wyllys

Africa @ Wesleyan Information Session

Do you want to study abroad in Africa? Are you interested in volunteering in Africa, or learning more about African Studies at Wesleyan?

If so, come along to Africa @ Wesleyan, an information session (with free lunch) covering all of these topics. Carolyn Sorkin from the office of international studies will talk about programs for studying in Africa, and Wesleyan students will talk about their experiences studying and volunteering in various locations on the continent. We’ll also talk about current programming in African Studies at Wesleyan.

For more information email scroucher(at)wesleyan(dot)edu, or just drop in on Friday.

Date: Friday, October 5
Time: Noon – 1:00 pm
Place: Judd 116

Deloitte Consulting Information Session

A post-graduation job opportunity from Alexa Atamanchuk ’12:

This Sunday Deloitte Consulting will be hosting an information session for Wesleyan students who are interested in joining Deloitte as a Business Analyst after graduation.

Business Analysts work with a Deloitte project team to deliver strategic solutions and implement new processes for clients across all industries. As such, strong candidates should be top academic performers (typically 3.5+GPA) with solid analytical, quantitative and, where applicable, technical skills. In addition, top candidates should posses strong “people skills” and demonstrate leadership potential and a strong work ethic. This is important since Analysts typically travel four days a week to work collaboratively with the client and a Deloitte project team. Essentially we are looking for sharp students across all academic disciplines who can work well in a team environment.

Notes from the Study Abroadosphere

“I’ve met people from all over: a guy from Penn State, these two Sig Ep brothers from the University of Oregon, and some really cool people from Clemson,” said Blevins, a political-science major who is taking eight credits at the Universidad de Sevilla.”


Over 170 juniors are studying abroad right now. That’s X% percent of the class of 2013, and if you do the math (which I haven’t), X is a pretty big number, like almost definitely in double digits. That’s a lot of wayward WesKids lurking outside cafes in Paris, monasteries in Bodh Gaya, and storage units on Pearl Street. When you really think about, that means a ton of postcards (snail mail 4 tha win, guys), Blogspots, and wall posts prominently featuring the word “Skype.” Oh, and so many blogs.

Last month we put out a call to all you expatriates scrolling Wesleying in your “Parisian cafe/German bar/Czech spire/Tibetan hut/South African safari jeep/Mid-East kibbutz/Nicaraguan commie village”: send us your blog. Please. Mostly, for whatever reason, we just heard back from the ones in France. (Oh. And Sexty-Five Pearl. Yes, they’re still thriving.)

Click past the jump for a few of the study abroad blogs (abrogs?) we received, which are almost exclusively from France. Click here for some of last year’s delights. And email us (staff<at>wesleying<dot>org) if you still want to be included. It’s not too late.

Wesleying Unofficial Orientation Series: Getting There From Here

Another mostly repost, regarding how to get home (or not, as the case may be) while livin’ the carless life at Wes. Arguably more important than any of this, however, is the rideboard, which you can access from your ePortfolio and from which you can offer and seek rides to helpful places, like the airport or chipotle. You can also solicit rides on the ACB, which you are just going to have to find yourself.

As any current Wes student will tell you, one area in which Middletown is seriously lacking is its ability to help you get out of Middletown. The closest train station is in Meriden, though your best bet for getting out of town is to go to Union Station in New Haven or Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks. Getting there, though, is quite the challenge, which is why we at Wesleying, with help from our friends at the Peer Advisor Blog, have attempted to compile a list of the car-less ways to get to Connecticut’s two main transportation hubs.

Shout-out in the comments with additions and corrections.

Middletown, CT: Tourist Trap?

Now, I’m a big fan of Wikitravel.org, the Wikipedia of travel books, tourist-trap avoidance tips, and international foodie hotspots. (It’s also a pretty damn fine tool for procrastination – who says you can’t waste time productively? Piss off, Youtube.) It saved my life during my semester abroad in Europe, not only because of its helpfulness when it came to knowing about the local public transportation, but also of its “Stay Safe” section which helped augment the paranoia I feel ever-so-comfortable with whenever I’m in a foreign country. (Note to self: Every third guy taller than you wants to and will mug you).

So I was pretty surprised to find the miniscule but somewhat amusing section on Middletown, Connecticut when I was putzing about its digital wiki-filled halls this evening. For example, the last paragraph of the intro section reads:

Middletown is also the home to Connecticut Valley Hospital, the major psychiatric facility for southern New England. So if you see a few questionable people on the streets, relax, they’re outpatients and they’re probably properly medicated.

It’s kind of an odd thing to read in what is usually a pretty reliable (Ayn Rand argues for there being no unreliability) somewhat respectable resource for travel information. But then again, given Wikitravel’s existence as a open-source free-edit information hub to begin with, one can’t possibly expect a wiki page concerning a relatively under-traveled place like our lovely Middletown to have substantial material and tight editing, right?

Well, hopefully not. This is terrible, folks! O’Rourkes is not even in there! So, if you fine kids have time out there tonight in the middle of your paper-writing, quiz-studying, last minute lab-report filling, pencil-chewing, eye-fucking, gummi-bear popping, and God-praying-so-you-won’t-screw-up-the-midterm-tomorrow, lend a hand to sprucin’ up the page, would ya?

GOOD LUCK FO’ YO EXAMZZZ