Wesleyan has a long history when it comes to sustainability and environmental conservation. However, it’s often unclear how to actually keep green at Wes, especially since many things have changed in recent years and are continuing to change.
This is the first year that Wesleyan has a sustainability coordinator, whose role is to help further Wesleyan’s mission of sustainability, including making things clearer to you. Her name is Jen Kleindienst and you can shoot her an email at jkleindienst(at)wes. For questions regarding sustainability, you should also peruse Wesleyan’s sustainability website.
Every fall at the beginning of the year, the sustainability interns put on the Waste Not! second-hand sale. At the end of the spring, they collect copious amounts of unwanted thingermabobs—from couches to sweaters to kitchenware to lots of random decorations—and store them so that you can buy them for ridiculously low prices your first weekend on campus. This year, the sale will be on Sept. 1 and 2—there will be two locations, one on Fountain Ave and one in Exley. A percentage of the proceeds are donated to a local charity while the rest go to support on-campus sustainability initiatives and the continuity of the program in future years.
Today’s installment is mostly a repost, detailing ways for you to get around the Connecticut and New England area. Or home, or to get waffle fries at 4 in the morning, or wherever. If you have a car already, you may want to ignore this entirely. If you don’t, then you might want to take our advice and become 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. 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, 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.
Now that you know how to eat and sleep, and have realized that you have worse hand-eye coordination than a D7 athlete, what else is there to do? Student groups. Beyond the necessities of living and academics, extracurriculars are fundamental to “the Wesleyan experience” (some might even say they spend more time and effort on extracurriculars than academics). There are over 300 student groups to pick from, and many of them will be enticing, so choose wisely.
Consider the rule of seven:
if you halve your years then add seven, you’ll have the youngest decent age for a partner you should only commit yourself to seven major activities in any given semester. Each course counts as one, as do many jobs, sports teams, and student groups. While every commitments requires a different level of time and energy, and every person has different capabilities, this is a good general rule to keep in mind. Word on the street is that the rule has been spread on campus by Professor Joyce Jacobsen, but that can’t be confirmed.
While officially recognized by the WSA, Wesleyan’s student groups operate with a fair degree of autonomy and all have preferences for how do they choose to advertise themselves. While the diversity of expression might have its benefits, the lack of consistency also makes it difficult to find them.
For all you ’16 athletes, would-be athletes, and fanatics, look forward to college! Whatever your sport, here’s a bit of wisdom on navigating the sports scene here at good ol’ Wellesleyan. (“There are sports at Wesleyan??” Yes. There are.)
First, the Freeman Athletic Center. You will live here. (Especially if you’ve been assigned to
Fauver Bennet Hall.) Get to know its shiny, new, sweaty interior. A head start on some Freeman secrets: the weight room is open from early to evening. If you’re just going to work out, try to avoid the 4 pm rush, when most sports teams are using the gym and other students get out of class. The pool (okay, “natatorium”) is another great resource for working out.
At this point in the summer, you are probably fretting over things like college. A sense of melancholy (or jittery excitement and increased WesAdmits activity, if you hated high school) has creeped up on you. Are you making lists of toiletries and getting boxes from Staples to pack your life into? Wondering how much action your soon-to-be bed has gotten in the past? A lot, probably.
But don’t be too frazzled—Samira and Lukeguy-walker are about to answer your 40ish most pressing questions related to waking-up-and-instantly-having-200-or-so-of-your-peers-to-hang-out-with.
First, this is the fifth Dorm Living FAQ post in the six years that Wesleying’s been doing them, which means that you (Frosh) are just as confused, eager, and enthusiastic as all the Frosh who’ve come before you. Second, it means we should exchange wood and daisies or something. Third, the pertinent FAQ doesn’t change much from year to year, so we tend to repost much of the original guide by Norse Goddess Holly-and-Xue ’08 (cuz it’s still damn good
and we’re still damn lazy). This re-vamped guide is up to date and full of Wesjargon:
Our first installment! We at Wesleying are here to tell you all about stuffing your faces at Wesleyan as part of our Unofficial Orientation Series 2012. A tradition begun by the Wesleying legends Holly Wood ’08 and Xue Sun ’08, this post has evolved a bit over the years. I’m trying for brevity, so if these details aren’t enough for your Wes-crazed brains, then check out this post from 2011.
Everything after the jump:
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: