Job Searching During a Pandemic: Alumni Panel Discussion – Tomorrow, 4/6

Learn from Wes 2020 grads about finding a job and transitioning to post-grad life during the pandemic. Join us on Tuesday for a virtual panel conversation between current seniors and recent alumni.
Job Searching During a Pandemic: Alumni Panel Discussion

Tue, Apr 6 7:00 pm EDT – 8:00 pm EDT

https://wesleyan.joinhandshake.com/events/731196

Panelists:

  • Maya Bernstein-Schalet ‘20, Journalist, Heritage Radio Network/Researcher, Belly of the Best
  • Sherly Francois ’20, Management Development Program, McMaster-Carr
  • Lucine Poturyan ’20, Conflicts Analyst, Wood Smith Henning & Berman LLP
  • Zack Hersh ‘20, Legislative Aide, Colorado House of Representatives

Moderated by the GCC’s senior Peer Career Advisors Esme Lytle ’21, Brendan Joyce ’21, and Phillip Wong ’21.

Preparing for your Life after Wes as an F-1 Student

Dear F-1 Seniors,
Hope you all are doing well and are ready for the last spring break in your college career. To help you get ready for your life after Wes, please consider doing the following:

Review Life after Wes information on the OISA Website

Please visit the Life after Wes page to review your options after graduation. We have information for you about applying for Optional Practical Training (OPT), transferring your SEVIS records to a graduate school and planing your departure from the U.S. If you have questions about any of these options, you are encouraged to come to one of our drop-in hours to discuss your post-graduation plans.

Attend One or More Upcoming Workshops for F-1 Seniors 

OISA is hosting two additional workshops for F-1 seniors. Both workshops will be recorded if you are not able to attend the live sessions. Please email oisa@wesleyan.edu if you need access to the recorded sessions.
Life After Wes: Managing your Immigration Status after Graduation
Wednesday, April 7, 12:00-1:00 p.m. EDTZoom link: https://wesleyan.zoom.us/j/94761418883

OPT STEM Extension Info Session

Thursday, April 15, 12:00-1:00 p.m. EDT

Zoom link: https://wesleyan.zoom.us/j/97614649988


Check your I-20s

​Check your Major(s) on your I-20: If you do not plan to apply for OPT, please check your current I-20 to make sure that your major(s) are correctly listed on your I-20 for your records. If you plan to apply for OPT, you will receive an OPT recommendation I-20 from OISA. Check your OPT recommendation I-20 to make sure that your major(s) are correctly listed.
Check your Program End Date on your I-20: If you are on track to graduate in May 2021, please check page one of your I-20 to make sure that your program end date says May 2021. If you need an I-20 correction, please email oisa@wesleyan.edu as soon as possible.
 

Review information about Optional Practical Training (OPT)

If you are interested in working in the United States after graduation, you are encouraged to apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT) as soon as possible. The OPT applications are adjudicated by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), not Wesleyan OISA. The process takes at least 3 months and can take much longer during the pandemic. Please review the information listed on the Post-Completion OPT page carefully prior to submitting your OPT request. There are two documents on the page you might find helpful:
OISA will proofread your Form I-765 once for you. Please submit your completed Form I-765 to oisa@wesleyan.edu. You will receive detailed written feedback in 7-10 business days. Remember, you must be physically in the United States to apply for OPT. If you are currently studying remotely outside of the U.S. and are considering coming to the U.S. to apply for OPT, please contact OISA BEFORE you book your flights.

Attending Commencement 2021

Please review the Reunion & Commencement 2021 page for the university-wide announcement about the commencement given the fluid nature of the pandemic. If you are currently outside of the United States and are considering returning to the U.S. to attend the commencement, please contact OISA BEFORE you book your flights.

As always, feel free to reach out if you have questions!
Chia-Ying

 

Chia-Ying S. Pan | Director, International Student Services

Office of International Student Affairs Wesleyan University
Room 024, North College 237 High Street, Middletown, CT 06459
Zoom Meeting Room | Schedule an Appointment | Spring 2021 Drop-In Hours

Bologna Program: ECCo Day! – 3/27

Dear students:

If you studied abroad in Bologna, Italy, if you plan to study abroad in Bologna, or if you are interested in studying abroad in Bologna, please come to our virtual ECCo Day, March 27!

Students can start Italian at Wesleyan and meet the language prerequisite for Bologna. The University of Bologna has courses available for every major, and the Accademia di Belle Arti has courses especially for Art Studio in the spring. Advance registration is kindly requested: https://vassar.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYtfuuprz4oGNVGYOVlGEK5_MVEIaPP9-YP

Sincerely,

The Office of Study Abroad

Emily Gorlewski, Ed.D.
Director, Study Abroad
Fries Center for Global Studies

Wesleyan University
+1 (860) 685-3007
201A Fisk Hall, 262 High St.
Middletown, CT 06459
USA
wesleyan.edu/studyabroad

Thomas Kail ’99 (Hamilton, In the Heights) in Conversation with Milton Espinoza Jr. ’22 and Vianca Pérez ’22

On behalf of the Gordon Career Center, I invite you to join us for a virtual, fireside chat-style conversation with Tony-winning director of Hamilton, Thomas Kail ’99, and current Wesleyan Theater majors Milton Espinoza Jr. ’22 and Vianca Pérez ’22. Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Nicole Stanton, will provide a brief introduction and the conversation will be followed by audience Q&A. This conversation is open to all Wesleyan students, alumni, faculty, and staff. 
 
Register here for the Zoom webinar link & see more information below. Hope you will join us! 
Best,
Rachel 
 
Alumni Career Conversation with Thomas Kail ’99 – Thursday, March 11, 12-1pm 
Thomas Kail’s Broadway directing credits include Hamilton; In the Heights; Freestyle Love Supreme; Lombardi; and Magic/Bird. Off-Broadway selected directing credits include Hamilton, Dry Powder, Tiny Beautiful Things, and Kings at The Public Theater; The Wrong Man at MCC Theatre, In the Heights; Broke-ology and When I Come to Die at Lincoln Center Theater; and Daphne’s Dive at Signature Theatre. Broadway producing credits include Derren Brown: Secret and Freestyle Love Supreme. Some television directing and producing credits include Fosse/Verdon on FX and Grease: Live on Fox. He is a recipient of a Kennedy Center Honor and a graduate of Wesleyan University.

Student Moderators:
Milton Espinoza Jr. ’22 is studying Theater and Film. On-campus he is known for his activism and artwork for the POC community. He’s directed the 2nd Stage & Shades’ production of In the Heights and has acted in & produced a variety of different shows/films on campus.

Vianca Pérez ’22 is double majoring in Theater and Feminist, Gender, & Sexuality Studies. She has performed in multiple theater, dance, and film productions and co-leads WesInterpreters, a group that provides legal translation and interpretation services to local schools and organizations.

Rachel M. Munafo
Director of Operations
Gordon Career Center | Wesleyan University
rmunafo@wesleyan.edu | 860.685.2180

F-1 Seniors: OPT Workshop Tomorrow @ 12 noon, EST – 2/22

Dear F-1 seniors,
This is a friendly reminder for the OPT workshop tomorrow:

Optional Practical Training (OPT): Filling out the I-765 Form

Tuesday, February 23, 12:00-1:00 p.m. EST

In this workshop, OISA staff will provide step-by-step guidance to fill out Form I-765. If you have attended the session last semester, it is still helpful to come to this workshop. Not much has changed specifically about the I-765; however, the USCIS lockbox location has changed. Also, the OPT fee was changed from $410 to $550 now back to $410. We want to make sure that everyone is aware of these important updates.

Please do the following before you attend the workshop:

  • Download the Form I-765
  • Read through the instructions for Form I-765
  • Have the following documents handy when you come to the workshop:
    • your current and all previous I-20s
    • your passport
    • your F-1 visa page
    • your most recent I-94
    • your Social Security Card (if you have one)
    • a pen with black ink (required by the U.S. government

The session will be recorded. If you are unable to attend the session, please email oisa@wesleyan.edu to obtain a link to the recorded session.

After you attend tomorrow’s workshop, you can get your completed I-765 proofread ONCE by a professional staff. This is an offer to help you with your form, not a requirement. You can choose to skip this step if you are able to fill out the form independently. Please submit a polished version of your I-765 as if you are ready to submit it to the government. If you have questions about any of the items on the form, attend one of the drop-in hours to get your questions answered BEFORE you submit for proofreading. The turnaround time is 7-10 business days.

Your OPT application materials need to be submitted via the ISS Portal. OISA does not have access to your submitted materials until you hit the “submit” button on the top. Please email oisa@wesleyan.edu once you submit your application materials. We will write back to confirm that everything has been received. You can expect your OPT recommendation I-20 within 7-10 business days if everything looks good. If there are questions about your application or we found a mistake in your application, you will be contacted via email.

See you at the workshop tomorrow,

Chia-Ying

Chia-Ying S. Pan | Director, International Student Services

Office of International Student Affairs Wesleyan University
Room 024, North College 237 High Street, Middletown, CT 06459
Zoom Meeting Room | Schedule an Appointment | Spring 2021 Drop-In Hours

 

2021 Wesleyan Summer Grants Program Information Info Session – 2/3 , 2/9, 2/18

Note: Graduating seniors who have not previously received a Wesleyan Summer Grant are eligible to apply. Please refer to the GCC website for more details (see below).

Looking for funding for your unpaid or low-paid summer experience?

The 2021 Wesleyan Summer Grants Program will be accepting applications from February 8th – February 26th, 11:59pm.

Wesleyan Summer Grants are funding resources awarded through the Gordon Career Center which allow students to pursue no- or low-paid career-related summer experiences such as internships, faculty-mentored research, language study, volunteer work, field study, and academic programs.

The Gordon Career Center will be holding three virtual information sessions which will cover funding opportunities, eligibility and requirements, navigating the application process, and what makes a strong application. All sessions will conclude with a Q&A. Please click the event links below to register.
February 3, 3pm EST
February 9, 5pm EST
February 18, 11am EST

The list of available grants and the application can be accessed on AcademicWorks through WesPortal. For more information about the application process, please visit the Gordon Career Center website.

Don’t know where to begin or need help with your application? Schedule an appointment to meet with a career advisor.

Graduate Liberal Studies Program Info Session – 12/10

The Wesleyan Continuing Studies office is hosting a virtual information session, on Thursday night at 7pm EST, to talk about the Accelerated MALS degree (applicants may begin earning a Master’s Degree while completing their undergraduate degree). GLS courses taken in the senior year, as part of full-time enrollment, will be included in undergraduate tuition and financial aid packages; plus they count toward residential credit count requirements.

Click here to register for the virtual event https://continue.wesleyan.edu/register/Accel

For more information, please contact:

Glenn Knight
Assistant Director, Continuing Studies
gknight01@wesleyan.edu

 

Graduate Liberal Studies Program Announcement and Info Session – 12/3

Graduate Liberal Studies Program
Accelerated MALS degree for Wesleyan undergraduates

A flexible solution for students interested in beginning a Wesleyan MALS degree during their final term as an undergraduate

www.wesleyan.edu/masters | contact: masters@wesleyan.edu 

Info Session, Thursday, December 3rd, 7:00pm, EST

Register through the following link: https://continue.wesleyan.edu/register/MALSinfo

Who: Students who will enter their spring term senior year needing only 1, 2 or 3 credits to graduate.

What: Students accorded provisional admission to the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) degree may begin taking Graduate Liberal Studies (GLS) courses during their 8th term of undergraduate study.

When: Students must apply for this program prior to the MALS degree application deadline for whichever will be their 7th or 8th term as an undergraduate (Spring 2021 deadline: Thursday, December 10, 2020)

How: If provisionally admitted as an MALS candidate, students get approval to take GLS courses in fall or spring term of their senior year (approval required from class dean, advisor, faculty member and GLS director). After graduation, they may then petition to have courses count toward their MALS if they were not applied to any of the credit, major, Gen Ed, or other requirements for the BA degree.

Why: The purpose of the Accelerated MALS degree is to enable students to begin earning a Master’s Degree while completing their undergraduate degree. In addition, GLS courses taken in the senior year as part of full-time enrollment will be included in undergraduate tuition and financial aid packages and residential credit count requirements.

Cost: Tuition and fees for GLS courses taken during the fall or spring term while the student is an undergraduate are included in the undergraduate tuition for those terms. Once a student has graduated with a BA and has been formally admitted to the MALS program, GLS course tuition and fees are due at the time of registration. Limited need-based financial aid is available to MALS students. Aid for students who are continuing their Wesleyan academic career for a 5th year will be based on parental financial information. Details are in the aid application.

Benefits

  • Students can get a head start on earning their MALS while finishing their undergraduate degree. This may allow the student to complete a Master’s Degree in one year after completing their undergraduate degree.
  • Students who complete three Graduate Liberal Studies courses while an undergraduate will save approximately $9,000 in tuition for their MALS degree.
  • Students who are entering their 8th term at 31 credits may take MALS courses to maintain full enrollment. – See important Considerations about credit values.
  • The degree can be completed in 4 terms (summer/fall/spring/summer).

Important Considerations:

  • Courses may not be counted toward more than one degree. If an MALS course is used to satisfy ANY undergraduate degree requirement, it cannot also count toward your MALS.
  • GLS courses are worth .75 credits (3 credit hours), not 1 Wesleyan credit (4 credit hours) as Wes undergraduate courses are.