Services for New Week and Beyond 3/20

Dear Students,

As we all struggle to get used to Wesleyan in a distance-learning mode, we in Student Affairs wanted to provide you with an online resource guide detailing services and supports that will still be available regardless of whether you are near or far in the coming weeks.

Wishing you safe travels, good health and successful transitions.  As always, let us know how we can help.  Go Wes!

Warmly,

Dean Mike

 

SOC Secret Snowflake Holiday Party – Dec. 5th

 


The holidays are just around the corner and this year, the residents of X House are planning to have a SOC SECRET SNOWFLAKE GIFT EXCHANGE PARTY on December 5th at 7:30 PM in the Malcolm X house Basement (which will be turned into a winter wonderland Holiday themed party!!). Please come out to enjoy a space of holiday snacks, musical performances, a gift exchange and more!

$ Waste Not Sale $ – Stock Your Dorm Room While Helping Local Charities: Aug 31 & Sep 1

Get ready for the sale of the year! Come to WASTE NOT to buy affordable items for your dorm!

Waste Not is an eco-friendly tag sale for charity!

You can find electronics, kitchen appliances, dorm decorations, lamps, fans, fridges, microwaves, printers, rugs, furniture, and much more!

Dates & Times:

Saturday 8/31:  12pm – 3pm

@ 44 Brainerd garage – Fridges, mirrors, lamps, electronics, and more!

@ 56 Fountain garage – Couches and furniture

Sunday 9/1:  10am – 1pm 

@ 44 Brainerd ONLY – Everything that’s left!

Email questions about the sale to the Waste Not coordinators at wesustainability@gmail.com.

Advice for New Transfer Students from a Former Transfer Student

Hi! My name is Jane Herz and I am a rising senior here at Wes. On campus, I’m an English major, an academic peer advisor, and an assistant arts and culture editor for the Wesleyan Argus. However, what you may not know about me is that I’m also a transfer student!

I transferred to Wesleyan as a sophomore in 2017, from Wake Forest University. I knew that transferring out of Wake would be the right decision for me, but I had no idea if Wesleyan would be the right fit. I knew that I wanted to come back to the Northeast (I’m originally from NYC!) and go to a smaller school, and while I was interested in Wesleyan, I didn’t know what kind of experience I would have there. Ultimately, I decided to accept my offer because of Wesleyan’s super-strong English and creative writing program. Transferring can be unsettling and a little bit intimidating, because, like most schools, you can’t really tell what it’ll be like until you get there!

Luckily, transferring to Wesleyan was definitely the right choice for me. I love my major, my friends, the campus, and all of the amazing opportunities that Wes provides, such as the study abroad programs! I’ve grown so much as a person throughout my time here, and learned so much about myself.

However, even though I love Wesleyan, the first few months as a transfer student were a bit of an adjustment, and there were so many things that I wish I had known during my first semester. Looking back on my time here, I’ve gathered my top 6 tips to help navigate being a transfer student:

Tip #1: Things take time
Like anything in life, things take time and it may be a little while before you feel completely settled in at Wes. That’s what happened to me, and it’s so normal! You may feel frustrated that you aren’t making friends quickly enough, or that you still don’t know where the best study spot is, or what to do on a Friday night. Try not to stress about this stuff, because it just simply takes time, as annoying as that may be. The longer you’re at Wes, the more comfortable you’ll feel, the more people you’ll get to know, and the more accustomed to campus you’ll be.

Tip #2: Put yourself out there
This is probably something that people will tell you over and over again, but it’s true! As a new student, it’s important to put yourself out there. Don’t be afraid to ask to grab lunch with people, or invite classmates to study together in Exley. Students at Wesleyan are very open to meeting new people, so don’t be hesitant to initiate that. I met so many of my friends by simply just asking them to grab lunch after we had only met once or twice–it’s totally normal, and will help you meet a ton of new friends and connections on campus!

Tip #3: Go to the pre-planned campus events and activities
As a transfer student, you may feel apprehensive about going to some of the activities or events that are typically advertised to freshmen, such as the clubs fair. However, it turns out that people of all ages and grades go to these events! Don’t be concerned that you’ll be the only sophomore or junior there, because that’s not the case. Joining a club or another on-campus organization is an awesome way to make friends and get involved at Wesleyan. Also, try to go to the events that are planned for transfer students throughout the semester, because it’s a great way to connect with different students in the transfer community.

Tip #4: Figure out how your credits will transfer to Wes
This was one of my biggest mistakes as a transfer student! I had no idea how my credits from Wake were going to transfer to Wesleyan, and I ended up being slightly behind in credit hours when I came in. I had to take a course over winter session, which wasn’t a big deal (it was actually super fun!) but just make sure you know this early so you can plan accordingly. My class dean helped me navigate this, but your advisor will also be able to help.

Tip #5: Try not to compare Wesleyan to your old school
In the beginning, there were times when I found myself comparing certain aspects of Wake to Wesleyan. Instead of doing this, try to embrace Wesleyan as much as you can!

Tip #6: People want to help you
There are so many resources on campus for transfer students, including CAPS, academic peer advisors, your RA, and professors, just to name a few! Don’t be afraid to use these resources, because they are here to make your transition as smooth as possible. People want to help and support you as much as they can!

If you have any questions about transferring, please feel free to email me at jherz@wesleyan.edu. I’m happy to help you navigate your time at Wesleyan, and connect you with other transfer students and other academic resources. I look forward to meeting you all on campus this fall!

How to Plan a Successful Student Event!

Student Activities and Leadership Development (SALD) will be hosting workshops this week and next to better help you plan events on campus.  We will walk you through Room Request (EMS) and the process of how to register a Social Event.  We will also answer any questions you have on budgeting, funding and advertising for your event.  If you have found the process confusing or overwhelming we strongly encourage you to attend one of the workshops below.  We’re here to help!

Workshop Dates:

Thursday, Sept. 28th, 5:30-6:30pm – Daniel Family Commons, Usdan 3rd floor

Wednesday, October 4th, 12:00-1:00pm – Usdan B25 (Multipurpose Room)

Friday, October 6th, 1:30-2:30pm – Usdan B25 (Multipurpose Room)

If you can’t attend on any of these dates please stop by and visit us.  Our offices are located in Usdan – across from the Cardinal Tech store.  Or you can always email us at stuact@wesleyan.edu.

We hope to see you!  – SALD