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Arrival Day


College life, as exciting as it is, can be significantly different from your past experiences. New environment, new friends, new classes, new ideas, new experiences are yours for the taking! There is familiarity with being a student since you’ve been doing that most of your life, but you may need to adapt your study habits to a less structured and more demanding academic environment. And you may be living on your own for the first time, responsible for everything from getting up on time for class to doing your own laundry to budgeting your money. A few suggestions for managing the transition:

  • Talk with friends and family members who have recently attended college about their experiences transitioning to campus life — the challenges, the joys, the things they wish they knew starting out. You may be able to glean some words of wisdom!
  • Make a plan with your parents/guardians for how frequently you will talk and email. Strive for regular, but not daily, contact. It will help you concentrate on adjusting to Wesleyan while still reducing the likelihood of feeling homesick.
  • Once on campus, seek out opportunities to get involved in one or two activities outside the classroom. Focus on quality, not quantity. You have plenty of time over the next four years to try out everything!
  • Being a college student does not have to equal being unhealthy. Strive for balanced eating habits, a regular sleep pattern and a manageable workload.
  • If you are of age and choose to consume alcohol while on campus, party with a plan! It will greatly reduce your risk for problems related to your own consumption. Learn more about how to do this with Randy Haveson during New Student Orientation.
  • Keep up your exercise routine at Wesleyan’s great athletic facilities, with WesWELL’s non-credit fitness classes, or on your own. Physical activity greatly helps with reducing stress levels and with mental acuity.
  • Ask for help if you need it academically or personally. We want to help you succeed!
  • Pick up more tips for adjusting to campus life here.

peer advisor blog

Peer Advisors provide students with information about the curriculum and course registration and also serve as a source for academic resource referrals. During New Student Orientation, Peer Advisors will be available in residence halls and at different sites throughout campus to help new students prepare for individual meetings with faculty advisors. Peer Advisors will be maintaining a regular presence in the residence halls during the academic year where they provide information and referral to academic services and resources, and can be contacted via email to schedule individual advising appointments at sarnadvisor@wesleyan.edu. The Peer Advisor blog provides useful tips and information about academic life at Wesleyan. Anyone can browse the blog, but only authenticated members of the Wesleyan community may post comments to it.

faculty and student advsing handbook

As you plan for your arrival at Wesleyan at the end of this month, please review the Faculty and Student Advising Handbook. The Handbook is designed to help you achieve your educational goals by providing advice on how to get the most out of your relationship with your faculty advisor as you build your program of study over the course of your Wesleyan career. The Handbook also provides information about academic departments and programs, graduation requirements, study abroad, the major declaration process, academic support services for students, and the procedures of the Honor Board and the Student Judicial Board.

Feet to the Fire logo

Feet to the Fire combines the teaching power of art and field science to help students and the community better understand the implications of global climate change. Feet to the Fire has partnered with the First Year Matters during New Student Orientation to bring the following programs to you:

  • Common Readings. Four articles on the topic of climate change– Suketu Mehta, “Lost Horizons” (2007), Edward T Nickens, “Walden Warming” (2007), T. Root, et al., “Fingerprints of Global Warming on Wild Animals and Plants” (2003), and Juliana Spahr, Unnamed Dragonfly Species (2002)–are available through the Wesleyan Library eReserve system (password: fym001) and should be read before you arrive on campus.
  • Faculty Lectures. On Thursday, August 28, from 4:00-5:30 p.m., four different lectures on the topic of climate change will take place: “Changing the Moral Climate” (Professor Elise Springer, Philosophy), “Climate Policy and Interdisciplinary Scholarship” (Professor Gary Yohe, Economics), “Decision Time: A Scientist and Humanist Discuss Energy Scarcity and Global Climate Change” (Professor Brian Stewart, Physics, and Professor Krishna Winston, German Studies), and “Social Knowledge and Climate Change” (Professor Paul Erickson, History).
  • Common Reading Discussions. On Thursday, August 28, from 7:00-8:30 p.m., faculty will be in the residence halls to lead discussions of the common reading assignments and the faculty lectures. This will provide students with an opportunity to share their ideas with faculty and other community members in a relaxed setting, and to begin preparing for the Common Moment the next day by taking polls and creating wish ties.
  • Common Moment. On Friday, August 29, from 7:30-9:30 p.m. join the world renowned Liz Lerman Dance Exchange as they stage a once-in-a-lifetime movement happening on Foss Hill for all new students. You’ll embody the results of a residence hall poll. We need your participation to make this historic collective expression about climate change a success.
  • Field Trip to the North End Peninsula of Middletown. On Saturday, August 30, from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., Professor Barry Chernoff (Biology and Earth & Environmental Science) will present a lecture on aquatic conservation efforts along the Coginchaug and Matabesset rivers entitled “The North End Peninsula of Middletown: Conservation, Ecology and Sociology.” The lecture will be followed by a field trip to this spectacularly beautiful and unique aquatic and riparian ecosystem that contains a converted sanitary landfill and the remnants of a munitions plant from World War I.
  • Welcome Address. On Wednesday, September 3, at 4:15 p.m., Winona LaDuke, and environmental and political activist who is the founding director of the White Earth Land Recovery Project, will welcome the Wesleyan community with an address on “Indigenous Thinking about a Post Carbon, Post Empire Economy.”
  • Jazz and Dance Performance. On Friday, September 5, at 8:00 p.m., award-winning dancer/choreographer Drika Overton and musician/composer Paul Arslanian will present a work inspired by Rachel Carson, founder of the modern environmental movement, entitled “Off the Beaten Path: A Jazz and Tap Odyssey” in collaboration with renowned tap dancers Brenda Bufalino and Josh Hilberman.

New Student Orientation


New Student Orientation introduces new students to the Wesleyan community and assists with the transition to university life. The full Orientation programs consist of International Student Orientation for new international students (August 22-25) and New Student Orientation, for the Class of 2012 as well as new transfer, exchange, and visiting students (August 26-September 1). As you get ready to arrive at Wesleyan, look through the New Student Orientation website to find more information about Orientation week activities. The Orientation office is staffed with five Orientation Interns who are happy to answer questions. They can be reached at (860) 685-6667 or at orientation@wesleyan.edu.

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