Advice of the Day!

The Advice of the Day! comes from a Golden Heart of ’15 Orientation Leader, Camille Lacey!

     When I came to Wesleyan I had great OLs that told me so much about the campus, so here is my advice to you. To start, everyone says that learning class cheers is important. Every year cheer sessions happen where first years have the opportunity to learn their class cheers. I never had the desire to go to these, but looking back I can see the importance of those sessions. They are an initial way to get to know the other girls in your class and to come together which is so important. It will help you make friends and break you out of your bubble. You may not find your best friends your first year here, but getting involved with things on campus is a good first start! Throughout the years you will have plenty of opportunities to find your group so you should still take advantage of every activity on the way. While there are many activities happening on campus, realize there are also things going on off campus. A large amount of my friends have been made from students at other colleges, downtown, and work off-campus. Getting to know people off campus can give you a diverse outlook on what’s going on in Macon. You can then invite your new friends to experience Wesleyan life, too!

When meeting people in your classes, it is important to understand that not everyone is taking the same course as you or has the same study methods as you. A method may work for one peer that doesn’t work for you, and that’s okay. However, it is very helpful if you find people that do study the same as you. There’s a good chance that you will have several classes with the same people in your major. It will be so helpful if you get study buddies! When thinking about your classes, I would also advise you to think ahead when planning your schedules. Correct planning can ensure a happy senior year where you can focus on the important things that come with graduating.

My last few pieces of advice are to only bring what is absolutely needed to your dorm room. You never know exactly how much stuff your roommate will bring and it’s best not to overwhelm each other. Also, be aware of student deals around Macon. One of my favorites is discounted movie tickets that are found in the business office!  Good luck with everything and I’m excited to meet all of you!

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Advice of the Day!

The Fall semester is almost here!!! To help prep you on what is to come, here is some advice from a lovely Orientation Leader, Rebecca Otwell (Pirate ’17).

- Learn how to do things on your own before you leave home. Mom and dad won’t be there to do your laundry, unclog your toilet, or help make your bed, so just take a moment before you head off to school to learn how to do things you’re use to having done for you at home.
- Don’t be afraid to go home. Yes, college is all about becoming your own person but it’s okay to still want to see your family and friends from back home, too.
- Don’t wait ‘til the last minute to do an assignment. Just don’t. Your blood pressure will thank you later.
- Sleep. Take naps. Do whatever you have to do to make sure you’re not running on empty only halfway through the day.
- Don’t wear pajamas to class. Yes, this is an all woman’s college, but take the time to swap out those lovely flannel bottoms for some real pants or shorts.
- Invest in a few good baseball caps. Sometimes things happen and there’s just no time to shower before that 9 a.m. class, so throw your hair up and rock the cap.
- Leave your room. Make friends. Having alone time is healthy, but hermit time is not.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Whether it be for an assignment, class material, or just on-campus directions. People are nice here. They won’t bite (unlike the geese… just don’t).
- Find something outside of class that makes you happy. New favorite TV show, going to yoga classes at the MAC, going to craft club, anything. Take a break from your schoolwork every so often and let that brain of yours relax.

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Advice of the Day!

Hello Perfect Purple Knights!
My name is Fatima Khan and I’m part of the Orientation staff this year. I am a rising sophomore and  my first year here actually went pretty well! Here are some things I learned that helped me get through the year and hopefully will help this transition go somewhat more smoothly for you.
Be patient: The most important piece of advice I can give to you is to be patient with yourself and remember that every challenge that you face is part of a learning process. You will figure things out eventually and will become more knowledgeable because of your experiences. During my first semester of college, I made sure to live by this principle and not let myself get disheartened. I wanted college to be the time where I figured out how to do my best academically but I also made sure to allow myself room with the first few assignments so that I would understand the teacher’s expectations and my own needs in the class. This allowed me to not panic over my grades but make proactive decisions to fixing them such as talking to my teachers, meeting a tutor, taking more careful notes…etc. Another area where patience is important is friend groups. I made an effort to become friends with a lot of different people but I didn’t really develop the close friendships I value so much today until the second half of the first semester and much of STUNT craziness. It can take some time to adjust to a new situation and new people so make sure to give yourself as much time as you need to figure it out.  Overall, just don’t freak out if you’re not immediately great at being a college student because nobody’s perfect, you live and you learn it. ‘Cause everybody makes mistakes.
 
Eat breakfast every morning: This might seem like something quite simple but it is so so important and is something that many people(including myself) stop doing later during the year.  While I never completely skipped breakfast and always made sure to grab a granola bar before stepping out, I did notice a difference between the days I had a proper dining hall breakfast and when I didn’t. On days that I had rolled out of bed 20 minutes before class, I would find myself not being able to focus very well and not being able to keep my eyes open for too long. When I made myself get up earlier to go eat breakfast, I walked into my class feeling more energized and more ready to be a productive human as I had gotten used to “being awake”.
Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone: If there has always been something you wanted to do in high school but didn’t feel comfortable doing so, I would really suggest that you go for it in college! Here are four reasons why: First of all, YOLO. Secondly,You’re entering a completely new environment where maybe most people don’t know who you are and you have the complete power to define who that is so take advantage of the fresh start. Thirdly, Wesleyan is a small college, yes, but  it is like a really big family where there are always people who will support you along your personal journeys. It is the perfect atmosphere to really grow as person as you will always have sisters fiercely shouting words of encouragement to you. If you mess up, there will someone to give you a hug and when you are doing something great there will be even more hugs! Basically, there will be hugs no matter what so no matter what happens, someone will be there to support you through it. Lastly, I wouldn’t be recommending this to you if I hadn’t experienced all this myself. I was always quite shy school but I really enjoyed event planning and organization and wanted to learn more about leadership. So I ran for class vice president during student elections, won and then later became president. It was something that was definitely out of my comfort zone but the benefits of this decision have outweighed any of my prior fears. Wesleyan is brimming with opportunities so definitely try to take advantage of them!
And that’s it! I can’t wait to finally meet you all this fall and hope you have a great rest of the summer :)
Fatima Khan

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Advice of the Day!

Want to know some quick tips on how to survive college life? Orientation Leader and Pirate ’17, Sarah Berks, has some tips for you!
- Don’t procrastinate.
- Do your work ahead of time, like before the due date.
- Get some exercise in. A fifteen minute walk will help your blood flow, boost your spirits, and help you do your homework, because your juices are flowing, and you’re like “I’m in the game” and BAM you’ve got your head in the game.
- Don’t stress yourself out because everything isn’t as bad as it seems.
- Don’t forget to eat, because I feel like that’s an easy thing to do in college.
Thanks for the advice, Sarah!
As for the incoming class, we will see you in less than a month!!

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Advice of the Day!

Are you starting to think of what to bring to college? or what to expect?

Well, here is some great advice from one of your Orientation Leaders, Jessica McCrory (Pirate ’17):

-  It’s better to temporarily part with some of your favorite items from home than to try to haul your whole room to Macon. The move-in and move-out process is already tiring enough.
- Although it can be hard sometimes, try to make new friends and become well acquainted with students and faculty on campus. You never know how you can be a help to someone or how they can help you. Luckily, because of Wesleyan’s close knit campus this shouldn’t be extremely difficult.

- Even if you were a busy bee in high school, the work load in college is much greater, and trying to juggle academics and extra curricular activities becomes more difficult, especially without your parents down your back. Learning how to use your time wisely is something you should learn very early on. Invest in a planner, set schedules, and stay organized!

 

 

 

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Advice for the day!

Christina Mayfield, Senior, Golden Heart ’15, Orientation Leader (and birthday girl!!), provides some advice for your college preparation:

It is not hard to get involved in life at Wesleyan. You will get an opportunity to visit our club and organization fair, displaying the multitude of activities you can become a part of. However, don’t get too overwhelmed. College is a major life transition, and adding too much to your plate at once can make that transition even harder to complete. Rather, I would suggest choosing a few clubs and organizations to begin with. With four years in one place, you will have the opportunity to become more involved once you realize what your capacity truly is. Also, don’t let involvement scare you. I have made so many friends through the various groups I have joined while at Wesleyan, and it has truly made my experience better than I could ever imagine.

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Below are the schedules for the morning and afternoon sessions during AARDVARK 2014. These schedules, while tentative, will give you a better idea of how the day will go and what to expect.

AARDVARK Morning Schedule

Morning Session

 

8:00-8:45am: Check-In   – Porter Auditorium Front Porch

9:00am:  Welcome from the College! – Porter Auditorium

9:15am: Academic Expectations & the First-Year Experience – Blackbox Theatre

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Parents will exit at 9:15am with Dean Gibbs to head to the Parent Orientation Session (Burder Parlor-Olive Swann Porter building)

 

AARDVARK Afternoon Schedule

Afternoon Session

 

12:00-12:45pm: Check-In  -Porter Auditorium Front Porch

1:00pm:  Welcome from the College!  – Porter Auditorium

1:15pm: Academic Expectations & the First-Year Experience –  Blackbox Theatre

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Parents will exit at 1:15pm with Dean Gibbs to head to the Parent Orientation Session (Burder Parlor-Olive Swann Porter building)

 

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