International Life On-Campus!

Senior Orientation Leader Thao Bui chats about her experiences as an international student on-campus…

My name is Thao Bui from Vietnam and I am a part of Orientation Staffs this year. I am so excited to tell you my experience as an international student at Wesleyan College. Three years ago, I received an acceptance letter from Wesleyan after months of frustrating college application process. Here are a few things that I found interesting as an international student at Wesleyan:

1. Student body is very diverse as students come from everywhere in the world gather here to achieve their educational goals. Wesleyan College has students from China, Vietnam, South Korea, Ireland, Russia, and many more.

2. Don’t be afraid to express yourself! As an international student, whose English is second language, the fear of interacting with new culture and new people hinders the opportunity to enjoy American experience. I always tell myself that I study in the U.S for a reason and that I have to make the best of my time studying abroad. Wesleyan College has been a great place for me to challenge myself because of varieties of clubs, activities, and events.

3. Embrace your differences! Wesleyan College has many events like International Dinner or International Festival along with Confucius Institute’s events, where students can represent their own cultures as well as introduce their countries to Macon community

Campus Involvement!

Read about OL Monica Mohanty’s experience with campus involvement!

There is a lot to get involved with on campus! Whether its volunteer work, horse riding, oranime, there is a club for everything. My biggest piece of advice is to attend the club fair at the beginning of each semester to learn about all the clubs on campus. Joining clubs not only helps you make the most of your time at Wesleyan, but also helps you meet friends that have similar interests. There are five major boards at Wesleyan; CJA, SGA, CRU, SRC, and CAB. Get involved with the major boards! DO IT! Also, check your Wesleyan e-mails! Oftentimes, leadership opportunities, such as WAVE and OL, will be promoted through e-mail. Learn about the positions, and see if it is something that you are willing to make a priority in your schedule. Don’t forget to leave lots of time for the application so you don’t miss the deadline. Finally, get involved with your class. Your first distinction at Wesleyan is your class, and at the end of four years you will realize that most of your memories will be with your class. Go to class meetings, and attend class events. They may seem silly at first, but I promise they are fun! Plus, you’ll get to bond with your super cool classmates

Being A Wesleyan Student Athlete!

Read OL Nicole Wilson’s take on being a Wesleyan student athlete!

Being an athlete and a student seems like a lot to juggle. Having to balance your grades, maybe a work study job, as well as practices and games can be overwhelming at times, but everyone at Wesleyan tries to help as much as they can. The key is communication and priorities. Every coach here will tell their athletes that school always comes first. You cannot play on the field without doing the work in the class room. However your professors here understand as well and if you talk to them ahead of time about your schedule and any conflicts then they will be as flexible as possible with working with you. Everyone here wants you to succeed in the classroom and on the field/court.  I love being a student and an athlete here, but I always remember that the word student comes first for a reason.

Becoming A Music Major…

Read about Wesleyan’s Music program from OL Melissa Rodriguez’s perspective!

The music degree is for anyone who is ready to work hard and commit to performances, assignments, and the rigor of routine rehearsals. The majority of music classes don’t work like traditional classes (taking quizzes or writing long essays). There are two typical tracks that students pick, either the general track or the vocal track.  In the general music track, you take all the same theory and history classes that voice students take (four semester of music theory and two semesters of music theory, with a couple extra classes in between), but there are some requirements that are slightly different. For example, voice majors have to take extra language courses, while music majors in the general track have to have a few semesters of lessons in a specific instrument (which can include voice).

Many of the classes in the music major are performance-based. These classes will be one credit hour a week on your schedule, but require outside hours spent in performances, attending concerts, and practicing your instrument. Therefore, the music degree requires a lot of time commitment. This does not mean that you won’t be able to do other things, however. It just means you’ll have to prioritize and manage your time really well.

It’s easy to pair your music major with other degrees if there’s something specific you want to pursue. Some of the most common pairs we have are Music and Education degrees for those who want to teach music; or Psychology and Music to pursue music therapy after college. Luckily, the professors always encourage you to do what’s best. If there is a specific instrument you want to study that isn’t currently being taught, the music department will do their best to find an adjunct professor to give you lessons. Similarly, they are always available to advise you on what classes to take– and they will always recommend performance opportunities for you to hone your craft! For example, some voice majors are invited to compete at the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) competition or to sing at local performances in Macon. Piano and organ competitions also get a chance to compete in their respective field throughout the state.

Whatever you decide to pair your music degree with, just make sure you’re doing something you love because college courses can be difficult no matter what you study! The best form of motivation is remembering why you chose this path for yourself.

Best of luck!


First Year Experience!

Read about OL Taylor Hoey’s first year experience!

I think everybody is a little scared as a freshman. I definitely was. It was hard for me to go so far away from home, I wasn’t going to know a single person. But when I got here, I realized that everybody else is feeling the same way I am. It’s really easy making friends, I can guarantee anyone that they will find amazing friends. You might make friends in the first week of school and stay really close until graduation. You might make those friends, and then you might grow distant as you find your real friends. Both are perfectly fine! For me, I’ve stayed friends with the friends I made during my orientation, and I love them all so much. I’m super thankful for the friends I’ve made.
 As for roommates, things can go great or really bad. There’s a good chance that you and your roommate won’t be best friends, and you might not live together or talk that much in the future. Happens all the time. When things are going south with your roomie, just remember that communication is key. And when communication doesn’t work, then it’s probably best for everyone if y’all go separate ways. I know several people that have changed rooms, or even buildings. I was fortunate enough to become really close with my roommate, and now we’re best friends! But that seriously, like, never happens.
Classes can be really challenging in college, especially because you have all this freedom and no one is telling you to do your homework. I saw some people adapt really well, and I saw others who really struggled. The key is to find a balance between classes, homework, social life, and “me time”. All are extremely important for your grades and mental health. First thing’s first, you came to college to educate yourself. So homework and classes should be a priority. If you have a paper due at midnight, then you might want to skip going downtown with friends. On the other hand, don’t become a hermit (unless that’s your thing). Being social, talking with your friends, and just relaxing is essential! It’s good to just have some down time and de-stress. I had some trouble with the social part at first. I was obsessed with my homework and making sure I was 100% on top of things. This resulted in me never really seeing my friends and or being able to just hang out. I found myself really stressed and lonely. I realized that putting ALL of my focus into school was actually hurting me, and I started seeing my friends more.
Finals are a whole other story. This is a time of living in the library, surviving on coffee, and never wearing a bra. Obviously, socializing isn’t that important during finals week. Find a place where you focus really well, and get down to business! Finals can be really rough and scary. You’ll see people doing weird things (I danced in the library at midnight), wearing the same clothes as yesterday, and not eating or pigging out. Just remember to stay calm and don’t begin studying for a final the night before you take it. When finals are over, take a deep breath, take that shower, and commence the obsessive checking of your grades. All in all, finals suck. But when they’re over, it feels so good.
Pretty much, freshman year is crazy, fun, and exciting. You’ll be exposed to such a diverse population, and you can learn so much from all of the different people. You’ll find your friends that will really be friends for a life time. You’ll begin your education that readies you for the world. And you’ll gain amazing experiences that you will look back on in the future and laugh, or know that you’ve learned valuable life lessons.

Advice of the Week: AARDVARK Edition!

As we gear up for AARDVARK (only seven days away!), this week’s blog entry is about the Orientation experience of OLs Auburn Davidson and Maggie Blum!


My Orientation experience was overall really awesome! I was a very homesick person, but my OL Paula (a Perfect Purple Knight of 2014) checked on me and reassured me that Wesleyan was the place for me–and now, almost two years later, I am so thankful for that! There is no place I’d rather be! I loved getting to know all of the people in my O-Group and playing games. Orientation allowed us to get acquainted with the campus, which really helped for the first day of class! Enjoy your Orientation experience! It is among my most cherished memories–when Wesleyan became mine!


I think my orientation experience helped me because I was able to get acquainted well with a diverse group of people. Wesleyan is an amazing place where you can meet as many or as little people as you feel comfortable. If you really want to make friends, the orientation process is really a great way to start! By participating in some of the events, you can get to know many other students feeling the same feelings you are, as well as the orientation leaders! I remember when I finally started classes, it was nice to see I had met some people through orientation that were in my classes already!

Orientation also helped me learn the value of putting yourself out there. I was nervous coming here at first, especially since I don’t know anyone in the area at all. The orientation process helped me meet people that could help support me through college. All I had to do was put myself out there, go to a few events, and through that I was able to make fast connections. Through this I realized that if you get involved with campus life I was able to find a loving community at Wesleyan. And Wesleyan gives so many opportunities to be active on campus! I wouldn’t have tried to become an Orientation Leader if it wasn’t for my successful orientation.