Advice of the Week!

First year Orientation Leader Lindsey Meyer offers her advice about the First Year Experience!

When I first came to Wesleyan I was very shy. During many of the optional orientation events, I would stay in my room because I was so nervous. After the first month, I was tired of isolating myself and I told myself that I would become more involved. I was elected to the STUNT writing committee and this was one of the best things that could have happened to me. Through being a member of the writing committee, I became a lot more involved in my class and I quickly came out of my shell. Now, my friends all joke around about how shy I was because now I am usually the one screaming and telling jokes.

While I am still shy around people I don’t know very well, I have made so much progress and I know that I will continue to progress during my time at Wesleyan. I thought it was cliche when I was told that Wesleyan instilled confidence in women but I now know that this is completely true. The first year experience truly is an amazing one if you force yourself out of your comfort zone and get involved, but make sure to still focus on your classes! It can be nerve-wracking to be a first year student, but Wesleyan has great opportunities and resources to help overcome this and bond with your sisters, who are usually really supportive! Whether it be STUNT committee or running for a class position, find your interest, get involved, and I promise you will have a great first year!

AARDVARK FAQ!

What is AARDVARK?
AARDVARK is the new name for our Summer Advising and Registration program. Academic Advising and Registration Day, Virtual and Real Kind gives the opportunity for all deposited students to be a part of the academic process at Wesleyan College. Students will have the opportunity to meet with a first-year advisor and discuss academic schedules, in addition to meeting Wesleyan College faculty, staff and students that will help in their transition at Wesleyan.
Please understand that AARDVARK is only applicable to first-year college students. This event is not for transfer or exchange students.
What do I need to do prior to AARDVARK and how do I register for AARDVARK?
All deposited students should have received an email from Ashley Tomlin titled ‘Wesleyan College-Info Needed! Register for Classes’ which listed important information about AARDVARK and how to register for AARDVARK. Within that email was your respective log-in and directions to fill out the Advising Questionnaire which all students must fill out prior to AARDVARK. Whether you plan to join us on-campus that day or can be there as you are an international student or out-of-state and cannot make the commute, we MUST have your completed Advising Questionnaire in order for you to get a Fall schedule. If you have not received this email, please email Ashley Tomlin at atomlin@wesleyancollege.edu.
Can I bring my parents and or family members?
Yes, you can. However, we do ask that you only bring, at most, two family members. There will be a Parent/Family Orientation that parents and/or family members can attend while you are busy.
What should I expect out of AARDVARK?
There are two sessions of AARDVARK taking place on Friday, June 26th, a morning session and an afternoon session. The morning session will run from 8:00am-12:00pm and the afternoon session will run from 12:00pm-4:00pm. You will have a designated time to meet with a college advisor, an opportunity to sit and chat with your peers and upperclass students, and receive vital information from select college offices.
Do I have to stay the entire time for AARDVARK?
Yes! It is very important that you stay the entire time for AARDVARK.
Do I need to do anything prior to AARDVARK?
Yes. Take the New Student Assessments here: http://www.wesleyancollege.edu/admission/assessment.cfm. Make sure you have turned in (if you haven’t already) your housing application, immunization records, deposit payments and financial aid paperwork. If you’re just finishing up that paperwork, just bring it with you for AARDVARK and you can turn it in to the respective offices. If you have questions about any of these documents, a representative from these various offices will be available to help walk you through the process.
If I attend AARDVARK, do I have to come for Fall Orientation?
YES! Fall Orientation is MANDATORY for all incoming students to Wesleyan. Fall Move-In and Orientation will begin Wednesday, August 12th. Fall sport athletes may have an early move-in date but that will be communicated to you by your coach. International Students may begin arriving to campus as early as Saturday, August 8th but must report to campus for International Orientation by Monday, August 10th at 12:00pm.
How can I keep in touch with the Orientation Staff ?
We have this blog as well as a Facebook page here: http://www.facebook.com/wesleyancollege.orientation, a Twitter account here: https://twitter.com/#!/WCOrientation and you can also follow us on Instagram @wescoorientation.

To reach us directly, please feel free to email Ashley or Elizabeth:
Ashley Tomlin, Director of Student Activities: atomlin@wesleyancollege.edu
Elizabeth Harrell, Orientation Summer Lead: erharrell@wesleyancollege.edu

Advice of the Day!

Fall Orientation is tomorrow!! So, in preparation, here is some advice from a great OL, Auburn Davidson!

     The one thing I wish I could change about my first year at Wesleyan has nothing to do with academics. I wish I had set aside time to participate in more ‘fun stuff’ on campus. Instead, I chose to sit in my room and over-work myself. It’s very important to get your work done, but it’s also important to take a break and hang out with your sisters! My favorite memories of this past year do not involve getting 100s on tests, but staying up playing Playstation or watching Frozen and laughing with my friends.  There is a time for academics and a time for extracurriculars, make sure you’re balanced!  Perfect Purple Knights, go to every pep rally, foam party, and homecoming activity you can! Of course, academics are why you came to college, but there is SO much more Wesleyan has to offer that makes it more than just an education, it makes it an experience! I cannot wait to meet you all in a couple of weeks!

 

 

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!

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.

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