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!