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!

What students should expect to gain from orientation?
 They should expect a fun bonding opportunity to get to know their class members, receive knowledge of important places on campus and why you will need to go there eventually (Registrar, Business Office, Student Affairs). They will learn numbers for Campus Police and Physical Plant, having FUNNN before classes start, and learn about downtown Macon (what to do, where to do, FOOD).
What are the available resources on campus?
Tutors for most classes are free of charge, PASS BIO is strongly recommended if you take the following courses: Bio 103, 110, 112, and it’s free too! Nurse Mary is free as well as the Academic Center, home to Monica and Zahna, which provides 24/7 access for studying and computers. Other individuals such as Tonya Parker, your Resident Assistant, ITA’s and CMA’s provide free service. Debra Williams is available for spiritual guidance and just talking to her can help you feel better about yourself. The Academic Center lounge for all your food, coffee, refrigerator, and microwave needs. The library provides free tea and coffee but eventually you should donate something. The couches in Olive Swann Porter are a great meeting place. They are also very comfy for naps and all-nighters (free of course). Lastly, Student Government Association is open to all your student concerns.
 What club can you talk about?
The Wesleyan Premedical Society is a really great resource if you’re thinking about taking the MCAT and/or going to Medical, Dentistry, or PA school. We have monthly meetings to hear from Wesleyan alum that are successful in the medical industry. We also talk about internship opportunities and tips for studying for the MCAT. Most importantly, we volunteer in the Macon community to build leadership and a sense of community service.
What makes Wesleyan unique?
Knowing everybody. From your professors to your classmates, by the end of your four years you will probably know a good majority of campus if you’re involved. I love it because I never feel awkward or uncomfortable- these are all people I know. It is a great support system.
What would be your most important advice for incoming first years?
Stay on top of your grades. Yes, college is supposed to be fun, and a place for you to make memories and build friendships. However, you, your family, or someone is paying thousands of dollars for you to get an education. At the end of the day, you are in college to get an education so YOUR future can be better. Don’t take that for granted. Many people don’t have the opportunity or financial capability to attend college. Also, HAVE FUN! You’re out of the house so you have freedom (don’t go crazy!), but you also don’t have the burdens of real adulthood. Get involved- it will make your time at Wesleyan infinitely better.
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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!

Melissa

First Year Experience!

Read about OL Jess White’s first year experience!

What students should expect to gain from orientation

Orientation is a time to gain insight on all of the wonderful things the campus has to offer to the students while getting to know your future classmates.

How would you describe your first year experience, in terms of advising or any classes that everyone has to take?

My first year was full of learning experiences. I learned that the classes you dislike the most will teach you the most. WISE in the end it was the most rewarding and fun experience. It allowed me to bond with the other first years through late night study sessions. I came into Wesleyan as a struggling writer and WISE helped me improve my writing and reading skills.

Resources available on campus and the cost

We have many resources available to students. In the lower level of OSP our Academic Center is located, here the school provides computers and printers free of charge, and also the writing center that is extremely helpful for students. The people in the writing center will help students with papers if you are stuck. Also every course come equipped with a tutor, the tutors are very knowledgeable in their respective areas. For more difficult courses like biology or chemistry the schools provides programs named pass bio and pass chem, this program is open for anyone taking those courses and could use a little bit of help or further discussion on a topic. Also all of these resources are free of charge to our students.

Providing insight on some clubs on campus

There are many clubs on campus accessible to students: GLBAL, BSA, Habitat for Humanity, CRU to name a few. GLBAL is dedicated to the LGBT community and spreading knowledge and understanding about it. Habitat is dedicated to the housing system in the Macon area and spreading awareness of homelessness and what we can do to help. CRU is a club dedicated to spreading knowledge and acceptance of the world’s religions.

What are the dorms like? lounges, laundry, kitchen, shared or private restrooms/showers?

  • Wortham (Freshman Dorm)- Suite-style rooms, every two rooms share a bathroom, separate shower room and separate toilet room, each room gets a vanity, two closets per room, two dressers per person, desk with cabinets per person and one standing dresser per room. One full kitchen in the dorm then a microwave on every floor. Study lounge on every floor

  • Banks (Freshman Dorm)- Community style bathrooms, double occupancy, vanity in room, two closets per room. One full kitchen in the dorm and a microwave on every floor, study lounge on every floor

Are there social events that take place in the dorms that allow for socializing?

The RA’s host hall socials that are intended to bring the residents of each hall together for a fun, relaxing time away from their studies and it also helps to create a bond among the residents

How can first years get involved on campus?

  • First years can get involved by attending club events, sports events, and support their school.

What are big campus events?

The biggest campus event of the year is STUNT. STUNT is a night of student written, directed, and acted plays by each class that are completing for the STUNT cup and spirit cup. The students of each class elect a writing committee in November for their class who work extremely hard in secret on writing the best STUNT for four months. Then they present their STUNT to their class in February and the class has under three weeks to get everything prepared, costumes, sets, and blocking for STUNT night. All of the proceeds collected from ticket and shirt sales go into a scholarship fund. Which is how STUNT got started. STUNT was started by the students as an attempt to raise money for a fellow student to be able to stay enrolled.

WOW-A-Day is also a big campus volunteer event sponsored by the Lane Center on campus. The students travel to different places off campus and volunteer for the community. There are two WOW-A-Days per year, one fall semester and one spring semester.

What surprised you about campus life here?

  • I was surprised how close the students are. There is such a well developed community here that even alumni keep in touch with professors and current students.Also the relationship between professors and students was a surprise. Hearing about big schools where you could go an entire semester and the professors never even have a conversation with you, that was not the case here. The professors like to know their students personally here.

What would be your most important advice for incoming first years?

Keep an open mind. There are people here from all over the world with different beliefs and interests from you and you have to learn to not look at those differences as a separation but an opportunity to learn about something that is different from your normal.

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Advice of the Week: AARDVARK Edition!

What students should expect to gain from orientation:

A sneak peak into Wesleyan (academic life, resident hall life, campus life, etc.) and an introduction into surviving as a young adult away from home

How would you describe your first year experience, in terms of advising or any classes that everyone has to take:

Advising is highly individualized, as each student receives one-on-one attention from a professor, and you (at least, in my experience) have the opportunity to take whatever sort of classes you want for the first time. The exception of this is of course WISe 101 – while it could be undeniably mundane at times, I still remember many discussions and readings almost 3 years later, making it a highly impactful and resounding course.

 Are there social events that take place in the dorms that allow for socializing?

Yes; there are both formal and informal residence hall events that allow for socializing. Formal events include RA activities that occur several times each semester and informal events often include game nights, movie nights, craft nights, etc. between a group of hall-mates on each floor.

How can first years get involved on campus?

First years can get involved on campus by attending the Club Fair to see what clubs and organizations Wesleyan has to offer, and also by trying each type of event at least once. You don’t have to like every one you attend, but you’ll never know unless you try.

What makes Wesleyan unique?

What DOESN’T make Wesleyan unique? No, seriously, Wesleyan is unique for a variety of reasons, that include but are not limited to, its status as the first college institution chartered to grant degrees to women in the world, its small, but historically significant campus, its private but affordable tuition, its wide range of scholarship opportunities, its focus on service, and its ability to bring together women from all around the world, and still provide a highly personal experience for each educator, student, staff member, etc.

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