Check our your class photo, Class of 2025! I encourage you to stop by during my office hours in North College 202 during the month of October to show me where you are in this photo and score yourself a small Wesleyan trinket (while supplies last).
Class of 2025! Be sure to attend the workshop How to Study On Campus provided by the Academic Peer Advisors:
- Thursday, 9/30 at 12pm in Usdan 108
- Learn about:
- Best spots to study on campus – some you may not know about yet!
- Essential study tips
- Time management strategies
- Credit/Unsatisfactory and A-F Course Grading (grading options due Friday 10/1 at 5pm for courses with student grading option on WesPortal)
- And don’t forget, free Wesleyan swag!
Feel free to bring your lunch or a snack and eat while you learn!
Fall is here and though today’s weather is less than ideal, I look forward to cooler autumn days. I’ve seen many of you outside my office window, eating lunch or studying with peers; your conversations are filled with excitement and laughter – it’s such a delight to hear!
Your class schedule is in full swing so I imagine you are navigating ways to balance classes, course work, student clubs and orgs, perhaps even a part-time job or varsity sport. Don’t forget we have many resources on campus to help you with this balance – if you aren’t sure where to turn, reach out to me and I’ll point you in the right direction.
As always there is a lot happening on campus. WesNest has a great calendar of events to peruse if you’re looking for activities to participate in. Though not an exhaustive list, here are a few approaching events that caught my interest so I wanted to share with you.
- Wesleyan Film Series featuring Beasts of the Southern Wilde on 9/24, Summer of Soul on 9/25 and Sherlock Junior on 9/26.
- Various Wes Athletic competitions, including our first home football game tomorrow, Saturday 9/25 at 1pm on Andrus field
- 2021 Dance Showcase: See Wesleyan’s student dance groups perform their choreography at the annual fall dance showcase on 9/25 at 8pm (Excley Science Center patio)
- College of Film and the Moving Image Information Session: Tuesday at 8pm in the Goldsmith Family Cinema
- First Year Workshop: How to Study On Campus presented by the Academic Peer Advisors on 9/30 at 12pm in Usdan 108.
Have a great weekend!
This semester we are launching a Student Ombuds program at Wesleyan, which is an initiative inspired and informed by student voices.
The Student Ombuds are available to talk with students about your concerns related to experiences in the classroom, with your athletic team, or within other parts of your academic and campus life at Wesleyan. Each Ombud serves as a neutral and confidential peer resource focused on empowering students to successfully navigate the institution and advocate for yourselves in moments of conflict.
Here’s just a few of the ways Student Ombuds can offer support:
- Serve as a private, confidential thought partner for students considering options for resolving an issue
- Hold a safe and supportive conversational space, simply listening and serving as an impartial sounding board
- Provide insight on managing challenging conversations
- Share information about campus resources
- Explain institutional policies and processes, including those regarding how to make a formal complaint to the University
- Communicate any observed patterns of concern to university leadership
The Student Ombuds partner with and are supported by Dr. April Ruiz, Dean for Academic Equity, Inclusion, & Success.
Students can connect with any of the individual Ombuds they wish, or they can email firstname.lastname@example.org to reach out to the full team and to be assigned to any Ombud whose availability matches theirs.
Our Student Ombuds stand ready to support you throughout the academic year.
Hello Class of 2025 –
I hope your first week of classes has been enjoyable! There is so much excitement in the air as I watch many of you head to classes, stop by various administrative offices and interact with each other on the green outside my office (North College 202).
As I shared with many of you during our Giving Good Advice session hosted by the Academic Peer Advisors during orientation, I want you to consider three challenges this year:
- Be Engaged
- Be Open-Minded
- Be Comfortable Being Uncomfortable
Continue to be engaged by participating in class discussions. Introduce yourself to your classmates and to other community members you see in the dining halls. Participate in all that Wesleyan has to offer academically and co-curricularly including the Student Involvement Fair this Friday 9/10 from 2pm – 5pm in the tent behind Usdan.
Be open-minded to new experiences both in and out of the classroom. Wesleyan’s open curriculum is perfect to explore courses in so many disciplines including disciplines that may not be your eventual major. You faculty advisor is an incredible resources for you. For peer support, our Academic Peer Advisors are also a great resource to help you explore various course options; they will host a series of workshops this fall focused on supporting you in your first year – more information to follow soon.
Be comfortable being uncomfortable. You are experiencing so much right now in your transition to Wesleyan; naturally, change can sometimes cause some discomfort. It’s important to recognize you are not alone in feeling this way. There are many resources on campus to support you in this transition including me as your Class Dean. While the transition may not be perfect or may not look like you expected it to, we grow significantly as individuals when we face challenges such as this one – you’re a Wesleyan student now and I am confident you will see much success during your time here and beyond!
I will send you emails and post blogs from time to time to check in. Some upcoming dates to keep in mind:
- Writing at Wesleyan Workshop: Friday, 9/10 from 1pm – 2pm (Shapiro Center Patio)
- Involvement Fest: Friday, 9/10 from 2pm to 5pm (tent behind Usdan)
- Career Checklist – What To Know as A First Year: Tuesday 9/14 12 – 1pm (Olson Commons)
- End of Drop/Add Period: Friday, 9/17
- Grading Mode Decision: Friday, 10/1 by 5pm
- Last day to withdraw from 1st quarter classes: Friday, 10/15
- Fall Break: Saturday 10/23 – Tuesday 10/26
- Homecoming & Family Weekend: Friday 10/29 – Sunday 10/31
Click here to review my contact information, schedule an appointment or to visit my in-person or zoom drop-in hours. I look forward to joining you on your Wesleyan journey!