Where has this month gone?! Fall at Wesleyan (or abroad) always seems to just fly by, and clearly this year is no exception. For all you seniors in high school, you may be starting to get that itch of stress around the college application process, and that feeling of just how little time there is until your apps are uploaded. TAKE A DEEP BREATH. It is going to be OK. No, I’m not just saying that. It’s true. However, as we get through this month I did want to offer one piece of advice about the application process. OVERNIGHTS. They are incredibly informative. I know ya’ll only have so many hours in your days, and senior year of high school is one worth spending with your friends at home as much as possible. However, if you feel strongly about any college, I HIGHLY recommend doing an overnight.
From my own experience as a pre-frosh: Wesleyan was the first school I toured fall of my junior year of high school. I liked it. A lot. But I also liked maybe 60% of all the other schools I had toured between junior and senior year. September of senior year, I was thinking about an early decision application. Maybe this is a topic for a different post, but I felt Wes may be the right school for me. However, how can you really know just by seeing the buildings and hearing about classes and activities? To be honest, I felt there were a lot of schools that could be right for me! So I came for an overnight, and it was a total game changer. After that weekend, I knew that Wes was a place where I would meet intelligent, passionate, and enthusiastic students. Every individual I met genuinely wanted to know about my life and my college process, and then proceeded to tell me why I would love Wesleyan. The best part was the dramatic range of stories and experiences. There was not stereotypical “Wes Kid.” That weekend completely solidified my decision to apply to Wes, and the rest is history:)
It’s OK if you don’t know a student at Wes to stay with. The Office of Admissions will set you up with a student who has offered to host! Not only will they go out of their way to make sure you have fun, but I guarantee that this is the best way to get a taste of what your life could feel like as a student. Attend class! Party! Chill on Foss! Expore Olin Library! Eat at Usdan! I highly recommend taking advantage of this opportunity.