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As class, work, and student groups get into full swing (I’ve definitely been feelin’ it from Day One!), it’s time to share some more life advice from Killer Mike. Remember the simple things, stay sane. 
- Rina ‘15

As class, work, and student groups get into full swing (I’ve definitely been feelin’ it from Day One!), it’s time to share some more life advice from Killer Mike. Remember the simple things, stay sane. 

- Rina ‘15

Mid-September Already?!

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.

-Maya ‘16

Find a job you like and you add five days to every week.
H. Jackson Brown, Jr. (via thingsandschemes)
Yesterday afternoon was the Student Groups Fair, where (probably) hundreds of groups leaders and members came out to showcase their organizations to old and new students alike. 
It’s wonderful to see such a large turn-out for student involvement in extracurricular activities, post-college entrance, so you know that these kids are in it for actual interest, and not for a college application.  
I tabled for WILD Wes and Compost Committee, and got four pages of names total! Besides that meaning I’ll be typing away in Excel for another hour or so today, I’m excited that I’ve got a great new list of faces (well, names and emails and class years), to meet and work with this coming year!
- Rina ‘15 

Yesterday afternoon was the Student Groups Fair, where (probably) hundreds of groups leaders and members came out to showcase their organizations to old and new students alike. 

It’s wonderful to see such a large turn-out for student involvement in extracurricular activities, post-college entrance, so you know that these kids are in it for actual interest, and not for a college application.  

I tabled for WILD Wes and Compost Committee, and got four pages of names total! Besides that meaning I’ll be typing away in Excel for another hour or so today, I’m excited that I’ve got a great new list of faces (well, names and emails and class years), to meet and work with this coming year!

- Rina ‘15 

Long week? A heck of a long week. 
But that’s okay, because now it’s Friday. Now, it’s Friday. 
- Rina ‘15

Long week? A heck of a long week. 

But that’s okay, because now it’s Friday. 
Now, it’s Friday. 

- Rina ‘15

Killer Mike more, uh, succinctly writing about my message from yesterday regarding doing your best.  
- Rina ‘15

Killer Mike more, uh, succinctly writing about my message from yesterday regarding doing your best.  

- Rina ‘15

The Best Food, of All the Food (@ Wesleyan University)

Let’s just get it our there: The Wesleyan Local Co-Op

Wesleyan has had a local co-op for a long time, but it’s evolved much since its inception in a back room of Weshop distributing organic produce to a hundred kids or so. 

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Today, we’re connecting local farmers, bakers, and cooks to well over 600 students, faculty, and staff members of the Wesleyan community, and we’re growing every year! It works with the student meal plans (it takes points!), and could potentially provide an incredibly healthy 100% of the food you’d need in a semester: produce, dairy (milk, cheese, butter, ice cream, and yogurt), eggs, tofu, seitan, granola, bread, and — perhaps my ultimate favorite part of all of Wesleyan — meat. 

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Signups are live, but if you’re yet to arrive (or are contemplating an application to potentially arrive), this is seriously grounds enough to come to this school. And I don’t think this is me just been a real nerd about food. Admin and our dining company, Bon Appetit, have been super friendly and wonderful in their assistance getting this going, so I can only imagine it’ll grow even more in the time to come. 

- Rina ‘15

Sometimes, we get a little down because there are always people smarter, stronger, more charismatic, taller, or subjectively “better” than we are. Maybe objectively. But that’s where one of my favorite Care Bears comes in.

The show always creeped me out a little, but I still like this guy.

He’s Do-Your-Best Bear. He’s got a good attitude, and a good life rule (or the entirety of his being?) for all of us, young and old. Do your best. Not "the" best. This still means that you should try as hard as you can, of course, but no self put-downs if you don’t end up as the top of the top. We all have our capability limits, and whether it’s at the gym, in class, or in a student group that we have others to compare to, that’s a-okay. It’s a simple message, but just as simply forgotten. Just Do-Your-Best (…Bear). 
- Rina ‘15

Sometimes, we get a little down because there are always people smarter, stronger, more charismatic, taller, or subjectively “better” than we are. Maybe objectively. But that’s where one of my favorite Care Bears comes in.

The show always creeped me out a little, but I still like this guy.

He’s Do-Your-Best Bear. He’s got a good attitude, and a good life rule (or the entirety of his being?) for all of us, young and old. Do your best. Not "the" best. This still means that you should try as hard as you can, of course, but no self put-downs if you don’t end up as the top of the top. We all have our capability limits, and whether it’s at the gym, in class, or in a student group that we have others to compare to, that’s a-okay. It’s a simple message, but just as simply forgotten. Just Do-Your-Best (…Bear). 

- Rina ‘15

At the very base of everything I believe in this is it.

Food education, an exposure to “other” cultures, and self-awareness of our impact on the world — and its subsequent impact on us — from the soil in our backyard gardens to the whekau (or “Laughing Owls”, real) of New Zealand. 

It doesn’t have to be classroom education, but it does have to be PRACTICAL EDUCATION. Then we can understand the implications of all of the actions we take, and choices we make. 
- Rina ‘15

At the very base of everything I believe in this is it.

Food education, an exposure to “other” cultures, and self-awareness of our impact on the world — and its subsequent impact on us — from the soil in our backyard gardens to the whekau (or “Laughing Owls”, real) of New Zealand. 

It doesn’t have to be classroom education, but it does have to be PRACTICAL EDUCATION. Then we can understand the implications of all of the actions we take, and choices we make. 

- Rina ‘15

Dance till you Drop - but actually just sit and watch from the comfort of your CFA chair

SOMEONE PLEASE GO TO THIS FOR ME! Every semester, Wesleyan brings a handful of impressive dance companies to campus. Unless some natural disaster stands in your way (this actually happened with Gallim Dance last year, and I was heartbroken), this is an incredible opportunity for anyone remotely interested in contemporary dance. September 19th at 8:00 PM,  LeeSaar  is performing at the CFA. GO GO GO if you can. This is part of the Breaking Ground Dance Series presented by the Dance Department and Center for the Arts at Wes. The New Yorker called the work “inventive and arresting,” so you know it’s gotta be good, right? Read about the event here: http://www.wesleyan.edu/cfa/events/2014/09-2014/09192014leesaar-the-company-princess-crocodile.html

Maya ‘16