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MIT (Fun Facts and things from my Fall Break visit, and an Eternal Love for Wesleyan)

MIT

  • has 27 fraternities, one of which is the old mayor’s house
  • has a club on weekends, 11-6PM, where the kids build an electric vehicle from scratch, sponsored by the likes of General Motors
  • is where the kids that work on the Amazon drones work for internships, and later get full-time positions
  • is apparently the party destination for all the kids in the Boston/Cambridge area (who woulda thunk)
  • has a DI crew team

These kids are brainy as heck, and are not mean, but I gotta say, it’s a monoculture. It was great to see and visit (it’s certainly got a great location), but golly was it good to come back from the Fall Break trip early, back home to Wes”Tech” — which seems like a ridiculous nickname now — where people are running around and making films, constructing art theses around campus out of who-knows-what, fermenting things at home, hanging out with chickens at the farm, and holding multiple concerts a weekend (do MIT bands exist?). 

Sometimes we can get tired of the places we’re at, and at the beginning of Fall Break there was nothing that I wanted more than to leave Wes (perhaps, besides infinite sleep). I definitely needed to get away, so that, as always, I could come back to what is — and gosh knows why I ever forget — the Wonderful World of Wesleyan. 

- Rina ‘15

Downtime

This Fall Break, I’m one of those who are lucky enough to stay on campus for most of the time. It is so weird to have only one side of Usdan Marketplace open (and serving brunch on Monday), being ushered out of Olin at 5 pm, and not hurrying to find an unoccupied elliptical machine at the Freeman Athletic.

It’s also strangely nice to just relax on a weekday. I had a panic attack when I woke up and seeing it was already 10:50, as my usual Monday morning class starts at 11. When I looked around my room and not finding my roommate doing her Monday morning routine, I instantly calmed down and got very happy. She’s still in Georgia! It’s still Fall Break! I can sleep again!

On the other hand, my friends are coming back to Wes one by one. While it’s nice to experience and observe the quiet side of Wes, I’m happy that 200 Church is slowly filling up again and having its residence back. 

For the meantime, I’m just going to enjoy the weather before it gets too cold.

-Aqila ‘18

Don’t Stop

I remember being very excited for college.

I could finally say goodbye to my uniform, to stacks of problem sets and notes I poured upon before the national examination, and to all school subjects I actually would rather not taking. I would meet new people, experience new things, and discover the world I have never thought of. I would get a taste of managing my life, on my own.image

I remember realizing that this college business would be a lot harder than high school.

When that realization hit me, I panicked. Suddenly college seemed so scary, that it was a foreign concept I had no full understanding of. This is the time where people are treating me as an adult—the excuses I used to make would not be justifiable here. I would be fully responsible for my own, and this, while not definite, would be the steps towards the future I will create. What if I couldn’t understand what the professor was talking about? What if I couldn’t figure out how this particular theory works? What if I couldn’t handle the work load? What if I chose the wrong class? What if I ran out of the time to take the required classes for the major I want to take? What if I failed all of my classes? What if I messed it all up?

I walked into my first class trying not to give those what ifs a pole position. I tried to focus on other things—the people I share a class with, the buildings where my classes are, the professors, even the swivel chair I fell in love with in my Spanish class. But I knew that sooner rather than later, those what ifs would come back with even a greater force. It didn’t take too long. At the end of my first week, I went back to panic mode, what with the homework, reading, and note-reviewing I had to do.

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I remember remembering that this is college, not high school.

Yes, there would be many sleepless nights and frustrated screams, but that doesn’t mean that I’d be hopeless. I’d have to make more effort than I did before, but that doesn’t mean there are no help available. Knowing that doing nothing would not help my panic attack, I started to seek for resources. I started to go to workshops, directly approach my friends for group discussion and, my turned-out-to-be-my-favorite-one, meet my professors during their office hours to discuss the things I didn’t understand. 

Strangely, those office hours sessions sometimes were the highlight of my day. Not only did I get smarter (I hope), but I also found myself enjoying the conversations I had with my professor; be it about a calculus theory, deadweight loss generated by imposing tax vs. setting up a quantity limit, their previous experience as an academia or just about life in general. 

I remember being able to be excited for this new life again.

-Aqila ‘18

It’s Fall Break

Along with Pumpkin Spice Lattes, Halloween, and changing leaves, another staple of the autumn season is Fall Break. Wesleyan’s break falls (no pun intended) from October 17th-22nd this year, and it’s a great time to catch up on things—sleep, homework, sleep, mostly sleep. 

What do Wes students do during Fall Break? Some students stay at school, especially this year, as Homecoming is scheduled for this weekend. Many students travel to New York or Boston, both equidistant from campus (they don’t call it Middletown for nothing). Then, there are those who somehow manage to squeeze big trips into this small weekend—I’ve seen Instagram posts from Miami and Colorado. My personal Fall Break favorite is visiting high school friends at other colleges. Last year, I went to New York to stay with a friend at school. This year, my friend from Wes (who also went to high school with me) and I road-tripped up to Brown University this weekend to visit old friends. It’s only about an hour and 45 minutes away from Wesleyan, and it was such a beautiful drive. I’m currently writing this post from a library at Brown!

So, take in the beautiful fall weather, slowly sip your pumpkin-flavored beverages and consume your pumpkin-flavored foods, and enjoy the down time that Fall Break affords, wherever you happen to be. 

- Lizzie ‘17

View from the back seat:

I just couldn’t stay away from the library, even over Fall Break (but this one is very cool, so it’s okay):

Fall is Here When

The Local Co-Op has pumpkins in the produce shares. 

We get 21 gallons of fresh-pressed apple cider for brewing club to start making some hard cider. 

Pi smells like Pumpkin Spice

Whether looking up or down, there’s a tye-dye of warm colored leaves in every variation (and when it rains, make sure not to slip!). 

^ From Fall Break from sophomore year, in Montreal. 

- Rina ‘15

So I went to the Career Center today. 1/4th of my way through my last year of not being a real person. #help
- Rina ‘15

So I went to the Career Center today. 1/4th of my way through my last year of not being a real person. #help

- Rina ‘15

Happy Fall Break, Wes!

Whether you’re going home, staying here and enjoying homecoming, visiting a girlfriend/boyfriend/friend/family, I hope you’ll have a great time (just like this adorable baby lion playing in leaves).

-Aqila ‘18

…Do you wanna go eat food?

That was me today. I said that.

I wish I could now say “LOL JK JK” but this is legitimately what I said and how I sounded. 

As things like Tinder and WesCam (you’ll know when you get here) and something that I think is along the lines of sounding like “Friendly” that is an intermediary between the before-mentioned two, for better or for worse, I still refuse to participate in any of those, and instead subject people to an “old-fashioned”, “real” human-to-human interaction that makes both of us (and also the poor kids in the vicinity) substantially uncomfortable for a good three minutes.
Better get you social ineptitude out there on the table from the get-go than during the Tinder set-up date you committed a whole dinner to, right?

- Rina ‘15

The Wesleyan Film Series is one of the most wonderful programs run on campus every semester. Meticulously selected by a dedicated committee of students, our fabulous on-campus movie theater screens films that are either free or $5 for students! The series list has been released for the next 3 months and looks as fabulous as ever. I know you THINK you’re busy, but everyone has time for a movie (netflix will be there when you get back, but the opportunity to watch Spirited Away on the big screen doesn’t come everyday). Enjoy!!!!!
Maya ‘16

The Wesleyan Film Series is one of the most wonderful programs run on campus every semester. Meticulously selected by a dedicated committee of students, our fabulous on-campus movie theater screens films that are either free or $5 for students! The series list has been released for the next 3 months and looks as fabulous as ever. I know you THINK you’re busy, but everyone has time for a movie (netflix will be there when you get back, but the opportunity to watch Spirited Away on the big screen doesn’t come everyday). Enjoy!!!!!

Maya ‘16