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For my money, nothing beats denim and work-boots. But whatever the case people tend to look at you and judge you differently based upon the cover of the book as it were. I say, ‘Who fucking cares!?”
Sure I think we should do our best to keep ourselves clean, for reasons of health as well as politeness. If you want to attract a conservative person then go ahead and get a square haircut and a clean shave. If you long for a Phish fan, that’s Phish with a P-H… Well, I don’t know what they typically look like but i’m betting its more laissez faire than most, let your freak flag fly friend, do your thing however it looks. Keep the hygiene up, and tell everyone who doesn’t like it to kiss your tattooed ass.

Nick Offerman, Paddle Your Own Canoe 

Thrown into the real bizarre social situation that is orientation (and the first somewhat rocky friend-finding weeks), remember to just keep doin’ you. It might sound obvious, but it’s easy to lose track of. Just because you haven’t yet found someone with an enthusiasm for Russian cooking on par with yours, doesn’t mean you have to give up on that and “settle” for who’s around you right now. They’ll come around; you’ll meet them in clubs or classes. You’ll (literally) bump into them one night when you’re looking down at your phone. I’m still good friends with a number of my freshman hallmates, but that’s not always the case, and I’ve certainly met (and keep meeting!) lots more keepers down the road. 

- Rina ‘15

Wait, can I be a freshman too? First Year Seminars: Writing Intensives

When I was a first-year, we had courses called “First Year Matters”, courses that were frosh-only and seemingly more for fun or discussion and some sort of community-building than anything else. They weren’t mandatory but encouraged, and with Harry Potter and food-themed courses, I was about it.

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When they were oh-so-little and their robes couldn’t stay up on their shoulders. 

But as I was on WesMaps earlier today, I noticed that you guys now have “First Year Seminar Writing Intensives”. Not sure if these are now mandatory for y’all, but 1. a writing intensive is a really good idea to get a grasp on and more forgiving practice in on what level and what type of writing you’ll generally need here, and 2. some of these classes sound incredible. 
I’m no physics kid, but I’d give Science of Sustainability a shot. I’ve taken a course with similar themes to Environmental History: Telling Stories in Place, and I recommend learning about it. Captive and Confined: Literatures of Imprisonment? Oddly specific, but I’ll take it. And finally, I may or may not be seriously considering auditing The Magic Bullet: Drugs in Modern America, because this is right down my alley.

So, if there’s still time and the option, I encourage you to sign up for one next semester (if you haven’t already), or try to Add one this semester. If not for anything else, the writing intensive aspect. 

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- Rina ‘15

A tea cup, a t shirt, a tapestry: Waste Not! Tag Sale

One of the most popular events at the beginning of the year is the Waste Not! Tag Sale. It’s basically a yard sale of salvageable things from the year past that students donated during move-out, with proceeds going to local charities such as the Amazing Grace food pantry. 

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Fun Fact: This building, McConaughy or “MoCon”, no longer exists on campus. Someone bought it at Waste Not!, and has long since graduated! Just kidding. But it actually doesn’t exist anymore. 

What: Waste Not! Tag Sale
Why: If you forgot something at home, or need/want some addition to your room at a convenient price and location
When: High noon to three on Saturday and Sunday (but go early on Saturday!)
Where: 44 Brainerd (garage area)
How: Yes, this actually requires “real money”. Also, Brainerd is right across from Exley, the science building, or just up the hill (one street past Home) from the Butts. If you get to Pine Street, ya missed it. 

- Rina ‘15

UPDATE: there is an additional location for Waste Not! this year: 58 Fountain. See the Waste Not! Facebook Events page for more details. 

The Waiting Floor(Shanklin, 4th floor, 08/28/2014)
- Rina ‘15

The Waiting Floor
(Shanklin, 4th floor, 08/28/2014)

- Rina ‘15

Looks like Usdan is stepping up its smoothie game with some Jamba Juice. I can feel the points disappearing from my WesCard already.

Looks like Usdan is stepping up its smoothie game with some Jamba Juice. I can feel the points disappearing from my WesCard already.

I’m looking forward to teaching a bunch of new students about the wonderful world of rugby! I began playing my freshman year at Wesleyan, and absolutely loved both the sport and the team. Most of us had never played rugby before joining the team, and a good deal had never played any sport before. Helping students learn a new skill and work together as a unit is incredibly rewarding, and making new friends is always something to look forward to.
-RV ‘15

I’m looking forward to teaching a bunch of new students about the wonderful world of rugby! I began playing my freshman year at Wesleyan, and absolutely loved both the sport and the team. Most of us had never played rugby before joining the team, and a good deal had never played any sport before. Helping students learn a new skill and work together as a unit is incredibly rewarding, and making new friends is always something to look forward to.

-RV ‘15

What I’m Looking Forward To…


I’m looking forward to getting back to work. As much as I want to go to class, I actually want to go back to WesPregame, Wesleyan’s sports broadcasting center. I’ve been the head of WesPregame for the last two years. It has been some of the best two years I could have ever asked for. The photo above is me and the WesPregame team, aka the best people you’ll ever meet ever. WesPregame involves a Monday Live Show, where we interview athletes and coaches about their achievements inside and outside the classroom, and a Saturday Game Day show, which functions as one would think it would. Both shows are live and come with all the issues that a live show can contain. The people in the photo above are the only reason I am remotely sane after 3 years. I can’t wait to get back to work with them. I can’t wait to get back to Wesleyan.

Eric ‘15 (the one leaning on the steering wheel)

What I’m Looking Forward To…

I’m looking forward to getting back to work. As much as I want to go to class, I actually want to go back to WesPregame, Wesleyan’s sports broadcasting center. I’ve been the head of WesPregame for the last two years. It has been some of the best two years I could have ever asked for. The photo above is me and the WesPregame team, aka the best people you’ll ever meet ever. WesPregame involves a Monday Live Show, where we interview athletes and coaches about their achievements inside and outside the classroom, and a Saturday Game Day show, which functions as one would think it would. Both shows are live and come with all the issues that a live show can contain. The people in the photo above are the only reason I am remotely sane after 3 years. I can’t wait to get back to work with them. I can’t wait to get back to Wesleyan.

Eric ‘15 (the one leaning on the steering wheel)