Get Ready for Wes! Newsletter 10

Message from the Dean
As of today, Thursday, August 9, there are only two weeks or so remaining until International Student Orientation and New Student Orientation. We are looking forward to welcoming you to Wesleyan. As you approach your Wesleyan Arrival Day, I thought this would be a good week to share my Top Five Academic Recommendations for the Class of 2022:

  1. Ask Questions
  2. Go to class
  3. Build relationships with faculty
  4. Learn from your classmates
  5. Locate your resources

For some additional advice from a student perspective, check out an essay that was written by former Wesleyan Academic Peer Advisor, Racheal Earnhardt’17.  Her insights and recommendations are still relevant today for your class.  Imagine–the students (Class of 2020) to whom she addressed her initial remarks will be starting their junior year at Wesleyan. Wow! Time passes quickly, so listen up, work smart, and have a great time.

In this week’s Academic Highlights, you can review the latest recommendations from the current Academic Peer Advisors and explore some of the other resources available at Wesleyan that will help you get off to a great start.

For students who were unable to participate in the August 6 video chat with me, you may register for the August 13 video chat at 12 p.m. EST. You must register by Sunday, August 12 at 12 p.m. EST, then check your Wesleyan email on Monday at 9 a.m. EST to find out how to access the session. I use the GoToMeeting application that allows for easy participation in the conversation by phone or computer.

Have a terrific week,
Dean Thornton

Academic Highlights

Besides your professors, academic advisors, and Student Affairs staff, Wesleyan offers a host of academic and personal support. You should familiarize yourself with these and other resources now so that you may begin to strategize how you will include these people and places in your weekly routine when classes begin.

Academic Support Resources

Academic Peer Advisors

Deans Peer Tutoring Program


Teaching Assistants


Math Workshop

Writing Workshop

Message from Orientation Interns

Soon, you will be on campus to begin Orientation! Before you arrive, check out the Orientation Schedule available via Guidebookmobile – desktop. There will NOT be printed handbooks.  If you do not have access to a smart device, computer or tablet, contact to discuss alternatives. Remember that Orientation is required for all students, and Guidebook will help you keep on top of the requisite activities!

Once you download the app onto your mobile device, note that there is no passphrase.  Simply click on the magnifying glass, search “Wesleyan New Student Orientation 2018” then click Guides.

Please feel free to browse, explore and of course send us any feedback you think could make the app better for the Orientation experience.  Note that the Orientation Schedule is subject to change.  Always check Guidebook for the most uptodate information prior to attending an event.

We also want to bring your attention to upcoming deadlines to watch out for: your Fall Semester Payment and First Year Matters response (due August 10th) and Health Insurance Decision Form (due August 12th). It might make your life easier to get the Required Documents out of the way because, although they’re due August 29th, you will already be on campus by then. As always, try to keep on top of these last checklist items, and reach out to us if you need encouragement, nuggets of wisdom, or answers to pressing questions! GO WES!

The Orientation Interns
Maximilien Chong Lee Shin ‘21
Caridad Cruz ‘21
Christopher Jackson ‘20
Virginia Sciolino ‘21
(860) 685-5666

Summer Sendoffs  
Thursday, August 9 – Seattle, WA
Saturday, August 4 – Beijing, CH
Monday, August 13 – Chicago, IL
Tuesday, August 14 – Fairfield County, CT
Wednesday, August 15 – Philadelphia, PA