Get Ready for Wes! Week 9

Dean’s Note

We have reached the beginning of August, so please note the arrival days below:

New International Student Arrival Day: Sunday, August 25, 2019
(Families depart Monday, August 26 – 8pm)

New Domestic Student Arrival Day: Wednesday, August 28, 2019
(Families depart on this day – 4:45pm)
Residence halls open at 9am. You should be moved into your room before noon.

More information about Orientation (NSO) will be coming your way soon.

Pre-registration planning will be closing on Thursday, August 8th at 4pm. Be sure to check out two new First Year Seminars that have been recently added:

MB&B 101F – The Personal Genomics Revolution
CSPL 115F – Diffusion of Innovation

Please know that our Academic Peer Advisors are available if you have any questions; you can be in touch with them via

Also, it is very important that you complete your Common Reading of Find Me Unafraid: Love, Loss, and Hope in an African Slum by Wesleyan alumni Kennedy Odede ‘12 and Jessica Posner ‘09. Submit your reading response by 5:00pm Friday, August 16. This shared experience serves as an introduction to intellectual life at Wesleyan through lectures, group conversations, and an address by Kennedy Odede during Orientation followed by a question and answer period.

Academic Highlights

Meet your class dean, Jennifer Wood

As your class dean, I am particularly excited to welcome you to Wesleyan. It has been fun writing to you this summer and I thought it would be useful to provide a general overview of how we will work together over the next four years.

Class deans are responsible for a comprehensive program of academic advising and class management. This includes:

-helping students develop educational goals and complete their graduation requirements
-working with students and their professors to support student success in the classroom
-facilitating access to academic and non-academic support services
-supporting student transitions from high school through the undergraduate years to life post-Wesleyan

At Wesleyan, there are four class deans: Dean Phillips (Class of 2020), Dean Leathers (Class of 2021), Dean Johnson-Thornton (Class of 2022), and me, Dean Wood (Class of 2023!). More information about us is available here.

Class Deans support their class over the entire four years, from orientation until graduation. We are a one-stop shop when you have questions and we have daily drop-in hours during the week. We are also available for appointments. I’ll be hosting a video chat on Monday, August 5 at 1:30pm ET. Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone:
You can also dial in using your phone:
United States: +1 (872) 240-3212
Access Code: 370-332-365

Student-Athlete tips

One of our wonderful Academic Peer Advisors, Nick Evans ’20, has put together some tips for our incoming student athletes. Check out his advice.

Message from the Orientation Interns

Hey everyone!

A brief reminder: if you are shipping your belongings to Wesleyan, any packages that arrive before August 19th will be shipped back because WesStation cannot hold your packages before then. When you do ship things to Wes, you have your own mailing address, which you can find listed under the Student Profile section of your WesPortal. This is the general format of your mailing address, which is just your WesBox five-digit number and the address of Usdan:

Student Name
45 Wyllys Ave
Middletown, CT 06459

We hope you are excited for move-in day now that you know the residence hall you will be living in. You do not have to bring all items from home —there will be the Waste Not tag sale during the weekend of Orientation where you will be able to buy used items such as furniture, appliances, and room décor for reduced prices. Also, remember to check in with your roommate(s) about splitting the cost of items for your room, and not buying duplicate items of things that can be shared! That being said, note there are things you cannot have in your dorm rooms for fire safety reasons, found here.

Also, make sure that you are keeping up with the Summer Reading! In their memoir, Kennedy and Posner co-author the story of their lives growing up in vastly different worlds. The interns all enjoyed the book and think you will too. We are enthusiastic about introducing the Class of 2023 to the powerful work of our alumni and look forward to the important discussions we will have about these issues during New Student Orientation.

We hope you find these tips helpful as you start thinking about your dorm room essentials! GO WES!

The Orientation Interns
Naraa Altai ‘22
Ivanie Cedeño ‘22
Michelle Lei ‘21
Ariana Baez ‘22
Anya Kisicki ‘22
(860) 685 5666

Summer Sendoffs

Sunday, August 3—Hong Kong
Sunday, August 4—Los Angeles, CA
Wednesday, August 7—Washington, DC
Thursday, August 8—Mumbai
Thursday, August 8—Boston, MA
Sunday, August 11—Chicago, IL
Thursday, August 15—Seattle, WA

More information is available here.