Get Ready for Wes, week 5

Dean’s Note

Now that the July 1 deadline is behind us, we’ll begin turning our attention to pre-registration preparation in earnest and looking at the sources of support that are available to you.

This week I’d like to draw special attention to the Academic Peer Advisors (APAs) who will help you prepare for your academic journey. Peer Advisors are trained to help you with academic strategies and planning during the year and as you begin your pre-registration planning and explore course options that both interest and challenge you. The Peer Advisor bios and tips are available here.

You also might want to check out “From Insight to Impact,” an online Coursera course taught by the Director of the Gordon Career Center. It aims to help you understand your motivations, strengths, and goals, and appreciate how personal identity affects both academic and career decision-making. Click here for full instructions to create a Coursera account with your Wesleyan email and enroll in the course.

I have also received some inquiries regarding FERPA, so I wanted to provide you with more information and the waiver form. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) and University Policy protect the privacy of student education records and generally limit access to those records by third parties.

You may choose to grant Wesleyan the right to disclose education records to certain individuals by completing and signing this consent form. You have the right to revoke this consent at any time. You can email the completed form to me.

Academic Highlights

What is a Peer Advisor?

Peer advisors are juniors and seniors who work during New Student Orientation and throughout the academic year to enhance student access to academic resources. During the summer, peer advisors are available online to answer questions you might have about academic or campus life. Peer advisors are available to connect individually with you to address specific questions about the course registration process. They will also assist in the development of time management, study skills, and exam preparation strategies, and provide academic referrals as needed. You will have an opportunity to meet with a peer advisor during New Student Orientation as you prepare for your individual meeting with your faculty advisor. You can browse through their bios and email any of them directly.

Please check out this blog post to learn more about academic peer advisors.

Message from the Orientation Interns

Howdy, incoming Wesleyan students!

We hope you are all getting excited about your arrival to Wes. Following our Instagram is a great way to make sure that you are on top of pre-orientation prep and familiarize yourself with Wesleyan’s resources.

You have some time before the Pre-Registration period officially starts, so start making use of WesMaps to look into available courses, especially First Year Seminars (FYS), for Fall 2019.

To all International Students: Please make sure to go to your WesPortal and fill out the required Arrival Information & ISO Registration Form , whether or not you intend to attend International Student Orientation (ISO). Please fill in your complete travel itineraries, including any transfer flights/transits, so that the university can assist you in case of emergency. Note that if you had previously emailed your itineraries or interest in ISO, these were not recorded, and you still need to complete the online form. You will find a list of documents you need to submit under this link. If you need assistance, feel free to contact us or the Office of International Student Affairs at with your questions.

As usual, good luck and 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, July 21—Bay Area, CA
Tuesday, July 23—West Hartford, CT
Wednesday, July 31—Mamaroneck, NY
Thursday, August 1—New York City, NY
Sunday, August 4—Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, August 8—Boston, MA
Sunday, August 11—Chicago, IL
Thursday, August 15—Seattle, WA

More information is available here.