Wes 101: Resilience

Wes 101: Resilience

Dear ’23,
I hope you’re doing well. I need to change my drop-in hours tomorrow to 3:00 to 5:00. Also, I will NOT be in the office on Monday, but will be available all of Friday and looking at my email over the weekend.

Please keep in mind the dates and events below:

October 11: Last day to withdraw from first-quarter courses. This does not apply to full-credit courses; these are mostly PHED courses, for example, that are only offered for the first quarter of the term.

October 19-22: Fall Break! This is a short break, but it is perfect for taking a moment to decompress and/or catch up on any missed work!

October 23: 2nd-quarter classes begin. *2nd-quarter classes may be added or dropped during the five working days following the first class meeting.

PG/Gap Year Dinner
Have you taken some time off during your educational trajectory? Please join us for dinner on Wednesday, October 16, from 6;00 to 7:00 in Usdan 110. I’m think we might do Indian food. Please RSVP below!

This is the time of year when students often start receiving disappointing grades. Just keep in mind that you belong here and you can do this. You are not an imposter. Admissions did not make a mistake.

This is not about intelligence or ability, but about strategies. College often requires far more active engagement, analytical thinking and applied knowledge than high school, so it can be a challenging transition. Make sure that you’re using your resources and going to instructors’ office hours. If you’re struggling with the content of a course, please request a peer tutor. If you’d like help with time management, taking strong notes, studying for a test, etc., please seek out one of our peer advisors, who are Haley Brumberger (hbrumberger@wesleyan.edu), Jack Wang (cwang01@wesleyan.edu) and Sydney Taylor-Klaus (staylorklaus@wesleyan.edu).

Also, consider whether withdrawing from a course makes sense for you. A “W” on your record is a neutral mark and has no impact on your grade point average. In this instance, letting something go could have a tremendous impact on your morale and schedule so that you can have a more intellectually, emotionally and physically successful term. The forms to withdraw from a course are available here: https://wesfiles.wesleyan.edu/departments/Reg/Forms/Public/DropAddWithdrawalForm.pdf

I also wanted to share the Wesleyan Resilience Project site with you, as it features student narratives, the opportunity to share your own story, campus resources and initiatives and recommended reading.

Resilience enables you to make the most of your opportunities at Wesleyan and not let the fear of failure hold you back from trying new things, whether speaking up in class, writing for the Argues or applying for a fellowship. It will enable you to try something that you might not be very good at, but you want to experience anyway. Resilience enables you to approach a disappointing grade as an opportunity to grow and learn.

A couple of events:

-“Passion into Action” is a one-day Leadership Expo over Fall Break (Tuesday, Oct. 22) designed to help you discover your leadership style, hone your interaction skills, and build your confidence for effective action-oriented leadership. The event will offer time for reflection, time for sharing, and time for learning. Experts from campus will be ready to help you find your strengths, refine your resume, fine-tune your presentation skills, and apply your values. The day will wrap-up with advice on interacting with others in a networking setting and a chance to practice with members of the campus community at an event in the Gordon Career Center.
Co-Sponsored by Student Activities and Leadership Development (SALD) and the Gordon Career Center

Register via Handshake here: https://wesleyan.joinhandshake.com/events/372190/share_preview

-Financial Aid will be holding a Meet and Greet/Open House on Monday, October 28th the Financial Aid Office from 2:00 to 4:00.

-Meet Johanna DeBari from Survivor Advocacy and Community Education:


As the Director of Survivor Advocacy and Community Education, Johanna DeBari serves as a confidential resource to students whom have experienced sexual assault, stalking, dating violence, or other forms of intimate partner violence. She coordinates and creates training and education programs for sexual violence prevention & healing for students groups, faculty, staff, and administrators, including support groups for students.

Johanna earned her Master’s of Arts in International Studies, with certificates in Human Rights and Feminist Studies from the University of Connecticut. Her Master’s project focused on framing sexual violence against women on college campuses as a human security threat in an effort to enhance current preventative efforts from a nuanced perspective. In addition, she has served as a peer educator for Mentors in Violence Prevention at Keene State College from 2011-2014 and a facilitator for the Violence Against Women Prevention Program at the University of Connecticut during the summer of 2014.

She comes to Wesleyan University from the Women’s Center of Greater Danbury, where she served as the Trainer/Adult Educator. In this role, she oversaw all professional training programs, including certification training for staff, interns, and volunteers to become Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Crisis Counselor/Advocates.

Just continue to be in touch if you run into any issues.
Take care,


Jennifer Wood (she, her, hers)
Dean for the Class of 2023
(860) 685.2758
Wesleyan University
203 North College, 237 High Street
Middletown, CT 06459
Drop-in hours:
M 2-3, T 3-4, W 4-6, Th 11-12, F 2-4

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