[FYW] A writing-focused new student orientation

Orientation is pretty fantastic. You will meet tons of new people, participate in some spectacular events, and spend your days exploring our beautiful campus in a giddy haze. The only downside to orientation is that it’s over all too quickly: come Monday, September 5th, classes officially begin. So while part of the fun of orientation is the atmosphere of spontaneity (the chances that you will be invited to an impromptu frisbee game are high), you might want to consider coming up with a plan to make sure you attend all the events you want to attend.

If you’re interested in writing, you’re in luck: orientation will provide you with numerous opportunities to think about the craft and learn more about writing at Wesleyan! You can browse all orientation events in your Orientation 2011 Handbook, but to make life easier for you I’ve compiled a list of everything writing-related for your viewing pleasure.


  • Parents Workshop I: Academic Support in the First Year (Cromwell Concert Hall, 1-2 pm). Okay, fine, this event isn’t for you, but you can encourage your parents to attend if they’re interested in learning about the writing (and other academic) resources in campus!
  • Honestly, the first day is mostly about getting all of your stuff from your car to your dorm room, meeting your roommate, saying goodbye to your parents, etc. But things will pick up the next day!



  • Peer Advising in Residence Halls (Residence Halls, 9-3:30 pm and 5-7 pm). Take advantage of this opportunity to meet with your hall’s peer advisor! Peer advisors will provide you with guidance about course selection before you meet with your academic advisor. If you have any questions about writing while planning your course schedule, your peer advisor is a great resource!
  • What to Expect from Advisors and Academics? (Usdan 108, 10:15-11:15 am and 12:45-1:45 pm). This session discusses how to cultivate beneficial relationships with faculty.
  • Academic Forum (Bacon Field House, Freeman Athletic Center, 2:30-4:30 pm). This is a fantastic opportunity to come meet Professors and other representatives from all academic departments! Definitely stop by the Writing Programs section to say hello and learn more about writing offerings at Wes!
  • * Pizza Dinner Welcoming Students Who Speak English as a Second Language (Freeman East Asian Studies Building Seminar Room, 5-6:30 pm). Come eat pizza, meet other international students, and learn about all the resources that the Writing Programs provide for non-native English speakers.



  • Individual Advisor Appointments (Faculty Advisor’s Office, 8:30 am – 2 pm). This is one of the most important parts of orientation: meeting with your advisor and finalizing your schedule! If you have any questions or concerns about your writing, your advisor could be a great resource so don’t hesitate to speak up.
  • Peer Advising in Residence Halls (9am – 1:45 pm).
  • Writing an “A” Paper and Larger Questions (World Music Hall, 10-11 am). Make sure to drop by this fantastic and highly informative session led by Professor Anne Greene, Director of Writing Programs. This one is a must for anyone curious about how to write at the college level!
  • Olin Tour (Olin Library, 10-11 am and 12:30-1:30 pm). Olin Library contains an extraordinary number of resources for student writers and researchers. Come take the tour to learn how to navigate through everything this library has to offer.



  • Peer Advising in Residence Halls (9 am – 2 pm). By appointment only.
  • Open Mic Night(Huss Courtyard, Front of Usdan, 10 pm – 12:30 am). If you want to share your writing with your classmates via some spoken word, this is your opportunity! Or just stop by to see what kinds of creative endeavors the rest of the Class of 2015 has been up to.



  • Time Management (Monday, September 5, Butterfield A Lounge, 9:30-10:30 am; Tuesday, September 13, Usdan 136, 12:10-12:50 pm; Thursday, September 15, Usdan 136, 12:10-12:50 pm; Sunday, September 18, Nicolson Lounge, 7-8 pm). A session on how to organize and prioritize work.
  • How to Be a Star Student (Tuesday, September 6, 7-8pm in Exeley 139 and 8:15-9:15 pm in the Clark Hall Lounge; Tuesday, September 13, Fauver Lounge, 7-8 pm). A session on how successful Wesleyan students study.
  • Reading Retention (Thursday, September 8, Usdan 108, 12:10-12:50 pm; Sunday, September 18, 200 Church Lounge, 7-8 pm). Learn valuable tips for how to concentrate on and remember your reading.
  • Note Taking (Sunday, September 11, Allbritton 103, 7-8 pm). A session on how to take notes and use them effectively.



  • The Writing Workshop officially opens on Sunday, September 11. Start bringing in your papers!
  • If you are interested in pairing up with a Writing Mentor who will work with you throughout the semester to help you improve your writing, the deadline to apply is Monday, September 19.

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