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Finding Your Best-Fit School: Spotlight on Wesleyan

Tue, Jul 10, 2012 @ 04:36 PM

These Are a Few of Our Favorite Things...

Foss Hill, WesleyanWith more than 3,000 colleges and universities in the US, students need to conduct extensive research on several schools to find the colleges that will be the best academic and social fits for them. The newest member of our Research Team, RJ, loves helping students identify the schools where they will be happy and successful. This week, we offered him a turn to share what made Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut his best-fit school:

Wesleyan is well known for its diverse student body, but what many people don’t realize is the diversity of opportunities available to students as well. At Wesleyan it is possible to be involved in Greek life, varsity athletics, Korean drumming, a student-run burlesque show, and be a teaching assistant (and enjoy every second of it!), all while maintaining a high GPA. These are just a few things that one student could do, and there are countless other opportunities that students can get involved, with new ones becoming available every year.

That is what I loved most about "Wes": the ability to explore any interest you could possibly have.  

One of my other favorite things about Wesleyan is the central landmark on campus: Foss Hill. From the time after spring break (late March) to the end of the academic year, the weather in Middletown is usually spectacular: 70-80 with a cool breeze. Foss Hill is right in the middle of campus, acting as the fourth side of the central quad.

The quad's other “walls” are made up of Olin Library, which is literally a library built around a library, the original academic buildings on campus, Usdan Student Center, which is where you will find everything from the dining hall to the mail room, and Beckham Hall a huge ballroom that is used to host countless events throughout the year.

And did I mention the quad itself serves as the football field in the fall and the baseball diamond in the spring? During the spring the Foss Hill is covered with students lounging about watching the baseball team and enjoying the weather. In the winter Foss Hill is a premier sledding hill and on the night of the first snow, dozens of students show up with everything from cardboard boxes to toboggans to ride.

The Hill is a melting pot for student life on campus. You will see people on the Hill that you’ve never seen before and they’ll disappear to wherever they go after. So take that opportunity to meet as many new people as you can. You’ll be surprised how much you have in common with more than just your immediate friends.

Insider Tip: Spend as much time as you can on Foss Hill. You will experience everything Wesleyan has to offer while also enjoying gorgeous weather.

Sarah Shanahan

Written by Sarah Shanahan

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