WesFest Team

WesFest Team members

Meet the team!

  • Hasanti Kelly '22

    MAJOR
    Sociology major, African-American Studies minor

    ACTIVITIES
    Admissions Intern
    Member of The Ankh
    Member of Psi Upsilon
    Photography

    HOMETOWN
    Brooklyn, NY

    HIGH SCHOOL
    Brooklyn Friends School

    Read Hasanti's Bio

    BIO
    I grew up in the city that never sleeps and I quickly became accustomed to what New York City’s nickname truly meant. In highschool I took on several leadership positions from being the leader of the Black Affinity Group, Co-leader of the Fashion Club, being a School Ambassador, and more. Doing all that work in high school brought me to realize that I could create an intersection between art and social justice; here at Wes I’ve found a community of students of color whose work mixes social justice with the world of art in their publication of the Ankh. I am consistently working on new photo projects here utilizing the art department to its fullest potential. Painting has also become a huge part of my life and it has been a brand new medium for me to discuss the intersections of Black life, class, and gender norms.

    WHY WES
    I fell in love with Wes from the very first time I visited; the nature of students being able to talk with any one from freshman to senior alike was a part of the campus’s culture that I just wasn’t able to find at other institutions of the same caliber. The niche classes and the ability to participate in an open curriculum immediately peaked my interest in this school; the presence of students of color and commitment to social justice from not only the students, but faculty and the institution itself were driving factors in me ultimately deciding to early decision to Wesleyan. I wouldn’t choose any other school over Wesleyan.

    FAVORITE SONG
    Currently, Baubles, Bangles, and Beads by Nina Simone

    FAVORITE MOVIE
    Phantom Boy

    INTERESTING FACT
    I'm double jointed in my shoulders and right thumb.

  • Julia Nacario '22

    MAJOR
    Psychology and Film Double Major

    ACTIVITIES
    Admission Intern 
    Residential Advisor
    UX Designer at OurCampus
    Crime and Media Lab Assistant

    HOMETOWN
    San Francisco, CA

    HIGH SCHOOL
    Mercy High School SF

    Read Julia's Bio

    BIO
    Growing up in an immigrant household, I knew at a young age the importance of investing myself into my studies. In high school, I kept busy by taking a myriad of AP classes, participating in several sports, and throwing myself into music. I started the college process early, and from hours of dedicated essay writing and consulting counselors, I got a spot here at Wesleyan! In my freshman year, I was able to interrogate the cultural frameworks that inform contemporary narratives with my fellow peers at 200 Church, a program house that prioritizes community based living through social justice. Since then, I’ve been able to work with a student-led app development initiative on campus, become the lab coordinator for the Crime and Media Lab, and am currently working on my third year coordinating WesFest as an Admissions Intern.

    WHY WES
    Prior to my sophomore year in high school, both my family and I expected to stay on the West Coast for college. It wasn’t until I met a Wes alum that I decided to research the university, and subsequently found myself absolutely in love with Wesleyan. I found Wes students to be driven, passionate, and genuinely invested in what they were learning. All in all, Wesleyan felt nothing short of home to me, and coming here has been the best thing to happen to me.

    FAVORITE SONG
    Wait For The Moment by Vulfpeck

    FAVORITE MOVIE
    Blindspotting (2018)

    INTERESTING FACT
    I'm a certified scuba diver and can play 5 instruments!

  • Caroline Pitton '22

    MAJOR
    Biology and French double major
    Informatics and Modeling minor

    ACTIVITIES
    Admission Intern 
    Onomatopoeia A Capella
    Second Stage Student Theater
    Undergraduate Researcher in the Coolon Lab (Biology Department)
    Wesleyan Women in STEM

    HOMETOWN
    Seattle, WA

    HIGH SCHOOL
    Holy Names Academy

    Read Caroline's Bio

    BIO
    I’ve always lived in major cities, so I knew that the transition to Wesleyan and Middletown would be a big change. Instead of seeing my larger community as a collection of anonymous faces like I was used to, I began recognizing most people who passed me on campus. Going to a small university made my move across the country feel a lot more manageable, because I quickly felt welcomed by my community. I joined an acapella group, got involved in student theater, and found people who could support me as I adjusted to a new home. Along the way, I found an academic field that I am truly passionate about and can’t wait to continue to discover. Now three years into college, the people at Wes and their support are why I feel so at home here, far away from where I thought I belonged.

    WHY WES
    In high school, none of my academic or extracurricular interests seemed to neatly line up into one major, so I was looking for a liberal arts college that would let me explore multiple disciplines without sacrificing experiences like Study Abroad. When I visited Wesleyan, I was struck by how the students had such diverse interests and how they could juggle multiple majors and still have time for jobs and extracurriculars. Ultimately, when deciding which liberal arts college to attend, it came down to my gut feeling. Going to Wesleyan would push me out of my comfort zone but I still felt like it was the place where I could grow into the person I was meant to be.

    FAVORITE SONG
    In the Long Run by The Staves

    FAVORITE MOVIE
    Booksmart

    INTERESTING FACT
    I had a British accent as a child.

  • Hang Yang '22

    MAJOR
    Molecular Biology and Biochemistry (MB&B)  and College of Integrative Sciences (CIS) double major
    East Asian Studies minor

    ACTIVITIES
    Admission Intern 
    Member of the Olson lab in the MB&B department
    Member and vice president of the Martial Arts Club
    Member of the Kpop Dance Crew
    Member of AASC
    Wesleyan McNair Scholar

    HOMETOWN
    Queens, NY

    HIGH SCHOOL
    High School of Economics and Finance

    Read Hang's Bio

    BIO
    I was born and raised in Southern China. When I was eight, my family decided to immigrate to the U.S. and I’ve lived in New York City ever since. The transition into college was intimidating and confusing. I felt like a pioneer, going somewhere with no guide trying to find my own way. Little did I know that going to college really means you will discover who you are and find what is important to you. For the first time, I really understood what it meant to be a first-generation, low-income, student of color, woman of color, woman in the sciences, etc. To my surprise (and delight!) Wesleyan continues to contribute to my journey of self-discovery where I finally realized who I could become! I was able to navigate through freshman year at Wesleyan with the support from the many resources that aim to help people just like me. I’ve had some of the most unforgettable experiences with First Things First and WesMass.


    WHY WES
    I visited Wes not once, not twice, but three times during my college search. As a high school student, I really didn’t understand what a “small, liberal arts college” meant. I just knew that, unlike other colleges I visited, Wes is the school that shouted out to me: “Yes, we want you here!” The faculty, staff, and students all ensure that I will have the resources, the community, and the financial support I need to thrive. It wasn’t until I came back to Wes for the second time through the TAP Fly-in program, that my decision was solidified: Wesleyan is the right fit for me. I was particularly drawn to the collaborative atmosphere on campus. I saw and experienced firsthand how involved the students are in whatever they are doing. Moreover, everyone I have encountered is incredibly generous in sharing what they know and what they’re doing. I couldn’t get enough of seeing what Wes has to offer so I came back a third time with a friend from the fly-in trip, and together we decided to apply to Wes!


    FAVORITE SONG

    Do It For Love - THAMA

    FAVORITE MOVIE
    The Farewell

    INTERESTING FACT
    I was born on February 29th.  We call ourselves Leaplings (aka Leap year baby) 

Assistant Director of Admission Events — Jordan Nyberg

SOC Fly-In Coordinator - Sonia Vega