Meet Our Student Workers

Our interns and front desk staff conduct WesChats, plan events, answer phones, check in visitors and so much more!  Get to know our amazing student workers.

  • Ada Nowakowska

    Position(s) Held:  Front Desk Staff

    Pronouns: She/Her

    Hometown: Torun, Poland

    High School: Akademeia High School in Warsaw, Poland

    Major(s), Minors, Certificates: Intended Philosophy and College of Letters Major

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    Why Wes: freedom of open curriculum, College of Letters (obviously), tight-knit community, and lucky location nearby two almost-Polish towns ;)

    Favourite Movie/Song/Book: The Lighthouse/ I Know It's Over by The Smiths/ The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov

  • Anna Trecker '24

    Position(s) Held:  Front Desk Staff

    Pronouns: She/Her

    Hometown: Sudbury, MA

    High School: Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School

    Major(s), Minors, Certificates: Sociology and Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory

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    Why Wes? I chose Wes because of the creative energy that the students and faculty cultivate. Everyone at Wes is constantly pushing themselves outside of their comfort zones and trying new things which is really important to me. I also came to Wes for the art and music scene; there is always some sort of live performance or art exhibition to see around campus. The Wesleyan community is very open-minded and all-accepting which was also a major component in my decision-making process!

    Extracurriculars: WESU 88.1fm radio show; member of Aural Wes (Music publication club); club volleyball; I love hiking and exploring the greater Middletown area in my free time

    Favorite song: Breezeblocks by Alt-J
  • Ari Gonzalez Silas '25

    Position(s) Held:  Admission Intern

    Pronouns: She/Her

    Hometown: Oakland, CA

    High School: Lick-Wilmerding High School

    Major(s), Minors, Certificates: None yet!  I'm still in my first semester and enjoying the chance to explore!

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    Why Wes?  I chose Wes because I wanted a school where I could be challenged academically while still having the space to explore my love of music. I was really drawn in by the open curriculum and the way students are encouraged to explore their diverse interests and develop both depth and breadth of knowledge. I loved that it's totally normal to run into students at Wes who are studying two completely different topics. I also loved that the progressive independence housing model meant I would definitely have access to a kitchen all four years. I gotta be able to bake cookies at 2 am!

    Extracurriculars: Notably Sharp a cappella, Traverse Square tutoring program, Láso (Latin American Student Organization), Women of Color Collective, knitting circle 

    Favorite Movie/Song/Book: My favorite movie is All The President’s Men and my favorite song right now is Honeydew by Isaia Huron, but ask me again in a week and it will be different! My favorite book is The Golem and the Jinni by Helen Wecker.

  • Charlie Pedorella '25

    Position(s) Held:  Front Desk Staff

    Pronouns: He/Him

    Hometown: Pelham, NY

    High School: Pelham Memorial High School

    Major(s), Minors, Certificates: Physics and Astronomy double major, Informatics and Modeling (CSM) Minor

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    Why Wes? I chose Wes because my mom and extended family are alumni, and specifically my cousin who was on the football team. We would often go to his home games, as Wes isn’t that far from home, so I had a few informal tours before I started looking. The size of the school and the campus were also exactly what I was looking for, and the freedom Wesleyan gives students with the open curriculum was a big drawing factor as at the time I wanted to try majors in completely different fields which isn’t possible at some schools.

    Extracurriculars: I’m a member of the Wesleyan Ski-team. I enjoy biking and going to the gym in my free time. I also really love cooking!

    Favorite Song: Cheesin’(feat. Still Woozy, Claud, Melanie Faye & HXNS) by Cautious Clay, Remi Wolf, Sophie Meiers

  • Hannah McKiernan '24

    Position(s) Held:  Front Desk Staff

    Pronouns: She/Her

    Hometown: Oakland, CA

    High School: Saint Mary's College High School

    Major(s), Minors, Certificates: CSS and Music

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    Why Wes? I chose Wes because of the freedom to explore many options in the open curriculum. Academically, there's an appealing culture where people are motivated but not competitive. I also really like the people here and thought it was a beautiful campus!

    Extracurriculars: Sound Co-Op and Wesleyan Student Assembly and Knitting Club 

    Favorite Song: Brando by Lucy Dacus 

  • Helen Lei '23

    Position(s) Held:  Front Desk Staff

    Pronouns: She/Her

    Hometown: Lake Wales, FL

    High School: Lake Wales High School

    Major(s), Minors, Certificates: Neuroscience and Behavior, Science in Society Program

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    Why Wes? Wesleyan was by far the best fit for me in terms of student culture, curriculum, and research opportunities. Wesleyan is unique because it attracts open-minded, vibrant, creative students from many different backgrounds. The school has an open curriculum, a vast and comprehensive alumni network, and an invested interest in maintaining the well-being of current students.

    Extracurriculars: Undergraduate Research Assistant, Club Tennis Captain, Wesleyan One for the World (OFTW) Chapter Leader, McNair Scholar

    Favorite movie: The Proposal

  • Jack Vigue '25

    Position(s) Held:  Front Desk Staff

    Pronouns: He/Him

    Hometown: Yarmouth, ME

    High School: Yarmouth High School

    Major(s), Minors, Certificates: Intended Government and Sociology double major

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    Why Wes? I chose Wes for the people. When I toured my junior year of high school, I instantly felt that I found my group of people. I knew that Wes was the place for me to explore my wide variety of interests, enjoy an open curriculum, and meet a community of diverse students. Everyone here is so excited to take full advantage of every opportunity which makes Wes such an inspiring place to be at.

    Extracurriculars: WSA Senator, Community Committee member (WSA), Cardinal Kids, WesACLU

    Favorite Book: Maurice by E. M. Forester, Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin

  • Keanu Bryan '22

    Position(s) Held:  Front Desk Staff

    Pronouns: She/her

    Hometown: Hartford, CT

    Major(s), Minors, Certificates: African American Studies and Psychology

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    Why Wes? I wanted to be close enough to my family and I also wanted the experience of living in X House, which is the dorm for Black students on campus.

    Favorite Movie: Hercules

    Favorite Song: anything dvsn or Kehlani

    Favorite book: Brown Girl in the Ring by Nalo Hopkinson

  • Lucia Voges

    Position(s) Held:  Admission Intern

    Pronouns: She/Her

    Hometown: Arlington, MA

    High School: Arlington High School

    Major(s), Minors, Certificates: College of Social Studies, College of the Environment

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    Why Wes? In high school, I envisioned myself at a large university for business school in a major city. But the first time I visited a small liberal arts college, I was surprised by how much I liked it. Having a parent from Connecticut, Wesleyan was mentioned a number of times before I decided to check it out. It’s hard to remember how exactly I knew it was the right place for me, but I did. The student body and the feeling I got walking around campus all seemed just about perfect for me, and I know now that I made the best decision.

    Extracurriculars: Admission Intern, Food Rescue Coordinator, WesWings, Rebel Eaters Club, Wesleyan Democratic Socialists

    Favorite book: Caucasia by Danzy Senna

  • Violet Daar '22

    Position(s) Held:  Front Desk Staff

    Pronouns: They/She

    Hometown: Alameda, CA

    High School: Alameda High School

    Major(s), Minors, Certificates: English and American Studies

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    Why Wes? Small classes, open curriculum, access to the arts.

    Extracurriculars: United Student Labor Action Coalition, Collective Motion, writing, reading, crafts, Spikeball

    Favorite Book: Current favorite - The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson