Meet Our Tour Guides

Taking a tour of campus is a great way to get a hands-on feel for life at Wes. Our student tour guides are a microcosm of Wesleyan: diverse in background, thoughts and interests with a shared curiosity for learning and a genuine enthusiasm for all things Wes.

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    Alanna Dwyer '26

    Pronouns: She/Her

    Hometown: Wallingford, CT

    High School: Mark T. Sheehan High School

    Major(s), Minors, Certificates: Prospective Molecular Biology and Biochemistry major, Molecular Biophysics minor

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    Why Wes: Wesleyan’s tight-knit, collaborative learning environment is perfect for people like me, who want to be able to take advantage of all of Wesleyan’s plentiful opportunities without getting lost in the crowd. Wesleyan also offers numerous unique opportunities for FGLI students which helped me gain the confidence necessary for navigating college and academia as a whole. Lastly, the breadth of ideas and passions between all Wesleyan students helped assure me that attending a college close to my hometown did not mean that I would not be able to challenge my existing identity and develop as a person.

    Why I love being a tour guide: Although I grew up only around 25 minutes away from campus, I never thought of myself at Wesleyan until I visited as an admitted student. My experiences during WesFest and my tour truly opened my eyes to Wesleyan’s vibrant community and limitless opportunities. I love being able to share my own experiences at Wes and all its quirks that I’ve grown to adore. Additionally, I want to ease the stress of my fellow FGLI students by sharing all the ways in which Wesleyan can support them throughout their journey.

    Extracurriculars: ADLit Staff Writer, Upward Bound Tutor, Swim Lesson Instructor, Lifeguard, WesMaSS Social Committee Member

    Favorite Moment at Wes (so far): Seeing everyone excited about the first snow despite finals week being right around the corner.

    Favorite Movie: Barbie & the Diamond Castle

    Favorite Song: There Is a Light That Never Goes Out by The Smiths

    Fun Fact: I met my first friend by chasing her around a playground at daycare.

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    Alexa Romney '26

    Pronouns: She/They

    Hometown: New York City

    High School: The Hewitt School

    Major(s), Minors, Certificates: Prospective FGSS (Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality) major

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    Why Wes: After attending a very small school for High School I knew I wanted to find a place where the student body felt engaged and connected with one another. College felt so daunting as someone who hadn’t been in a grade larger than 40, however, after touring Wesleyan I immediately felt a sense of comfort and warmth. I could really sense how strong and meaningful the bonds amongst the community were. Aspects such as required housing all 4 years and the countless clubs and organizations proved to me just how interwoven everyone truly is on this campus.

    Why I love being a tour guide: I was really impacted by the tour I took of Wesleyan my senior year and I hope to also provide prospective students and families with a memorable experience that they too feel impacted by.

    Extracurriculars: Spectrum Board Member

    Favorite Moment at Wes (so far): Common Moment during freshman orientation

    Favorite Movie: Dazed and Confused

    Favorite Song: Certainty - Big Thief

    Fun Fact: Over the summer I camped out for 7 hours to see Phoebe Bridgers (Twice in a row!)

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    Alp Yucel '25

    Pronouns: He/Him

    Hometown: Istanbul, Turkey

    High School: The Koc School

    Major(s), Minors, Certificates: Prospective Economics and English double major and Data Science minor

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    Why Wes? Before coming here, I was really intrigued by the “Keep Wes Weird” motto. After I while I realized that a place which can accept weirdness, that being something that is not the regular consensus, is exactly what I and people need since no one should be satisfied by the status quo and aspire for something different, weird, better.

    Why I love being a tour guide: I hope people to have the great Wes experience I currently am having.

    Extracurriculars: Staff writer at the Argus, club soccer and intramural soccer and basketball

    Favorite Movie: Metropolitan by Whit Stillman

    Favorite Song: Ease Yourself and Glide - Parsley Sound

    Fun Fact: I can speak three languages

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    Amelia Platt '25

    Pronouns: She/Her

    Hometown: Montclair, NJ

    High School: Montclair High School

    Major(s), Minors, Certificates: Math and Sociology majors, Data Analysis minor

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    Why Wes: I love how curious the student body is. I was drawn to how friends talked about what they were learning in class, a cool article they read, or just about an idea that fascinated them. The open curriculum creates classes filled with students who are truly interested in the subject matter and feel excited to learn. It’s incredibly empowering to be in this environment and it pushes me to ask the harder questions and think more critically.

    Why I love being a tour guide: I love showing off how awesome Wesleyan is and all the things I love about it!

    Extracurriculars: Club soccer, ultimate frisbee, intramural softball, outing club, tutoring

    Favorite Moment at Wes: The first day back from winter break last year there was a big snow storm and everyone went straight to Foss to sledding, ski, and have snowball fights.

    Favorite Movie: The Silence of the Lambs

    Favorite Song: Romeo and Juliet by Dire Straits

    Fun Fact: I took a gap year, took a one-way flight to Africa on my own, and lived there for half a year!

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    Amira Pierotti '26

    Pronouns: They/Them

    Hometown: Madison, WI

    High School: Vel Phillips Memorial High School

    Major(s), Minors, Certificates: Feminist, Gender & Sexuality Studies major, Human Rights Advocacy minor

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    Why Wes: I love being in a spaces with quirky, creative people who are brilliant and challenge me to expand my worldview. At Wes, I am not only able to pursue my educational passions but grow as an individual thanks to the community around me.

    Why I love being a tour guide: I chose Wesleyan because of a tour. I want to pass the favor along by helping students realize what they are looking for in the next phase of life

    Extracurriculars: Adolescent Sexual Health Awareness (ASHA)

    Favorite Moment at Wes (so far): Staying up late with friends to chat and eat homemade cookie dough

    Favorite Movie: The Lord of the Rings

    Favorite Song: 1950 by King Princess

    Fun Fact: I gave a TEDx Talk on trans and intersex advocacy and feminism.

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    Anna Hauser '23

    Pronouns: She/Her

    Hometown: Bethlehem, PA

    High School: Moravian Academy Upper School

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

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    Why Wes? At my high school, I felt that there was one narrow definition of success, and that it involved a direct path into business, law, medicine, or real estate. I wanted to do and study so much more, but had no idea where to begin. I looked at schools of all sizes, hoping to find a place that would value my love of writing, reading, language, and the arts. Wesleyan checked all those boxes, but that doesn’t mean my “Why Wes” has stayed the same throughout my time here. I’ve discovered an incredible community of friends, a love for the Middletown area, and schedule that keeps me busy and constantly curious. 
    Why I love being a tour guide: I love getting to meet people who are so excited to begin their college process. It reminds me of why Wesleyan drew me in and how my experience here has evolved since my first year.
    Extracurriculars: Writing Tutor & Mentor at the Writing Workshop; Research Assistant and the Center for Prison Education; Notably Sharp (a cappella); student dance performances; WesBurlesque
    Favorite Moment at Wes (so far): Celebrating the end of a busy finals season and my graduating friends in the class of 2022 with a swim at Miller’s Pond on a hot May day and then going to the Reunion and Commencement “tent party” with alums, students, and parents.
    Favorite Movie: Little Miss Sunshine
    Favorite Song: “This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)” by Talking Heads
    Fun Fact: I am a very avid cartwheeler (and wannabe gymnast)!
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    Anne Horton '24

    Pronouns: She/Her

    Hometown: West Hartford, CT

    High School: Hall High School

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    Why Wes? When looking at schools, I wanted the ability to explore lots of different subject areas and be able to really try new things. I knew that it was most likely not possible for me to try so many different things at a larger institution. After touring Wesleyan, I knew that it was the school for me because of how passionate all the students were and how excited they were about everything they were doing. Wesleyan looks very different due to the pandemic but it is still at its heart, the school that I chose and I am so happy to be at this school.

    Why I love being a tour guide: My tour was such an important part of my admissions decision and really was the reason that I chose Wesleyan and I want to give that experience to more prospective students. I love meeting new people and sharing my experiences at Wesleyan and hope that my tour will help students decide if Wesleyan is the right choice for them.

    Extracurriculars: Women’s Crew, SAAC, WesWIS, New Student Orientation Leader

    Favorite Moment at Wes (so far): Placing third at NCAA Championships my freshman year in rowing.

    Favorite Song: Love & War in Your Twenties by Jordy Searcy

    Fun Fact: I won a Roller Coaster Tycoon competition at a technology camp in middle school because I built my park then removed the entrance so that the people could not get out. I made the most money because they had to pay even though I had terrible reviews.

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    Ariana Topper-Kroog '26

    Pronouns: She/Her

    Hometown: New York City

    High School: The Packer Collegiate Institute

    Major(s), Minors, Certificates: Prospective Science in Society Program (SISP) and History major

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    Why Wes: When looking at colleges, I could tell that any one of the places I’d be lucky enough to be accepted to had a rigorous and diverse academic program, tons of extracurricular activities, and wonderful facilities. But at Wes, I found interdisciplinary academic paths I didn’t see elsewhere and options for well-funded undergraduate research at the highest level given Wes’ status as a University. But what truly set Wes apart was the community. I immediately felt a sense of belonging, of warmth, and of drive from its students all wanting to make a palpable impact in the world. I feel that every day I’m here—both in and out of the classroom, with both friends and professors—and I know I am growing into a better version of myself and finding my passions, my voice, and maybe even my purpose.

    Why I love being a tour guide: I think that the tour is one of the most important aspects of the college application process, when students and families are able to get a true feel for a campus. I love being part of it—sharing personal anecdotes, connecting and conversing with people from around the country and the world. I hope that prospective students make informed decisions about this chapter of their lives, and I love sharing why Wes and its community were (and will always be) the place for me!

    Extracurriculars: Club Rugby, Intramural Softball, Wesleyan Jewish Community, Wesleyan Women in Science (WesWIS)

    Favorite Moment at Wes (so far): Picnicking on Andrus Field with friends on a warm fall day :)

    Favorite Movie: Brokeback Mountain

    Favorite Song: Best Thing I Never Had — Beyoncé & She Used To Be Mine — Sara Bareilles.

    Fun Fact: Purple has always been my favorite color!

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    Ava Baeza '25

    Pronouns: She/Her

    Hometown: Rockport, ME

    High School: Camden Hills Regional High School

    Major(s), Minors, Certificates: Latin American Studies and Hispanic Literatures double major (Government concentration)

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    Why Wes: The reason I chose Wesleyan to spend my undergraduate years is actually because of a mutual friend. I met him and thought he was incredible. He would not stop talking about how much he loved his school and whilst in the trenches of my applications I was extremely curious as to where he attended. That was the first time I had ever registered Wesleyan as a possibility, after that I started doing my own research. I wasn’t able to do any in-person tours and so finding other avenues for research was integral to making the decision. I was able to speak with a few others about their experience at Wesleyan and I noticed how genuine everyone seemed in their responses. It never felt like they were trying to sell me on the school, but rather inform me of the benefits as well as the realistic preferences. I think a special thing about Wesleyan is that they value the students’ desire and choice to be at the school in a linear way to their acceptance at the school. That in conjunction with the diverse, oddly specific, class options taught by engaging and empathetic professors had me convinced that I belonged at Wesleyan. 

    Extracurriculars: Working at Pi and as a Writing mentor for CPE, on the board for Spectrum, a participant in latin and Hip hop dance, and I have a radio show.

    Favorite Moment at Wes (so far): My first dance performance was one of the best experiences I have had on this campus. The ability to have started something for the first time ever on campus and have it come to fruition was rewarding.

    Favorite Movie: Totoro

    Favorite Song: My current favorite artist is Jessie Reyez and I love her song Sola

    Fun Fact: A fun fact about me is that I was on an episode of a Dog series with my dogs in Miami called Dogs 101

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    Bailee Gull '24

    Pronouns: She/Her

    Hometown: Cape Coral, FL

    High School: Cape Coral High School

    Major(s), Minors, Certificates: Theater and neuroscience (or Psychology) double major, on the pre-med track

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    Why Wes? I actually picked Wes randomly from a list when applying to fly-in programs my senior year of
    high school. Looking more into it, Wes really caught my attention. I was accepted to visit, and
    that weekend changed everything for me. The students. The sense of community. The campus.
    I loved everything about it. Until that point in time, I knew exactly where I was headed. My
    passion is acting. I applied to BFA acting programs and went through the whole audition
    process. When it came down to it, I was torn between Wes and a BFA school. I wanted to get an
    education beyond acting, but I really wanted the strong training and focus that a BFA program
    would give me. It became one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever had to make. In the end, it was
    the support and love I got from Wes, before I was even a student, that solidified my decision.
    They answered every email, every question. They connected me with other students and
    faculty. They cheered me on and encouraged me, knowing there was a high chance I wouldn't
    pick their school. The answer for my “Why Wes” is simple. The people. They made me feel at
    home from 1,300 miles away, and that was what made all the difference for me.

    Why I love being a tour guide: I love meeting new people and helping out any way I can. The students and support I felt waswhat made me decide to become a Cardinal, and I’m glad I get to do the same for people who are in the same boat.

    Extracurriculars: Wesleyan Cheerleading, Rho Epsilon Pi, ENSEMBLE Theatre Collective, WesTHON Hospital Relations Co-Chair, and an intern for Wesleyan’s social media team.

    Favorite Moment at Wes (so far): I spent this year virtual from home because of COVID, but my favorite memory so far has to be devising a show with E.T.C. this spring!

    Favorite Series: I’m a die-hard One Tree Hill fan

    Favorite Song: I could never pick one song, but anything country or musical theater

    Fun Fact: If I could only eat one food for the rest of my life, it would be mac and cheese.

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    Becca Baron '23

    Pronouns: She/Her

    Hometown: Dobbs Ferry, NY

    High School: Dobbs Ferry High School

    Major(s), Minors, Certificates: Double major in Science in Society with a concentration in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Education Studies.

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    Why Wes? There are three main reasons I chose Wes. I wanted a school with a small, tight-knit community; the type of place where I could walk around campus and wave to friends on my way to class. Second, I wanted to go to a place where the arts were a big part of campus life. I was a big theater kid in high school and I had to beg people to come to my performances. At Wes, people really care about the arts; a cappella shows, improv performances, and movies are always packed and they bring such a great energy to campus. Lastly, I loved the way the open curriculum and interdisciplinary majors at Wesleyan meant that I could only study what I was passionate about, and combine my interests in a way that felt right to me.

    Why I love being a tour guide: I love getting to bring a personal element to the college process that can feel so impersonal. I especially love getting to share elements of student life like housing, dining, and night life.

    Extracurriculars: Outside of the classroom, I’m in a long form improv comedy group called Gag Reflex, a Jewish a cappella group called The Mazel Tones, and I started a club last fall called The Rebel Eaters Club where we discuss diet culture, fat phobia, and disordered eating. I’m also involved with the Wesleyan Jewish Community.

    Favorite Moment at Wes (so far): Moving into my low rise apartment with three of my best friends. I’ve loved getting to feel more independant and create a comfortable space with awesome people.

    Favorite Movie: Ratatouille

    Favorite Song: Can’t Fight by Lianne La Havas

    Fun Fact: I’ve never had a roommate at Wesleyan!

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    Bella Nunn '24

    Pronouns: She/Her

    Hometown: Austin, TX

    High School: Stephen F. Austin High School

    Major(s), Minors, Certificates: Earth & Environmental Science, Data Analysis

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    Why Wes: Growing up, I knew I didn’t want to go to a large state school. When I was accepted to the QuestBridge program as a Finalist, I made a basketball bracket of all the partner schools and spent a few months learning everything about those schools and comparing them head to head. When the dust settled, Wes was on top and I could not be happier with my decision!

    Why I love being a tour guide: I love getting to meet those interested in Wes and share with them my favorite things about Wes.

    Extracurriculars: House Manager for Sign Language House, Socio-Economic Status and Disability Intern with the Resource Center, President/Liaison for the Wesleyan QuestBridge chapter, WesWIS

    Favorite Moment at Wes (so far): My ASL TA sessions!

    Favorite Movie: Annette

    Favorite Song: The Archer by Taylor Swift

    Fun Fact: I did not watch any of the Star Wars movies until I was 17!

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    Ben Levin '23

    Pronouns: He/Him

    Hometown: Nyack, NY

    High School: Dwight-Englewood School

    Major(s), Minors, Certificates: Government major, Civic Engagement and Education Studies minors.  Considering law school.

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    Why Wes? To put it simply, I chose Wes because of the people. After visiting campus and talking to the few friends I knew there, I realized that the passion and drive of the students was unmatched at any other school I had applied to. Since making the decision to come to Wes, I can confidently say that the passion students have inspires others to find their paths and discover their academic interests. I also love that I’m constantly challenged at Wes, in terms of the rigor of academic courses, diversity of extracurricular opportunities, and complex conversations with my peers. Wes has only exceeded my expectations for college, and I couldn’t imagine going to school anywhere else.

    Why I love being a tour guide: I love being a tour guide because I love connecting with people! During my college process, I based a lot of my perceptions of a school off of the tour guide because it’s a point person and an ambassador for that school. I like to describe myself as a beagle, as I’m excitable and eager to help others, so this opportunity is perfect for me because I get to contribute to other people’s college journey while talking about something I love very much- Wes!

    Extracurriculars: Wesleyan Mock Trial, Club Tennis, Ramah College Network Coordinator at Wesleyan, Undergraduate Research Assistant, Tour Guide!

    Favorite Moment at Wes (so far): My favorite moment at Wes so far has probably been my Mock Trial team’s amazing weekend at our Regional tournament during the spring of my first year. Not only did we perform super well, but the weekend was pivotal for me because it was the moment I realized I didn’t want to be anywhere else other than competing and making memories with those goofballs.

    Favorite Movie: School of Rock

    Favorite Song: Leave the Door Open by Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic

    Fun Fact: I have perfect pitch!

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    Ben Shifrel '25

    Pronouns: He/Him

    Hometown: Brooklyn, NY

    High School: Beacon High School

    Major(s), Minors, Certificates: College of Social Studies and Government double major

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    Why Wes: Wesleyan, a place full of the smartest, friendliest, and most passionate people I’ve ever met has been the perfect environment for me to become more independent, involved, and engrossed in work that really interests me.

    Why I love being a tour guide: Being a tour guide reminds me of the parts of Wesleyan that I love and shows me that — even when I’m swamped with work — there’s always a community behind me and so many great things to enjoy on campus.

    Extracurriculars: Student Budget Committee Chair; Wesleyan Student Assembly; Club Tennis Team; Club Hockey; Music all around campus!

    Favorite Moment at Wes (so far): WesDay last year: I woke up to the most beautiful day, played games all day with all my friends, went to Miller’s pond for a dip, and ended the day with great Indian food and then a movie.

    Favorite Movie: A Few Good Men

    Favorite Song: Blue World by Mac Miller

    Fun Fact: I’ve played over 2,000 games of Crazy Eights with my roommates
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    Chad White '23

    Pronouns: He/Him

    Hometown: Chicago, IL

    High School: Francis Parker

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

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    Why Wes? I chose Wes for two main reasons. The first being the open curriculum and being afforded the chance to explore all my areas of interests my first semester. Secondly, I believe that the people really make the school and Wes has the most passionate people I have ever met. Both inside and outside the classroom I’ve found Wes students to cultivate a very vibrant community.

    Why I Love being a tour guide? When I was doing the college search process my Wesleyan tour was a large part as to why I chose Wes. I enjoy getting the opportunity to bring campus to life and giving prospective students a sense of what their future at Wes could look like.

    Extracurriculars: Improv, Stand-up, Greek life, Acting in film theses, S&C worker

    Fav Wes Moment: All comedy shows I’ve been apart of

    Favorite movie: Skyfall or Into the Spider-verse

    Favorite song: Try A Little Tenderness -Otis Redding

    Fun Fact: I’m a pescatarian
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    Chantal Dunn '25

    Pronouns: She/Her

    Hometown: Belmont, MA

    High School: Belmont High School

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

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    Why Wes? In high school, I had a variety of different interests - track, theater, a cappella, environmentalism, the list goes on! In order to pursue my various passions, I had to compartmentalize the different sections of my life, juggling my schedule and switching my personality to cater to each group. At Wesleyan, everyone has a unique combination of interests. No one is confined to any one box, and we all support each other in our vastly different pursuits. I was drawn to Wesleyan students and faculties’ creativity, and their ability to accomplish their elaborate goals in individualistic ways!

    Why I love being a tour guide: I have had the most amazing experience as a first year at Wesleyan, and hope to show others even a sliver of how unique Wesleyan’s academics and community are. I also love talking a captive audience’s ear off!

    Extracurriculars: I am a member of Triple Major, Wesleyan’s competition a cappella group, and the SHAC (Student Health Advisory Committee). I have also dabbled in Boxing Club!

    Favorite Moment at Wes (so far): Watching my friends perform in their new student band in the WestCo Cafe!

    Favorite Movie: Dead Poets Society

    Favorite Song: Ends of the Earth by Lord Huron

    Fun Fact: I have two little brothers and used to have a pet African dwarf frog!

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    Chinaly Chanvong '23

    Pronouns: She/Her

    Hometown: Springfield, MA

    High School: SABIS

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

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    Why Wes? During my pre-frosh overnight stay at Wes I feel in love with the student culture and diversity, it really allows for everyone to grow as a person. I went to a K-12 school that was super competitive and cliquey between the students and I didnt want that in college. Wes showed itself to be the opposite of that, where the people around you inspired you to be who you are and comfortable in your own skin.

    Why I love being a tour guide: As an FGLI student, tours were the most integral parts when it came to picking a college. After the tour I had when I was a pre-frosh, I knew Wes was the place for me and that was largely on the tour guide I had. Being able to do the same and hopefully show that Wes is the place for you is why I love doing what I do!

    Extracurriculars: Club Soccer, hiking, being a barista, and cooking

    Favorite Moment at Wes (so far): Finishing sophomore CSS Comprehensive Examinations and celebrating it!

    Favorite Movie: The Florida Project

    Favorite Song: Soaked by BENEE

    Fun Fact: I dont know how to ride a bike.

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    Clay Collisson '23

    Pronouns: He/Him

    Hometown: Seattle, WA

    High School: Meadowdale High School

    Major(s), Minors, Certificates: Biology and Government double major (pre-med)

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    Why Wes? I chose to go to Wes for two main reasons.  First, I loved the Middletown community and the vibe of being in a small town. I felt like everyone going to was connected to each other and the school.  Secondly, I loved the academic freedom I was given. I was able to study and major in two completely different subjects and take whatever classes I pleased

    Why I love being a tour guide: I love being a tour guide because I get to connect with new people and have a positive impact on prospective students' lives

    Extracurriculars: Club soccer, Club Badminton, Workin cell signaling lab, American Medical Student Association, Volunteer at local hospital

    Favorite Moment at Wes (so far): I loved attending a psi-u formal with all my friends freshman year. It was one of the moments where Wesleyan started to feel like home and I met so many amazing people there.

    Favorite Movie: Die Hard (the 1st one)

    Favorite Song: In Your Atmosphere - John Mayer

    Fun Fact: I love learning new languages
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    Daisy Montoya '24

    Pronouns: She/Her

    Hometown: Zion, IL

    High School: Zion-Benton Township High School

    Major(s), Minors, Certificates: Double major in Psychology and Education Studies

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    Why Wes? I chose Wes because of the flexibility the open curriculum offers. I wanted college to be a time where I explore my personal interests as well as my academic interests. During my time at Wes, I have found a love for dance from taking an introductory course, and I plan on pursuing this passion by taking more courses in the future. I was able to explore different subjects because of the open curriculum, and this helped me decide my majors.

    Why I love being a tour guide: I enjoy interacting with people from all around, and I like welcoming prospective students and families to Wes. I appreciate being able to talk about my personal experience at Wes being a first-generation, low-income student of color.

    Extracurriculars: Traverse Square Tutoring, WesInterpreters, Latin American Student Organization (LASO), First-Generation Low-Income (FGLI) Advisory Board Member, Latin & Ballroom Dance Team

    Favorite Moment at Wes (so far): Celebrating the end of Hispanic Heritage Month with Viernes Gigante

    Favorite Movie: Coco

    Favorite Song: Antes Que Se Acabe - Bad Bunny

    Fun fact: I go to México every other year to visit family

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    Danielle Garten '24

    Pronouns: She/Her

    Hometown: Baltimore, MD

    High School: Garrison Forest School

    Major(s), Minors, Certificates: Psychology and Environmental Studies majors, Civic Engagement minor

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    Why Wes? I wanted to go to a school where students were eager to be involved in all facets of school life, and I hoped to join a community where faculty supports their students in all of their passions and aspirations. When I visited Wes, I could feel the excitement as students walked between their classes and when I talked to my tour guide about all of the unique traditions and events that happen every day. I am so happy that all the reasons that I chose Wes are still so prevalent even though I began my first year at college during the pandemic.

    Why I love being a tour guide: College tours are so important for students to get a real feel of the school and to meet their future classmates. I love to be able to relate to prospective students' interests and passions and connect them to what I believe they will like the most about Wesleyan.

    Extracurriculars: Club Badminton, Wesleyan Jewish Community, Traverse Square Afterschool Program, Sunrise Middletown

    Favorite Moment at Wes (so far): Watching Prometheus on Foss during Halloween

    Favorite Movie: Tangled

    Favorite Song: Big Yellow Taxi

    Fun Fact: I was born without wisdom teeth!
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    Daniel Goldberg '24

    Pronouns: He/Him

    Hometown: Hastings on Hudson, NY

    High School: Hastings High School

    Major(s), Minors, Certificates: Prospective psychology major and Economics minor

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    Why Wes? The energy at Wes is incredible. Every day at Wes I wake up surrounded by students who have genuine interests in so many fascinating things that they approach with passion, not in a competitive, cut-throat way. In my college search, I wanted a place that allowed me to explore a lot of different interests without feeling constrained, something that the open-curriculum allows me to do. The people at Wes are genuine and there is a culture of social justice and wanting to work on the world to be the best it can be. The vibe of free-spirited openness is contagious and it’s a truly beautiful place to discover yourself and be the most authentic version of yourself.

    Why I love being a tour guide: I know the college search can be really difficult and I was super unsure for most of mine. In the process I think I gained a lot of helpful insight that I can pass on to others. Colleges can start to blur together when looking at so many, but being able to talk about things that don’t fully show up on paper: like the special vibe and people at Wesleyan is special to me. I am lucky to be able to share my passion for Wes, a place that has changed my life profoundly, and I hope I can help show others a glimpse of how it might change theirs.

    Extracurriculars: Wesleyan Foster Care Support Project

    Favorite Moment at Wes (so far): Cheering on my friends at the Wes Burlesque performance!

    Favorite Movies: Inside Out, The Truman Show

    Favorite Song: Love On Top - Beyoncé

    Fun Fact: I taught myself calligraphy and love hand lettering!
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    Elana Abrams '25

    Pronouns: She/Her

    Hometown: New York City

    High School: Bronx High School of Science

    Major(s), Minors, Certificates: Computer Science, IDEAS

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    Why Wes: I always loved all subjects and areas of study and wanted to go to a school that encouraged academic exploration. Coming into college, I had no idea what I wanted to study so I wanted an open curriculum. Here I was able to take classes from all disciplines, starting as a government major and ending up as a computer science major. I also chose Wes because of the people. The people at Wesleyan are passionate, smart, and creative. Students will talk about their favorite class, political theory, or indie films for hours. Students are celebrated for being different and, as a result, we are able to learn from each other.
    Why I love being a tour guide: I love meeting and talking with prospective students and their families. The tour helps to humanize the college process and, for me, it was a huge part of my decision process. I enjoy making meaningful connections to help students learn about Wes.
    Extracurriculars: Wesleyan Mock Trial Team, Long Lane Farm, Course Assistant

    Favorite Moment at Wes (so far): When I got my final project for my mechanical engineering project to work (we made a biologically inspired machine that could swim) and mock trial practices with my team.

    Favorite Movie: Guardians of the Galaxy

    Favorite Song: China Cat Sunflower

    Fun Fact: I rewatched all the Marvel movies in chronological order over a span of five days.
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    Emma Bella Bass-Lawrence '24

    Pronouns: They/She

    Hometown: Fairfield, CT

    High School: Fairfield Warde High School

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

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    Why Wes? In high school, I dreaded having to decide between academics and music for college because I didn’t think I’d be able to fully pursue both passions together. Wesleyan is unique because it lets me explore many interests at the same time and even learn how they connect to one another. The campus is filled with people who are creative, intellectual, and multi-faceted, and Wes has a community that welcomes and challenges me.

    Why I love being a tour guide: My favorite part of college admissions was going on tours and getting a glimpse of the community at different schools. I know how stressful the overall process can be and I want to provide a positive and exciting experience for high school students visiting Wesleyan.

    Extracurriculars: Orchestra, Wesleyan Democrats, Sound Co-op, working at Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore, Wesleyan Jewish Community, playing piano with my band, Second Stage pit orchestras

    Favorite Moment at Wes (so far): Playing at Spring Fling with my band last year

    Favorite Movie: Jesus Camp

    Favorite Song: Station to Station - David Bowie

    Fun Fact: I have a mannequin that lives in the basement of my dorm.

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    Erin Byrne '24

    Pronouns: She/Her

    Hometown: Broomfield, CO

    High School: Peak to Peak Charter School

    Major(s), Minors, Certificates: Double major in Science in Society and Psychology.  Also considering a minor in Film or the Writing Certificate.

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    Why Wes? I love how passionate the people at Wesleyan are. The academic culture here is collaborative rather than competitive and I know that everyone around me wants to help me succeed. Wesleyan also provides amazing opportunities to the students here. There are always professors looking for students to work in their labs, be their TA’s, or help with outside research projects. Even as a freshman I made amazing connections with faculty which helped me set up a job for the following year.

    Why I love being a tour guide: I am grateful that I ended up at a school that fit me so well, and want to help other people do the same.

    Extracurriculars: I work at the Center for the Arts on community engagement projects. I am also a tutor for Upward Bound Math Science and Cross St Tutoring. I am involved with the theater community on campus and in the fall I will be a research fellow for the College of the Environment.

    Favorite Moment at Wes (so far): Eating by the river and watching the sunset with my friends

    Favorite Movie: Real Genius

    Favorite Song: It’s Alright by Mother Mother

    Fun Fact: I used to work on a train at a railroad museum

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    Fa'alataitaua Malietoa Fitisemanu '24

    Pronouns: He/Him

    Hometown: Salt Lake City, UT

    High School: Brighton High School

    Major(s), Minors, Certificates: Prospective Microbiology and Biochemistry major and IDEAS minor

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    Why Wes? Wesleyan is a place which provided a positive change in environment which I needed after high school, where I could feel challenged while still feeling at home and accepted.

    Why I Love Being a Tour Guide: I enjoy meeting new people and getting to know them, and I also get the opportunity to show them something which I am very passionate about and want others to enjoy.

    Extracurriculars: Varsity Men’s Swimming & Diving

    Favorite Moment at Wes (so far): Watching Wesleyan’s baseball team play on Sundays in the middle of campus with friends.

    Favorite Movie: Coco and Moana

    Favorite Song: No Scrubs by TLC

    Fun Fact: I had never seen so many trees in one place until moving to Connecticut.

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    Guy Bennevat Haninovich '23

    Hometown: NYC

    High School: NEST+m (New Explorations into Sci Tech and Math)

    Major(s), Minors, Certificates: Earth and Environmental Science and Computer Science double major, Informatics and Modeling minor

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    Why Wes? When applying to colleges I was very concerned about putting myself in a box and limiting the courses offered to me. I was really drawn to the open curriculum and the opportunities afforded to me to take classes in the social sciences and humanities while maintaining a strong STEM background. Whether it’s been through academic peer advisors or faculty advisors I’ve been really encouraged to take classes outside of my major and comfort zone. While in the moment I may have struggled a little, I am very glad that I did so and very grateful that I was encouraged to do so.

    Why I love being a tour guide: It is fulfilling to both showcase Wes from my perspective and see it through the eyes of potential students.

    Extracurriculars: Captain for Throw Culture - Wesleyan’s all-gender ultimate frisbee club team. Brewer for WesHomebrew Club. Student worker at Red and Black Cafe. Geology research within the Earth and Environmental Science department. Environmental Archaeology research with Dr. Brunson

    Favorite Moment at Wes (so far): Terp!! Terp is an amazing dance group on campus that doesn’t require an audition. 1/3 of campus is involved in terp (either on stage or in the audience) and no one on stage or in the audience knows what’s going on.

    Favorite Movie: Woman in Gold

    Favorite Song: Infinince or Infinity — Terence Etc.

    Fun Fact: This summer I got 6 tick bites but no lyme disease!
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    Halle Newman '23

    Pronouns: She/Her

    Hometown: Burlington, VT

    High School: Burlington High School

    Major(s), Minors, Certificates: History and Dance double major

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    Why Wes? No matter where you are on campus, the enthusiasm level is always through the roof. Wesleyan is a place where people are unapologetically curious and are guided by their passions. I knew Wes would be a place where I would always be surrounded by collaborators and people who inspire me.

    Why I love being a tour guide: I get to introduce people to a place I love so much.

    Extracurriculars: Ultimate frisbee, acapella, the Argus, dance

    Favorite Moment at Wes (so far): Sledding down Foss hill during a snowstorm at the end of my freshman year.

    Favorite Movie: Inception

    Favorite Song: Anything by Taylor Swift

    Fun Fact: I make delicious sandwiches!

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    Isabel Hoffman '24

    Pronouns: She/Her

    Hometown: Bethesda, MD

    High School: Walt Whitman High School

    Major(s), Minors, Certificates: Film Studies, Sociology

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    Why Wes: For me, a huge draw to Wesleyan was the mix of rigorous academics and the high emphasis on the creative arts. A lot of my time at Wesleyan has been spent working on various music and film projects with fellow students. This speaks so purely to the culture here-- people want to work together, to collaborate and combine their talents to explore new areas and create something unique and unforeseen. Not only do we create, but we pour ourselves and all our efforts into it, simply because we love what we do and giving projects all our efforts is inherent to who we are as Wesleyan students.

    Why I love being a tour guide: I love sharing my personal experiences here at Wes with prospective students and families. As a high school student, I always found college tours to be helpful and insightful, so I’m grateful to be able to give that experience to others and share what I love about Wes.

    Extracurriculars: Lead guitarist in student band, music mentor at Oddfellows Playhouse, producing student films, member of Wesleyan Jewish Community.

    Favorite Moment at Wes (so far): Performing with my band (with fellow tour guide Emma Bella Bass-Lawrence) at Spring Fling

    Favorite Movie: Into the Wild

    Fun Fact: I once biked from Seattle to San Francisco over a summer.
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    Isabela Cividanes '25

    Pronouns: She/Her

    Hometown: Washington, DC

    High School: Edmund Burke School

    Major(s), Minors, Certificates: Psychology major, Film minor

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    Why Wes: I went to a really small high school so I was looking for somewhere that had a smaller class size so I would be able to forge relationships and connections with my professors like I was able to at my highschool. Wesleyan’s open curriculum also drew my attention because it allowed for me to take classes that interest me. I also really appreciated the beauty of Wesleyan’s campus because a campus environment was something important to me when looking at places.

    Why I love being a tour guide: I’ve loved going to Wesleyan and I really like having the opportunity to speak to others about my experiences so far in hopes of them sharing the same love I feel towards Wesleyan.

    Extracurriculars: Music, ASL, and (hopefully) getting involved in Wesleyan’s Radio Show

    Favorite Moment at Wes (so far): Going to my friends’ different band performances!

    Favorite Movie: Ready or Not

    Favorite Song: Doomsday by Lizzy McAlpine

    Fun Fact: Every summer I make short films, and one of the ones I worked on was accepted into the Annapolis Film Festival.

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    Jack Vigue '25

    Pronouns: He/Him

    Hometown: Yarmouth, ME

    High School: Yarmouth High School

    Major(s), Minors, Certificates: Prospective Sociology and Italian double major

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    Why Wes? I truly chose Wes for the people, the opportunities, and the passion. When I was looking at colleges, I knew I wanted a place where I could explore my wide variety of interests and maintain the passion I have for each and every one of them. Wesleyan provided me that opportunity through the open curriculum and overall sense of passion each member of the student body has. It was because of my tour that I was able to grasp the extent to which Wes students are eager to get to work, but also enjoy the process. The environment here is collaborative and invigorating, and I chose Wes to partake in that adventure and learn more about myself along the way.

    Why I love being a tour guide: I love being a tour guide because it gives me the opportunity to chat with prospective students about this lovely school, and hopefully be the person that excites them about coming to Wes, just as my tour guide did for me. My experience at Wesleyan has been really unique and I am always excited to share all the cool places to grab food, read a good book, write an essay, and just sit and chat with friends.

    Extracurriculars: I am a senator on the Wesleyan Student Assembly where I am a member of the Community Committee that works directly with community engagement in Middletown. I am a coordinator for CardinalKids where we teach lessons to elementary schoolers through afterschool programs. I am one of the current prezco (president of WestCo, one of the community-based living options on campus). I just started a new club on campus with some of my closest friends called CardinalTV where we are going to make monthly satire news videos about what’s going on at Wesleyan. I am also an avid runner on campus so I know all the best places to run!

    Favorite moment at Wes: I have had so many “favorite” moments at Wesleyan, but I think one of my favorites was the Common Moment during Orientation week with my current best friends on campus. We got to learn and perform a dance routine, all in the span of about 20 minutes. It was a really awesome way to get to know the people with who I’ll be spending the rest of my college experience.

    Favorite Movie: Booksmart

    Favorite song: Here With Me by Dido or Year of the Cat by Al Stewart

    Fun fact: I’m a vegetarian and I think Birkenstocks can be worn in the winter (if you have a good pair of wool socks)
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    Jess Moy '24

    Pronouns: She/Her

    Hometown: Cohasset, MA

    High School: Cohasset High School

    Major(s), Minors, Certificates: Government, Music

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    Why Wes? I chose Wesleyan because I knew it was the best school that would allow me to focus on athletics and academics, all while pursuing my love of music. Additionally, coming from a small school with limited class selection, it was important that I could explore many academic avenues at my own leisure. Therefore, the open curriculum was a huge influence in my decision to come here.

    Why I love being a tour guide: I am super excited to interact with new people and share my perspective as to why I love Wes. The Wesleyan community has helped foster the person I am today/ am becoming and I want to offer authentic insight to prospective students as I remember how challenging the college process was for me.

    Extracurriculars: Women's Golf team, WESU, Outing Club

    Favorite Moment at Wes (so far): Sledding down Foss Hill after a snowstorm

    Favorite Movie: National Treasures

    Favorite Song: Tongue Tied -Grouplove, Tidal -Noah Kahan, or any early 2010s throwbacks

    Fun Fact: I am double jointed in my fingers

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    Jesse Herzog '25

    Pronouns: he/Him

    Hometown: Pacific Grove, CA

    High School: Pacific Grove High School

    Major(s), Minors, Certificates: Education Studies/Psychology double major

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    Why Wes: During my college search I had a pretty specific set of criteria. I wanted a small college/university where I didn't just feel like a number, a good film program to nurture my hobby, and opportunities to try new things and explore. Wesleyan simply checked all of those boxes. But even more than that, I was struck by the collaborative culture and friendly demeanor that I encountered at every turn. After my Dad and I visited various colleges around the northeast and the rest of the country during my Junior Spring, we ranked each on a 1-10 scale in a plethora of categories, including campus attractiveness, curriculum, size, culture. etc. I ranked Wesleyan highest in just about every category. It was clear there was no other place for me than Wes, and I applied Early Decision early in my Senior Fall. Somehow, Wesleyan exceeded my expectations and I developed new passions in addition to fostering my old ones. Due to the open curriculum, I'm now majoring in two departments that I had almost no experience with prior to my arrival at Wes.

    Why I love being a tour guide: I love showing people around my school! I remember when I toured Wes as a prospective student with an enthusiastic, engaged guide. It made a huge difference for me in my college search and I love that I can now give back and show new prospective students why I love Wes.

    Extracurriculars: Throw Culture (All-Gender Ultimate Frisbee Team), Wesleyan Survivor Club

    Favorite Moment at Wes (so far): Attending Wes Tonight with my friends! Wes Tonight is an SNL-style comedy show all about Wesleyan. It featured an opening musical number, comedic sketches and monologues, a Weekend Update section, and an incredibly talented student musical guest!

    Favorite Movie: The Truman Show

    Favorite Song: Blu (Acoustic) by Jon Bellion

    Fun Fact: I have been to 49 of the 50 U.S. states. Hawaii still eludes me.

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    Jori Balsam '23

    Pronouns: She/Her

    Hometown: Newton, MA

    High School: Buckingham Browne and Nicols School

    Major(s), Minors, Certificates: Neuroscience and Behavior, Education Studies double major, Jewish and Israel Studies minor

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    Why Wes? I chose Wesleyan because of the open curriculum and the campus location

    Why I love being a tour guide: I love being a tour guide because I love to show off my school and a place I love

    Extracurriculars: SAAC, Wesleyan Chabad, Women’s Ice Hockey, Women’s Lacrosse, volunteer at MacDonough Elementary school

    Favorite Moment at Wes (so far): Spring Fling 2021

    Favorite Movie: Dead Poets Society

    Favorite Song: Young Volcanoes by Fall Out Boy

    Fun fact: I spend my summers at Camp Walden, a sleep away camp in the Adirondacks.

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    Julia Rohan '23

    Pronouns: She/Her

    Hometown: Geneva, Switzerland

    High School: International School of Geneva (La Grande-Boissiere)

    Major(s), Minors, Certificates: Neuroscience major, Chemistry minor

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    Why Wes? Wesleyan offers an exciting academic environment where I can explore all the benefits of a liberal arts education while feeling encouraged and supported by my peers and professors. In addition to being challenged academically I wanted my thoughts, beliefs and perspectives to be tested. With such a diverse student body, I have encountered myself in situations that have made me question myself and ultimately helped me strengthen my voice and grow as an individual.

    Why I love being a tour guide: I love sharing my personal experiences and giving prospective students meaningful insight into the friendly and supportive environment on campus. Above all, I enjoy sharing my enthusiasm about the school and making those on my tours eager to enroll.

    Extracurriculars: Tutor for IB subjects at two different tutoring companies, Volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, Member of the Wesleyan Animal Defense League, and Undergraduate Research assistant in Prof.Ezzyat's Lab.

    Favorite Moment at Wes (so far): Rolling down Foss with friends and then getting super dizzy.

    Favorite Movie: Cowspiracy/Seaspiracy

    Favorite Song: Baiana by Bakermat

    Fun Fact: When I was 5, I feasted on a hairy tarantula while traveling through an insect market in Cambodia.

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    Kaitlyn Major Hale '23

    Pronouns: She/Her

    Hometown: Bronx, NY

    High School: Grace Church High School

    Major(s), Minors, Certificates: Sociology major with an Education Studies minor

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    Why Wes? Despite the fact that I always envisioned myself at a fairly large school in a city, I chose Wes because I knew I would be able to create my own path to pursue my academic interests, there was a community of people I would be able to reconnect with from my hometown as well as so many more to establish new connections with, and that I would be opened up to so many opportunities to pursue both on and off campus.

    Why I love being a tour guide: I love being a tour guide because simply put, I love to talk--especially about things that have special meaning to me. Having had such a unique experience at Wesleyan thus far, being able to share that with prospective students and families and making them feel part of a community they are considering joining is something I really look forward to.

    Extracurriculars: Board Member on the Woman of Color Collective, Member of Ujamaa, ResLife Staff Member, Eye-to Eye Club Member, ASHA (Adolescent Sexual Health Awareness) Member

    Favorite Moment at Wes (so far): Living in the Woman of Color House and becoming so close with my housemates!

    Favorite Movie: Any and all Christmas movies!!!

    Favorite Song: Euphoria by Don Toliver (featuring Travis Scott & Kaash Paige)

    Fun Fact: In my free time, I love watching Reality TV, not for the cringe factor, but I love making observations on the editing styles, roles of the cast members, and general plot. As of now, the Bachelor/ Bachelorette and The Housewives of Atlanta/ Potomac are my top 2!
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    Kavi Talwalkar '24

    Pronouns: He/Him

    Hometown: Hamden, CT

    High School: Hamden High School

    Major(s), Minors, Certificates: Psychology and Hispanic Studies

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    Why Wes? I chose Wes because of the flexibility that allowed me to explore around with my academic interests during my freshman year when I was still uncertain about what I wanted to do. I am also surrounded by so many students who are passionate and excited to be at Wes which makes the environment feel like home.

    Why I love being a tour guide: So that I can convey my enthusiasm about Wes to prospective students and help give them advice throughout the stressful college process

    Extracurriculars: Club Tennis, Club Soccer, Resident Advisor, Student Involvement Office Assistant, South Asian Student Association, Teaching Assistant for Psychology classes, Ski Team

    Favorite Moment at Wes (so far): When it was snowing outside and the club soccer team decided to have a tournament on the turf field.  No one could run and everyone was freezing but it was a great team bonding experience.

    Favorite Movie: Fight Club

    Favorite Song: The Difference by Flume

    Fun Fact: I'm a director of a summer camp

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    Keren N. Lebron Ramos '23

    Pronouns: She/Her

    Hometown: Rahway, NJ

    High School: Rahway High School

    Major(s), Minors, Certificates: Majoring in Psychology, Italian Studies and Dance

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    Why Wes? Just three years ago the name "Wesleyan" was insignificant to me, and now it's quite the opposite! I chose Wesleyan because from the first moment that I stepped foot on campus I could vividly see myself being a student for the next 4 years. Some call it a "gut feeling", but I was certain Wesleyan offered everything I desired. With the ability to combine completely different interests into majors, the passionate students, supportive administrators and professors, and the remarkable community, I knew Wesleyan fit perfectly with my goals and aspirations!

    Why I love being a tour guide: I love being a tour guide because I can share with prospective students all of the amazing things I love at Wesleyan. I value transparency, and if students can see themselves through my shoes, in the things that I am involved in and love to do, I can possibly make their decision making a bit easier!

    Extracurriculars: Wesleyan Chrisitan Fellowship (WesCF), First-Generation Low-Income (FGLI) Advisory Board, Religious & Spiritual Leadership & Activism Council, Caliente (Hispanic Dance Group), Latin & Ballroom Dance Team, & Wesleyan for Woman and Children

    Favorite Moment at Wes (so far): Annual Dance Showcase

    Favorite Movie: Forrest Gump

    Favorite Song: I Know Who I Am by Sinach

    Fun Fact: I did not know how to pump my own gas until I got to Wesleyan (because they pump your gas for you in NJ)! :)

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    Kyla Danquah '25

    Pronouns: She/Her

    Hometown: Accra, Ghana

    High School: Lincoln Community School

    Major(s), Minors, Certificates: Prospective Film and East Asian Studies, Data Analysis Minor or South Asian Minor

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    Why Wes? I am someone with a lot of different interests. I came here very dedicated to doing STEM, however I wanted to make sure that I was able to do my other interests. It was incredibly important to me to be able to do Music, Film, and East Asian Studies, and still have room for stem. Within my first year I was able to completely shift and do Film and East Asian studies which I would have never been able to do at other schools! Wesleyan is very multi-curricular which I completely fell in love with going here!

    Why I love being a tour guide: I am a very extroverted person, it's so fun to be able to explain to people why being at Wesleyan is a great fit for those who are struggling with knowing what they want to do in life. As well as that, as an internationshional student I was really able to find my community here, and I get to speak to other internationship students as a tour guide why the community here is so great!

    Extracurriculars: Board Member at Wesleyan's Black Student Union Ujamaa, Member of Women of Color Collective, Member of Film Workshop

    Favorite Movie: (I have like 15 but..) Avatar

    Favorite Song: (I don't have one! But I've been listening to..) Diva Beyonce

    Fun Fact: I almost lost a chunk of my toe!
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    Lex Bryan '23

    Pronouns: They/Them

    Hometown: Versoix, Switzerland

    High School: Ecolint, La Chataigneraie

    Major(s), Minors, Certificates: I'm currently a double major in Art History and Environmental studies, but hoping to switch to Art Studio.  I also love Chemistry!  And Theatre!  And Education!

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    Why Wes? In high school, being interested in a wide variety of subjects and having a constant hunger to learn and grow was not the norm. I thought it meant that I just hadn't found my niche! I was drawn to Wes because I knew I would find people like me. The wackiness, the nerdiness, the kindness, and the hunger for social change that I've felt from every professor and student I've interacted with is what makes this place feel so safe and special to me.

    Why I love being a tour guide: I knew from the moment I went on my first college tour that I wanted to lead them one day. I love the idea of helping prospective students and their families get excited about Wes, sharing my energy and the many lessons I've learned since being here, and curating every tour so that students get all they can out of it.

    Extracurriculars: Outside of class, I work in the Greenhouse as part of a Biology research lab, I teach sex-ed to highschoolers in Middletown, I volunteer with PFlag, and I sing in one of Wesleyan's all-gender a cappella groups.

    Favorite Moment at Wes (so far): Singing to a room packed full of friends and strangers at my first ever a cappella performance (pre-pandemic)

    Favorite Movie: Honestly, the Spy Kids movies

    Favorite Song: Anything from the Rent soundtrack

    Fun Fact: My older sister actually went to Wes! We were by no means the only sibling pair on campus either.

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    Matthew Gilbert '25

    Pronouns: He/Him

    Hometown: Silver Spring, MD

    High School: Sidwell Friends School

    Major(s), Minors, Certificates: Prospective Earth and Environmental Science and Environmental Studies double major

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    Why Wes? For me, there were two important factors for my college selection process: academics and community. For academics, my high school had a pretty competitive environment when it came to academics and I knew that that wasn’t the environment in which I learned best. Wesleyan was such a big change in that regard since everyone is really supportive and collaborative when it comes to schoolwork and studying for exams. For community, I was blown away by the number of extracurriculars that were available at Wesleyan and the wide range of classes and student groups that people were involved in, and that made me really excited to come and get involved with as many as I could.

    Why I love being a tour guide: Being on a tour was when I realized Wesleyan was my dream school and I really hope I’ll be part of that moment for others.

    Extracurriculars: Eco-Facilitator for the Sustainability Office (a three-semester program to work on sustainability initiatives on campus), member of Prometheus Fire Arts, Throw Culture - Wesleyan’s all-gender ultimate frisbee team, and Botany Club.

    Favorite Moment at Wes (so far): Definitely the silent disco. On the last night of orientation, before all the other students moved in, we had a silent disco in the middle of Olin Library where we all had headphones with music and could change between stations to dance to what we wanted to. It felt like a perfect end to orientation and was a really memorable experience with my friends.

    Favorite Movie: Mamma Mia!

    Favorite Song: The Boxer - Simon & Garfunkel

    Fun Fact: I taught myself how to play the ukulele!

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    Maxwell Maveus '26

    Pronouns: He/Him

    Hometown: Minnetonka, MN

    High School: Minnetonka High School

    Major(s), Minors, Certificates: Prospective College of Social Studies and Environmental Studies double major

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    Why Wes: The more I discovered about Wesleyan, the more it felt like the right school for me. I would be remiss not to mention Wesleyan’s unique academic offerings the open curriculum has allowed me to pursue. Limited only by my imagination, I have found myself in an array of classes spanning from Economics to Japanese culture through food. Wes carefully fosters each student's interdisciplinary interests while challenging us to discover new fields. Ultimately, however, I chose Wesleyan because of its community. Every student on campus is replete with niche passions, and I constantly discover new hobbies through my friends. I have yet to meet a student who lacks authentic excitement for their field of study. When Wes is referred to as “diversity university,” it encapsulates every sense of the word. Wes was my top-choice university, and I am deeply grateful to say it has surpassed all my expectations. 

    Why I love being a tour guide: Not everyone would thrive at Wesleyan. Being a tour guide helps prospective students envision themselves immersed in our community, and I can witness one decide on their future home. Being a tour guide is thus one small way I can positively impact students whose shoes I wore not long ago. 

    Extracurriculars: Consulting Pathways, Forklift Project, Wesleyan Birders, Admission Intern, Teaching Apprentice, Eco-Facilitator

    Favorite Moment at Wes (so far): Drinking hot apple cider at Pumpkin Fest

    Favorite Movie: My favorite movie is Mary & Max, and my favorite book is 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami

    Favorite Song: Nothing Can Stop Us or Carnt Sleep by Saint Etienne (but if you like classical, I love Kinderszenen op.15: I. Von Fremden Ländern und Menschen by Robert Schumann).
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    Meera Pawale '25

    Pronouns: She/Her

    Hometown: Kendall Park, NJ

    High School: Peddie School

    Major(s), Minors, Certificates: Prospective Biology and Econ double major

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    Why Wes? I chose Wes because I loved how there was a great balance between athletics and academics. I also love how I can form a really meaningful relationship with my professors and TAs due to the small class sizes. I enjoy being able to explore new academic interests with the open curriculum and I'm able to discover new hobbies through the countless extracurricular activities.

    Why I love being a tour guide: I love being a tour guide because I get to meet and chat with new people!

    Extracurriculars: Varsity swim team, book club, Shakti, POC Swim Committee,

    Favorite Moment at Wes (so far): Hanging out with my friends on Foss Hill and having a cute study picnic in the nice fall weather overlooking campus!

    Favorite Movie: Dirty Dancing

    Favorite Song: Who Says by Selena Gomez

    Fun Fact: I can speak 4 languages!

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    Megan Sigalos '25

    Pronouns: She/Her

    Hometown: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

    High School: Dubai College

    Major(s), Minors, Certificates: Prospective English or Sociology major, East Asian Studies minor

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    Why Wes? I wanted to be at a college where students’ academic and extracurricular interests are constantly overlapping, and Wesleyan really stood out to me as a place where students can creatively create their own unique path of interests and passions. 
    Why I love being a tour guide: I really like learning more about Wesleyan and the interests of the prospective student body. Applying to college was a stressful and strange experience during the pandemic and I hope to and am glad to have the opportunity to be a source of support for prospective Wes students.
    Favorite moment at Wes (so far): All the times I’ve gone out to eat in Middletown with friends.
    Extracurriculars: the Workshop, Fray Magazine, Chinese culture club
    Favorite movie: The Devil Wears Prada
    Favorite song: She Comes in Colors - Love
    Fun fact: The Mona Lisa has no eyebrows
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    Mitchell Gilman '26

    Pronouns: He/Him

    Hometown: NYC

    High School: Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts

    Major(s), Minors, Certificates: Prospective Economics and Film double major and Dance minor

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    Why Wes: When looking at colleges, not many schools offered a high-level dance program while being academically rigorous. Many were one or the other, or only allowed me to dance but not take academic classes. I saw at Wes that there would be no problem taking both dance and academic classes. I also discovered that I have many different academic interests and although I have these contrasting passions, I saw that Wes gave me an opportunity to explore them all without restraint and allowed me to dive deep into any subject I find interesting while also shaping my education in the way I best see fit.

    Extracurriculars: Member of club rugby

    Favorite Moment at Wes (so far): Silent disco during orientation was a blast. I loved meeting new friends and having a dance party in our fancy library.

    Favorite Movie: Ferris Bueller's Day Off

    Favorite Song: Neon (Live at the Nokia Theatre, Los Angeles - 2007) by John Mayer

    Fun Fact: I ate a whole pizza in 20 minutes.

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    Nathan Weisbrod '25

    Pronouns: He/Him

    Hometown: Washington, DC

    High School: Edmund Burke School

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

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    Why Wes? I knew I wanted to have great personal connections with my professors, engaging classes, and lots of performance opportunities in college. Wes turned out to give those and so many more opportunities.

    Why I love being a tour guide: I love meeting people from around the world and sharing all the great things I've experienced so far!

    Extracurriculars: Tour Guide Coordinator, drummer for several bands and original musicals, homework helper and music teacher for immigrant and refugee kids in New Haven, intramural softball.

    Favorite Moment at Wes (so far): Questioning almost everything I thought I believed in my politics class. Or playing in an opening band for Sammy Rae & The Friends. Or watching a disgusting but fascinating movie as part of the Wes Film Series with friends. The list goes on.

    Favorite Movie: Mean Girls

    Favorite Song: "The Climb" by Miley Cyrus

    Fun Fact: I play 7 instruments.

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    Oluchi Chukwuemeka '26

    Pronouns: She/Her

    Hometown: Long Island, NY

    High School: North Babylon High School

    Major(s), Minors, Certificates: Psychology, French double major, Human Rights Advocacy minor

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    Why Wes: The emphasis on student activism as well as support from the community on student developed projects dedicated to mental health, reproductive rights, LGBTIA+ rights. Additionally, Wes has a tight knit community that tries to make sure that there is a safe space for each and every identity.

    Why I love being a tour guide: I want to be a part of sharing my experience at Wes so that prospective students can see how accepting and welcoming this community is! Furthermore, I want to relate to other prospective students and show them our beautiful campus!

    Extracurriculars: WesCF (Wesleyan Christian Fellowship) leader, Spectrum (POC LGBTQIA+ group), boxing club, Argus Assistant Sports Editor, Martial arts club, Spike Tape, Center for Humanities publicity person

    Favorite Moment at Wes (so far): Drag Queen Bingo!

    Favorite Movie: Karate Kid (1984)

    Favorite Song: "Fear is Not My Future" by Maverick City

    Fun Fact: I have the same birthday as John Cena!

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    Orly Meyer '24

    Pronouns: She/Her

    Hometown: Portland, OR

    High School: Lincoln High School

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

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    Why Wes? I chose Wes because of the tight knit and supportive community. Coming from a relatively large high school I wanted a close community in addition to smaller class sizes and institutional support. Even though Wesleyan is around twice the size of my high school, I feel much more connected to all aspects of the community.

    Why I love being a tour guide: I love sharing my favorite parts about Wesleyan with people who are interested in it, especially when I share something that they haven't heard before.

    Extracurriculars: Wesleyan Student Assembly (student government), Wesleyan Jewish Community, and the Argus (newspaper)

    Favorite Moment at Wes (so far): Walks around campus when it's quiet during the morning.

    Favorite Movie: Inception

    Favorite Song: Sofia by Clairo

    Fun Fact: I am studying Yiddish.

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    Patrick Lenard '23

    Pronouns: He/Him

    Hometown: Trenton, NJ

    High School: Nottingham High School

    Major(s), Minors, Certificates: Economics and American Government

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    Why Wes? I chose Wesleyan because of its sense of community. As soon as I stepped foot on this campus, I knew that this was where I belonged. Everyone was so kind and friendly, and not one person was boastful about themselves. I also choose Wesleyan because the institution allows for a student to do multiple things inside one’s interest, while dipping their toe into different things as well. You will never feel the idea of being trapped within your academic interest, the University promotes and encourages individuals to learn more about subjects outside of their studies and that is something I love about Wesleyan.

    Why I love being a tour guide: I love being a tour guide because during each tour I am able to not only show off how beautiful the University is, but I am able to express to my crowd what the University has to offer. During each tour when I get asked questions and begin to reminisce on all the things that I have done or have been through while I have been on campus it reminds me how flexible, inclusive and dynamic student to work-life balance is on campus.

    Extracurriculars: Club Basketball, First-Generation Low Income Advisory Board, Chi Psi Fraternity, and Christian Faith Group

    Favorite Moment at Wes (so far): Silent disco in Olin during orientation week

    Favorite Movie: Us, and Spider-Man: Into the SpiderVerse

    Favorite Song: Telepatia by Kali Uchis & Slide by Calvin Harris

    Fun Fact: I can solve a Rubik's cube under 60 seconds

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    Sage Saling '26

    Pronouns: She/her

    Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

    High School: California School of the Arts San Gabriel valley

    Major(s), Minors, Certificates: Theatre and Feminist gender and Sexuality Studies with a minor in Human Rights Advocacy

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    Why Wes: Simple, the Open Curriculum. While it is one of the defining characteristics of Wesleyan it creates so much more than flexibility in class selection. It allows me the opportunity to surround myself with like-minded multi-passioned people. Through the curriculum, I am encouraged to bridge and explore my academic passions while also being allotted the opportunity to try a variety of classes I am interested in. The creative and collaborative culture at Wes finds its way into every classroom no matter the subject. The open curriculum speaks to the overall culture and drive of the students here at Wes and I wanted to be surrounded by truly passion-driven peers.

    Why I love being a tour guide: I love getting to share my Wes experience and the reason why I fell in love with the school while also connecting with prospective students and hearing about their interests.

    Extracurriculars: ASHA (Adolescent Sexual Health Awareness), Spike Tape Theatre, Usdan Information Desk, Outing Club

    Favorite Moment at Wes (so far): Every semester I am required to work two late-night shifts at one of my job here at Wes. Both times my friends have shown up to sit with me, bringing snacks and making the time fly by. The community at Wesleyan is truly special.

    Favorite Movie: The Princess Bride

    Favorite Song: Smoke Signals - Pheobe Bridgers

    Fun Fact: I love to crochet!

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    Saydie Grossman '26

    Pronouns: She/Her

    Hometown: Greenvale, Long Island, NY

    High School: Roslyn High School

    Major(s), Minors, Certificates: Perspective Molecular Biology & Biochemistry (MB&B) and Theater double major

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    Why Wes: Wesleyan has such a unique environment- people are so motivated and curious academically, which serves as a vehicle for social connection. Students are excited to be here, inclined to learn, and always open to meet new people and try new things. I love being in an environment that pushes me to be exactly who I am.

    Why I love being a tour guide: When I was going through the college process, my tour guide had a huge influence on my decision to choose Wes and really sparked that gut feeling that I was meant to be here. To be able to give that feeling to other people and show them what life is like on this lovely campus is a such an incredible opportunity.

    Extracurriculars: I am involved Notably Sharp (a cappella), Triple Major (a cappella), Spiketape (student-run theater), Wesleyan Chabad. I would like to get more involved in photography on campus, working on Disorientation, and writing for the Argus!

    Favorite Moment at Wes (so far): Sledding down Foss Hill using makeshift sleds on the first snow of the semester!

    Favorite Movie: Matilda (the original)

    Favorite Song: Anything by Joni Mitchell

    Fun Fact: For 10 years I went to a summer camp for the arts that was also called Usdan!
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    Shayla Zhen '23

    Pronouns: She/Her

    Hometown: Portland, OR

    High School: Benson Polytechnic High School

    Major(s), Minors, Certificates: Neuroscience major, Chemistry minor

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    Why Wes? The first time I stepped foot on campus, I fell in love with Wesleyan. The students were so passionate and genuinely involved in the Middletown community. With the open curriculum, I am able to explore different fields/subjects that always find a way of connecting with my academic interests. At Wes, students are not confined to the idea of just taking courses that are specific to their major—they are encouraged to branch out and explore Wesleyan’s model for progressive independent housing allows me to grow as a person and learn how to live with a roommate, an apartment, and a wood frame house. Wesleyan gives me the space and opportunity to grow, learn more about myself, and prepare me for post-graduation.

    Why I love being a tour guide: My favorite part of being a tour guide is talking to the people in my tour group! As I walk prospective students and families on campus, I genuinely enjoy sharing my experiences because it may help them actually envision themselves at Wesleyan -- taking classes and engaging with their passions. I want to help prospective students truly figure out if Wesleyan is a good fit for them.

    Extracurriculars: Volleyball Club, Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students Wesleyan Chapter, & Rho Epsilon Pi (Wesleyan’s only sorority)

    Favorite Moment at Wes (so far): Watching dance showcases outside of Exley

    Favorite Movie: House of Hummingbird (2018) Directed by Kim Bo-Ra

    Favorite Song: Saturday Night by Khalid

    Fun Fact: I love to collect all my boarding passes from my flights!
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    Sophie Taubman '25

    Pronouns: She/Her

    Hometown: Fairfax, CA

    High School: Archie Williams

    Major(s), Minors, Certificates: Government major, Data Analysis minor

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    Why Wes: By the time I applied to college I’d already seen both of my two older sisters go through the process: one ended up as a D1 athlete at a big UC, the other at a small liberal arts college in southern California. Their experiences made me sure of two things, 1. I wanted the best of both worlds (shoutout to Hannah Montannah) and 2. I had to leave California. Wesleyan did, and has continued, to fulfill those conditions fabulously.

    Why I love being a tour guide: Beyond the website, I had no idea what Wesleyan had to offer when I applied from my covid-quarantine-bedroom… (not so shockingly) actually arriving on campus made me realize just how much I really love being here and I love having a designated outlet to share my excitement with others!

    Extracurriculars: Spirituality & Sustainability Intern at the Resource Center, Varsity Swim & Dive Team, Club Waterpolo, Residential Advisor, WesUSE Bargaining Committee, Wesleyan Jewish Community, Outing Club

    Favorite Moment at Wes (so far): Becoming friends with one of my now best friends by passing notes back and forth every class in our first year seminar (FYS) “Being Young and Jewish in America”

    Favorite Movie: Love Actually

    Favorite Song: Dancing in the Moonlight

    Fun Fact: I can teach any able-bodied person how to do a cartwheel

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    Teddy Shusterman '24

    Pronouns: They/Them/Any pronouns

    Hometown: West Palm Beach, FL / Stamford, CT

    High School: Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts

    Major(s), Minors, Certificates: Prospective double major in Sociology and Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies

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    Why Wes? I chose Wes because of the people! Everyone I’ve met here is passionate about their interests and excited to learn and connect with others. The Wesleyan community is kind, ambitious, creative, and fun!

    Why I love being a tour guide: Before touring Wesleyan, I had considered taking a gap year, but after visiting, I couldn’t wait to start college! Being a tour guide is incredibly exciting because I can connect with prospective students and introduce them to such an incredible place- it lets me share my ever growing enthusiasm for the amazing opportunities, experiences, and community at Wesleyan!

    Extracurriculars: Farming at Long Lane Farm, house manager of Open House (Wesleyan’s Queer affinity program house), ice skating at Wesleyan’s ice rink, Wesleyan Democratic Socialists (WesDS), Asian American Student Collective

    Favorite Moment at Wes (so far): continuing class discussions with friends!

    Favorite Movie: the Harry Potter movie series

    Favorite Song: I can’t decide- but something by ABBA!

    Fun Fact: I almost didn’t take a tour at Wesleyan, but I’m extremely glad that I did!
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    Vincent Langan '24

    Pronouns: He/Him

    Hometown: Union, NJ

    High School: The Thacher School

    Major(s), Minors, Certificates:  English and Theater double major and considering a Writing Certificate

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    Why Wes? Learning that students at Wesleyan were simultaneously dedicated to their academic studies while also exploring their creative sides in profound, learned ways was mind-blowing for me. The deeper I got into the college admissions process, the more and more I could only envision myself being a student at Wesleyan. Also, I quickly sensed that the community at Wesleyan was unlike that of any other college (or liberal arts school for that matter), as students were outgoing, inspired, passionate about everything to which they dedicated themselves, and eager to share their love for learning and creating with each other.

    Why I love being a tour guide: Helping prospective students and their families understand why Wes might be the perfect match and why it's the coolest school in the world is a special responsibility but altogether an honor too. Also, being a tour guide helps me to get my steps in.

    Extracurriculars: Argus, Second Stage, African Student Association (ASA)

    Favorite Moment at Wes (so far): Anytime I'm outside and laughing with my friends (and Spring Fling was pretty great too).

    Favorite Movie: My Cousin Vinny or anything by Sofia Coppola

    Favorite Song: "Silver Springs" by Fleetwood Mac

    Fun Fact: I really like scones.