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 spaces with quirky, creative people who challenge me to expand my worldview. At Wes, I am not only able to pursue my educational passions but flourish in all aspects of life, thanks to the wonderful 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: Wesleyan Doula Project, Disorientation, United Student/Labor Action Coalition (USLAC)

    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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    Ana Ziebarth '25

    Pronouns: She/Her

    Hometown: South Orange, NJ

    High School: Elisabeth Irwin High School (LREI)

    Major(s), Minors, Certificates: Psychology & English double major

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    Why Wes: I wanted to study at a university where I could explore my creative and academic interests. I chose Wes because I loved the open curriculum and being able to select a wide variety of classes. I love how curious, friendly, and passionate everyone here is. 

    Why I love being a tour guide: I still remember my tour guide when I first visited Wesleyan. She was so kind and honest about her experience here. She made me feel excited to attend the school and I could envision myself at Wes. I hope to make a similar impact on prospective students so that they feel at home at Wes. 

    Extracurriculars: Table Tennis Club, The Lavender (literary magazine), the Women of Color Collective, and the Reason and Decision Making Lab. 

    Favorite Moment at Wes (so far): Sitting on Foss Hill with my friends on a picnic blanket chatting, playing cards, and drinking smoothies. 

    Favorite Movie: The Book Thief

    Favorite Song: Paradise by Khalid

    Fun Fact: My full name has the beginning, the middle, and the end of the alphabet.

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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: Psychology & Hispanic Liberatures and Cultures double major on the pre-med track

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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 felt that I could pursue even my most disparate of interests simultaneously. I immediately felt a sense of belonging, of warmth, and of drive from Wes students all wanting to make a palpable impact on 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, the time 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: Captain of Wesleyan Women's Rugby Team, Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC), Wesleyan Jewish Community (WJC), Student Board Member for Chabad at Wesleyan, Intramural Softball

    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

    Fun Fact: I've watched open heart surgery from inside the OR

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    Ariyaan Makhija '27

    Pronouns: He/Him

    Hometown: New Delhi, India

    High School: The British School

    Major(s), Minors, Certificates: Prospective major in Economics and Prospective Engineering track

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    Why Wes: I wasn't sure what to study when I applied to colleges. I enjoyed all subjects and leaned towards the sciences and engineering. I applied to various schools, including engineering schools, liberal arts colleges, and those with open curricula. I chose Wesleyan for its flexibility, allowing me to explore and discover my interests. I love the small classes and the unique people I've met here, greatly enriching my learning experience. Touring the campus also made me fall in love with Wesleyan. I'm confident that Wesleyan has and will provide me with a great college experience.

    Why I love being a tour guide: I enjoy sharing my experiences and helping people make important decisions, like choosing a college. The tour is one of the most crucial aspects of the college application process, where students and families can truly get a feel for a campus. Being part of that process is fulfilling—I connect with people from around the country and the world, share personal anecdotes, and provide insights into our community. I hope prospective students make informed decisions about this chapter of their lives, and I love sharing why Wesleyan and its community were (and will always be) the place for me!

    Extracurriculars: Wesleyan Investment Group, Shakti (South Asian Group), Wesleyan Entrepreneurs, Athletics Department

    Favorite Moment at Wes (so far): Any event on Foss Hill: Sledding and Snowball fights, Solar Eclipse or Orientation Movie Night

    Favorite Movie: Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom 

    Fun Fact: I'm a British, Canadian, and Indian enthusiast who roots for the Pittsburgh Steelers in American football, Manchester United in soccer, and cheers on India in cricket. But I'm a Portugal soccer fan!

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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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    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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    Brynn Heller '27

    Pronouns: She/Her

    Hometown: New York City

    High School: High School of American Studies at Lehman College

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

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    Why Wes: I wanted to be able to double major in History and Environmental Studies while taking classes I'd never tried before.  I liked that there are so many different clubs, and that the theater productions are open to anyone.  When I visited, everyone was so kind, friendly, and interesting.  I was visiting Pi Cafe and a senior offered to get me a coffee with their remaining points and then answered my questions.

    Why I love being a tour guide: I enjoy meeting prospective students and sharing what I love about Wesleyan.

    Extracurriculars: I am a member of 5 Ft Nothing Improv and have been involved in Wesleyan Tonight (Live Late Night Comedy Show) and various campus productions.  I work for the Sustainability Office as the Summer Sustainability Coordinator and as an Eco Facilitator.  I’m doing on-campus research, and I am going to be an RA next year.

    Favorite Moment at Wes (so far): My first One Day Play was such a fun and exciting experience.  One Day Plays are entirely student-run and anyone can be a part of them.  I signed up to act during my first few months at Wesleyan, and before I knew it, I was in the ‘92 theater performing a play where I was cast as a summer camper and a milk demon!

    Favorite Movie: Mamma Mia or Pitch Perfect

    Favorite Song: Waterloo by ABBA

    Fun Fact: I am involved in marine conservation policy work outside of Wesleyan.
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    Carmela Carbone '27

    Pronouns: They/She

    Hometown: North Branford, CT

    High School: North Branford High School

    Major(s), Minors, Certificates: Prospective double major in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry and Education Studies

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    Why Wes: When I toured the campus, I fell in love. I thought the community looked so lively and welcoming, and I could truly imagine myself happy here. Also, as an FGLI (first-generation, low-income) student, the transition from high school to college was daunting, and Wesleyan offered multiple programs to make coming to college less challenging.

    Why I love being a tour guide: I enjoy being able to share my love of Wesleyan with other students. My tour guide helped me decide that I should ED to Wesleyan, and I would love to help students make their decision as well.

    Extracurriculars: ASHA (Adolescence Sexual Health Awareness), coordinator for Wesleyan Period Coalition, FXT Dance Team, Wesleyan Science Education Club, Black Student Union, WesMASS (Wesleyan Math and Science Scholars)

    Favorite Moment at Wes (so far): Working with my students through Wesleyan Science Education Club and having my kids make projects and drawings for me!

    Favorite Movie: Into the Spiderverse

    Favorite Song: Jackie and Wilson by Hozier

    Fun Fact: I am adopted and am one of 10 kids!
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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, History

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    Why Wes? The people here are unparalleled. Very few schools have students who show up for each other like they do at Wes — we regularly overflow bleachers and sell out performances. It also inspires me how incredibly smart, creative, and successful everyone is in their unique endeavors. Wesleyan has been a great environment to grow in. 

    Why I love being a tour guide: I love interacting with prospective students from all over the world, and sharing how my time at Wesleyan has shaped who I am. I aim to really connect with the people on my tours, and enjoy that I am effectively getting paid to talk to people! 

    Extracurriculars: Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC), Triple Major A Capella, and Spare Change the Band.

    Favorite Moment at Wes (so far): Performing in the WestCo Cafe with my band for the first time.

    Favorite Movie: Captain Fantastic

    Favorite Song: Like Real People Do by Hozier

    Fun Fact: One of my life goals is to publish a recipe book!

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    CJ Grant '26

    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

    Hometown: Phoenix, Arizona 

    High School: Veritas Preparatory Academy 

    Major(s), Minors, Certificates: History and American Studies majors with minors in Global Engagement. 

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    Why Wes? What originally attracted me to Wesleyan was the mock trial team, knowing Wes' program could support me in my passion for courtroom advocacy. Other reasons for choosing Wes were to be near my sisters, who both moved back east for college, to receive a well-rounded education, meet open-minded people, and live a well-balanced life surrounded by diverse peers. 

    Why I love being a tour guide: I love being a tour guide because I love Wes, having made my best friends and memories here. I am so lucky to share my experience with prospective students and family. 

    Extracurriculars: Captain of cheer and mock trial team, member of the Wesleyan defense panel. 

    Favorite Moment at Wes (so far): Leading my mock trial team to the Opening Round Championship Series of Collegiate Mock Trial. 

    Favorite Movie: The Trial of the Chicago 7. 

    Favorite Song: Pyramids by Frank Ocean. 

    Fun Fact: I speak French and instruct Windsurfing.
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    Dria Dixon '25

    Pronouns: She/Her

    Hometown: South Hadley, MA

    High School: Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School

    Major(s), Minors, Certificates: Sociology major, prospective Dance minor

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    Why Wes? Who knew that a random afternoon drive to a University an hour away would change my life? Call it intuition, but the minute I sat down on the benches outside of Usdan, I knew I wanted to call Wesleyan home. I wanted somewhere that was academically driven with a passionate student body, but able to let loose and have fun. Additionally, I was looking for a school that provided diversity in all kinds of ways, and Wesleyan pulled through. I wanted to enjoy my classes and not feel forced to be in a classroom knowing I wouldn’t enjoy it, so the Open Curriculum is definitely a benefit. Students here are able to explore academically, allowing them to pursue things they might never have thought of! 

    Why I love being a tour guide: To express my love for Wesleyan, and give back what it has given me. I never got to tour, but I knew the energy I was looking for when in the college process, and hopefully that is something I can pass down to others!

    Extracurriculars: I am a part of Gag Reflex, Wesleyan’s oldest improv group, as well as Lunchbox sketch comedy and POC Comedy. I am also a part of the Women of Color Collective, have attended bi-weekly BIPOC Connection meetings at the Resource Center, and have engaged with Ujamaa (Wesleyan’s Black Student Union) events. You can spot me in a dance performance every now and then too, and maybe even in the cardinal costume.

    Favorite Moment at Wes (so far): Seeing everyone lounge on Foss Hill when the weather gets warm! That’s how you know it’s spring.

    Favorite Movie: Coraline

    Favorite Song: Hold On, by The Internet

    Fun Fact: In high school, I was known for always wearing mismatched Vans, which ended up being my grad cap decoration.
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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, Dual Degree Engineering Program

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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, WesBurlesque, Course Assistant/Peer Tutor

    Favorite Moment at Wes (so far): Competing with the mock trial team at our regional tournament and spending the weekend in our team member's home!

    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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    Emiliano Leal '27

    Pronouns: He/Him

    Hometown: Weehawken, NJ

    High School: The Hotchkiss School

    Major(s), Minors, Certificates: Undecided

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    Why Wes: I first toured Wesleyan in the seventh grade, when my sister was touring schools. I distinctly remember walking past the fishbowl in Exley and saying to myself that Wesleyan was the school for me. Fast forward to my senior year, and I'm sitting in my room, proud of myself for having finished all of my applications. My mom walked in and asked if I had done my Wesleyan application. I hadn't even added it to my list. Thankfully there were no supplements and I threw it on at the last minute. Now we're in April and I am doing a final tour of my last three schools, trying to decide. After my day at WesFest, I knew that Wesleyan was the school for me. I've loved my classes, my friends, and am so thankful for the life I am building here, and for the life that Wesleyan will help me build after I graduate. 

    Why I love being a tour guide: I love to talk and get to know new people, so naturally I found a job where I could get paid for that. Although I haven't finished my freshman year yet, I'm so excited to have the opportunity to share my love for Wesleyan. 

    Extracurriculars: I am a member of the Wesleyan Spirits, Wesleyan's lower voice (TTBB) acapella group 

    Favorite Moment at Wes (so far): Sledding with my friends on Foss (getting back up the hill was not as fun)

    Favorite Movie: 10 Things I Hate About You

    Favorite Song: Ribs - Lorde

    Fun Fact: Since 2019,  I've spent more time away from home than I have at home. 

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    Isa Cino '26

    Pronouns: She/They

    Hometown: Worcester, MA

    High School: Worcester Academy

    Major(s), Minors, Certificates: Education Studies & Sociology

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    Why Wes: When I started the college process, I didn’t really know what I was looking for, except for a small-ish school and no math requirements. Wesleyan’s open curriculum has given me everything I didn’t even know I wanted in academics. I’ve been able to explore all the arts, humanities, and social sciences without restriction, and it led me to finding passion in unexpected places. What really got me to Wesleyan, though, was the people. I visited multiple times throughout my senior year of high school, and I just wanted to keep coming back. Through tours, WesFest, and shadowing-a-student days, I could see a life here for myself, and that was a feeling I can’t really describe. Wes just felt like the right place to be.

    Why I love being a tour guide: I love everything about our Office of Admissions, and tour guiding specifically gives me the most opportunity to interact with prospective students, share my experiences, and give them a sense of how Wesleyan has shaped me personally, academically, and socially. I want to give whatever I have to offer to help someone else find their place of home and growth at Wes!

    Extracurriculars: Spike Tape Productions, Cardinal Sinners (a cappella), Writing Center Position

    Favorite Moment at Wes (so far): I genuinely can’t pick one, but I love the movie nights I have pretty regularly with my closest friends on the projector in mine and my roommate’s dorm.

    Favorite Movie: I’m notoriously bad at picking favorites, but as of June 2024, my Letterboxd profile says La La Land, Parasite, Little Women, and The Empire Strikes Back! (And I have many others high on my list.)

    Favorite Song: I still can’t pick favorite songs or artists, but I love listening to anything by Laufey.

    Fun Fact: I started crocheting in January 2023 and have yarn everywhere you look in my room (and in my backpack). That August, I made a blanket with four cakes of blanket yarn in one day.

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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/They

    Hometown: Yarmouth, ME

    High School: Yarmouth High School

    Major(s), Minors, Certificates: Sociology, Italian

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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 share my story to prospective students, 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 coordinator for Cardinal Kids, an afterschool program in Middletown elementary schools. I am a course assistant for Italian 102. I am a teaching fellow with the National Education Equity Program teaching Introduction to Sociology to high school students. I was formally one of the prezcos (presidents) of West College, one of the community based living options on campus. I am involved in Greek Life on campus, serving as Treasurer, Alumni Chair, and Rush Chair for Psi Upsilon. 

    Favorite moment at Wes: Literally the spring on Foss. Can’t speak more highly about the post class, lay in the sun, debrief energy that foss hill provides. 

    Favorite Movie: Currently obsessed with Bottoms.

    Favorite song: Supercut by Lorde

    Fun fact: I ran a marathon in 3:05 hours
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    Jesse Herzog '25

    Pronouns: He/Him

    Hometown: Pacific Grove, CA

    High School: Pacific Grove High School

    Major(s), Minors, Certificates: Double major in Education Studies and Psychology.  Possible minor in ASL/Deaf Studies

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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: Ultimate Frisbee (I play for both the all-gender team and the men's team), Survivor: Wesleyan (our Wes version of CBS's reality show Survivor)

    Favorite Moment at Wes (so far): I loved teaching a student forum to my fellow Wes students called The Social Psychology of Survivor. Seeing the students compete in challenges and endure tribal councils while learning all about the psychology underlying their actions was pretty magical.

    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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    Kay Araceli Dominguez '25

    Pronouns: She/Her 

    Hometown: Quinlan, Texas and Mexico City 

    High School: Caddo Mills High School 

    Major(s), Minors, Certificates: American Studies and Feminist Gender Sexuality Studies double major, History minor 

    Why Wes? Throughout high school I participated and competed in many different STEM focus groups like Advanced Mathematics, Calculator, Accounting, Agricultural Sciences but was also very active in different areas such as Art, Music Theory and Sculpting. When I became a Questbridge National College match finalist and was in the process of ranking schools, Wesleyan’s open curriculum and late declaration was a huge huge pull factor because I am INCREDIBLY indecisive. I really looked forward for the opportunity of dipping my toes into different classes and branches knowing I wouldn’t have to fully commit until the spring of sophomore year!

    Extracurriculars: Coordinator for the Foster Connection, American Sign Language TA, ASHA (adolescent sexual health awareness)

    Favorite Moment at Wes (so far): My sophomore year I had the privilege to live in the Womanist Program house where I met and created some amazing friendships and connections. As a house, we were able to host events open to the Wes community as well as just private housemate events,  and these were always some of the loveliest moments where we were just able to bond! As an example we had a movie night, s’mores bonfire, and a Super Bowl Screening night (mainly to watch Rihanna’s halftime performance

    Favorite Movie: Lilo and Stitch/ Pitch Perfect

    Favorite Song: Where She Goes-Bad Bunny/ My Stupid Heart-Walk off the Earth/ When it Rains it Pours- Luke Combs

    Fun Fact: I don’t have a favorite anything! So choosing answers for these couple of questions was TOUGH…which is why there are multiple answers!

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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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    Lucia D'Elia '26

    Pronouns: She/Her

    Hometown: Kingston, Ontario (Canada)

    High School: Kingston Secondary School

    Major(s), Minors, Certificates: College of Letters, Romance Languages

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    Why Wes? I chose Wes because the open curriculum allowed me to explore my various academic interests. I loved being able to take whatever classes I wanted and not being restricted to a singular career path. Unsurprisingly my inability to choose just one subject to focus on led me to majoring in College of Letters, which allows me to put my variety of interests into conversation with one another, creating all kinds of learning I never thought possible. Finally the open curriculum at Wes means that everyone is in the classes they are in because they chose to; everyone wants to be there and is excited and passionate about learning. At Wes I found that I am constantly learning and surrounded by supportive, brilliant teachers and peers. 

    Why I love being a tour guide: Applying for university was one of the most exhausting, stressful times of my life, but it also resulted in me finding my community and a space to embrace who I am and branch out of who I was. I love being able to share my experiences at Wesleyan and hopefully being able to help to make others’ application and decision processes a little bit easier.  

    Extracurriculars: Tutor and Mentor at the Wesleyan Writing Center, member of the Women’s Club Rugby Team, Director for SpikeTape (student run theater). 

    Favorite Moment at Wes (so far): Putting on an early 2000s Romcom version of Much Ado About Nothing!

    Favorite Movie: Kenneth Branaugh’s Much Ado About Nothing

    Favorite Song: Figure You Out by Voilà

    Fun Fact: I once had to get surgery to remove an embroidery needle from my foot after stepping on it and causing it to break inside my foot. 

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    Maisie Wrubel '26

    Pronouns: She/Her

    Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

    High School: Marlborough School

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

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    Why Wes? I knew I wanted to go to a liberal arts school with an open curriculum where I could take any and all classes that interested me and with professors for whom teaching undergraduates was a priority, but a lot of schools fit this criteria. What set Wesleyan apart for me was the community here. My suspicion – which has since been proven right – was that Wesleyan is filled with so many interesting people who want to share and bond over the things that they’re passionate about.

    Why I love being a tour guide: I absolutely love talking and answering questions about Wesleyan and my experience here. I want to be able to convey to others what a special place this is and help prospective students on their college journey!

    Extracurriculars: WESU, Wesleyan Democratic Socialists, Argus, Star and Crescent, bassist in a student band!

    Favorite Movie: Promising Young Woman

    Favorite Song: Hard Feelings, Lorde

    Fun Fact: I didn't learn to ride a bike until I was 18...but now my most prized possession (aside from maybe my guitar) is my bike that I ride everywhere on campus.
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    Matthew Gilbert '25

    Pronouns: He/Him

    Hometown: Silver Spring, MD

    High School: Sidwell Friends School

    Major(s), Minors, Certificates: 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 so 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: I’m a coordinator for the Eco-Facilitator program in the Sustainability Office (a three-semester program to work on sustainability initiatives on campus), a paleobotany lab member, I do work for Wild Wes (an on-campus permaculture garden), and I’m a member of botany club and ecology club.

    Favorite Moment at Wes (so far): Definitely the silent disco. On the last night of my 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: Changes constantly, but I’ve been listening to a lot of Kali Uchis recently

    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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    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/They

    Hometown: Long Island, NY

    High School: North Babylon High School

    Major(s), Minors, Certificates: Psychology major, French and Human Rights Advocacy minors

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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, boxing club, Argus Assistant Sports Editor, Spike Tape, Slender James and Slavei Acapella groups

    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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    Rob D'Aquila '25

    Pronouns: He/Him

    Hometown: Lower Merion, PA

    High School: Lower Merion High School

    Major(s), Minors, Certificates: English (creative writing path)

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    Why Wes: Nothing at Wesleyan–neither academic nor extracurricular–feels like an afterthought. In all facets of my life at Wes, I’ve found that my professors, classmates, and coaches all imbue the same passion for their work. As a transfer student, I was drawn to this “all-in” mentality, which I’ve found to be contagious in the best way possible. Whether in the classroom, at practice, or anywhere in between, I’m always inspired by my peers’ eagerness to excel across a variety of academic disciplines and capitalize on Wesleyan’s interdisciplinary approach to education.

    Why I love being a tour guide: I feel that I have a distinctive perspective on Wesleyan as a transfer student. I find it extremely rewarding and valuable to convey life at Wesleyan through my unique lens to prospective students.

    Extracurriculars: 3-season varsity athlete for Wesleyan XC/TF, classical piano, guitar, playing music with friends, student worker at the Admission Office and Freeman Athletic Center.

    Favorite Moment at Wes (so far): Spring Fling my sophomore year; there’s always a great atmosphere after the last day of classes.

    Favorite Movie: Moneyball

    Favorite Song: Live Forever by Oasis

    Fun Fact: I know every country and capital in the world by memory.

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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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    Sam Goodykoontz '25

    Pronouns: He/Him

    Hometown: Chandler, Arizona 

    High School: Tempe Preparatory Academy 

    Major(s), Minors, Certificates: Double Major in English & Hispanic Literatures & Cultures, Minor in Education Studies

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    Why Wes? I wanted to experience an education where I could pursue my interests while still exploring many different subjects. With these factors in mind as well as financial aid, Wesleyan was the exact place for me. Since I began my freshman year, I have been deeply involved on campus in ways that I will carry over into my life after college. From collaboration in my classes, clubs, sports, and work, I truly feel like I am part of something bigger.

    Why I love being a tour guide: I love being a tour guide because I play an important role in prospective students deciding if Wesleyan is a place they can call home. 

    Extracurriculars: Residential Advisor, Men’s Crew Team, Argus Copy Editor, Slavei A Capella, WesInterpreters, Intercut

    Favorite Moment at Wes (so far): WesDay, Residential Advisor training, Slavei concert

    Favorite Movie: Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios, Sunset Boulevard 

    Favorite Song: Aute Cuture- Rosalía, Los Tontos- C. Tangana, Kiko Veneno

    Fun Fact: My favorite place to be on campus is Exley Science Center even though I am in no way a STEM person.


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    Saydie Grossman '26

    Pronouns: She/Her

    Hometown: Greenvale, Long Island, NY

    High School: Roslyn High School

    Major(s), Minors, Certificates: Intended Theater and Science in Society double major, with an Environmental Studies minor

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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 with Notably Sharp (a cappella), Triple Major (a cappella), Spike Tape (student-run theater), and I teach with the Adolescent Sexual Health Awareness Club (ASHA). I also do photography on campus and am involved with the Wesleyan Jewish Community!

    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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    Sierra van Wijk '25

    Pronouns: She/Any

    Hometown: Teaneck, NJ

    High School: Teaneck High School

    Major(s), Minors, Certificates: Triple major in Psychology, Sociology and Theater

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    Why Wes: Wes afforded me the opportunity to come to a University on my terms and with my financial abilities. When applying I just wanted to feel like I could figure out a way to make my mark wherever I could go and Wesleyan’s collaborative process is phenomenal in doing that. I wanted a school on the smaller side that wouldn’t force me down a certain path but allow me to maneuver one myself. Wesleyan was and is the place. I am so fortunate that I ended up here and wouldn’t change my choice for anything. am.

    Why I love being a tour guide: I love being a tour guide because I want to play a role in showing people the true Wes before they decide to make this institution their home. I was lucky with Wes being such a great fit for me despite my inability to visit due to COVID. I want to help make it so that this is far from the case for those coming to Wes and that they are eagerly looking forward to placing Wes in their top picks when applying after their visit.

    Extracurriculars: Student worker for Wesleyan Dining services, Residential Advisor, Rho Epsilon Pi, SPA Research Lab, Women of Color Collective 

    Favorite Class at Wes (so far): Intro to Playwriting with Professor Edwin Sanchez 

    Favorite Movie: 10 Things I Hate About You

    Favorite Song: Sometimes by Cub Sport

    Fun Fact: At 1 year old, I ran across FC Barcelona field at Camp Nou before the stadium guards caught me.  My father orchestrated it to live vicariously through me.
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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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    Thomas Lyons '26

    Pronouns: He/Him

    Hometown: Deerfield, MA

    High School: Deerfield Academy

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

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    Why Wes? A wonderful lack of academic or pre-professional stress mixed with the vibrant, bright, and witty student community that makes things happen.

    Why I love being a tour guide: The pandemic prevented me from touring Wesleyan when I applied, but I feel like I get to see Wesleyan's campus in a genuinely new light each tour. Living and working in a place for so many months, the surroundings can begin to feel mundane, but during each tour the seems again full of possibility.

    Extracurriculars: Outdoors Club Financial Manager, Standup Comedy Club Outreach Manager, Drummer in Student Bands, Chair of the Wesleyan Argus Editorial Board, Managing Editor of The John (Wesleyan's humor publication)

    Favorite Moment at Wes (so far): One night on a time crunch, just after drumming in the pit orchestra for student-written musical "Bonar," an homage (or was it a paean?) to Wesleyan's own "Hamilton," I raced across campus with my drumsticks and jumped through a senior house's open living room window to play a concert with my rock band.

    Favorite Movie: The Lunchbox

    Fun Fact: I hold a Guinness World Record