So at this point you are probably all thinking about orientation and how it’s only 2 weeks away! A big part of orientation is the First Year Matters (FYM) program. It begins over the summer with a little bit of summer reading, depending on which seminar you are assigned to, which all revolve around a theme. In this year’s case, the theme is Access. When you all arrive on campus, you will have the opportunity to attend several events and discussions that build off the reading you’ve done. Important note: you only have to read the selections posted on Moodle, not the entire books they come from (though you are certainly welcome to read as much as you like).
Another part of the FYM experience involves Feet to the Fire, which looks at the impact of climate change on our world through an interdisciplinary lens. You can find a couple of websites that provide additional information that is important for some Feet to the Fire events during Orientation. The Common Moment is the final part of the Feet to the Fire experience during orientation. “It will help demonstrate the exploration of the same issues through music and movement” as explained on the website. This year’s Common Moment will be led by Doug Varone, the amazing NYC-based dancer/choreographer.
So, do you really have to do this? No, you don’t have to, just like you don’t have to do your homework or even come to college. But I suggest you take full advantage of it because its an unique chance that you will never have again, especially Common Moment. It’s an event you share with your classmates that you will remember together as a collective thought, so don’t be that person who slept in or was out somewhere else. You will be in college for four years but FYM Common Moment only happens once.
As always, if you have any questions about orientation or anything else Wesleyan, please feel free to email us at peeradvisors[at]wesleyan[dot]edu. We are getting just as excited as you are about being back on campus!