Hello Class of 2015!
I hope you’re as excited as I am for the new year to begin. I’m really looking forward to getting to know all of you.
So, a few things to think about as the semester begins…
• University housing will open for returning students at 9:00 a.m. this Saturday and classes
will begin on Monday.
• You should be really diving into the major this year and building both stronger
relationships and intellectual bridges with your professors and faculty advisor, as they
will be crucial to your success within your chosen field both at Wesleyan and beyond.
• The more effort that you put into solidifying your major and (I know, shudder!) thinking
about post-Wesleyan plans now, the more productive and enjoyable your senior year will
be. For example, this year can be a good time to drop in on the Career Center to explore
different opportunities and resources.
• Please keep degree requirements in mind. You must earn 32.00 credits without
oversubscription, 16.00 of which must be Wesleyan credits; complete a major; earn a
GPA of at least 74.00; and have six semesters of residency as a full-time student (four
semesters if a junior transfer or five semesters if a sophomore transfer). In order to be
sure that you’re on track, you’ll want to check your credit analysis report on a regular
basis as well as connect with your major advisor to discuss completion of major
• If you’re planning to do an honors thesis next year, it can be extremely helpful to begin
the process of lining up an advisor and narrowing down the topic before the end of this
semester, particularly as there are summer research grants that you might apply for in the
Please keep in mind that Fall Break will take place from the end of the day on Friday, October 18 until 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 23 (as if I have to remind you!).
I’m also putting together a pizza party for next Sunday (9/8) so hat we can get together as a class; more details to follow. I would love to have some music, so if there are any bands made up of ‘15ers, please send me an email (email@example.com).
Finally, I’d like to pull together any veteran Class Council members (as well as any juniors who are interested in joining for the first time) so as to rebuild our Class Council and make it as strong and as vibrant as it can be.
I know that many of you were close to Dean Garrett and many of you were saddened by his departure; I’m going to do my very best to fill his very big shoes.
Please pop by to say hello when you’re in North Hall and again, I am thrilled to be your new dean.
p.s. I promise that I will be at Wesleyan for a long, long time!