James Kellner of Verona, N.J. attended WesFest with his mother, Michele Kellner, and grandmother, Maria Montoto.
More than 500 admitted students and their families descended on Wesleyan’s campus for WesFest, the annual celebration of all things Wesleyan. Between Wednesday, April 17 and Friday, April 19, they were treated to dozens of tours, panels, lectures and demonstrations to acquaint them with Wesleyan’s academics, student organizations, athletics and facilities.
On Friday around noon, the sun came out and visitors took a break to enjoy a barbecue lunch on Foss Hill while a student band played.
Admitted student Cloie Logan of Albuquerque, N.M. visited Wesleyan with her parents, Nina Logan and Jimmy Miranda. (Photos by Olivia Drake)
Cloie Logan and her parents came all the way from Albuquerque, N.M. Cloie fell in love with Wesleyan after visiting as a high school junior, and was accepted early decision I.
“Basically since December, I’ve been aching to be here,” she said. At WesFest, she said, “I ate a lot of really delicious food, went to a comedy show, saw Prometheus, went to a few department office hours, and visited the Argus,” where she hopes to work as a student.
James Kellner of Verona, N.J. also was admitted early decision. He visited Wesleyan with his mother and grandmother, and met with the coach of the wrestling team, which he plans to join. He plans to study economics.
“I like it a lot. I like the people, the diversity,” he said. “Just the vibe here—it’s relaxed and easygoing.”
Accompanied by her parents and younger sister, Anne Chen of New York City had heard President Michael Roth speak earlier in the day, and took a tour. Her initial impressions of Wesleyan: “It’s really friendly and open. It’s a really supportive community. People seem really creative.”
Malaysia Johnson of Prince Frederick, M.D. visited with her mother and grandmother. After attending a student-to-student panel, she said, “I was impressed with how active the students at Wesleyan are with volunteering and things like that.”
Malaysia Johnson of Prince Frederick, M.D. attended a student-to-student panel and was impressed by how active Wesleyan students are in community service. She is pictured with her mother, Glenda Johnson, and her grandmother, Delois Johnson.
Jackson Dumont of Albany, N.Y. attended a class on astronomy, which he found, “really interesting.”
“I like all the different academic opportunities available to me at Wesleyan,” he said.
Lucy Salwen of Amherst, Mass. visited with her mother. She sat in on an environmental science class, stayed overnight with a current student host, saw a performance by Prometheus—“That was really cool. A little scary.”—and attended a co-ed ultimate Frisbee team practice.
“I’ve been walking around campus and seeing the same faces again. It seems like a nice size,” she said.
VIDEOS and PHOTOS of the event are below. View the complete WesFest photo gallery on the Wesleyan Flickr page.
An admitted student reads through her WesFest literature at Usdan’s Huss Courtyard on April 17.
WesFest picnic on Foss Hill Apri;l 19.
Happy families at WesFest!
Admitted students joined current students for lunch behind Usdan University Center.
A WesFest campus tour passes through College Row on April 17.
Admitted students mingle at a student-to-student panel April 17 in Usdan University Center.
At the student-to-student panel, current Wesleyan students led an honest and informative discussion about life, academics and activities at Wesleyan.
Guy Davidson ’83, P’16 spoke to parents of admitted students at a parent-to-parent panel April 17 in Beckham Hall.
Students showed off their talents as both designers and models in the annual Student of Color Fashion Show during WesFest.
WesFest registration takes place inside the Office of Admission.
Admitted students and their families learned about the benefits of a liberal arts education during a session on “The Power of Liberal Arts” hosted by the Wesleyan Career Center on April 17.
Families visiting for WesFest enjoy the spring weather outside Usdan University Center.
An admitted student asks about Wesleyan’s faculty during another student-to-student panel.
Dina Kaplan ’93 delivered the WesFest keynote address April 17 on “Learning to Trust Your Gut.” Named one of Fortune Magazine’s “Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs” Kaplan is co-founder of Blip. Blip hosts and distributes thousands of original series, from scripted dramas and comedies to shows about fashion, sports and video games. Before Blip, Kaplan was an Emmy-award winning television news reporter and an associate producer for MTV News. She founded the Calliope Group to support women tech pioneers. After graduating with her degree from the College of Social Studies at Wesleyan, Kaplan worked at the White House as director of research for the Office of the White House counsel in the Clinton Administration.
As part of WesFest, Wesleyan students presented “Invisible Men,” a forum for people who identify as men of color to comfortably discuss issues pertaining to their community. The forum provided positive support for one another, and pursued personal growth within a shared context. The show’s theme was “momentum. The event took place April 17 in Beckham Hall.