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What do YOU love about Wesleyan?

valentinocuevasvalentinocuevas Registered User Posts: 272 Junior Member
edited October 2008 in Wesleyan University
what makes u love wes?
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Replies to: What do YOU love about Wesleyan?

  • krongmankrongman - Posts: 78 Junior Member
    i would say "the people" but i'm not 100% decided either way as to individually where they all stand so i'll just be safe and go with "foss hill" instead
  • twomoretwomore Registered User Posts: 25 New Member
    What's the big whoop about Foss Hill anyway? From all the talk about it from Wesleyan types, I expected, I dunno what, but when I visited this summer it just looks like a really pretty grassy hill with a nice view of the river.
  • WeskidWeskid Registered User Posts: 1,288 Senior Member
    twomor: Whn it's a nic day out, hundreds of people will hang out on the hill. The vibe is awesome. Basically, it's like a really active quad, but in hill form, so that sledding and water slides are both possible. But the best part is def. the vibe when people poor out onto the hill for nice weather.
  • smartalic34smartalic34 Registered User Posts: 783 Member
    there is NOTHING better than sitting on the hill in autumn or spring: it's 4pm, classes are done for the day... you're with your friends and 300 other people, all just chilling on the hill, overlooking a great view... watching people play catch, or baseball, students ambling by... someone playing guitar... you have to experience it
  • krongmankrongman - Posts: 78 Junior Member
    and the best part about foss hill is the shrubbery, both the indigenous and the special grown-elsewhere-and-enjoyed-there kind...
  • Gabs91Gabs91 Registered User Posts: 513 Member
    smartalic34's description sounds amazing, just how I pictured college should be :)
  • madjoymadjoy Registered User Posts: 625 Member
    I have to agree - visiting Foss Hill over the summer is not visiting Foss Hill. It's the way it's used that's beautiful. Having over a thousand students crammed onto the hill at once in nice weather, talking, hanging out, doing homework, playing guitar, rolling down the hill, idly watching the baseball game. Mudsliding when there's a really good rain, sledding when it's snowed. And the fact that it's right there, smack dab in the middle of all the rest - it just feels like it's designed to build a community. How many other schools have their hang-out quad and also their football field right there in the middle of the campus, with everything else centered around it? It's the emotional heart of Wesleyan, in a lot of ways. Even if the hill itself, just looking at it, is just, well, a hill.

    But what I love most about Wesleyan is obviously... the student body. Let's face it. All the top liberal arts schools are going to have amazing professors (and Wes is no exception), a great library, lots of extracurricular opportunities. But it's the way that Wesleyan students make use of all these resources that makes it special. Students are smart and intellectual and enjoy learning and talk about their classes in their spare time - but they aren't competitive and obsessed with schoolwork. Not everyone is superpolitical, but pretty much everyone is passionate about whatever they do - whether it be activism or student-run theatre or baseball or tutoring or dance or, usually, many different of these things. I think it's the weird combination of students being laidback but passionate that does it for me. It's friendly and there's no pressure, but you still get caught up in the energy of everything. It's the type of thing you can't feel when you visit in the summer, because so few students are here, but it's also what makes Wesleyan Wesleyan.
  • limitedvocablimitedvocab Registered User Posts: 309 Junior Member
    omg, one of my absolute favorite things to do in high school was rolling down the school slopes. not just the hill. down the wheelchair ramps, and driveways, too. goodness, i'm weird.

    yay wes!
  • baller88baller88 Registered User Posts: 9 New Member
    and on super hot days, sometimes people make slip n slides.
  • CuriousDad999CuriousDad999 Registered User Posts: 29 New Member
    Would you fit in at Wesleyan if you are a fairly liberal, smart, hard working, outdoorsy, like to participate in some sports but not a "jock", down-to-earth, but really DO NOT enjoy politics, debating, intelectalism, or staying on top of the issues of the world?
  • smartalic34smartalic34 Registered User Posts: 783 Member
    I find that many types of people "fit in" at Wes, and that description is included. There is definitely a very large group of people on campus who are very into politics and the current world state of affairs, but that isn't everyone. many here are liberal, smart, hard working, and do outing club activities, for example (and do intramural sports) as you describe

    I think as long as someone has an appreciation (but not necessarily an interest) for worldly, political issues, then that represents the wesleyan ethos for the most part anyway
  • twomoretwomore Registered User Posts: 25 New Member
    ok... now i get it about foss hill! i visited again this fall. it was a pretty nice day and i wanted to sit out there on the grass all afternoon like the other kids who were hanging with friends, reading, arguing about politics and history, throwing frisbee, you name it. meebe i'll get to next year.
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