Wesleyan College - Comments and Student Experiences|
If you are considering Wesleyan here are some things you need to know.
1. It's tiny. No, really. My high school was bigger. Ignore whatever the college says online or the admissions people tell you about the number of students. In truth, there are about 400 students here (give or take) and you will see them ALL THE TIME for the next four years.
2. The sexual atmosphere is weird. No, Wesleyan isn't a convent. It's also not completely full of lesbians. But you are likely to be harassed (or bullied) by one of the militant black lesbians. Seriously, think orange is the new black. And when you complain, some naive little white girl who had never even heard of being gay before college will tell you how you are trying to oppress her rights.
3. Wesleyan could be really beautiful. From a distance it is. But up close it's a different story. The buildings are either brand new and nice (Taylor Hall and the Science Center) or falling down. The library literally smells like mildew and cat pee. Last year, the college started building a new chapel. I think it would have been better to fix up some of the other buildings instead of building a big, expensive building for the 15 girls who actually go to chapel.
4. The administration is obsessed with China. The school has worked out some sort of a deal with a University in China to bring lots of international students to Wesleyan. They say it is going to help the college with money or something. Practically, it means that a bunch of the people in my classes are Chinese. It might be cool if Wesleyan's American students got the change to do a semester in China. So far, it seems to be a one way thing.5. I thought I got a pretty decent scholarship when I came to Wesleyan. It turns out everyone gets a pretty decent scholarship to come to Wesleyan. I don't know anyone who isn't getting a scholarship or some sort of financial aid. If the admissions office tries to make you feel like the scholarship they offer you is a big deal or it is super competitive, don't believe it. You'll be one of many.
The academics are phenomenal. Professors hold you accountable and treat you not only as a student but as a professional. This isn't a place for individuals who want to sleep through class, half-ass work, and think they can slide by. No. Yes, it is expensive but not nearly as most private colleges and universities.
There are many opportunities for personal growth to become a leader, team member, sister, and more.
The sisterhood aspect is a huge factor there and has deep rooted meaning and value. That is what I cherished the most. I made the best friends of my life and know that I can't ask for better people to have gotten to grow, mature, and better ourselves with.
I do think that Wesleyan College enables a sense of entitlement that can be a bit off putting to some. We all feel like our individuality and opinion is of the upmost importance and one can easily forget we are only a big fish in a small pond.
There are certain staff that need to be replaced with professionals that are alumna of the school. Things change and evolve but the agenda as to which is not of the students or the school's best interest but theirs. Which isn't fair.
Favorite students are the gems of the school which is okay but out of a total population if less than 600 students, variety can be used more there.
Socially, fun is where you make it, but Wesleyan is very exclusive. It isn't the students, it's administration. they are broadening out to the surrounding local colleges but efforts could be better. As far as for the atmosphere, NO! WESLEYAN COLLEGE IS NOT A CONVENT NOR IS IT LAND TO ALL LESBIANS. It's actually an insult because just as there are homosexuals in any place you go, Wesleyan is no different. Wesleyan is a place where any one can be valued as an individual, not by their sexual orientation, race, etc. Many women there have steady relationships with men and are not raging lesbians or feminists. And if some are that's okay too. Wesleyan teaches one to be aware of self, others, and their community. We teach accountability, leadership, professionalism, growth, faith, sisterhood, and many other things. I value my experience here and wouldn't trade it for the world.