I wanted to attend a college with less riff-raff, folks just going to college so they didn't have to work and get parents on their back, etc., than my last jr. college. Since the admissions process was tougher than your average college (essay, submit artwork, writing, teacher recommendations) I figured the girls there would be more focused on learning (I was right).
I was really sold of this school's sloan "Women First." I'm a shy person and I thought that Wesleyan would help bring me out and empower me. The admissions people are very nice and I really got caught in the excitement of going to this school.
However, it all came crashing down for me.
There's two types of teachers at Wesleyan:
1) Teachers that treat you like your still in high school. They give tons of busy work that has nothing to do with their exams and pointless groupwork. They will take up your cell phone if they see it out (even if your not using it). They lock the doors, so they know when someone leaves...kinda seem to freak out if you go to the bathroom or get some water.
2) Teachers that are self-absorbed, arrogant and don't teach you anything. They just assign work and criticize it, without giving you examples of how it should look/be.
Wesleyan must be a great place to work because teachers will cancel class if something comes up in their life, but they want you to email them ahead of time if your sick. If you don't turn your work in on the due date it's an F, but they can take their sweet time grading your work, promise to give handouts, etc and still not have them two weeks later.
There's also two types of students at Wesleyan:
1) Sweet, innocent-ish good girls, who probably picked Wesleyan to make their parents happy (not worrying about boys, partying, etc)
2) Boyish, I don't need a man, I'm better than all men, yet slightly bitter girls
A lot of the girls are quiet, shy which makes the group-based learning at Wesleyan stupid. A lot of the classes require you to speak in class, which basically, in those classes, the teacher will sit back and ask you the questions and demand that you teach them something. So you go home at night, read your book, and then repeat everything aloud for the teacher the next day. Great if you like to talk in class a lot, Wesleyan is for you.
Again because most of the girls are quiet types, everyone seems to stick with their roommates. So, if your a transfer student it's harder to meet people. The social events are all educational at Wesleyan...foreign films, speakers, professors talking about their research, etc. There's not a lot things just for fun. You have to go to 8-10 "social" events a year or they charge you money. Which is difficult because a lot of the time they don't announce the events far enough in the future for you to plan to go and it takes away from studying.
The outside of the campus is beautiful, probably the only thing I still like. But the insides could use work. The carpet is stained and needs replacing. The chairs in class are uncomfortable. Part of the wall in the library looks like it has termite damage/damaged sheetrock. The vending machines are old, if you don't have the right change, out of luck. Many of the bathroom stalls don't have working locks. This is a WOMENS College, but there's no tampon/pad machines anywhere. The nicest building I've been in is the BIO building because it's new and clean and the air works.
Furthermore, the college nurse is a joke. A lot of the students try to get in to see her and she tells them to come back later again and again. They updated the foodline because people complained, but it's still bad.
So, anyhow, my advice if you are thinking about Wesleyan, the perfect Wesleyan student is:
Very hardworking, very outgoing, likes to talk in class a lot, likes the heat (Macon is a hot, hot place)Things I liked about Wesleyan: Outside of the campus, It's history, the library cat, parking's not bad, I always felt safe on campus