I already knew that excitement would get the best of me when it came to sleeping, but I tried to sleep anyways. I woke up around 5 AM, trying to beat Nick to the showers, but ended up packing for our tours today instead. However, I was still able to finish taking my shower right before Nick woke up. Nick, Ying-An, Mr. Crosby, and I went down to the hotel restaurant at opening time, 6:30 AM, and ordered our breakfast. The food, and the rest of our group, came around 7:00 AM. The girls didn’t have time to order anything, but they ate off an order that we weren’t going to finish.
We left for Wesleyan around 7:30 AM in our large bronze Suburban. The drive was about an hour long, in which I stole my sleeping hours back from. We quickly walked into the Administration Office to try to escape the morning drizzle. A few minutes later, a student named Danny came up and introduced himself to us. Danny is a rising senior in Wesleyan and would be our tour for the morning. Something interesting and sad was that he had to wear sunglasses during most of the tour outside because he had some very strong allergies. Either way, he did very well.
|One of the program houses at Wesleyan|
|One of the libraries in Wesleyan|
After, we went to look at the sports center at Wesleyan. There were a lot of indoor arenas, such as an indoor track, a hockey rink, an indoor pool, and so on. Wesleyan is part of Division 3, in which their sports are less radical than other schools. Other schools who are part of Division 3 with Wesleyan are Tufts, Middlebury, and Hamilton. According to Danny, Wesleyan coaches are very understanding when it comes to sports versus academics. They will be sympathetic when you explain to them about upcoming exams and other academically related events.
|Indoor swimming pool at Wesleyan|
We basically concluded the tour with an informational session, which was somewhat dull. I think that if the session was more engaging rather than all “informational”, we might have been more progressive rather than half awake. Our lunch was delivered directly to the Wesleyan Admissions Office and we ate in one of the rooms in the office. One of the faculty members, Chris, actually joined us as we ate and answered some of our questions. I felt like the conversation was the most productive part of the whole tour because we were actually able to get into the philosophical ideas in regards to Wesleyan and liberal arts schools in general.
|Theodore Dwight Woolsey (longest president|
I am not ashamed to say that I was asleep the whole way back from Yale to the hotel, because everyone fell asleep at least once (with the exception of Mr. Crosby because he was driving and Ms. Kaplan). By the time we got back to the hotel, we had to rush and quickly get dressed for our dinner with the Yale alumni. The dinner was scheduled for 6:30 PM.
|One of the colleges at Yale|
|Nate eating his sundae and Charlotte|
|Lemon Sorbet order for dessert at Providence Prime|