Meet the Academic Peer Advisors

Hi everyone! My name is Darshana Banka and I am a rising junior at Wesleyan. I attended high school in Mumbai, India. I am a Neuroscience & Behavior and Psychology double major. I am on the pre-medicine track. I have taken courses in Economics as well and I am interested in pursuing public health policy down the road. Outside of peer advising, I am a Research Assistant in a Molecular Biology and Biochemistry lab doing yeast genetics and the Wesleyan Media Project doing health media research. I am also a Peer Tutor through the Dean’s Peer Tutoring Program. Apart from these ventures, I am the Secretary of Shakti (South Asian Student Coalition), Project Coordinator of the Wesleyan Therapy Dogs, Clinic Escort at the Hartford GYN Center, Project Co-Director of AskWes, and Co-Founder of WeSanskriti (South Asian Classical Dance Team). Outside of campus life, I love to go hiking with my friends, travel, play the guitar, and cook. I am really excited to meet all of you in the fall either virtually or in person. If you have any questions about transition to college as an international student, academics, or simply just want to chat about life at Wesleyan, please feel free to reach out to me at dbanka@wesleyan.edu.

Hi everyone! My name is Belle Brown and I’m part of the class of 2022, majoring in Government and Environmental Studies, with a minor in African American Studies. My hometown is Arlington, Virginia and I transferred to Wes as a sophomore from Emory University, so I’m here for you if you have any transfer related questions. Besides being a Peer Advisor, I’m also on the track team, work at Long Lane Farm, perform stand-up comedy with Awkward Silence, and am a member of WesACLU. In my free time, I enjoy being outdoors and cooking for my friends. I am so excited to work with you all this fall! Please don’t hesitate to reach out at bbrown03@wesleyan.edu with any questions or concerns you might have (again, especially about transferring!) or just to chat. Looking forward to getting to know you. Go Wes!

Hi! My name is Haley Brumberger, and I am an Earth & Environmental Science (E&ES) BA/MA student, so I’m in my fifth (and final) year at Wes working towards my Master’s degree. I finished my undergrad at Wes in May 2020 with an English and E&ES double major and a minor in the IDEAS (Integrated Design, Engineering, and Applied Science) program. I am from a suburb outside of Philadelphia, PA, and am a huge Flyers fan (and a huge hockey fan in general). I am also-in addition to being an Academic Peer Advisor and the intern in the office of Student Academic Resources-a Brother of the Co-Ed fraternity on campus (Psi Upsilon), a co-captain of the Wesleyan Club Ice Hockey Team, a member of the Wesleyan Ski and Snowboard team, and a student researcher in the Varekamp Volcanology lab (in the E&ES department). Before coming to Wesleyan, I took a gap year, which was incredible (please feel free to ask me about it)! When I arrived at Wesleyan after my gap year, I was pretty committed to pursuing Physics as a major. However, Wesleyan’s flexible curriculum allowed me to explore all the different areas of study that I am interested in-Studio Art, English, History, Environmental Science, and Math, to name a few-leading me to realize that I am more excited and passionate about other subjects. I would love to answer any questions, address any concerns, and provide advice on or insight into any problems you may have, so please do not hesitate to reach out to me at hbrumberger@wesleyan.edu. I look forward to meeting you, and welcome to Wes!

Hi! My name is Ariel Deutsch, and I am a senior from NYC double-majoring in the College of Social Studies and Italian Studies. Since my freshman year, I have served on the Wesleyan Student Assembly fighting to improve academic life on campus with initiatives like the Textbook Exchange Program. I also sat on the 2019-20 Educational Policy Committee. I am a student worker in Student Academic Resources where I help manage the Deans’ Peer Tutoring Program for which I am also a Peer Tutor. Last year, I had the opportunity to study abroad at the University of Bologna in Italy. In the CSS, I am the 2020-21 Government Preceptor and am currently writing a senior thesis! During my free time, I enjoy baking, hiking, and playing tennis. If you have any questions related to academics, or just want to chat over a coffee, email me at adeutsch@wesleyan.edu. Thanks, and I look forward to working with you!

Hi! My name is Anya Kisicki (she/her) and I’m a rising junior at Wesleyan. I hail from Phoenix, Arizona and I am double majoring in Government and in the College of Letters, a three-year multidisciplinary program that merges the studies of history, literature, and philosophy. I am also pursuing a minor in Film Studies. Outside of Peer Advising, I work at Wesleyan’s Office of Student Activities and Leadership Development to help plan student events on campus. You can also find me taking orders at the on-campus restaurant, WesWings, on Pocotopaug Lake with the Sailing Team, or in the 92 Theatre designing the lights for student-run theatre productions. Additionally, I am currently working to build a new campus group that focuses on creating space for non-cis males (womxn) interested in Film to network and hold campus-wide events. I am here as a resource for you, so if you have any questions at all about adjusting to life at Wesleyan, don’t hesitate to reach out by emailing me at akisicki@wesleyan.edu! I look forward to meeting you in the fall!

Hi! My name is Chaiyeon Lee and I am a rising junior at Wesleyan University. I was born in Seoul, South Korea, but I was raised in Queens, NYC. I am currently majoring in the College of Social Studies, an interdisciplinary major that encompasses topics like social theory, government, economics, and history. I am also pursuing an International Relation Certificate and a minor in the College of East Asian Studies. Outside of classes I am also involved in a variety of extracurricular activities and on campus jobs. I am currently on the board for identity groups on campus such as Wesleyan’s Asian American Student Collective and the Korean Student Association. I am also a part of the Wesleyan Student Assembly as a senator serving on the Student Life Committee. I also work various jobs on campus some of which include being a barista at pi cafe, a science library front desk worker, and a language partner and peer tutor for Korean. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions or interest in any of the things I mentioned above or matters beyond that of course! Feel free to reach out to me at clee03@wesleyan.edu

Hi! My name is Jack Leger. I am a member of the Class of 2021 here at Wesleyan. I am an Economics and Government double major and am pursuing a certificate in International Relations. I hail from Rye, New Hampshire, a small beach town on the East coast. On campus, I am a sports and opinion editor for the campus publication the Wesleyan Argus. Outside of school, I’m an avid hiker and plan on finishing all 48-4,000-foot peaks in New Hampshire, and I run in any local road race I can find. I also love soccer and support the Arsenal Gunners and play intra-mural soccer and basketball at Wes. Finally, I’ve taken a number of Spanish courses at Wes and studied in Madrid last spring. I come from a public high school and low-income background and found the culture at Wes to very different from what I was used to, so if you have any questions about adjusting please reach out to me at jleger@wesleyan.edu!

Hi! My name is Quentin Tan and I am a rising junior from Penang, Malaysia. I am currently the only College of Letters and College and East Asian Studies double major student at Wesleyan – and quite possibly the first Cardinal to do so – so I am no stranger to unorthodox but all the more rewarding academic explorations! I studied abroad my sophomore spring in Osaka, Japan and stumbled upon the outbreak of COVID-19 – making what is already a challenging academic experience in itself even more so! On campus, I am a Writing Mentor for the Writing Workshop (an amazing resource for students which I could not possibly recommend more highly) and a copy editor for the Wesleyan Argus. Occasionally, you may also find me grooving as a pianist in a number of Second Stage musical productions. I am a great fan of reading books from all around the world – Camus’ The Plague being one of my recent favorites – and Japanese literature, especially, is my ice cream at 3 a.m., so I would love to have tea and talk about recent reads with you! Please do not hesitate to reach out to me at htan03@wesleyan.edu, and I look forward to working with you in the fall!

Hi! My name is Jack Wang 2021 and I am a rising senior at Wesleyan. I was born and raised in Shanghai, China and I came to the States to study on my own at age 15. I have pursued a variety of academic interests at Wesleyan because I honestly had no idea what I wanted to major in. I have taken interesting courses from many disciplines including Sociology, Computer Science, Government, Psychology, Philosophy, Math, Spanish, Economics and Data Analysis. I eventually decided to major in Economics because it would allow me to pursue a combination of reading, writing and quantitative analysis. I truly love and appreciate my study abroad experience in Copenhagen, Denmark, despite the semester being cut short due to the pandemic. Now I would like to take a step further and help more students with diverse backgrounds and interests to optimize their academic experiences and maximize their potential. I organized a panel discussion to have a few of our peers share their advice, insights and wisdom on how to navigate summer experiences for international students. I have been a peer tutor for Math and Economics classes as well as a Chinese language partner. I’m a member of the Wesleyan Consulting Pathways Club, the Wesleyan Road to Finance Club and the Wesleyan Investment Group. I have also been involved in Wesleying and the Wesleyan Argus to create original content for the community. My biggest passion outside of school is to travel and I am fortunate enough to have visited over 25 countries across the globe. Please feel free to contact me about anything at cwang01@wesleyan.edu.

Hi! My name is Andi Wiley and I am from Alameda, CA. I am a rising junior here at Wesleyan, class of 2022, double majoring in Economics and Psychology with a Writing Certificate. Initially, I was not sure what I wanted to study, so I explored many subjects taking full advantage of the wide variety of classes that Wes has to offer. In addition to peer advising, I am also a peer tutor on campus as well as a volunteer tutor for Wesleyan’s Center for Prison Education, which is a program that extends the Wesleyan community and resources to offer incarcerated individuals the opportunity to receive college credit. I am also passionate and actively involved with WesBuds, a student group partnership with the Middlesex Transition Academy (MTA), a school for students 18-22 with intellectual or developmental disabilities. Beyond academics, I am on the Wesleyan Women’s Soccer team, which has challenged my time management and organizational skills. Further, as a member of the Student Athletic Advisory Committee, I understand the importance in balancing busy athletic schedules and rigorous academics. I am more than happy to answer questions, concerns, or to simply get to know you, so please reach out to me at anwiley@wesleyan.edu. Very much looking forward to the fall and meeting you all!

Hi! My name is Betsy Zaubler and I am a member of the class of 2021. I am from Montclair, NJ and I’m double majoring in American Studies and Theater and minoring in African American Studies. Outside of my majors, I have loved taking classes across many other disciplines at Wes, including in Sociology, Psychology, and Education Studies. On campus, I am involved in student theater and have directed two shows through Second Stage, as well as worked as a stage manager and assistant stage manager. Additionally, I am a member of the Alpha Delta Phi Society, a co-ed Greek literary society, and have volunteered as a mentor in Eye to Eye, a club where students with learning differences mentor local middle school students who also have learning differences. In my free time, I love to read, bake, and play with my dogs. I’m really excited to be working as an Academic Peer Advisor, and I am here for any questions or concerns you may have about academics or life at Wesleyan more generally. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me at ezaubler@wesleyan.edu!

Academic Interest Questionnaire

Please submit the Academic Interest Questionnaire by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, July 7.

WesPortal > New Student Checklist & Resources > Fall 2020 Summer Intention Form

This information you provide will help us assign you to a faculty advisor, and will provide valuable information about your academic interests to your class dean.

Based upon your responses, we will do our best to assign you to a faculty advisor who shares an academic interest with you, or who will be teaching one of your courses in the Fall.

If you have any questions, please contact your class dean:

  • First-year students — David Phillips, Dean for the Class of 2024, at dphillips@wesleyan.edu, 860-685-2757.
  • Sophomore transfers —Jennifer Wood, Dean for the Class of 2023, at jpwood@wesleyan.edu, 860-685-2758.
  • Junior transfers — Renée Johnson-Thornton, Dean for the Class of 2022, at rjohnson01@wesleyan.edu, 860-685-2765.

Thinking About the Three-Year Option?

Are you interested in possibly saving 20 percent or more of the total cost of your Wesleyan education?

It takes hard work and careful planning to graduate in three years, but the reward is a significant reduction in the cost of the degree and a head start on life post-Wesleyan. While the Three-Year Option is not for everyone, this more economical path to graduation may be of genuine interest to students who are willing to earn extra credit during winter or summer sessions, or during the academic year.

There are many ways to navigate the Three-Year Option, but all pathways require a carefully thought out plan for completing one’s major and earning the 8.00 additional credits that are needed to reach 32.00 credits by the end of the sixth semester.

If you are seriously thinking about pursuing the Three-Year Option, please schedule an appointment with Dean David Phillips as soon as possible. Dean Phillips will review your academic record and help you design a personalized plan for navigating the next three years, tailored to your educational goals.

Contact Dean Phillips at dphillips@wesleyan.edu to schedule an appointment.

More information about the Three-Year Option can be found at

https://www.wesleyan.edu/academics/journey/3year.html

Placement Test Information

All new students who are interested in taking math or language courses should take the appropriate placement exams by July 7.  To access the exams, got to

WesPortal > New Student Checklist & Resources > Placement Test

You will then be redirected to Moodle, where you can choose the exams you wish to take.

This video offers some helpful advice on the placement exam process:

WesPortal and the New Student Checklist

By now you should have received an email with information about your WesID, username, and login credentials, which will give you access to your Wesleyan email and WesPortal accounts.  WesPortal is your gateway to online tools, information, and resources related to all aspects of your Wesleyan experience.  WesPortal provides access to your academic history, general education report, and course schedule; WesPortal is used to pre-register for courses and apply for study abroad; WesPortal provides student account balance information, and is a place where you can update your personal profile and emergency contact information.  If you haven’t activated your WesPortal login credentials yet, you should do so as soon as possible.

This summer, when you login to WesPortal, you should make a point of frequently checking the New Student Checklist.  The checklist will keep you informed of required upcoming tasks and deadlines that are a necessary part of the process of becoming a Wesleyan student, including submission of the Academic Interest Questionnaire, taking placement tests for math and foreign languages, submitting health forms required by the State of Connecticut, and uploading a photo of yourself for your WesID card. In July you will be using WesPortal to pre-register for Fall courses and indicate your First-Year Seminar preferences.

A video providing a more comprehensive overview of the features of WesPortal can be found through this link.

Student Academic Resources

Student Academic Resources coordinates programs for intellectual enrichment and academic support. The goals are to foster a community culture that recognizes the relationship between intellectual growth and personal development; to ensure that students know about and are encouraged to seek out appropriate services; and to share information among programs and constituents to ensure the provision of high quality and accessible services that facilitate academic achievement for all students.

Faculty and Student Advising Handbook

As you make plans for the Fall, please review the Faculty and Student Advising Handbook. The Handbook is designed to help you achieve your educational goals by providing advice on how to get the most out of your relationship with your faculty advisor as you build your program of study over the course of your Wesleyan career. The Handbook also provides information about academic departments and programs, graduation requirements, study abroad, the major declaration process, academic support services for students, and the procedures of the Honor Board and the Community Standards Board.