On a lovely and temperate fall day in late October, FASA organized an apple-picking trip at Lyman Orchards, about half an hour away from Wesleyan campus. The trip was open to the Wesleyan public and many non-FASA members came along for the ride.

The sun was shining brightly as we reached our destination, and hills of orange hue surrounded all around, making for a stunning view with the best colors of fall.


Blood red apples hung temptingly from the branches of the apple trees, ripe for the picking. What a treat it was to reach out, pluck an apple, and sink into the sweetness, juice dribbling down our chins!

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Here are some photos of the participants enjoying themselves:

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We returned with stomachs and bags full of apples, fresh air in our lungs, and happiness in our hearts, all blessings of Mother Nature’s rich bounty.



Written by Justin Liew ‘18

Victor Goh ’16 on WesZone

*This article is the first in a series of casual chats with FASA seniors who are involved with a personal project, or juniors who are studying abroad. Today, we visit Victor Goh ’16 from Singapore to find out more about his project WesZone, your go-to karaoke service provider at Wesleyan!


Conceptions: How It All Started

“It all began back in Singapore when I wanted to have some good old-fashioned fun with my friends. I got the idea to use iTunes mobile, turning my mobile phone into a remote to play songs and project music, and we had a lot of fun goofing around and singing amateur karaoke.

“During my freshman winter break, I stayed over on campus at 200 Church and had the time to experiment with new things… usually we just sang along to songs without mics or anything, but after a while I decided to buy some mics, a mixer, and a projector, to improve the experience and make it more enjoyable. One of my first events was a 200 Church ResLife event and it was great singing and interacting with the community.

“Next thing I knew, I was also using the equipment for FASA events, and we had so much fun with it! People were singing along to all sorts of songs in different languages, in solos, duets, and groups, etc… the kind of interactions it encouraged was a very positive thing for me and I realized I was onto something good here.

“Someone pointed out to me that since people really liked it, why not expand it to the whole Wesleyan campus as a business, and charge people for the services and equipment rental? Actually, I’ve had that thought for a while. I’ve been interested in entrepreneurship in the past, creating some apps—though nothing worked out, I found the whole experience really fun and it gave me an adventurous sense of entrepreneurship.

“My first step was to get clients, and I chose Usdan, because they are involved in organizing student activities. I figured it’d be easier to start with a departmental or institutional setting because they know how to attract students. So I made a pitch to Michelle from Usdan, lugging along all of my equipment and showing her how the entire process works— from selecting songs on the iPhone, making a queue that can be transferred wirelessly to the laptop, and playing it on the projector. She thought it was really cool, and I sealed the deal that day! That was my very first paying customer.”

Carving out a Niche

“The next challenge was reaching out to certain populations at Wes. I think the American conception of karaoke is usually singing solo in a public setting like a pub or something… but the way we do it back home and in Asia is different— we do it in a private room with some close friends.  It’s much more informal and casual, you know? You don’t have to be good at singing or anything like that—no one’s judging you and you’re just having fun.

“This is the kind of social space that I’m looking to create – an intimate social environment where you can have fun with a bunch of friends, and even meet some new people through other mutual friends. Personally, I prefer a more private setting where you can talk about things and life without loud music blasting. I think once people give it a try they might like it and do it more frequently in the future, especially with the affordable rates we offer to student groups or individual students – a mere $15/ hour, which is very cheap given that the cost is spread out amongst a group.”

Expansion and Recruitment

“WesZone has given me valuable business experience trying to grow nothing into something—and also gave me an opportunity to get involved with certain communities that I would not otherwise have access to.

“What we would like to do next is train underclassmen to take over this organization, because most of our current members are graduating next year. It can be difficult to get people to commit to WesZone, with the plethora of things offered at a campus like Wes… but I think we are quite unique in what we can offer, especially for those with an interest in entrepreneurship.

“Besides technical technological skills, they learn invaluable business practices such as accounting, marketing, and sales… most importantly, we are an independent organization that is not accountable to the school or WSA. We are self-sustainable and we do not have budget constraints from the Student Budget Committee, so strategic decisions can be made independently and there is greater leeway to generate revenue and grow as a business (since conception, the year-to-year revenue growth has been over 70%). We’re not just restricted to karaoke services—if someone wishes to diversify, we are open to investing in other initiatives.

“Currently, Usdan and Reslife are our biggest clients, and it’s great because they have their own resources for marketing the karaoke events. I’ve managed to build a fairly good relationship with an Area Coordinator (Emily) and she has been helping me a lot by sending emails to the RAs and dorms about the services we provide. Recently, we’ve even begun hosting events at Vines on Church and perhaps will expand to other bars/board games cafes in the area, though we are limited by our manpower capacity.”

Looking Forward

“I want to use WesZone as a vehicle to propel even more campus initiatives that cater to the greater Wes community. The revenue generated from WesZone can be used as capital to fund other independent initiatives, and students who are involved can learn hands-on entrepreneurship experience, instead of being limited to inspirational and informative entrepreneurship talks. Eventually, we would ideally have an umbrella of initiatives, with one leading to the funding of another. This raises awareness and possibilities where students can identify spaces that cater to the demands of the community and provide lasting value.”

Last Words

“Don’t restrict what you do on campus to what is available—if there is something you really want to pursue, try your utmost to make that a reality! Look for resources to achieve what you want to do, take charge of what you’re interested in, and who knows, you could come up with something totally new and original.”

*For your Karaoke needs, WesZone can be reached at or via FB at Rates are $15/h for student organizations and private house events. If you’d like to be involved, don’t hesitate to reach out!

Written by Justin Liew ‘18

FASA Class of 2019 Freshman Features #1

Hi! This year we will be continuing on the yearly tradition of posting Freshman Features on the FASA blog. Get to know your new Freemans from the Class of 2019! We have asked a few questions to these new Wesleyan students about their life back at home and their new life here at Wes!

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Where is your favourite place to do schoolwork?

The third floor of Olin library.

What has been your favourite class this semester?

I’d say my favorite class right now is Environmental History and Visual Studies. This course allows me to have a broad perspective on environmental change and issue since we look at them through visual images and films, which express more than words can describe. I was also able to visit the special collection at Olin as a class, and I’m loving writing image analyses for this class (although I usually don’t like writing papers.)

What do you do when you miss home?

Eat cup noodles:) Or, hit up every single family member and friend until I find someone who can skype regardless of the thirteen hour time difference.

Do you have a plan on what classes you are going to take next semester?

Yes! So far, I’m thinking of taking Intro to Network Analysis, Intro to Programming, Multivariable Calc and the Study of Film music.

Where is your favourite place to do schoolwork?

Foss hill

What has been your favourite class this semester?

Acting One. Damn it! It was soooo fun! We run, jump, roll on the floor and hug each others in the class. The scenes we act are super creative and fun like when I shot my dad’s girlfriend and escaped from jail. We spent most of the time laughing. We also have field trips. It’s a class that we can truly make friends with each others because of our intimate interaction.

 Do you have a plan on what classes you are going to take next semester?

– Private Vocal Course
– Painting
– Econ
– Politics

What do you do when you miss home?

Go hang out with friends

Freeman Asian Scholars Dinner Fall 2015

The ground was a sea of yellow and brown, as the merry colors of fall began to fade away into the brilliant whiteness of winter. It was a fine, temperate Saturday evening, the 17th of October, as the Freeman Scholars of Wesleyan gathered for group photos on the steps of the Wesleyan Film Center. While most scholars donned (semi) formal wear, kudos to those who sported colorful traditional costumes from their home countries!


After the photo shoot, the annual Freeman Scholar’s Dinner was held in the warmth of Beckham Hall, Wesleyan University. It was a fancy affair indeed! Smartly­ dressed waiters waltzed around with silver plates of Asian finger food such as sushi, deep­fried spring rolls, and samosas; and drinks were available at an open bar.


After some opening remarks from Barbara­Jan Wilson (Vice President for University Relations) and John Driscoll (the ‘Fight Song Guy’), everyone tucked in to enjoy a scrumptious three­course meal.

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Every year, the incoming freshman class and outgoing senior class will treat the audience to a performance. The freshmen performance was culturally illuminating and diverse— showcasing Indonesian dance by Amira, Thai music by Pi, Chinese opera by Olivia, and everyone coming together for a grand sing­along in the finale.

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The senior class screened some extremely entertaining videos and performed a skit that involved an investment banking interview, people in large boxes, crudely drawn self­ portraits, and a good dose of philosophical confusion.

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Many Freeman alumni made it to the dinner for a nostalgic trip down memory lane, and donated to the Freeman Fund for future scholars. Everyone who donated received a complimentary Polaroid picture for sentimental keepsakes.

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The event was a success, and everyone left with smiles on their faces. The fun didn’t end there— an after­party was held at a Freeman seniors’ house that lasted into the wee hours of morning! ‘Eat, drink, and be merry’, as the saying goes, and indeed, who could ask more of life?

Written by Justin Liew

Fall 2015 FASA Potluck and Election


On September 19th, this year’s FASA potluck took place, welcoming eleven new members to the FASA family. Attendance was unprecedentedly high and the community felt like a family more than ever. After a brief introduction by each of the scholars, FASA Co‐Chair Victor went through all the events that the EXCO had organized for the past year and the announced the fruit of our fundraising effort. Victor’s team also initiated several reforms of the EXCO’s operational and financial structures that aimed to make the team more efficient and transparent. Changes include launching the new Media and Publications Committee (MPC) under the EXCO and channeling part of the money raised to organizing social events for current scholars. These were well‐received by all members.

We also elected a new EXCO, whose enthusiasm and reliability would help to further foster the bonds between our members. This year’s EXCO includes:

Victor Goh​



​Carlo Medina



​Jiyoon Park



​Eki Ramadhan



​Amanda Yeoh



​Tuan Nguyen



​Olivia Cai



​Aqila Putri



​Gayon Yang



Wilson Lai



Justin Liew



By now, many must wonder how the food was. Please see below for several pictures from the event and of what our scholars prepared for the potluck.

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Our Freeman spirit, it lives on!!!

Written by Tuan Nguyen

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