Month: April 2015 (page 1 of 2)

FASA Class of 2018 Freshman Features #4

Aqila Listya Putri — Indonesia


  • What is your current project/homework/paper that takes the most of your sleeping/Netflix time?

Econ research paper, Government research paper, and Entrepreneurship business model presentation.

  • What is your summer plan?

I’m waiting for confirmation for an internship back in Jakarta! If everything works as I hope it will, I’ll be learning a lot about human trafficking during my internship.

  • What do you do when you miss home?

Telling myself that I should be grateful with all the opportunities I get here at Wes and start bombarding my sister with silly LINE stickers

  • Say a few things to future potential freeman scholars!

Don’t be afraid to try new things and don’t be afraid to ask. Ask your friends, professors, school administrator, everyone. (and don’t forget to check in early if you want to work at Olin)


Duong  Vu — Vietnam


  • What do you do when you miss home?

I silently weep in the closet.

Just kidding, having great friends here makes me feel like home, so it offsets that feeling quite a lot.

  • Something that makes you really happy this semester?

Besides having awesome company, probably discovering my real passion and them tasty banana bread loafs in WesShop.

  • Have you attended performances at Wes? What is your favorite (or two) performance(s)?

A piano performance by Kim Cheol Woong, a talented North Korean artist who defected from the country to pursue his passion. Wonderful to listen to not only his music, but also his amazing story of dedication and perseverance.

And the Winter Dance last semester by Wes students (Aqila!). First time seeing contemporary dance live, for me, and it was confusingly and breathtakingly mind-blowing.

  • Biggest culture shock?

Sparkling water. Just, why..?

  • What is your favorite class so far?

Drawing I with Julia Randall. You really get to improve your skills in this class; so interesting a class because it forces you to fail repeatedly and, most of the time, miserably and learn from those mistakes. Also, the professor deserves every compliment. She’s knowledgeable, straightforward, constructive, and funny too. Class has never had a down moment thanks to her energy. Anyone can take it, even those who have no idea how to draw (much like I was on entering the class), and just enjoy the experience.


Trip to Sleeping Giant Mountain

After months of horrid winter, the weather has finally turned for the better! Over 20 enthusiastic people took advantage of the perfect sunny weather by going on a hike to Sleepy Giant State Park. The hike was held on Apr 18, Saturday, and was co-sponsored by the Freeman Asian Scholars Association (FASA) and Outhouse.

Despite the early meeting time, most participants were already assembled at10am in Outhouse. Posse Scholars and QuestBridge Scholars counted among the participants, and the event served to enable different communities to interact with one another. After a brief introductory session, we were quickly scooted off to our destination – Sleepy Giant!

Near Quinnipiac University, the mountain is a popular hiking spot for students and residents living in the region. Many hikers were seen at the foot of the mountain ready for their ascend on this wonderful Saturday morning. The heat wasn’t bad at all, and was a nice welcome after the record winter temperatures that plagued the Northeastern region. We could no longer wait! After an hour of climbing and chatting, we soon arrived at the lookout tower at the peak of the mountain. We quickly clambered together to take a group-shot, eager to show how sporty we were.

Despite the sleepy creature that lay below us, we were as energetic as ever throughout the journey. Thank you to everyone who participated in the hike, and we hope to see you all at the next FASA event


Picture and text by Victor Goh

FASA Class of 2018 Freshman Features #3

It’s time for Freshman Features again!

Hui Yao Ong — Singapore


  • Where is your favorite place to do schoolwork?

Olin–it’s quiet enough that you feel pressured to not cough or sneeze. Or, the lounge in my building, since my friends are there to help me procrastinate.

  • What do you do when you miss home?

Think of how excited I was to come to Wes before freshman fall, and be grateful that I’m here.

  • Biggest culture shock?

People rolling down foss hill. Then I became one of them

  • Give us your Wesleyan first impressions V.S. now!

First impression: people are too cool; Now: ok, maybe only some.

  • How do you spend your weekends?

Pre-game, (maybe) parties, performances, movies, whey station, breakfast pail, procrastination, work, the cycle repeats.


Stefan Luk — Hong Kong


  • What is your current project/homework/paper that takes the most of your sleeping/Netflix time?

Planning to fit two episodes of house of cards into my schedule, then ending up spending two episodes worth of time doing so, then ending up not watching two episodes of house of cards. The struggles.

  • What are some things that you would totally recommend bringing from home to Wes?

Mum, because your lost wes id needs to be found.

  • How do you spend your weekends?

I sleep then its monday again. Let the butchery begin.




FASA & Friends Karaoke Night

On 4/11, a Saturday night, the FASA community gathered with their friends at Triple A for a fun night of karaoke. With 40+ people and 50+ songs, we filled the house with singing, chatting, and laughter from 9:00 PM all the way until 12:30… Not to mention all the fun with Mario Kart and Super Smash Bros! Check some pictures below:


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Finally, a big shout out to Victor Goh, one of the co-chairs of ExCo, for providing the karaoke equipment. Book your own karaoke event at

Thanks for coming and we hope to see you again soon!

FASA Class of 2018 Freshman Features #2

Second Freshman Features brought to you by SAC!

Shizua Hatori — Japan


  • Where is your favorite place to do schoolwork?

On my bed because after a few minutes I live in my dream.

  • What is your plan for this last half of spring semester that can only be done during this period?

I am planning to wear three pairs of cute sandals that I got during spring break. It has not happened yet.

  • Biggest culture shock?

Everyone eats a peach without peeling its skin.

  • What is your favorite class so far?

GOVT157 — you get three countries for papers. You also learn three major theories in class and you talk about each country from one of the three theories.

  • How crazy is your sleep schedule?

Tuesday – Thursday : 5-6hours of sleep. Usually go to bed past 2am and wake up at 8.
Friday :10 hours.
Saturday :10 hours. Usually wake up at like 12pm lazy Saturdays!
Sunday: 4-5 hours always struggle with finishing work for class. go to bed at like 3 or 4
Monday: 8 hours. Usually become like a zombie (because of crazy Sunday) and go to bed at 7pm and wake up at 3 am.


Justin Liew — Malaysia


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

I plan to take an English class and an Economics class to contribute toward my double major. With my extra slots I’ll pursue my newfound interest in the arts, with a painting/ drawing class, and maybe a singing/ music class. Also perhaps a computer science class since I have zero knowledge about IT.

  • What are your summer plans?

I’ll be flying back to Malaysia! Just working part time for money and going on food trips to get my fill of Malaysian food before returning to burgers, pizzas, and salads. And hanging out with my beloved friends and family.

  • Something that make/made you really happy this semester?

Taking West African Dance and Astronomy! Totally random classes but they’re my favorite classes cause they’re just so friggin’ fun.

  • What is your favorite class so far?

I think I’ve really fallen in love with Drawing, which I took last semester. I’ve never remotely drawn anything before this, and initially I was terrible, but it kinda clicked together midway through the semester, and now I can’t look back. Every week I join the Drawing co-op which is student run and allows anyone to come and draw models for free, and hopefully I get to take more studio art classes in the years to come here.


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