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Apple-Picking!

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.

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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.

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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.

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Written by Justin Liew ‘18

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!

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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.

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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

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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​

2016

Co‐chair

​Carlo Medina

2018​

Co‐chair

​Jiyoon Park

2018

Secretary

​Eki Ramadhan

2016

FAC

​Amanda Yeoh

2016

FAC

​Tuan Nguyen

2016

PARC

​Olivia Cai

2019​

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​Aqila Putri

2018

SAC

​Gayon Yang

2019​

SAC

Wilson Lai

2019

MPC

Justin Liew

2018

MPC

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

FASA Welcomes Class of 2019

On September 6th 2015, FASA held a Freeman Reception 2015 for Freeman Scholars class of 2019. The event itself was a part of the New Students Orientation, and was held at the Asian/Asian American House lawn.

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The Freeman Reception 2015 was mostly a welcoming event where the freshmen could get to know a little bit about the sophomores, juniors, seniors, and FASA in general. FASA ExCo provided chips and drinks to snack on, and Tuan, senior from Vietnam, lead the icebreaker games.

Here is the list of FASA’s newest members:

Wilson Lai — Hong Kong
Amira Suntana — Indonesia
Sara Kim — Japan
Teresa Naval — Philippines
Amanda Yeoh — Malaysia
Ziran Cai — PRC
Gayon Yang — South Korea
Han Yang Tay — Singapore
Wei Lan Lim — Taiwan
Pi Songkuntham — Thailand
Giap Do — Vietnam

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This Saturday, we are going to have our first potluck of the semester and Fall 2016 election! There are 7 open positions in the ExCo, and we cannot wait to have new ExCo members to work with us this semester!

Check out this short video from the Reception event:

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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

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Picture and text by Victor Goh

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