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.
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.
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.
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.
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