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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!

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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​

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Co‐chair

​Carlo Medina

2018​

Co‐chair

​Jiyoon Park

2018

Secretary

​Eki Ramadhan

2016

FAC

​Amanda Yeoh

2016

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​Tuan Nguyen

2016

PARC

​Olivia Cai

2019​

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​Aqila Putri

2018

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​Gayon Yang

2019​

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Wilson Lai

2019

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Justin Liew

2018

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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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FASA Class of 2018 Freshman Features #5

The final post in this series. We hope that you’ve enjoyed these blog posts this semester and please look forward to more next semester!

Louis Carlo Medina — Philippines

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  • Where is your favorite place to do schoolwork?

I used to hobo in some pockets of Exley. I found those places really chill but the new benches has left me displaced. In general, anywhere with ambient noise works perfectly well for me. As I always tell Stefan, SCILI >> OLIN. Oh, the well-coveted nooks in Allbritton are also great spots to do work.

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

In increasing level of urgency:
-Roll down Foss.
-Wear 3S: Shirt, Shorts, Slippers outside.

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

Yes. But I pray that may the pre-reg odds be ever in our favor. Pre-reg is as unpredictable as the quality of Chicken Kebab in Summerfields.

  • Something that makes you really sad this semester?

That in a few weeks, it would be illegal to use the word Freshman when I talk about myself. And MORE importantly, that my points won’t get carried over next semester.

  • Say a few things to future potential freeman scholars!

The cleanest toilet on campus is located under Zelnick Pavilion. Most private too. Have it your way without anyone judging you. Just keep it as it is.

 

Vivian Liu — Taiwan

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  • Where is your favorite place to do schoolwork?

In my dorm! Where food is available and so is my borrowed 3DS and my music and… other stuff not exactly related to schoolwork. If I need to focus intensely I go to Olin. (But in all seriousness, the Nics are awesome — somehow we just seem to have 24/7 quiet hours.)

  • Biggest culture shock?

People… put… their shoes… in the washer… along with their clothes?! (That might have been a one-time thing but the things you find in your dorm-mates’ washers and dryers in general are… interesting.)

  • What is your favorite food at Wes?

S&C FOOD. Seriously, go for that first three freshmen free meal. CHERISH YOUR CHANCES WHILE YOU STILL CAN.

  • What is your favorite class so far?

SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY. It’s a class of 150 people, but somehow you still get the individual attention — around 10 students went on a movie trip once, and despite most of us having never talked to Professor Plous, he managed to name us all. It’s just a very, very unique classroom experience in general. I love it so much that I’m TA-ing for it next year so definitely take it!

  • Say a few things to future potential freeman scholars!

Bring food. Bring lots of food. You will miss Asian food. There will be no good Asian food available. Make friends with upperclassmen who will make Asian food for you.

John Xu — China

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

Posters, maps and other really big things you could hang on a wall. It just feels sad when the other American kid brings half of his house in and your part of the room is just whitewashed wall.

  • Biggest culture shock?

People greeting each other a lot. I mean, A LOT.

  • What is your favorite class so far?

Latin. Got a nice ring to it. Might be a preconception on my part but it doesn’t get more liberal arts than sitting in a small conference room chatting with a wise old prof about Rome and uttering Latin phrases like a philosopher does.

  • What is your favorite food at Wes?

Pasta. The chef guy is really funny and he’s really great at it.

  • What is your favorite building at Wes?

Exley. Believe or not, I’m often a bit unsettled by the museum-like, historic-feeling architecture on American campuses. Exley Center just reminds me of the good old unassuming steel-gray concrete cubes back in China and that makes me feel warm inside. Also because it’s the science building.

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