Chance to Avert Disaster in Urban Slums

Written by Kennedy Odede ’12  The Covid-19 crisis will move our problems from a health pandemic to class warfare. For most of my life, I lived in Kibra — before a series of chance encounters brought me to attain my university education in the United States. My life in Kibra was shared, intimate, inextricable. At…

New Course Explores Language and Politics

Professor H. M. FazaleHaq, a linguist who arrived at Wesleyan a year ago, will be offering a timely new course in the fall: “Language and Politics: Making and Unmaking of Nations” (CGST212). Here is the course description:   This course explores the key topics at the intersection of language and politics, including language choice, linguistic…

Dispersed but still Connected: Send your work to us!

Written by Alice Hadler In this time of social distancing, a very quiet campus, and a pandemic whose reach extends from down the street to the most remote corners of the globe and everywhere in between, we have decided to temporarily change the focus of the Wes and the World newsletter for the remainder of…

How Living Abroad Creates a Clearer Sense of Self

Written by Lexi Cummings A recent article published in the Harvard Business Review heralds the psychological benefits of studying abroad. In order to explore this claim, researchers examined the concept of “self-concept clarity,” referring to “the extent to which someone’s understanding of him or herself is ‘clearly and confidently defined, internally consistent, and temporally stable.’”…

What is the Truman Scholarship?

“The Truman Foundation is the nation’s official living memorial to our thirty-third president and The Presidential Memorial to Public Service. Created by Congress in 1975, the Foundation was President Truman’s idea. President Truman did not want a bricks and mortar monument. Instead, he encouraged a living memorial that would give life to the values of…

Fellowship Highlight: The Goldwater Scholarship

Written by Inayah Bashir ’20 The Barry Goldwater Scholarship is awarded to sophomores and juniors who show exceptional promise of becoming leading researchers in STEM fields and are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. It provides $7,500 per year to help cover undergraduate academic expenses. Wesleyan students have won the Goldwater multiple times, and we encourage…

I Left My Fulbright In Spain and Do Not Feel Safer for It

Written by Amad Amedy ’19 I woke up in my apartment on the morning of March 12 to a phone flooded with messages from friends in the US. President Trump had announced a travel ban on people living in the European Union. Suddenly a wave of panic and uncertainty overwhelmed me. I was in Barcelona,…

Student Video Testimonials on Fellowships Webpage

Written by Inayah Bashir ’20 In an effort to help students begin their fellowship application process with the support of our community, we have added a section called “Tips from Applicants” to the Fellowships webpage! In this section you’ll find four short videos featuring this year’s applicants for the Fulbright, Watson, and Luce fellowships, who…

Fulbright Feature: Amad Amedy ‘19

Written by Inayah Bashir ’20 Amad Amedy ‘19, a neuroscience and behavior major from Nashville, Tennessee, won the Fulbright Open Study/Research Award to Spain for 2019-2020 and is conducting schizophrenia research in Barcelona. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is a federally funded program established by Senator J. William Fulbright after World War II to promote…

International Students Tax Information Sessions

For International Students: Even if you did not receive income, but were physically present in the US anytime in 2019, you must submit Form 8843 to the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) by June 30, 2020.  To help you fulfill your IRS obligations, Wesleyan provides you with FREE access to the easy-to-use Sprintax Tax Preparation online software.  Sprintax will determine your residency,…