Ari Brand ’06

I came into Wesleyan not thinking that I wanted to become an actor, and I came out wanting to become an actor. So although I did all sorts of other things there as well - I played a lot of music, I was a psychology double major, I took classes that changed who I was as a person - Wesleyan was the place where I found my love of acting, more so than anywhere else.

But Wesleyan as a place to learn and expand myself: I attribute who I am today - so much of it - to Wesleyan. Because I came into Wesleyan thinking that I really knew a lot about the world. I felt like I had a good grasp on what was going on, and Wesleyan just completely broke me down and started restructuring what I now understand to be a much larger, more complicated place that needs work.

Wesleyan was very, very important to me, and I would be a different person if I hadn't gone there.

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