“A good education encourages an individual to seek change, to risk change. A strong institution encourages its community to seek change, to risk change.”
-Kathleen McCartney, Smith College President
Have you checked out any of the inauguration events from this past weekend? There are videos, photos, and a transcript of Kathy’s awesome speech here. The Smith community adores her and I’m excited that I get to have one year under her leadership.
Hey! I’ve been a bit MIA lately. Smith has kept me busy with classes, theatre productions, work, and all that jazz. But hey, you probably want a college that’s going to have lots of things for you to do, right?
If you will be nearby the Western Massachusetts area in November on Veterans Day (you probably have the day off from school!), think about signing up for Fall Preview! You can get more info and sign up here. It’s a great day to see campus, hear from students and professors, and get your questions answered. Hope to see you there!
Anonymous asked: Hello, I'm applying as a transfer student and just wanted to know if the school is needs-blind during the decision making process. Also when does the school usually release decisions for transfer students during both terms?
Hi! That’s so great that you’re thinking of transferring to Smith! To answer your questions: first, we are a need conscious institution. Feel free to contact our office directly or Student Financial Services if you’d like to further discuss anything regarding financial aid. Second, we send out decisions for January transfers the second Friday in December. This year, these decisions will come out on December 13th for transfers applying to start in spring semester. Decisions for fall transfers usually come out in mid-March.
Hope that helps!
Anonymous asked: Where did you get those maps for running! I had forgotten about those. I am an Admissions volunteer and would love to share! Devon '05
Hi Devon! The maps can be found by the doors to Scott Gym (after you enter the building but before you step onto the court, right by some of the offices there). I’m not sure if they can be found online… I hope you can get ahold of them, they are fantastic running routes!
Woa, it’s been awhile! I got to visit my home in Seattle for a couple weeks at the end of summer. One of the highlights was when I went camping with some of my friends…but we got to the campsite too late the first night and the five of us had to get a hotel room for the night. Oops. But those kinds of trip bloopers make the best stories (and it was a hotel, so who’s complaining?)
School has started and I now get to say I’m a senior! One of the cool things you can do at Smith is what’s called a “special studies”. Similar to a thesis, you can propose a project that interests you and work with a faculty member to complete the project. This semester, I’m working with my adviser in the theatre department to write a comedy one-act play. This will be one of my classes, even though I’m working independently and not meeting in class several times a week. Special studies is an awesome option that Smith offers to do something that is particularly interesting to you, even if there’s not a formal class in that topic. I won’t be doing a senior thesis (it’s optional at Smith) but I’m excited to be working on this play for my final year.
Besides that, I’ve settled in to my room and am enjoying the last days of summer weather!
It’s been a busy week! I’m flying home to Seattle in a few days to see friends and family before classes start. I had to pack up my place so that I can move when I get back… my advice: don’t bring or accumulate a lot of stuff in college! It becomes a huge pain since you move pretty much each year. But if you’re like me, you drop off a bag of stuff at Goodwill and come back with two more filled with all these things you weren’t intending to buy but had sort of been in the back of your mind and it was just there and it was such a steal!! Like, I came back with a ton of $1 picture frames and an amazing blazer and sweater the other day. No regrets.
I also went hiking with a friend last Sunday. We got majorly lost and ended up hiking, and eventually running, for four hours when we had anticipated maybe two tops. Luckily, this was long before sunset and we had a great time with each other figuring out how we would ever get back to the car. Then I ate lots of pizza.
I like following education news in the media, especially since Smith pops up frequently (did you that see we were named the winner for best dorms by the Princeton Review?). Sometimes, education news, like the series below, makes me feel especially grateful for the opportunities I have and the experience and degree that I’m getting from Smith:
I was blown away by The New York Times's reporting series on the women's basketball team at a Tennessee high school run by juvenile court. The stories that come from the profiled students, coach, and school staff are powerful.
The series started in spring 2012 and can be found here.
A year later, The Times is doing a follow-up series on the team. Part 1 and Part 2 of the follow-up, as well as a short documentary on one of the featured players, can be found here.
Okay, so some of the pictures in this article definitely do not look like dorm rooms, but there are some cool decorating ideas for small spaces! I am sort of obsessed with Apartment Therapy and am looking forward to decorating my room for the upcoming year. I just bought some cheap frames from Goodwill that I’m excited about using.
Another good decorating tip I have is to make use of postcards. I have a collection that I’ve acquired over the years from friends and family as well as from buying a couple every time I go to an art museum. I usually make a giant rectangle on my wall with them to add some beautiful art to my room. The great thing about this is that it’s very portable. I’ve had a different room every year now for four years so having easily transportable, small room decor is essential. When I move out of a room, I just take the tape off of my postcards and put them into a shoe box containing all my room decorations. Hooray!