Anonymous asked: What are some of your favorite things about Smith? Is there anything that you dislike about Smith? Are there any areas that Smith can improve on?
Hey! These are tough questions, I could go on an on but here are some of the answers that first come to mind:
-Open curriculum! It’s so great having the flexibility to take the courses you really want. I still ended up taking classes in every broad general education category but it was nice not to have that pressure.
-Housing: Smith’s unique housing system made transferring as a junior really smooth.
-The campus and our facilities: Just seeing the campus was already enough to convince me that Smith was the place for me. It’s so beautiful. We have some trails on the edge of campus that are lovely for running and walking. The houses and academic buildings are great and we have excellent equipment in the libraries, like computers (and some labs with professional video and photo editing software suites) and you can even rent Kindles and cameras. Our gym is awesome and we have access to free exercise classes. Since I’m in theatre, I’m also particularly impressed by the high caliber performing arts productions. I don’t know much about lab facilities but I’ve seen some of them in Ford Hall and they look great.
-Faculty and staff of course!
As with all institutions, there are things that Smith can improve on. However, nothing that has really gotten in the way of my experience at here. For example, I wish that some of the other libraries besides our main library (like the art and science libraries) had earlier and later hours. But at least Neilson is always open when I need it.
Anonymous asked: How is the Computer Science program at Smith?
I’ve actually taken two courses in computer science! I had been interested in the subject but also nervous about it since I had no background in computer science. However, I felt really supported, even as a non-comp sci major. I think it’s an awesome and unique opportunity to study computer science in an all-women’s environment. I think I really benefitted from that.
I took the intro programming class and we worked in Python. It was challenging for me but the professor was helpful and always great about answering questions. There are also student tutors every weeknight to help out with homework questions (same goes for all intro math, science, and economics courses). I also took another class in HTML and website creation and that’s already proved to be so useful.
Feel free to contact the chair of the department or any of the professors on the department web page! I’m sure they can also refer you to current comp sci majors as well.
Anonymous asked: Hey Emuna, Thanks for answering my previous question! Now I want to ask about the housing options available to entering first years. Are single rooms available for first years?
Hey! Some first years do get singles. Quad houses seem to have the most singles open for first-years but I know that Baldwin did too. You’re most likely to get a double, but that worked out really well for me! My roommate when I came into Smith became one of my really good friends and we even live together in the same apartment in the Friedman complex now.