Don’t count Smith out because it’s “too expensive”. In the end, I got more money to come to Smith than any state school! Transfer students are considered for aid just as first years are (as long as you get your forms in on time ;)).
Anonymous asked: Hello! I am currently attending a coed college, and am interested in transferring to an all-female institution. Smith is a top runner on my list, and I would like to know a little more about it. Looking around the site and watching videos on youtube, I'm already falling in love, especially with the gorgeous campus, the greenhouse (I love plants/gardening), and the supportive network that really encourages boldness. Can you tell me a bit about why you chose Smith/what makes it unique?
Hello! I attended co-ed school for all of my education, briefly considered an all-female college (Wellesley) out of high school, then tucked the idea away. When it came time to apply to transfer, I revisited the idea of a women’s college and thought it may be the golden ticket. It is, and I wouldn’t chose it any other way.
It’s definitely easy to fall in love with Smith. I love (and work at) the Greenhouse, which is an awesome resource for academia and pleasure. We have a horticulture class and lab, as well as some landscape studies courses and a sustainable food concentrations you may want to check out!
To answer your question: It is a completely different environment. Once you step off the B43 bus to UMass, you feel it. Some part of the traditional college culture is removed, but replaced with its own uniqueness like Friday afternoon tea, and our special traditions. As a science major, the dynamic is completely different! And I fully appreciate it and love it; I feel like it has allowed me to grow and experience my education in ways that few get the opportunity to be a part of. I would say the boldness makes Smith unique. I chose Smith hands down for the opportunities it has. I’ve been fortunate enough to travel (New England, Bahamas, Nepal) while I was here, to have small classes with professors who care, and a lot of project-based, research-based, hands on learning. That sort of intricacy in higher education is essential and important for constructive, bright futures— the ones which Smithies are known for!
Anonymous asked: Why did you move from Santa Barbara to Northampton?
Everyone loves to ask me this question! For as long as I can remember, I have been entranced with the idea of going to school ‘back east’ and living out my undergraduate education in ivy-clad buildings with rich histories and traditions. The climate is polar (pun intended) opposite, and I am fortunate to miss the harshest part of winter by migrating home for break :). I wanted something different, something new. The weather alone wasn’t enough to deter me from this, as most people tease me about. With the cold comes beautiful changes in season.
The question is whether you are to give the world in which you were reared and educated the broadened benefits of that education.” – John F. Kennedy, then-Massachusetts Senator, 1958
In memory of JFK, former US president, and 1958 Smith College commencement speaker.
I wanted to take the time to congratulate my friend and also lab companion (we share a research advisor), Clarke Knight, for being Smith’s first US Rhodes Scholar Recipient! In addition to being incredibly intelligent, she is also extremely kind and hard working. Read about her awesomeness here:
Clarke and I spent three weeks of our summer together working with our advisor on a project near the Northampton Resevoir in Avery Brook. We took part in a Smith summer research opportunity called “SURF”
in which we worked both in the field and in the lab about 40 hours a week on this project. This lead her to collect some samples and data for her current senior thesis. We parted ways, where she then spent her summer at the CDC in Atlanta (she spoke in the Scientific Research Panel at the Smith in the World Conference), and I was off to Nepal. Oh the places Smithies will go! To Oxford for Clarke!