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Zoe Chachamovits '16

October 11, 2013

Zoe Chachamovits

Name & Class Year: Zoe Chachamovits, 2016
Hometown: Plantation, FL
High School: Emma Willard School, Troy, NY
Major: Government and Education
Campus Activities: Head of New Students for Jordan House, Senator, WOZQ DJ, Food Committee, and research assistant in the education department.


Last Movie Seen in Theaters: The Great Gatsby

Favorite Movie: Fight Club

Favorite Song: Poetic Justice by Kendrick Lamar

Smith House: Jordan

Last Book Read: Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Favorite Book: The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Hobbies/Interests: Writing, listening to music, exercising, and politics

Favorite Place on Campus: Paradise Pond

Favorite Campus Dining Location Chapin Grab & Go

Fondest Smith Memory So Far: The moment when it all clicked and I finally figured out what truly interested/inspired me. Also, when I had my first mudslide (milkshake with Oreo cookie bits mixed in) at the Campus Center Café.

Favorite Quote: "We'll never be as young as we are tonight" — Chuck Palahniuk

Where did you grow up and what was life like there?
I spent my early teenage years in South Florida, but I never truly felt like a "Floridian." My family is from Long Island, so even back before I'd ever visited New York, I considered myself to be a northerner. Incidentally, it's hard for me to even remember my time in Florida, because I would say that my life truly started when I was 14 and received a full scholarship to attend a boarding school in upstate New York.

Describe your family.
I am an only child who was raised by a single parent. My mother is my best friend and role model. She is always extremely supportive of me, and without her, I would definitely not be where I am today. I also have a maltese-poodle mix named Zack who is the absolute love of my life.

How did you discover Smith?
My high school college counselor encouraged me to look at Smith. He knew that I wanted to attend an esteemed college with an open curriculum that was situated in a fun, college town, so Smith was the obvious choice!

What were your first impressions of the College? Do you find they're still true today?
I remember being completely in awe of the campus; it was beautiful, and every single person I saw looked so focused and motivated. Some nights when I'm walking past Paradise Pond on my way back home to the Quad and the sun is setting in the distance, I have to pinch myself. I don't think I'll ever get over how beautiful Smith is. As for my first impressions of Smithies, I was 100% right. Every student here is incredibly determined to achieve whatever it is that she wants, and you can see that spirit from the gym to the classrooms to the dining halls!

What was high school like? Who inspired you?
My high school was absolutely incredible. I attended a small, all-girls' boarding and preparatory school in upstate New York. Smith reminds me of Emma Willard in many ways, but I think that the biggest similarity is the importance of traditions. My favorite part of high school was having the knowledge that I was doing something that students had been doing for (in some cases) 200 years! I worked as a Phonathon caller for the Smith Fund last year, and one of my favorite questions to ask alumnae was what their favorite Mountain Day activity was. I loved hearing stories from 30 years ago that sounded very similar to the stories I would tell about my own Mountain Day!

My biggest inspiration in high school was my houseparent, Stacey Dodd. I had a rough time adjusting to boarding school both academically and socially, and Stacey is the reason I was able to get through that period in my life. After that first year, it was all smooth sailing!

What Smith professors, coaches or advisors have inspired you?
My education advisor, Shannon Audley-Piotrowski, has been a huge support for me ever since I took a class with her in the fall of my first year. She truly loves her subject, and that is what makes her such an inspiring professor and researcher. She is always there to listen to me vent and give great advice, and I appreciate her very much for that!

What are your plans after Smith?
I'm hoping to attend law school after Smith, but I'm really open to anything. I'm very excited to see where the future will take me!

What perspective would you share with alumnae?
I've worked extremely hard to get to where I am today, and being at Smith has made it all worth it. I also always keep in mind that the generous support of alumnae is what made Smith possible for me. I wish I could personally thank every single alumna who has ever donated to the college, and let them know that they have changed my life forever in the absolute best way possible.