Do You Get to Smith?
More than 2,500 students
traveled to Smith last week, coming from all directions,
from nearly every state in the country, and several
countries across the water. But how, specifically, did they
get here? Some drove, some flew, others hopped buses. The
Gate took an informal poll during Central Check-In to
find out, exactly, How did you get to Smith? (To
view the students when they first arrived on campus, click
their pictures below).
from Hudson Valley Community College
House: Ziskind (yay!)
Traveled from: Clifton Park, New York (near
"I got to Smith in
a Toyota family van. We traveled South on I-87 and I-787, then
East on I -90 (which becomes the Mass-Pike), then 91N. The
trip itself was pretty simple, but the state of the inside
of the van was crazy. It was about the most stuff I have
ever seen in the car, there was really only room for me, my
mom (Lynn Sinnott) and my dad (Jim Sinnott) to sit...no stretching
out because it just wasn't possible!"
Transfer student from the
University of Arizona
Traveled from: Pennsylvania, and originally
"I came to Smith by car, but it was pretty uneventful."
Major: art history
Traveled from: Maplewood, New Jersey
"I drove myself to Smith in a white Hundai. I took 95N
over the George Washington Bridge to 91N up to Northampton."
Traveled from: Youngstown, New York
"I got to Smith by car: my Mom's red Chevy ’99 pickup truck,
route 90E to the Mass Pike."
Major: government, minor in Third World Development
Traveled from: Orange County, California
"I flew from Los Angeles International to Bradley International.
My friend Cece picked me up from the airport and took the I-91
back to school (she drove a white Hyundai). I met a really
nice lady in the airport while waiting to board in LAX."
Transfer student fom University
Major: biology and Russian
Traveled from: Louisville, Kentucky
"I traveled by car in a white Honda Civic on routes
71 to 80 to 84 to 91, I think.
I managed to lose both my driver's license and debit card during
the course of the trip."
Transfer student from the
University of Florida, Gainesville
Major: East Asian languages and literature;
focus on Japanese
Traveled from: Gainesville, Florida
"My mother and I flew into Hartford and then drove a champagne
colored Hyndai rental car to Smith. I'm not sure what route
we took...is there an I-9? That might have been it. At the
airport, my bags were so heavy we had to move stuff around
or pay extra. I also checked a TV as a piece of luggage."
Major: government (concentration: international relations)
and French studies
Traveled from: Seoul, South Korea.
"I got to Smith by plane from Geneva to New York
JFK. I had a stopover in London Heathrow. From New York
a Greyhound shuttle. It did feel unusual to be back in the
States. It took a while for me to realize I was no longer in
Europe. I did JYA Geneva last year and stayed on in Switzerland
to do the Blumberg Traveling Fellowship. I did research on
Swiss naturalization and integration laws and how they affect
young second/third-generation foreigners. I took this opportunity
to travel around the country and interview politicians and
Exchange student from Spelman
Major: English (minor in education)
Traveled from: Los Angeles, California
"I had to take a 7-hour flight to get to Connecticut and then
a 1-hour car ride in a rental to get to Smith. I do a lot of
air travel so anything crazy that happens is nothing new to
me. My trip to Smith was actually one of the most pleasent
flights I’ve taken. I’m already really enjoying
myself and have been making so many friends. The ladies at
Smith are so friendly, welcoming and helpful. The food is amazing
and there is so much to take advantage of at this school. Convocation
was insane, but that’s
what makes Smith so unique. I love it here."