Ask an Ada Comstock Scholar
what she did before coming to Smith, and you're likely
to get some amazing answers. That was the correct presumption
behind the first Ada Monologues, a series of essays
written and performed by Adas about their non-traditional,
and often moving, paths to Smith. The first Ada Monologues
took place on Friday, April 20, in Graham Hall, Hillyer.
Click on the excerpts below to read transcripts, in their entirety,
of some of the essays performed.
Edith Estrella-Ramos AC
Before the sunrise, before the
birds start chirping, before people go to work, before children
go to school, my mother woke up. She went through the six
floors of the building we lived in to collect industrial-sized
garbage bags. She swept and mopped every floor and took the
garbage bags to the curb so the trucks can pick them up.
She went back to our apartment, showered, got dressed, and
woke her three children for school. Then, she went to her
other two jobs as a nanny.
Dawn Ginnetti AC
This Smith College jacket is
my favorite article of clothing. The story of my life is
woven into this fabric…my hopes, my dreams, my failures,
my triumphs, laughter, love, heart ache, disappointment and
joy, all woven into this jacket that I’m wearing.
By Cora Lee Drew AC
I cut the perfect line with
my paintbrush between the white ceiling and the wall that’s
becoming red from white. My experience tells me that going
slower gives me a crisper line and I can make it look straight
even when the wall itself is not. Amazing! For a brief moment
satisfaction wells up inside me. "BIG ____ING DEAL!!!"