A gift can change a life, fulfill a dream, inspire a new point of view or spark a new talent. This year, as part of the admission process at Smith, prospective students were asked to tell us about the best gift they’ve ever given or received.
Their essays came pouring in—part of the record number of applications Smith received for the class of 2018. From a reflection on the meaning of socks to an ode to an antique typewriter, their stories illustrate the thoughtful, creative spirit of the latest class of Smithies.
Here’s a sampling of submissions from entering students:
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Love. Freedom. Beautiful.
As a weak premature baby, I was not expected to survive, but my parents still gave me a beautiful Japanese name, Ayumi. There are three parts to my name.
“A” is love. No matter what kind of emotional and economic consequences my parents faced, they gave me support and unconditional love.
“yu” is freedom. My mother dreamed that I was descending from heaven holding my great grandma’s hand. Because I was too young to die. So, my ancestors gave me freedom to live.
“mi” is beauty. God gave me the beauty of passion, the beauty of life and the beauty of love.
Because of my name, I am alive. Because of my name, the evil of death shattered. And, most importantly, because of my name, I understand the preciousness and fragility of life.
– Ayumi Akiyama ’18, Tokyo, Japan
- Lauren E. Graham ’18, Monroe, Ohio
- Ellie MacQueen ’18, Fairbault, Minn.
- Laura Wallis Green ’18, La Cañada Flintridge, Calif.
- Mariya Germash ’18, Brooklyn, N.Y.
- Ruby Hartman ’18, Los Altos, Calif.