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A Typical Day

In addition to doing great science, girls in the SSEP make new friends and get a taste of college life. Smith's beautiful 147-acre campus has traditional ivy-covered buildings, magnificent gardens and a pond named Paradise.

SSEP participants live together in Smith residential houses along with SSEP interns, who serve as supervisors, advisers and teaching/research assistants. The SSEP residential director is in charge of all aspects of students' residential life. All meals are served in the house dining rooms.

Although SSEP participants have caring supervision and guidance from the residential director and interns, a big part of the experience is getting a feel for independent living. At 4 p.m., when the day's classes are over, you can choose to take part in organized sports (volleyball, tennis, etc.), hang out with friends, visit the Smith athletic facility, or join activities ranging from artistic (pottery, painting, music ensemble) to just plain fun (gumboot dancing, drumming, a scavenger hunt, karaoke).

Weekend activities include local arts festivals, museums and theatrical performances. You can also enjoy walks through local nature preserves, movie nights and the annual SSEP talent show. Shops, restaurants and movie theaters are a short walking distance from campus in downtown Northampton.

The program fee covers the costs of all organized program activities and field trips.