By Elizabeth Brosius
Exchange student from Paris VII
"I noticed the students participate a lot, which
does not happen so much in Europe or my school, they give very pertinent answers
and create a debate that is quite interesting.
"I am interested in international politics and
art history, so the first semester I will focus on politics and the second semester
I will focus on art history
"The office hours are very helpful for students
and the teachers are very keen to get to know us.
"Our main teacher is Jim Hicks, and so he organized
a weekend where we stayed in a home of his friend. And he was with us the whole weekend,
we met his wife, and for instance for Sunday morning he made us pancakes. And that’s
absolutely inconceivable that one of my teachers in France would ever prepare pancakes.
"What I also very much appreciate at Smith
and have never really experienced before is the amount of foreigners that are at
Smith and the opportunity to be able to communicate, because we all speak English...and
of all being more or less on the same wave just through language."
University of Cordoba, exchange student
from the consortial program PRESCHO
"I want to take advantage of every single minute
here, and sometimes I feel frustrated because I don’t have enough time to do
it, but it’s such a wonderful place, you learn a lot... People are very enthusiastic
"Here, you can, in some ways, challenge the authority.
You can say your opinion even if it’s different.
"I think it’s a good place, it sounds very
typical, it’s a place where your dreams come true. Because we come from different
countries and have aspirations, this college has a very good reputation internationally."