I am Smith

Eleni Partakki

Eleni Partikki portrait
About Eleni

Class of 2022

Nicosia, Cyprus

President, Class of 2022

Business Manager, The Sophian

Student Ambassador

First Year Representative of her house

Event Coordinator, Smith Model United Nations (SMUN)

International Students’ Organization (ISO)

First Generation Student Alliance (F1GS)

Scholarship Recipient

Why did you choose to come to Smith?
“I wanted to be at a place where my voice was valuable and where I knew people would believe in my ability to be an effective leader. I cannot waste my degree because not everyone gets this opportunity. I have to do something that has an impact.”

Have you overcome challenges to make it to Smith?
“I grew up in Cyprus, a divided island in the Mediterranean Sea. At the age of four, I would ride my tricycle to a fenced-wire border beside my home, where soldiers and barrels blocked passage to the other side. I grew up thinking, ‘Do other kids in the world live the way I do? Will I ever live in peace?’

I had a mission: To change perceptions and build community in my hometown and the world. I knew that I would need a world-class education to accomplish my goal, and Smith would provide me with that.”

What’s an accomplishment you are particularly proud of?
“I am proud that fellow students trusted me and voted for me to be part of the First-Year Cabinet. I didn’t actually run to be part of the student government, but students wrote in my name because they wanted me there. I turned out to be class president and I hope I have helped create a more inclusive and strong community that students can lean on during good and difficult times.”

“By supporting financial aid, you are giving a student an opportunity to achieve greatness and through this, you are helping improve society as a whole.”

What’s something you achieved as class president?
“We launched All Things Professional Day. We publicized internships, offered professional photo-taking and provided help with LinkedIn pages and resumes. We got a lot of positive feedback about it."

Describe your work as business manager of Smith’s student newspaper, The Sophian.
“I created a new business strategy to make The Sophian a newspaper of the 21st century. The goal is to print less and have more online presence. It will lower costs and allow us to be more environmentally friendly. Those savings will also allow us to invest in our members so they can attend workshops and conferences.”

What’s your favorite thing about Smith?
"The endless opportunities to try new things and to improve your interpersonal skills!"

Which faculty or staff member stands out for you and why?
"Daniel Schultheis. I remember walking into his math class for the first time and telling him that math scares me. He reassuringly told me that we'd handle math step by step just like anything else in life. I've never enjoyed math this much, and I've kept a life lesson from it too: one step at a time."

How has your financial aid impacted you and your ability to come to Smith?
“By supporting financial aid, you are giving a student an opportunity to achieve greatness and through this, you are helping improve society as a whole. We are forever grateful to the people that give us the opportunity for a future we may have never had.”

Eleni Partikki standing in front of a studio backdrop

Contact Us

To make an endowed gift or to learn more about supporting financial aid at Smith, please contact Betsy Carpenter ’93, director of development, at 413-585-2052 or ewcarpen@smith.edu.