Reason #8 You Should Visit
The Pioneer spirit
Class of 2021
Brooklyn, New York
Environmental Studies and Studio Art
Black Student Alliance
BLISS (Building Leadership for an Inclusive, Sustainable Smith) Program
SCOPES (a collective for Five College students of color interested in STEM, sustainability and environmental justice)
Why did you choose to come to Smith?
“I wanted to join an academic community dedicated to women’s empowerment. As a woman of color, I also prioritized a school’s commitment to diversity and social justice. On my first visit to Smith, I attended a Q&A session with the founders of the Black Lives Matter movement, which reaffirmed my decision to apply early. Plus, the range of offerings, from guest speakers to courses, convinced me that Smith was the right fit for me.”
What is something you are particularly proud of?
“Receiving the Posse Scholarship. Entering Smith with a cohort of nine brilliant women provided me with unparalleled support. Throughout the pre-collegiate training process, we developed lasting bonds that will only strengthen during our time here.”
What is your favorite Smith tradition?
“Otelia Cromwell Day is one of my favorite events of the year. As a woman of color, taking a day to reflect on the success of a fellow African American woman inspires me to pursue a career in STEM, despite the potential difficulties.”
Who has had the most impact on your life?
“My mother. Not only did she raise four children as a single mother, but she also fought breast cancer for more than seventeen years. Despite the difficulties she faced, she never succumbed to the severity of her disease. More often than not, my mother led by example and taught me to be resilient in the face of a challenge.”
Which faculty or staff member stands out for you and why?
“My French teacher, Laura Jensen, is an amazing educator. Her dedication to my success is impeccable. Not only does she take the time to work with me on areas that I could strengthen, but she also encourages me to perform my best in and out of class.”
“My mother led by example and taught me to be resilient in the face of a challenge.”
What do you hope to do when you leave Smith?
“I would like to work in a francophone country as a Fulbright Scholar. I’m also interested in exploring a graduate degree focusing on sustainability and agriculture.”
How has your financial aid impacted you and your ability to come to Smith?
“Without financial aid, attending an institution like Smith would not be an option. Now, I can attend a school that I am proud of and focus on my academic success.”
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