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Precollege Community

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Welcome to the Precollege Community! This is a nonacademic group that meets monthly. Students can participate in three live sessions a month. Every month includes a health and wellness workshop, creative workshop and relevant skills-based session. Who should register? Students in grades 9–12 or those who have deferred from college this academic year.

 

Benefits of Precollege Community

  • Smith Precollege Online offers students participation from anywhere in the world, at their own pace
  • Over 20 hours of live online learning events
  • More than six topics of interest: College Readiness, Personal Values, Diversity & Inclusion, Effective Communication, Time Management & Focus
  • Supportive environment of adviser and peers
  • Students gather as a cohort for book discussions, virtual common room gatherings and engaging activities
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Join the Community!

Register for the full six-month Precollege Community program or by the month.
Questions? Please email summerprecollege@smith.edu.

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Precollege Community Program Schedule

Instructors

Tina Zorzi; Gina Hall

Program Topics

November 5, 6:30–8 p.m. EST
No-Buy Natural-Dye

Join Tina in the kitchen for this natural tie-dyeing workshop utilizing foraged goods and unlikely pigments.

November 12, 6:30–7:30 p.m. EST
Grounding Meditation

Breathe out your day. Take it down with us during this 30-minute candlelight meditation.

November 17, 6:30–8 p.m. EST
Virtual Tea Time
Bring your favorite mug and join via Zoom for this Smith tradition. We'll be sitting down with a current Smith student for this Q&A hang.

November 19, 3:30–5 p.m. EST
Art x Intersectionality

Take a virtual visit to the Smith College Art Museum for this topical session on intersectionality and art. Using curated pieces as a launchpad for discussion, SCMA educator Gina Hall and current Smith students will guide you through a hands-on workshop on art, inclusion and intersectionality. Bring a pen and paper for this one!

 

Program Topics

December 3, 6:30–8 p.m. EST
Creative: 'Zine making! 

Ever wanted to make a tiny magazine or book? Join Tina with your pens, paper and other materials you'd like to include in this creative 'zine workshop.

December 8, 6:30–8 p.m. EST
Wellness: Sound Passage

Through gentle sound and movement, a Sound Passage workshop helps you access the power of your own unique vocal sound. Imagine a vocal playground where you can explore and experiment, where you can express your voice in your own unique and spirited way. Following the exercises, we will reflect on how to access the power of the voice consistently in our everyday lives, in and outside of the classroom. Led by Kelly Vogel.

December 10, 6:30-8 p.m. EST
Main Session: Plant Literacy

You are surrounded by plants every day, but do you really see them? This workshop will introduce you to just enough botany to make you feel "plant literate." Spend an hour with Smith's own "Professor Sprout", Gaby Immerman, who has been helping students connect with plants and with Smith's majestic Botanic Garden for over twenty years.  

December 17, 6:30–8 p.m. EST
Virtual Tea Time
Bring your favorite mug and join via Zoom for this Smith tradition. We'll be sitting down with a current Smith student for this Q&A hang.

 

Program Topics

Thursday, January 7, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. EST
Main Session: Design Your Life 

Unsure of your future?  Create an Odyssey Plan!  You are not alone if the beginning of a new year creates excitement and feelings of uncertainty or confusion about the future. 

Participate in the journey of designing your life by Creating an Odyssey Plan and participating in a guided discussion with Patricia Woods from the Smith College Lazarus Center for Career Development.

Learn the principles of design thinking and embrace the unknown.

Tuesday, January 12, 6:30–8 p.m. EST
Creative Session: Visionboarding

Start the new year off with focus. Tina will lead you through writing exercises and an overview on how to create a visionboard that will inspire you to take action on goals, wellness, self-reliance and peace. Prework: gather photos from magazines, old cards or print them out!

Materials: scissors, glue, paper and pen, collected images

Tuesday, January 19, 6:30-8 p.m. EST
Wellness Session: Zumba 

Do you like to have fun? Do you like music? Join Smith senior (and Zumba instructor!) Beti Sharew for a fun Zumba session and learn some new moves! We'll be dancing for 30 minutes with a post-Zumba chat about what wellness and movement looks like as a student.

Thursday, January 21, 6:30–8 p.m. EST
Virtual Tea Time
Bring your favorite mug and join via Zoom for this Smith tradition. We'll be sitting down with a current Smith student for this Q&A hang.

 

Program Topics
 

Tues., Feb. 2, 6:30-8 PM EST

Creative Session: DIY Letters/Envelopes
Instructor: Madison Coombs, Smith '22

“Letter writing is the only device for combining solitude with good company.” —Lord Byron

We'll talk about the different benefits of writing letters, cover the basics of a meaningful thank-you note, then get creative with learning how to add a little spice to you cards!

Thurs., Feb. 11, 6:30-8 PM EST

Wellness Session: Embodied Mindfulness
Instructor: Greenlee Brown, MSW student, Smith College School for Social Work

This workshop will offer a chance to strengthen the connection between our bodies, thoughts, and feelings as we move through the world and react to the world around us. Through the use of visualization, mindful breathing, and sharing our own personal stories and contexts, we will get a chance to begin building a trauma-informed mindful practice that can help us decide for ourselves what our bodies might need in the midst of intense feelings and circumstances.
 

Tues., Feb. 16, 6:30-8 PM EST
Main Session: Let's Talk Cancel Culture
Instructor: Jess Pfeffer, PhD, Assistant Director of Academic Support at Deerfield Academy

How should a person's personal beliefs frame their contributions in society? This question lies at the heart of Cancel Culture. From Huckleberry Finn to James Charles, Cancel Culture has impacted the arts, politicians, influencers, and everyday people. In this session, we'll think about what it means to be cancelled, how the decision to be cancelled is made, and why we're still arguing about the value of "cancelling" someone.

Tues., Feb. 25, 6:30-8 PM EST

Virtual Tea: Self-Discovery Brew

Bring your favorite mug and join via Zoom for this Smith tradition. How do you become your own best friend? Bring your notebook to this one as we go through self-discovery journal prompts and creative questioning.

Program Topics
 

Tues., March 2, 6:30-8 PM EST
DIY Notebook Workshop from the Design Thinking Initiative

Make a notebook out of recycled materials in this interactive workshop. You’ll also have the chance to practice bullet journalling, a creative way to keep track of tasks, goals, and inspiration. Plus, hang out with peers and meet some of the current Smith students who work with us at the Initiative.

Tues., March 9, 6:30-8 PM EST
Preview to Sustaining Positivity in an Age of Climate Anxiety
It can be difficult enough to sustain positivity in so-called normal times, let alone during a global pandemic, during politically turbulent times, and during frequent reminders of a climate crisis. How do activists, organizers, change agents and everyday individuals who value the health of environmental systems maintain their work?

Let's discuss with Ethan Myers, Instructor for the Sustainable Futures Program at Smith Precollege. Get a glimpse into coursework and gather insights!

Thurs., March 11, 6:30-8 PM EST
Goal Setting Zumba
Join current Smith student Isabel for a 60-minute dance/zumba class and reflection period. The beginning will be used for going through some prompts and reflecting on personal goals and wellbeing. The second section will be dancing to top-charting latinx songs to get a good cardio in! .

Thurs., March 25, 6:30-8 PM EST
Virtual Tea: Daydream Brew- Tea Time
Bring your favorite mug and join via Zoom for this Smith tradition. What does the term "daydream" mean to you? How can you tap into your side of "what-if"? Bring your notebook to this one as we go through self-discovery journal prompts and creative questioning.  

Information to come!

Sign Up!

Full six-month program: $200
One month (à la carte): $50

Reduced pricing is available. Reach out to summerprecollege@smith.edu to get the reduced pricing codes.
 


Precollege Community Staff

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Tina Zorzi

Precollege Residential Manager/Precollege Online Leader
Hi! So good to see you here. I'll be leading you through our live monthly discussions, creative workshops and weekend wellness sessions. Reach out to me with any questions at czorzi@smith.edu.

What I love about Smith Precollege Online: Virtual Thursday tea times as a community, creative workshops, guest instructors who bring diverse skill-sets and meeting students from all over the world.

Education: Master’s in school counseling, bachelor’s in psychology and women’s studies.

Bonus: Leading house communities with precollege students and staff at Smith!

Most exciting part of Precollege Online: The monthly tasks based on the topic. I can’t wait to see how students create and share their reflections and personal projects. I also can’t wait to run creative workshops and wellness sessions based on self-care.

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