I’m a first-generation college student, so I didn’t really know how to go about choosing a college. My parents and I were thinking about a women’s college, and my guidance counselor suggested the engineering program at Smith since I really like math and science. Smith invited me to Discovery Weekend, which turned out to be the perfect opportunity for me to explore the campus and try some classes. I thought, I could definitely see myself here!
I was awarded an AEMES (Achieving Excellence in Mathematics, Engineering and Sciences) scholarship when I was accepted. With my adviser, Professor Nalini Easwar from the physics department, I do research on granular materials and complex fluids. I perform demos that illustrate the unusual flow properties of granular materials and complex fluids. I’m learning research skills that I will use throughout my career.
Of course Smith has rigorous academics, but it’s nothing I can’t handle if I keep my time organized. I can’t wait to know all that there is to know here.
I visited Smith on a stormy, rainy day and loved it. I thought if I love this place today, then I know it’s going to be awesome.
The music department is a very inclusive and close-knit community. The professors treat us as colleagues. Knowing my violin talents as well as my personal quirks, they give me pieces that are tailored to me both as a person and as a musician. I am part of a clarinet quintet and vice president of the Smith College Orchestra. This year I helped organize the first annual Smith ArtsFest. Whatever the performers needed, I had to find it. I had to be practical, resourceful and keep a cool head. I drew from the skills I learned over the summer as an intern—through Smith’s Praxis internship program—at a classical music club, le poisson rouge, in Greenwich Village. I was a jack-of-all- trades. This summer, I’m going a totally different route with an internship at J.P. Morgan in New York City.
With the skills I acquired at Smith, I have the ability to explore many different career options. It’s an exciting place to be, and I feel invincible.
By responding quickly and thoughtfully to the recent economic downturn, Smith has been able to weather these difficult times better than many of its peer institutions. In this special video message, President Carol Christ discusses some of the details of the plan Smith put into place to stabilize its budget and ensure that students continue to receive a world-class education.
Experience the exhilaration of students as they play the new game of bastketball and participate in the first women's collegiate basketball championship — between Smith sophomores and freshman — more than a century ago.
Two new Smith students, Helen Queenan '14 and Ada Comstock Scholar Kelly Rowland, discuss their first week at Smith. Fall 2010
Smith engineering seniors Lindsay Holle and Darcy Dwyer devoted two semesters and the professional equivalent of some 1,000 hours for the research, analysis and design of a feasible renewable energy system to generate electricity at the city of Northampton’s landfill site after it closes in 2013.