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I'm the first person in my family to attend college, so the search process was new to me. I never intended to go to a women's college and only visited Smith while looking at a nearby school. But I loved the campus, the atmosphere and the people I met. I immediately knew it was the place for me.

It makes such a difference to be studying science in a single-sex environment. Students support each other, and Smith offers many opportunities for hands-on experience. After taking Professor Stan Scordilis's cell biology course, I began doing research with him. I spent a summer at Smith studying stress protein localization in muscle.

I participate in debate and Smith Spirit. I'm also the treasurer and social chair for the most amazing house on campus, Scales. Smith is empowering -- it's a privilege to be here.

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The Museums Concentration

The Museums Concentration draws on the educational resource of the Smith College Museum of Art's collection of more than 23,000 original works of art, on the expertise of its professional staff, and on the exceptional academic programs of Smith College and the Five Colleges that support learning in this area

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Rally Day Hats Tradition

The origins of Rally Day can be traced to a series of annual celebrations of George Washington's birthday, the first of which was held at Smith College in February 1876. Over time, these celebrations evolved from essentially social dinners or receptions into daylong college events. The addition of a "rally" to the day in 1894 was eventually reflected in the name Rally Day, first used in 1906. The celebration is now held annually on the third Wednesday in February.

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Spice it Up

When Kathy Zieja, director of dining services, sought to add some authentic spices to international dining nights in response to student requests, she brought in the experts. Esther Hong '11, whose parents are from Korea, assisted with Korean cuisine; Martin Carrera, owner of La Veracruzana restaurant in Northampton, consulted on recipes of Latin America.

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Distinguished Teachers

"Smith College has traditionally emphasized the importance of dynamic, diverse and interactive teaching in imparting the principles of the sciences and liberal arts to its high-achieving students," says President Carol T. Christ. "The college considers the teaching of its students to be among its most essential objectives as a leading institution of women's education." The Kathleen Compton Sherrerd '54 and John J. F. Sherrerd Prize for Distinguished Teaching is a visible symbol of Smith's commitment and dedication to superior pedagogy.

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Mountain Day With The Noteables

The Noteables celebrate Mountain Day a capella style.

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Smith Teas - Steeped in History

The tradition of Friday afternoon tea, where students mark the end of a busy week with snacks and tea, stretches back more than 100 years. Nanci Young, Smith College archivist, has been delivering tea talks about the history of the student houses since 1998, when she first arrived at Smith.

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A Smith First: The New Game of Basketball

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.

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Smith College: You Are Here

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I applied to Smith and was admitted but decided instead to attend a university in Washington, D.C. I didn't think that a women's college was for me. After a year, though, I wanted something different and applied to Smith as a transfer student. As soon as I arrived, I knew I had made the right decision.

I'm interested in many different aspects of the natural sciences, and Smith has helped fund field work in both the Bahamas and Death Valley. Then, over the summer, I spent three weeks in Newfoundland as part of an internship with Assistant Professor Sara Pruss, whose expertise is invertebrate paleontology. That was great; it was a hands-on way to try out the field.

What I appreciate the most about Smith is that the college provides so many different opportunities for students to learn. Whether it's a visiting professor coming in to give a lunch talk or a paid internship doing real research, doors to learning are always being opened.