Wanted: student employees to undergo hours of intensive training and walk repeated loops around campus, sometimes backwards. For no pay. Must really love Smith.
Title: Gold Key guide.
Current students may not see or notice them, but for visiting families, including prospective Smith students, Gold Key guides are the face and voice of the college. And, true to the Smith tendency, Gold Keys do things a little differently than the average tour guide.
For one thing, Gold Key guides—unlike tour guides at peer colleges—aren’t paid. That may make them sound a little crazy to some, but it allows Smith’s guides to say what they want without a script.
Can study abroad help you after Smith? For Cassie Chao ‘10J, the answer is yes.
Chao’s study abroad program, Alliance for Global Education, helped her find a position with the Student Ambassadors Internship program in Shanghai, where she will use her Mandarin language skills this summer to guide guests through the USA Pavilion exhibits.
As of this year, it is no longer required for returning students to attend Central Check-In when they arrive on campus for the fall semester. Only newly entering students—first-years, including Ada Comstock Scholars, and transfer students—must attend. Central Check-In for all new students will take place at the Indoor Track and Tennis facility (ITT) on Monday, Aug. 30, 1-4 p.m. and Tuesday, Aug. 31, 9 a.m.-noon. Returning students will pick up their keys as usual at the ITT as they arrive (the schedule for key distribution will be publicized during the summer). Returning students with outstanding business with any office on campus will need to contact or stop by those offices as soon as possible upon arriving at Smith.
Remember that time, students, a few weeks into your first semester at Smith, when you said to your friends, “I’m gonna head home,” and for the first time "home" had a different meaning? No longer Boston, not Chicago anymore, nor California or wherever you came from. Home now meant Wilson, or Tyler, or Chapin house.
For many of us graduating seniors, Smith has been home for the past four years. A place to throw your backpack. A place to sleep in on a rainy day, share meals with friends, a place to feel safe and comfortable, and loved. Home is important.
As I prepare to leave Smith, I feel like I’m about to leave home again.
Campus Center student workers want your shoes.
As part of a drive to support Soles4Souls, a Nashville-based charity that collects shoes and distributes to people in need around the world, Campus Center student employees are fanning out on campus through this week to gather footwear. Shoes collected by the drive will be shipped by Soles4Souls to Haiti to assist with the country’s relief efforts following the devastating earthquake there in January.
The students will visit every student residence to place collection boxes for donated shoes. Also, staff and faculty members are encouraged to donate shoes or money to help with shipping costs.