Skip Navigation
A Culture of Care >> Read Smith’s plans for the fall 2021 semester.

International Student Pre-orientation (ISP)


International Students and Scholars

125 Wright Hall
Smith College
Northampton, MA USA

Phone: 413-585-7598
Fax: 413-585-4982

Open office hours: Schedule a meeting with Dean Caitlin or with Claire Seely when it’s convenient for you!

August 22–26, 2021

ISP is a required program this year for any incoming international students utilizing a college-sponsored visa. We also welcome students who have U.S. citizenship or U.S. permanent residency who have grown up abroad and feel it would be a beneficial program to attend. In addition, the program will be expanded this fall 2021 to include all those international students from the class of 2024 who did not come to the U.S. during the 2020–21 academic year.

We will focus on getting to know the international community at Smith, learning about your Smith resources as an international student, introducing U.S. social concepts/constructs, and supporting cultural transitions. In addition, students will have ample opportunity to meet with officials from Financial Aid, Health Services and other offices.


To register for ISP, please fill out our online form.  Please use your Smith email when registering. If you encounter issues with this, please let us know. (ISP 2021 is now closed for registration!)

2021 ISP Schedule

The Fall 2021 ISP schedule is here! We may make slight changes in the coming days as the program approaches. All participants will receive a hard copy schedule upon arrival.

We will also have a companion Moodle course to go along with ISP this year. For all those eligible to attend ISP, please stay tuned for access information to log into that course. It will house handouts, resources, and Zoom links for any content sessions, so that students who may not be able to attend a session in person can still log in.

2021–22 ISP Leaders

ISP Leaders have attended the program themselves and can now help others adjust to the academic, cultural and social life at Smith.


Selma Benmoussa ’23 | she/her

Casablanca, Morocco


Hey everyone! My name is Selma and I am a rising junior from Casablanca, Morocco. My ISP experience set the tone for an optimistic and energetic semester. Even though I got lost many times during the first week of classes, interacting with the relatable ISP community helped in navigating campus better and asking when I was unsure. On campus, I am involved with Al-Iman (the muslim student association) and sometimes attend the ISO’s awesome events!



Rhys Zyraxes Vulpe ’23 | he/they

Bucharest, Romania

Computer Science/English (Archives concentration)

Hi everyone! I’m Rhys, a queer and trans Romanian rising junior, and I’ll be one of your ISP leaders together with an amazing group of people! Elsewhere on campus, you can find me at the Resource Center for Sexuality and Gender, where I’ll be working as a program coordinator, co-running the White Student Accountability Group, and participating in several clubs, orgs, and events working with low income students, international folks, and anything relating to social justice! I became an ISP leader because of how much joy my very own ISP leaders and international community brought me when I first started Smith; I want to be part of that same process for upcoming international Smithies, as well as hopefully show some of the different ways you can be a Smithie!



Camila Maldonado Franco ’24 | she/her/hers

San Lorenzo, Paraguay

Education/Statistical & Data Science

Hola Smithies! Welcome! I am so excited to meet you all. My name is Camila (she/her) I am from San Lorenzo, Paraguay. I am a member of the class of 2024. As many of you, I also started college online. However, virtual ISP was extremely helpful for me when navigating the experience of being a first year. I met wonderful people that I later met on campus, and that made a difference in my experience. I was involved in the ISO cabinet last semester as a first-year representative, and I will also be part of the cabinet again this fall! I am also working with the ISSO as a social media intern, so please follow us! I am really looking forward to welcome you on campus. Please do not hesitate to reach out, most of the times I am helpful ig: @kamicazepy



Peris Mwangi ’23 | she/her


Quantitative Economics/African Studies

Hi Smithies! My name is Peris, a rising junior from Kenya. I live in Ziskind House, and on campus I am actively involved with the Smith Start-up Consulting Group. I am also part of the First-Generation organization and PASA. I am excited to welcome all of us to campus in the fall, and to answer any questions you may have. ISP was the highlight of my experience as a first-year student, and I made my first group of friends then. The program made it easier to navigate the culture shock and new systems in the United States, and wanting to help new Smithies at that point is why I became an ISP leader. Welcome to Smith and do not hesitate to reach out!



Vatsala Ramanan ’22 | she/her


Quantitative Economics/Government

Hello, everyone! My name is Vatsala and I am a rising Senior from India studying Quantitative Economics and Government. Outside of classes I have been involved with EKTA (the South Asian Students Organization), the Smith Consulting Group and am a research assistant in the economics department. ISP is one of my favourite programmes at Smith because it provides international students with a unique opportunity to get to know one another and form an incredibly special bond. Some of my closest friends at Smith are people I met during ISP. We are so excited to welcome you to Smith and make your ISP and college experience wonderful! If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out!



Lucía González ’23 | she/her


Government/Study of Women and Gender

Hi everyone! And welcome to Smith :) My name is Lucía and I am a rising junior majoring in Government and the Study of Women and Gender. I was born and raised in Uruguay, lived for a while in Venezuela, and attended high school in Japan (greetings to my fellow UWCers haha). I live in Comstock House and I have been involved with LASO (the Latin American Student Organization) since my first year. I love being on the Smith campus; I have yet to find another place where I feel as accepted and welcomed. I also really enjoy exploring Northampton and the surrounding areas (especially the restaurants and cafes, hmu if you ever want food recommendations!). I cannot wait to meet all of you! Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or if you just want to chat about anything! <3 See you soon!



Swaha Bhattacharya ’23 | she/her

Mumbai, India

Mathematics/Statistics & Data Science

Hey Class of 2025! Congratulations! My name is Swaha and I'm from Mumbai, India. I’m a rising junior and am a Math and Statistics and Data Science double major. I’m an Indian Classical singer and am a part of the Smith College Glee Club too. Since my first year, I have also been the Social Chair of EKTA, the South-Asian Student Organization at Smith. I have spent my time at Smith partaking in many activities, but ISP has been the best time I’ve had and it’s where I made my closest friends at Smith. I hope it becomes a highlight of your lives too. I’m looking forward to meeting all of you. Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions!



Sonia Paredes ’23 | she/her


Quantitative Economics/Statistical & Data Sciences

Hey all! My name is Sonia and I am a rising junior double majoring in Quantitative Economics and Statistical and Data Sciences. I am Chinese-Filipino and I call the Philippines my home. This academic year, I am one of the chairs for the International Students Organization (ISO). I’m also the treasurer for Don’t Blink Media (the film production club) and a member of the Smith Startup Consulting Group. I love meeting new people and I can’t wait to get to know more of you all. ISP made me feel very welcomed and I wanted to pass that feeling on. Whether it is in the coming weeks, in classes, or at ISO events, feel free to reach out to me if you ever need anything, I am more than willing to help!



Ibuki Sugiura ’22J | she/her/hers



Hi Class of 2025! Welcome to Smith!! My name is Ibuki, and I'm a class of 2022J from Japan. I’ve moved quite a lot at Smith (Ziskind, Talbot, Northrop, and currently in Park House), and I love every moment I spent at Smith. I’m on the board of International Student Organization, and have/had been an active member of Sazanami, Japanese Students’ Association, Divest Smith and Outdoor Club. I really enjoyed ISP because I got to meet amazing people, and it warmly welcomed me to Smith. ISP is definitely one of my favorite memories at Smith, and I’m honored to be an ISP leader this year to welcome you! I’m excited to meet all of you in August! Please feel free to reach out to me via email/Slack if you have any questions :)



Paulina Stopa ’23 | she/they


Quantitative Economics

Hello, everyone! My name is Paulina, I was born and raised in Moscow suburbs, and I am now a rising junior here at Smith (which is a little terrifying to think about but I’m managing). I am currently an Economics major but may switch paths this year as I took great interest in Psychology and Digital Art recently. Besides that, I love dancing and am a part of Smith K-Pop Dance Crew (which you are all welcome to join if you want!), and starting this fall I will also be a Korean language tutor for beginning and intermediate level courses. In my spare time I enjoy watching wlw (woman-loving-woman) shows and movies and playing video games. ISP was one of the greatest things I got to experience on campus since I came here because of how fun, exciting and super useful in hindsight it was and how many amazing people I met in the process, so I can’t wait to try and make this year’s ISP just as fun and awesome for all of you! In the meantime, if you want to ask about Smith or simply chat about this and that, my DMs are always open on Instagram (@pulgeunnoeul). Hope to see you soon!



Olivia Anastassov ’22 | she/her


Computer Science/Psychology

Welcome new international Smithies!!! I am a rising senior from Switzerland/Sweden/Bulgaria majoring in Computer Science and Psychology. During my time at Smith I have been on the crew team, part of SCG (Smith’s startup consulting group), a research assistant and an ISP leader. Some of the best experiences I have had at Smith were during ISP (both as a first year and a leader). I met so many new, interesting and fun people and I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of it one last time before I graduate! I’m am really looking forward to meeting you all soon!



Surabhi Subedi ’22 | she/her

Kathmandu, Nepal

Government/Environmental Science and Policy

Hello Everyone! First of all, Welcome to Smith. I am so excited to meet you and get to know you all. My name is Surabhi Subedi and I am a rising senior from Kathmandu, Nepal. I am doing a double major in Government and Environmental Science and Policy. I am involved in student government as a Senator and house council as an Eco Rep.I have also been active in clubs and orgs such as EKTA, Smith Walk for Water and Smith College Model UN. ISP was a very meaningful experience for me as it helped me meet some amazing people as well as navigate through different resources on campus as well as. ISP provides an opportunity to help get adjusted to the college life in the first few days you are here. Hopefully you all will find ISP helpful as I did and get the most of this experience. Can’t wait to welcome you to the campus. In the meantime, please feel free to reach out for anything!



Marwa Anchassi ’25J | she/her

Beirut, Lebanon


Hello everyone! My name is Marwa Anchassi, and am from Beirut, Lebanon. I am hoping to double major in Economics and Psychology for now though that might change. I really hope all of you have a wonderful experience during the ISP orientation week because it is going to be amazing as it is every year and you will meet inspiring international Smithies from all over the world! As an ISP leader I hope to help as much as I can all of you navigate through such a new shift. Always remember everything will be okay one step at a time! 



Esther Mugeni ’24 | she/her



Hey everyone! My name is Esther and I am a rising sophomore from Rwanda. I am currently undeclared but plan to double major in Biochemistry and Psychology. This past semester I have been involved in PASA (Pan-African Students Association) and was a first-year representative in ISO. I am also an active member of the squash team. ISP is one of the best highlights of my first year because it made my transition to college in a pandemic easier and gave me the opportunity to meet new people and make great friends. I am looking forward to sharing my experience with you and help you find your way around Smith. Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions.


Diya Seth ’24 | she/her

India/United Kingdom


Hi:) my name is Diya Seth and I’m a member of the class of 2024. I’m from India. I’m hoping to major in psychology and art. So far, I have been involved with Ekta, the South Asian organization, as a first-year representative. Even though my ISP experience was online, it was my first taste of Smith and so an incredibly important process for me. The welcome I received from the international community made me feel very warm and accepted and I would love to help welcome you in the same way. If you have any questions please feel free to reach out. I’m really really looking forward to meeting all of you!