Reason #23 You Should Visit
A 260-acre research station
After I attended the Smith Science and Engineering Program the summer of my sophomore year in high school, Smith became the gold standard for measuring all the colleges I considered attending. Smith was the only one that offered me the opportunity to do paid research as an undergraduate. I was thrilled to be accepted as a STRIDE scholar when I was admitted to Smith. I’ve been working with Reid Bertone-Johnson, lecturer in landscape studies, and Virginia Hayssen, biological sciences professor, at the Ada and Archibald MacLeish Field Station in Whately, Massachusets. We’re creating a species list database for the field station website and developing a permanent exhibition at MacLeish. So far, we’ve documented 174 species. Meanwhile, a geology course I took my first semester inspired me to pursue it as a minor.
Being at Smith helped put me in touch with people who are passionate about social issues. During my first year, I went to a meeting of the student group Divest Smith College. Two years and many hours later, I’m one of the leaders. We plan events and make the community and college administration aware of key issues with the fossil fuel industry. It’s become a large piece of my Smith experience. I hope to be involved in some form of environmental justice work, maybe as an activist or in academe? Whatever I do, the experience of being at Smith, where I see women in positions of power every day and have role models who inspire me, is invaluable.