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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.

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One of the best things at Smith is that undergraduates can do substantive research. Not only does it familiarize you with a research-lab environment, but it makes you a more attractive prospect to a future employer or grad school. Last summer I was awarded a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship to study thermodynamic stability in 15-mer DNA with Sp lesion.

I helped found the Smith chapter of Technology & Education Connecting Cultures, an international nonprofit student organization that promotes cultural exchange through technology and education. We organize a variety of projects, such as recruiting volunteers to go to rural China to teach English to middle school teachers.

Smith is an intellectually supercharged environment. When I try to explain to people what it’s like to be at Smith, I tell them that each Smithie has her own shining point. When you talk to a Smithie, she always has something that makes her special, whether it’s a sport, or an issue she’s passionate about or a research topic.

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I am from Nigeria but lived for the past seven years in Botswana. I wanted to leave home for college and applied to schools in the United States. The deciding factor in choosing Smith was its academic reputation.

The orientation for international students was wonderful. Instead of having to jump in, it allows you to ease your way in nicely.

I plan to attend medical school and then specialize in neurosurgery. Still, I am taking a range of classes, from biology and chemistry to French and Kung-Fu. My mom believes in being rounded and so do I. I really want a broad education. My life back home was very sheltered. Smith is letting me get to know the world in little bits and pieces. I love it.

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I was considering a number of different liberal arts schools, but Smith was the only women's college on my list. I thought I wanted a coed school until I came here for an overnight and felt so comfortable. Deciding to attend Smith was the best decision I've ever made.

I knew I wanted to study English, history or the social sciences. At Smith, I learned I could do all three through American studies. This year, I have an internship first semester with the Smithsonian. I'll be working with a curator to research the material culture of firefighting in the 19th century. I'll then spend the spring in Cordoba, Spain.

Apart from academics, I take yoga classes, which I love to pieces. And after years of playing the piano, I've been taking pipe organ lessons. There are three pipe organs on campus. They're very loud, and playing them is really amazing.

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When my dad urged me to look at Smith and Wellesley, my reaction was "absolutely not." Eventually, I did visit both schools and when I came to Smith, I knew it was where I wanted to be. I liked Northampton, the tour guide was friendly and Smith just seemed to fit with my personality. I felt I could belong here. I came to Smith knowing I wanted to attend medical school. Still, I had no clue what I was going to study. Attending a liberal arts school offers me the option of being able to explore everything. Smith's size is perfect. It's small enough so that you really get to know a lot of people and big enough so that you don't know everyone. And now that I'm at a women's college, I wouldn't trade it for anything.

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How to Look at Art: Student Exhibition Guides the Way

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Viewing a work of art may seem like a simple act--a uni-dimensìonal exchange of artistic information transacted between a solitary viewer and the artist.

An exhibition, titled "Framed," curated by Lauren Kaelin '10 in the Museum of Art, broadens the context within which art consumption takes place with an exploration of khe numerous agendas converging on the moment of art appreciation. 


From Smith Lab to Local Science Fair

Local Science Fair Winner Took Inquiry from Smith College Lab to Life

Amherst Regional Middle School student Tara Murty recently won the regional science fair for her research into biofilms – the subject of an ongoing inquiry at Smith College – qualifying her to compete at the State Science Fair in Worcester on June 5.

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. – Local eighth-grader Tara Murty recently took a college research question into the field and was rewarded with the top prize at the regional science fair.

At the same time, Murty’s research closely corresponded with what Smith College students had discovered in controlled experiments in the laboratory of Katherine Queeney, associate professor of chemistry.

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Smith Tour Guides Reveal (Gold) Keys to Campus

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.