elohara asked: I want to apply for Smith, but my dad is really opposed to the idea because he views Smith as a "finishing school." Can you think of any good arguments I might be able to use to convince him otherwise?
I’m sorry your dad isn’t a fan of Smith. I’d direct him to this page and the connecting ones on the Smith website: http://www.smith.edu/admission/parents/whysmith.php
Sometimes quoting the (in my opinion, relatively meaningless) rankings will help convince parents.
Smith is absolutely not a “finishing school”, as I’m sure you already know. It instead provides a fantastic and encouraging academic environment for young people to thrive in. You won’t find classes on how to impress your future spouse with social niceties here (should you choose to engage in a long term monogamous relationship), but you will learn how to best them in an argument and then write an outstanding essay and corresponding presentation on why they are wrong.
At Smith you take fascinating classes taught by professors who really want you to do well and engage with the material. My best advice to you in regards to convincing your father is to read the very convincing and skillfully worded Smith admissions pages and be ready to quote some of these facts at him. Are you interested in the sciences and research? Let him know about this kind of stuff: http://www.smith.edu/biology/research.php . You can look up opportunities for each department of interest.
If you want you can message me again with your interests and things that you’re thinking of doing in the future and I can tell you about some of the things that are available on campus. Let me know what you’re involved with in terms of clubs in high school and other activities and I can tell you how you can continue these things on campus. Would you mind telling me some of the other things your dad is opposed to? I’m happy to help you convince him! I’m afraid i haven’t been very helpful, but if you want you can send me some follow up information (interests, concerns, ideas for future professions/plans) and I can help you craft a convincing argument.
Thanks so much for your question and best of luck convincing your dad! Please don’t hesitate to ask any more questions you may have.
Anonymous asked: A few questions, if that's okay! 1) What do Smith students think of other students at the other five colleges? Do people look down on Hampshire students in particular? 2) What is important for getting into Smith? What do they look at most in your application? ... I believe those are my only questions. Thanks so much. :)
Thanks for the questions :) 1) I think all the students at the five colleges appreciate each other and the opportunities they gain by virtue of being members of the consortium. Of course there are the stereotypes and jokes floating around, but I think those are all taken in stride and viewed in good humor. It is true that each college in the consortium is very different and has a different feel, but I don’t think that one college is “looked down on” more than others (or at all). Everybody accepts the schools for what they are.
2) I can’t speak for the Admissions Office, but I’d say that having a balanced application is the most important thing. Don’t rely on one thing as a surefire way to draw attention or gain acceptance. Make sure that you have a balance of strong essays and grades, recommendations from teachers you know appreciate you and can speak to your strengths, and aspects of your application that show a range of your interests/strengths. Personally I think that your essays are very important because they show more about you than checking boxes and grades. Maybe think about having essays that focus on different things: one that approaches strengths/interests and one that talks about an experience/challenge that changed your perspective (keep in mind that the Common App has changed since I filled it out, so I don’t know what is required any more). Also think about discussing why your engagement with something outside your typical area of interests is important. That being said, I have no official insight into what is “most important” and throughout the college application process I was always told that there is not one thing that it is focused on or will make or break the application.
tl;dr: Make sure your application shows that you’re a well rounded person. Also, submit everything by the deadline!
Thank you so much for these questions! I hope I helped you at least a little bit. Don’t hesitate to come back and ask some more!
Anonymous asked: I am a US citizen living in India. I have not visited Smith but seen and read abt it a lot on the net and it became my top choice I have applied ED but i am concerned abt the financial aid package. Could you please elaborate on what is the highest amt of fin aid recvd by a student? what are the criteria that determine how much one gets/ Since my family is not earning in dollars and their annual income is less than 35k...wd i be offered enough to attend this college?
I’m so glad you picked Smith as your first choice! Unfortunately I’m not going to be a great help to you because I can’t speak for the Admissions Office or the Financial Aid Office. The Financial Aid Office has a lot of complicated formulas that they use to determine your award package, and I have no idea how they work. I’m sure they take the fact that your family income is not measured in dollars into account. My best advice to you is to contact someone from the Financial Aid Office. These links may provide you with some answers.
I’m sorry I couldn’t be more more helpful, but I wish you all the best! Please let me know if you have any more questions.
fantasticalnonsensicalfaith asked: I applied Early Decision a bit over a week ago. When will I know???????!?!?!?!?! not to be TOO overdramatic or anything but I AM ACTUALLY TOTALLY (not really) DYING HERE!!!
I’m glad your first choice is Smith! I understand the nerves about the wait! The Undergraduate Admissions page on facebook posted this a little while ago: “Prospective students who applied Early Decision I: Don’t forget that you can check your admission status starting at 6 PM on Friday, December 13!”
I’m so sorry for not answering the questions that you have sent in! The notifications for this are not working? Going to get started on that right now.