"May the wind under your wings bear you where the sun sails and the moon walks"


A Hyperlapse stroll through downtown Northampton.


Paradise #nofilter #smithcollege


Paradise #nofilter #smithcollege

The leadership orientation group that I was helping to facilitate has finished! It was an amazing experience and I’m so grateful to have met and gotten to know the new Smithies who were in my group! They are an amazing bunch of people and I can’t wait to see what they get up to in the next four years (and beyond). 
In other news, the wall in front of my desk is almost finished!

Slowly moving into my new room! It’s a disaster area right now but by tomorrow it should be relatively neat I hope.

Heading back to Smith today! I’m helping with one of the orientation groups and I can’t wait to meet some new Smithies :)

songsonpaintedshadows said: For the anon asking about virgin mobile service; virgin mobile gets decent service around campus and town. There are a couple of places on campus that I have terrible service (the music building and the theatre building) and I have less than great service in the quad. But other than that, virgin mobile has served me quite well at Smith and in Northampton.

Thank you so much for the helpful information!

Anonymous said: hi, I was just wondering if you know if virgin mobile gets decent service on campus/around town? thanks!

Hi Anon,

I have no idea, I’m sorry! I think most providers have pretty decent service in Northampton, but there are some places where it’s a bit spotty.

I’m sorry I can’t be more help, but maybe someone with Virgin Mobile can let me know so I can give you an answer.

Thanks for the question, and please let me know if there is anything else I can help you out with!

Anonymous said: Any advice on what to bring with us for dorms? Like anything you forgot/didnt think of that would have been useful? Thank you!

Hi, Anon! Oh gosh, I brought so much stuff. It was ridiculous. I would suggest making a list of what you think you need, then googling a college dorm list and comparing the two. You’ll find most everything you need that way. I had all of the basic things, but here’s what I found most handy:

  1. An electric kettle. I drink tons of tea so this was great and an absolute necessity. Also good for ramen/instant soup and the like.
  2. A nice thermos to take tea/coffee to class on very cold days.
  3. A reusable water bottle. The campus really encourages us to cut down on one-time use water bottles.
  4. A printer. Some people really prefer to use the library printers, but I found that having my own really cut down on stress and made life easier.
  5. Things from home to decorate your room with. It may seem silly, but sometimes it’s really nice to have that little bit of comfort right there for you.
  6. Stain remover of any sort.
  7. Disinfecting wipes- these are really great for when your whole house has some sort of plague that every one gets. As soon as people started getting sick I started wiping down the surfaces in my room. This may seem neurotic, but the only time I got sick was allergy/stress related, so I guess it worked.
  8. Febreeze.
  9. Surge protectors. Chances are you won’t have a lot of outlets and they’ll probably be in the most inconvenient places in your room.
  10. Duct Tape. You never know when you’ll need it.
  11. A small sewing kit and a few screwdrivers.
  12. As for food I would say get a few necessary snacks (nutella, chocolate, granola bars, nuts) but know that you can stash a lot of things from the dining halls like chips and peanut butter packets. I’d hold off buying a lot of food things until you scout out the dining halls.

Things I don’t think are necessary:

  1. A microwave/fridge and a full set of kitchen utensils/pots and pans. Your basement has a kitchen with everything you need. Unless you have a schedule that prevents you from getting food at regular hours or you prepare all your meals yourself you really don’t need a whole bunch of cooking stuff.
  2. Every item in your room at home. It sucks having to separate your stuff but be practical and decide what you will actually need or use.

Don’t stress too much about getting everything for your room all at once. You have access to Target, Walmart, and various grocery stores and malls by bus so you can always pick up things in the first couple of weeks. Plus after school starts things go on sale and you can order them online.

Best of luck, and don’t hesitate to ask if you have any more concerns about getting ready for your first year of college!


Crew House #lush #smithcollege #summeratsmith


Crew House #lush #smithcollege #summeratsmith

Just a reminder to all Smith first year students and prospective students that I’m available to answer any and all questions you may have about preparing for your first year of college or starting the college application process.

Ask away!