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THE BLOG OF A SOPHOMORE SMITHIE

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!

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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!

Anonymous said: hello! a few weeks ago I asked you a question about being waitlisted at smith, and I wanted to let you know that I was accepted early this month and will be attending! I've been thinking a lot about housing now and have pretty much decided on the quad (crossing my fingers for cushing!), but now I'm debating whether or not I should ask for a single. basically I'm wondering if a somewhat introverted only child should try for a single or if that wilI make me a friendless loser haha, thanks!

Congratulations on your acceptance!! I’m so happy for you! I remember how terrifying being waitlisted was and I’m overjoyed that everything worked out for you!

I had a single in Comstock, and absolutely loved it. I did ask for a roommate in my housing form but did not end up getting one. In the end I was really happy about this because my room was a place I could relax completely. I am a very shy, introverted, quiet only child, and I still managed to make some incredible friends in my house. So I’d say, if you want a single, go for it! You can spend as much or as little time as you want in your room, visit your friends rooms, and hang out in the dining room and living room. You won’t end up a friendless loser at all.

For me it did take a lot to put myself out there and make new friends (which was a completely new experience for me because I went to the same school for 13 years before coming to Smith), but all the first years are scared and want to make friends. Also, you’re going to meet people in your orientation groups, advising groups, and classes so there is plenty of time and opportunity for social interaction.

I think you should try for a single if you want one. You’re not going to have any trouble meeting people and making friends, and it is nice to have your own space to come back to at the end of the day.

Congratulations again, and if you have any more questions please feel free to ask!

Anonymous said: Hi! I was wondering... Could people living in other parts of the campus (let's say Elm Street) participate in parties in the Quad? Thank you so much for answering my question!

All Smith-sanctioned parties are open to the whole campus (to my knowledge). You can absolutely attend parties in the Quad and all over campus! If you are not a resident of the house hosting the party you do have to wait in line to obtain a wristband and entrance, but its not that much of a hassle. Special events like Winter Weekend and Senior Banquet are closed to students outside the house unless you have a special invitation.

The social scene is very open on campus and there are so many ways to have fun and meet new people!

Thanks for the question and please don’t hesitate to ask anything else!

Anonymous said: What has been some of the best things that you have experienced as a new student at Smith?

This question is so difficult, Anon!

I had an amazing first year at Smith and I am constantly thankful for all the support I received from professors and friends alike.

I met some truly amazing people this year and my friends Devin and Deidre helped make my experiences this year so fantastic. I really enjoyed joining the ceramics club, exploring NoHo and the surrounding areas with my friends, and ridiculous Friday night movie marathons. I got to see Girl in a Coma in concert and see the live Welcome to Night Vale. I do have to be a bit boring though, and say that the academics were really what made this year so satisfying. Sure, I had some frustrating professors and classes I didn’t enjoy as much, but overall I learned so much and it felt so right to be at Smith and to learn the things I did. My classes helped reaffirm my love for English and Art History and made me feel so strongly about pursuing my interests and following my dreams.

I know this answer is a all over the place and a tad unfocused, but I hope I made some sense! If you have any specific questions about academics, social activities, or various other first year experiences, please ask!

Anonymous said: How easy / or hard is it for a student at Smith to go to Boston? Is there public transportation? How much money does it cost?

It is pretty easy to get to the closest major cities using Greyhound/Peter Pan buses. There is a Peter Pan station within walking distance of campus and tickets are usually around $50 round-trip. You also have the option of carpools and ride shares through various 5 college facebook groups, but you may not know the people you are traveling with, so that is probably not the safest option. You can also use the Amtrak station in Amherst, but that is a bit more expensive. I think there may also be MegaBus and shuttle services available, but they are probably out of Amherst but I don’t know anything about them (or if they actually exist).

I go to New York City regularly and I find that Peter Pan, while a bit expensive and sometimes late, is the best and most stress-free option.

Hope this helps you a bit, Anon. Feel free to drop by and ask more questions!

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