Anonymous asked: How much difference is there between each house? I've heard that houses in the Quad are known for being loud and hosting parties etc. and Green Street is know for being very quiet, just wondering how true that all is? Also, I notice that one house has a 'substance free living' floor, and was wondering if drinking and such are more/less common depending on where you live? Thanks!
Smith housing is fantastic and very diverse. You can read about the many housing options here.
It’s true that each house has a different identity and set of traditions, but you’ll definitely be able to find a house that you’re happy with. The houses in the Quad do host parties (and the house I live in, Comstock, hosts the first party of the year), but they are only on the weekends and do not interfere with studying. I haven’t found the Quad to be too loud, but I do live on the far side of the building and away from any major entrances. There isn’t really a consistent noise level, but I do feel like things are relatively quiet. Houses all over campus host parties, Green Street included. Because I haven’t lived anywhere else on campus I can’t really speak to their noise level, but I feel like everyone is pretty considerate during the week.
The substance-free housing in Chase is, in general, for people who wish to have zero contact with alcohol, tobacco, and drugs in their living space. That is not to say that people just party in the hallways in all the houses. At parties and Smith-sanctioned social events alcohol is available only to people who are of age and drinking is restricted to certain areas of the house. Open containers of alcohol are not allowed in the halls and all smoking must be done 20ft from the buildings (illegal things are, of course, illegal). It is easy to avoid situations where people may be drinking, and I think pressure to participate in such activities is relatively small.
Thank you so much for the question! Please don’t hesitate to ask if something else should come to mind!
I had a wonderful and relaxing break, but it’s wonderful to be back! My first week of classes surprisingly chill (despite the fact that i had a surprise paper due Wednesday?). I’m taking Discovering Mathematics, two Art History classes: one called Great Cities: Pompeii, and the other on Gender, Sexuality, and the Built Environment, Astronomy 100: Survey of the Universe, and Methods of Literary Study. All my classes look like they are going to be really interesting! I’m also working in the Comstock and Cushing kitchens.
Anonymous asked: Best food in Northampton (outside of Smith)?
Noodles is really good if you’re looking for noodle bowls/dumplings and stuff, Herrell’s is the best for ice cream, Green Bean is a vegan/vegetarian restaurant, Jake’s is an excellent breakfast place, and the Mosaic Café makes the best crêpes. There’s also a new Greek restaurant that I need to try out. I’m not much of a burger person, but I hear Local Burger is fantastic.
Noho has tons of places to eat, and you’re sure to find somewhere you love. Check here for a list of other options.
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Anonymous asked: When do Regular Decision applicants find out acceptance?
Results will come out April 1st. The decision deadline is May 1st.
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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.