Anonymous asked:

After Smith how many chances has an international student to get a good employment? and how many chances has he/she to live in US after that?

It really depends on the student and what she wants to do after graduation. Some want to stay in the US to work, some want to go back to their home country, and sometimes, to another foreign country! Some students want to take time off and some want to go straight into graduate school. So it really depends on who you are.

As for other logistical answers, you can refer to this website:

Anonymous asked:

How does Smith compare to other women's colleges? (Ex: Barnard, Wellesley)


If you can be more specific with your question, I can help answer your question better. (ie: location, academics, housing, community, etc..)

Last Thought

Hello followers and viewers of this blog!

Thank you for reading my posts. My position as the Recruitment Intern for 2014 term has come to an end as of May 2nd. I am graduating this May and enjoyed working with the admissions, answering your questions, and interviewing many students for the blog.

Please redirect your questions to the admissions office (click here) if you have any questions. 

Thank you again, and good luck!

Interview with Julianne Boyeon Lee ‘14

Julianne Boyeon Lee is a senior majoring in Government with a concentration in International Relations at Smith College. She was born in Seoul, Korea and lived in Anyang, Korea until she left to Vancouver, Canada to study abroad. She also lived in Fairfax, Virginia with her family in middle school. She finished her final high school years in South Korea. Julianne is the president of Korean American Students at Smith, a Unity Organization for Korean and non-Korean students interested in Korean culture and languages.


Q: You traveled quite a bit! Why did you go back to Seoul to finish high school instead of staying in Canada or United States? 

A: My father wanted me to graduate high school from Korea. The greater meaning behind his desire for me to come back to Korea was so strengthen and solidify my identity as a Korean. At first, I wanted to stay back in the States and graduate high school here. But now that I think about it, I think it was a good decision for me. By attending high school in Seoul, I learned more about my country and grew to appreciate my culture.

But I continued to make various efforts to expose myself to different culture. I love learning foreign languages, so I have been studying Japanese since middle school and now, I am continuing my French after I studied for a year in Geneva through a Smith program called Junior Year Abroad.

Q: What other activities or leadership positions are you involved in at Smith?

A: I was International Students’ Pre-orientation (ISP) leader during my junior and senior year. ISP is a week-long program for incoming international students from all over the world. When I attended ISP as a first year, I learned a lot about Smith College. So I wanted to share and give back that great experience to incoming first year students. As the leader, I helped the students settle into Smith and the United States and enjoyed learning cultures as well.

I have been a Gold Key tour guide since my sophomore year. I love sharing my experiences at Smith to prospective students and their parents and I was able to do that as a Gold Key. I have been giving tours to prospective students and now as a senior, my role is to lead information session at the Office of Admission with an admission counselor.

Q: How did you find out Korean American Students at Smith?

A: I found about KASS during ISP. Frankly, I wasn’t very active in KASS during my first year. However, I realized soon enough that, in order to approach American or international students, I needed to know more about my nation’s culture and history. That’s when I decided to run for the Social Chair position during my sophomore year – and I was elected into the position!


Q: Can you describe KASS in detail? And what is your position?

A: The purpose of KASS is to create awareness and understand Korean culture. For example, during Open Campus week, KASS participated in the Organization Fair to introduce KASS to the admitted students. Currently, as the president of the organization, I oversee the responsibilities of the officers of KASS and preside over all the meetings and decisions.

Q: What are some key events that KASS hosted and planned this year?

A: This year, KASS planned many new events. In the fall semester, Unity Organization organized Fall Festival for th

e first time. As a member of one of the Unity Orgs, KASS provided Korean food and traditional games during the Festival. KASS also hosted our annual event – Asian Tea House – an event with Asian Students Association (ASA). KASS also organized (for the first time) Korean Fall Olympics. In Korea, all the schools from elementary to high school hold school Olympics every fall semester and KASS tried to bring that Korean tradition to Smith campus with the participation of students from all 5-colleges. In the spring semester, KASS Korean snack box deliveries to Smith and Amherst College students. We successfully delivered about 100 snack boxes.

Q: How did Smith help or inspire you to be successful and devoted to KASS?

A: As a president of KASS, I attend the Unity Presidents’ Council (UPC) meetings every other week. UPC is comprised of the chairs and co-chairs of all ten Unity organizations. Through UPC, I was able to easily collaborate with other cultural organizations on campus. Also, the faculty members who are involved in East Asian Studies help KASS to thrive. Lastly, the 5-college consortium helped KASS events in publicity and participation.  


Q: Would you recommend current Smithies and prospective students to look into KASS?

A: Of course! As a Gold Key tour guide and the KASS president, I try my best to promote KASS to current Smithies, prospective students, and the local community. KASS welcomes everyone who is interested in the Korean language, food, Korean Pop music (K-Pop), Korean Drama (K-Drama), and other cultural aspects of Korea.  You do not have to be ethnically Korean to join the organization!

Anonymous asked:

This is not related to admissions but I have a question about Smith College. Is Smith College considered prestigious/hard to get into?


Thank for your question. 

I think such question really depends on what your definition of “prestigious” or “difficult to get into”.

But what I can say is that Smith College looks at various aspects of a student. Number is not everything when it comes down to the application review process. From my experience in working in the admissions and having many conversations with the admissions officers, they do care for every single applicants characteristics and interests aside from academics and they want to make sure they choose candidates that will fit in and do great in Smith. 

If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to e-mail me at:

Anonymous asked:

This is an odd place to try to reach you, Mr. Randolph, but I was wondering if you could tell me how you plan to vote tonight. We are voting on proportional vs equal representation in the upper house, the Senate. I support proportional, as do most nationalists. Will you? --James Madison

Hi Mr. Madison,

sorry for the delay in response! I never thought that you would reach me here in this odd universe that Mr. Franklin invented called… “the cyber space.” 

Interview with Olivia Pilling ‘17

Olivia is currently a first-year intending on majoring in Biology and Chemistry. She started ice skating at the age of 3, and started synchronized ice skating at the age of 9. Currently she is a competitive synchronized skater, and competed in Sweden in January 2013 as a member of Team USA (Her team won the bronze medal!). She is from Queens, NY, attended Bard High School Early College Queens and graduated with Associates Degree. 

She is currently on the University of Massachusetts’ Synchronized Skating team.


Q: What activities or leadership positions are you involved in at Smith?

A: As a first-year, I limited my community involvement because I did not want to take on too much. However, I am an AEMES(Achieving Excellence in Mathematics, Engineering and Sciences) scholar who works in Laura Katz’s lab, and am in the peer mentor/”mentee” program. I am also a member of the University of Massachusetts’ Synchronized Skating team. Next year, I will continue to work in Laura’s lab as an AEMES student, hopefully be a peer mentor, skate on UMass (and be co-captain), and be the treasurer of Morris House.


(Olivia with her old teammates — Olivia is third to the left)

Q: How did you find out about the synchronized team at UMass? And how were you able to join when you are enrolled in Smith?

A: In synchronized skating, there are different divisions. I am currently on the collegiate division. There are numerous colleges that have this division, and I looked into the schools (when I was applying to schools) that had a skating team near by.

The current coach of the UMass team was also my first synchronized skating coach; she was able to put me in contact with another Smithie on the team. Once I got to Smith, I attended to the team’s try outs and I decided to join the team.

Q: Could you describe what is synchronized skating?  

A: Synchronized skating is similar to synchronized swimming but with more athletes participating. Different levels can have anywhere between 8-20 skaters out on the ice. It requires precision, timing, and teamwork. Great teams glide effortlessly across the ice at high speeds as well as perform their program with energy and facial expressions. It is truly amazing to see a group of 16 skaters move as one. You can often see all the hard work and trust that they put into their practices and performance. 


(Outside the World Arena in Colorado for the Nationals with the UMASS Skate Synchro Team)

Q: Tell me about the big competition! What is it and how did you guys do?

A: Back in January we attended the Eastern Sectional Championship, and was qualified to participate to the National Championship at Colorado in March to compete (only the top 6 teams from each coast - East, Midwest, West- qualify for Nationals). Although we did not have our best skate at the Nationals, we had a fantastic season and the team has improved greatly from the last season. Some of the judges even came up to our coach to tell her how much stronger and faster we have gotten.

Overall, it was an amazing experience. We have progressed so much this season and grew as a team. I also had the opportunity to see my old teammates, some of who moved onto different teams because they went off to college too, and others that are still on my old team. It was great seeing them skate and talking to them afterwards. The skating community it very close and I love seeing old teammates and friends.


image(“Wheel Element”)

Q: Are you going to continue next year?

A: Yes! I am elected as the co-captain for next year’s season. As co-captain, I will run practices when the coach is not there, run off ice (cardio, work outs, the warm up dance, the program), and offer suggestions when the coach is choreographing the program. I am very honored to be elected co-captain and am excited for the upcoming season!

Q: How did Smith help or inspire you to be successful in this opportunity?

A: Skating is extremely expensive. My fellow Smithie on the team and I were able to go talk to the Dean of the college and ask for some funding to help us offset the cost of our monthly skating dues, and the travel to Colorado. And we received some funding and I am extremely grateful. It definitely allowed me to continue skating while attending Smith. Also the professors are very understanding of me when I have to discuss any missed class due to competitions, and without this it would have been very difficult to succeed at Smith academically. 


(UMASS Skate Synchro team having a spirit practice! Theme: old skating dress)


(Easterns in Hersey, PA for a competition)

Q: Would you recommend current Smithies and prospective students to look into the activity that you are currently in?

A: Of course, you do not have to have any synchro experience to be on the team and it offers an automatic close-knit community that supports you in the sport that you love. I love being a part of a team, and going through the successes and obstacles together. 


Villians and Heroes Emerge from the Devastating South Korean Ferry Disaster


Villians and Heroes Emerge from the Devastating South Korean Ferry Disaster

With rescue still pending and further investigation to be made, the media and South Korean “netizens” created a villain in discussing the Sewol ferry sinking incident, which took place on Wednesday, April 16, in the western coast of the South Korean peninsula.

Boat crews try to rescue passengers from the Sewol ferry sinking in the water off the southern coast near Jindo, south of Seoul.

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Reacting to Past

Reacting to Past is a course offered by Smith College under First Year Seminar and Government. I am currently taking the course myself and I enjoy it very much! If you are a first year looking at various FYS offered by Smith, you should definitely consider Reacting to Past

The class that I am currently in is the same as the FYS Reacting course, except that it is a class listed under Government credit and is open to all class level. The class is currently playing a game on “America’s Founding: The Constitutional Convention of 1787” written by Professor John Coby.


My role in this game is Edmund Randolph, a representative from Virginia. My role is not as influential as characters like Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, or George Washington, but this class creates an environment where everyone is able to speak up without shying away.

Every time I walk into the class, I am amazed at the enthusiasm and the effort that the students put into voting, lobbying, and negotiating. But what stuns me the most is how easily and enjoyably I am learning the materials. Who would have thought learning about the niddy griddy process of constructing the American Constitution could be so entertaining?

If you are interested in this class, please read further and look through some of these amazing photos with captions below —

What is Reacting?

Well, Reacting to Past is a course that allows for you to role-play based on the historical facts. There are about two to three “games,” that are assigned per semester that students act out. It was first created by Barnard College. Click here to read further about Reacting to Past 

What are some “games” that Smith offers?

Some of the examples include: “The Threshold of Democracy: Athens in 403 B.C.”; “Confucianism and the Succession Crisis of the Wanli Emperor”; “The Trial of Anne Hutchinson”; “Henry VIII and the Reformation Parliament”; “Rousseau, Burke, and the Revolution in France, 1791”; “The Trial of Galileo”; “Kansas 1999, Evolution and Creationism”; and “Defining a Nation: Gandhi and the Indian Subcontinent on the Eve of Independence, 1945.” 

Click here for more information on Smith College’s Reacting to Past

Explore these pictures taken by Carolyn Brown ‘16, TA for the Reacting class with Professor John Coby


Pleading for the Vote 

Caption: Before a crucial election to determine the next National Assembly president, members of the Crowd faction desperately try to convince Amanda Emily Rabe ’16 (far left), an Indeterminate, to change her vote.



Caption: Bishop Fisher and the Archbishop of Canterbury are shocked when they learn that a commoner that they had sentenced to death for heresy has enough protection to not go to trial.



Caption: Goofing off before class, Sydney Anderson (Georges Danton) pretends to kill Madison Chafin’s (left) character, King Louis XVI.

Here are some other photos of this the Constitutional Convention game:





Click here and here for more photos!

(All captions and photos provided by Carolyn Brown ‘16)