I’m done! I finished my finals and handed in my last paper. What an amazing feeling, and yes, I am a bit emotional. My first year at Smith has been full of emotions!
Today is my last day in the admissions office until I return in September. I will be interning over the summer in the Sophia Smith Collection and the College Archives. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to spend the summer amidst the largest collection of women’s history in the country.
Classes have ended and today begins finals week. Another thing that I love about Smith is the self-scheduled exams. This process allows students the flexibility to take finals during a time period of their choosing.I only have one final and I am hoping to take it on Thursday morning.
Wish me luck!
Emotions are high as Adas are not only winding up the semester but seniors are celebrating their final days at Smith. This week we had the Ada Senior Celebration. It is a special event to commemorate and toast our departing seniors. A memorable part of this celebration is watching the graduates open the note they wrote to themselves at orientation their very first week at Smith. You can imagine the laughter and the tears as they read the words that began their journey.
This Ada has been very busy at Smith. With less than two weeks left of classes, I have been engrossed in final papers and presentations. Last Thursday my American Studies class presented our research projects with poster presentations to the class. On Monday, I took a study break with some Smithies and we went canoeing on Paradise Pond. It felt great to get some sunshine. I cannot believe my first year at Smith is almost over!
Today I caught the view of Grecourt Gate from inside of College Hall.
Spring snow on Paradise Pond.
What an amazing weekend! Open Campus was busy, and I had a wonderful time getting to know all of the newly admitted Adas. It was a joy to show the Smith campus, talk about life as an Ada, and make new friends.
Friday night was the Ada Monologues. Being on the Ada Class Cabinet, I had a small part in planning the show. I am happy to say it was a great success! I was moved to tears and laughter hearing the journeys of my fellow Ada Comstock Scholars and what brought them to Smith. Maybe next year I will do a monologue of my own.
I spent Saturday in Neilson Library. Even with all of the excitement of Open Campus and the Ada Monologues, I still have papers and projects due. The end of the semester is just around the corner!
Sunday was a mixture of fun and work. My American Studies class took a trip to NYC. We visited the Tenement Museum and explored various sights in the city. The purpose of the trip was to bring into focus what we have been studying for the semester.
I am so excited for the Ada Monologues next weekend. It is shaping up to be great show!
Congratulations to all the recently admitted Adas for Fall 2014! All of your hard work has paid off and your accomplishments have been recognized. I am sure you are excited, and perhaps a bit overwhelmed. My first advice is to take a deep long breath and relish this moment. Your journey is about to begin. I can’t believe it was not so long ago that I was in your shoes. Choosing Smith and becoming part of the Ada Comstock community is one of the best decisions I have ever made.
Becoming an Ada is a unique experience and I am sure you have many questions. Please feel free to post any questions that you might have and I highly recommend that you attend Open Campus. It is a great opportunity for you to meet some current Adas and have some fun.
I want to emphasize that Smith will help you every step of the way. One thing that I have already learned is that once you are a Smithie anything is possible!
It is just the beginning!