Yippee-Ki-Ada!

My name is Dianne Jester Wieland. I am an Ada Comstock Scholar in my junior year at Smith College and the Ada Intern for 2014-2015.  I am majoring in American Studies with a concentration in the Archives. I live in Northampton with two of my children. I love being a "Smithie!" If you have any questions, please feel free to ask!

SEPTEMBER 2014! The campus is alive once again! Schedules, books, supplies, anticipation, and most important — old  and new friends!


For those of you who’ve been following me, I want to say, it’s great to be back to work in the Office of Admissions. I had a busy and productive summer as an intern at the Smith College Archives. I loved learning about the rich history and amazing women that have made their mark on the Smith campus.

For those new to the blog, welcome and stay tuned. I am going to do my best to keep you posted in all things ADA! 

Convocation was full of energy and excitement. Our Ada class theme this year is “Ada Oakley” We had fun and dressed in our best western duds.

It is a Smith tradition that at Convocation and Rally Day only seniors can wear anything on their head, so no cowgirl hat for me! Next year! 

We walked towards John M. Greene Hall from the Ada Comstock Lounge and chanted: “Yippee-Yi-Yada! We started a little lat-ah! but we’re here now and we’re proud, no one’s better than Adas!” It was a wonderful way to kick off the year. image

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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. 

Today I caught the view of  Grecourt Gate from inside of College Hall. 

Spring snow on Paradise Pond. 

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! 

I am so excited for the Ada Monologues next weekend. It is shaping up to be great show!