Anonymous said: Hi! Do you know if Smith recommends you take any SAT subject tests?
The SAT subject test is optional for all applicants according to the Smith College website. You can check the link for more information.
If you were asking about SAT and ACT, the answer will be different depending on your citizenship. If you are a domestic student (U.S. citizen), then you are not required to submit any standardised tests (SAT, SAT subject tests, ACT etc.). If you are an international student (non- U.S. citizen), then you are required to submit SAT or ACT. For more information about required standardised tests for international students, you can click here.
Either your applying for Smith Early Decision or Regular Decision, you might have to take the SAT subject tests for other colleges you’re applying to, so I suggest checking the requirements for all the colleges your planning on applying to.
Weekly Obsessions: Asian Students Association (ASA)
A poster I quickly made the night before. At the Org Fair, I had people sign their name and emails here to add to the ASA mailing list.
As I’ve mentioned before, I was the conference chair of the Asian Student Association (ASA) last year. I organised a comedy show/ diversity talk by Eliot Chang last semester, and this year, I was planning on continuing as a conference chair to plan more fun and educational events. But earlier this semester, the co-chair position unexpectedly opened up. And I’ve actually been thinking about contributing more for ASA from the end of last semester. ASA has been a special place where I feel comfortable reaching out for leadership roles, and I felt ready to take on a bigger responsibility. So I did it… I’m co-chair with one of my good friends at Smith! And that is why I’m so obsessed with ASA right now.
As one of my first jobs as co-chair, I organised the executive board members (E-board) to take shifts for the Org Fair, which is an event where all the student organisations and student affairs gathered in Chapin Lawn to promote their org and recruit new members. It was so exciting to talk to people about ASA— my whole body was flowing with adrenalin that I forgot to eat lunch until 3pm!
When I got back to my room, I added 95+ emails of people who signed up for ASA and started planning ideas for the semester. (Oops, I missed our first house tea.) I realised that I really like organising events, anything from a simple E-board meeting to the annual ASA Spring Symposium. I like being busy with things to do. Oh, the things I learn at Smith. :)
P.S I’m partly obsessed with ASA because my handwriting was so beautiful in this poster. So proud.
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Anonymous said: Hello! I'm looking into Smith College and was wondering about the astrophysics program.
So, I have close to zero knowledge of Smith’s Physics/ Astronomy/ Astrophysics department. I actually didn’t really enjoy Physics in high school… But I have a very good friend at Smith who is absolutely obsessed with physics and astronomy. She is a sophomore Physics major; she has taken quite a few physics and astronomy classes, so she is very knowledgable. Here’s what she told me:
Smith does have an Astrophysics minor, but she doesn’t think it’s worth taking because the program is basically a physics major with a few astronomy classes. If you want to be an astronomer in the future, it would be more advantageous to have Physics and Astronomy double major on your transcript, because that shows that you took a lot of both physics and astronomy classes. In fact, it is common for Physics majors to double major with Astronomy since those studies are closely related. Astrophysics is about applying physics to astronomy. She personally thinks physics is more interesting than astrophysics because physics is very deep.
About the Astronomy department. The Astronomy department in Smith is a very unique program. There are only two Astronomy professors (really small department), so students and professors are all very close. And the thing is, Astronomy is a 5 College major, which means that all the Astronomy professors in our 5 College Consortium make up one Astronomy department. If you want to major in Astronomy, you will be required to attend a certain number of classes in the other colleges in the Consortium. The traveling might be troublesome, but it could be a great way to meet students and professors outside of Smith.
About the Physics department. This is also a very small department. There are only about 5 Smithies in this major including my good friend. So, once again, the physics majors and professors are very close. The department is small, but a lot of people take the Physics intro class to fulfil requirements for other majors. Most people just choose not to major in it. Maybe that’s because (according to my friend) the Physics intro class is the most rigorous intro class in Smith. But beyond that, I hear that the classes get easier. So just a heads up, when you start Physics in Smith, you might feel intimidated, but we hope that you won’t feel discouraged; please follow your true passion. Plus, the friends you make through challenging classes are sometimes the best friends you’ll make in college. :)
Some personal experiences I’ve had with Astronomy at Smith is through the McConnell Rooftop Observatory. Every now and then, the observatory is open to all Smithies to stargaze with the some really amazing telescopes. My friend was in charge of a telescope one time, and she showed me Jupiter and a star cluster. It was a lovely night :)
I hope there were some insightful information here. If you want basic details about these departments, you can always look it up on the Smith College website. But hopefully this answer has some information you wouldn’t be able to find elsewhere. :)
I just got an email from Darry, the Recruitment Communications Specialist at Smith, with this question:
"hi! i’m a high school junior and smith is definetely my top choice :) do you have any tips for admission?"
And this was my response:
I think a lot of people by now have told you that you have to “sell yourself” to the college by show casing all the great achievements you’ve accomplished throughout your high school life. Me, I was no class president or sports team captain or straight-A model student at all. The first time I sat down and thought about what to “sell” about myself to colleges, I couldn’t think of anything. But the deeper I searched within myself and thought about what is most important to me, I found my strengths, values, and goals. It just takes time. So I will recommend starting to think about yourself early, and remember to always be honest. You want Smith to love you for who you are.
Darry sent out this question to all the other Smith bloggers, so I think a collection of all our responses will be posted soon. Stay tuned :)
Oops! I’ve been busy since classes started. (Today will mark the completion of the first full week of classes. Hooray!) I’ve been so busy that I missed my Weekly Obsession post… I’m sorry, if anybody noticed at all… I hope this post was insightful and makes up for the Weekly Obsession. I’ll catch up soon!
Anonymous said: Hey I think you left your ID card in the lamont dining hall.
Oh my gosh! Thank you for letting me know! I did leave my Onecard there. I’ve never misplaced my Onecard or keys before so that was a little scary D: Are you the one who brought it over to the counter? I have them now :)
This speaks to me. Maybe it’s because of the Gender, Law and Policy class and American Middle and High school class I took today. And maybe it’s just because I’m at Smith.
It’s Monday and it’s time to party.
My first class as a second year in college was a 60 people lecture class on genetics. (That’s a pretty big size for Smith.) It was one of the introductory Biology classes, so about half of the students are first years. The professor starts talking to the first years in the class about ‘good study habits’ like forming study groups, visiting office hours, not getting discouraged by a bad grade in the first midterm etc. And I’m sitting there thinking, Wait, I know this already… Because I did this… LAST YEAR!
Oh my gosh. I’m a sophomore. How??
It’s been a real awkward start for me here at Smith College because
1. I still feel like I’m still in summer vacation mode, and this is one of those educational summer camps.
2. I don’t feel like a sophomore, I still feel like I’m 15 years old, and
3. My schedule is confusing… am I still a Biology major?
It always takes a while for reality to kick in for me.