Women of Distinction
I can hardly believe that it was already FOUR years ago that I participated in Women of Distinction myself. Now this year’s WOD weekend is over and I’m glad to see a lot of excited faces. The college application process is stressful and long but visiting a campus is all you need to help you make a decision.
Thanks WODies for coming, you all made my weekend! <3
That one tree on Chapin Lawn that all Smithies instagram every fall. #smithcollege #smithie #latergram #nofilter #autumn #beautifulcampus #fallbreak
true that! welcome back smithies!
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Finding my spot on campus
During the fall, there’s still just enough sun and warmth for me to still do work outside. Just this week, I decided to do some work on the dock.
Last week we held a little big sib reveal for Nosotr@s. It’s always super fun because we get to sing together as a first step of out sib-ness (if you will) and just spend some time laughing and enjoying each other’s company before a stressful week.
Love seeing how much Nosotr@s can affect the Latin@s on our campus.%
Nosotras 5 College Mixer!
So as one of the 5 College Representatives in Nosotr@s, I’m in charge of reaching out to the Latin@ orgs in the 5 college area and asking them to come while we mingle and talk and have ice breakers over some coffee and snacks. I’m so happy I have support from all the members in Nosotr@s, because otherwise I don’t know how successful this event would’ve been. It was fun, and we ended the event feeling connected and eager to collaborate this year! :)
So as we begin to wrap up the week, a lot of us are finishing up what seemed like hell week; full of exams and papers and projects and everything in between. This is my third time around with fall midterms and I handle stress pretty similarly each time. My primary source of detressing is dance. Nothing makes me feel better than to put on some of my favorite songs, turn up the volume in my room and just dance away whatever is getting to me.
Other things I do include eating (usually comfort food..maybe too much sometimes). But I like to bring out my own Goya seasoning to make my own food so I could feel closer to home. The other day, I made some spaghetti with tostones (fried plantains) and had a nice little dinner with my friends. It’s nice to know that my whle life isn’t sucked into the academics of Smith, and that I can always find a new way to just step away from my work for a bit to take care of myself before I keep working,
Why Smith, a women’s college?
I get this question every time I give tours. It’s a perfectly normal question too! Everyone is curious. How does a Women’s college work? Do you get sick of being around women? Are boys allowed on campus? How do you adjust to the world when you graduate?
Well, here’s my answer. I love going to a women’s college. When I first learned of Smith, I was very hesitant because I have attended co ed schools my whole life. I didn’t think I would feel right here. But then I visited. I came for the Women of Distinction program (it’s coming up soon this year!) and I fell in love with everything about the campus. My host was wonderful. She was honest, funny, open and welcoming.
I never felt like I was around too many women; I felt like I was around empowered people from all all over the world. They were here to share experiences and be ambitious and be powerful leaders. How often do you see women in leadership positions? At Smith, the possibilities to led for us are almost endless. When I visited, I got a sense of healthy competition and a lot of fun activities to make up for the rigor. It was just what I needed. I never felt so connected to the students on a college campus as I did when I visited that weekend. It was an amazing experience.
When I arrived to Smith, I was still in touch and very close to my host and her friends. I felt welcomed and eased into the process of attending a predominantly white college, but it’s important to know that I only speak for myself. My experience here has been about creating strong connections and feeling supported by my fellow Smithies. I am always proud of myself for making this decision.
Today, we stood together, against anti-Blackness and institutionalized racism on campus. #movementinblack
Anonymous said: Could people living in other areas of campus attend parties in the quad? Is it most of the time offered to the people living in quad houses?
Definitely! The parties in the quad are house parties so Smithies from all over campus are able to attend.
Anonymous said: Hi Yenelsa! My Name is Nomfundo I am from Swaziland (Southern Africa) I'm keen on applying to Smith College :) I have two Questions 1) If you could describe your experience at smith with 5 words which words would you pick? 2) What do you think made you stand out as an applicant?
Hi Nomfundo! Thanks for reaching out to me!
1) That’s a good one! I think it would be: Journey, Rigor, Love, Support, Memories
2) I think my personal statement helped me stand out. I spoke about my experience in preparing to give a speech to my school when I became school president. It wasn’t much about me being a president, but about how I felt and what series of events led up to that moment. Application readers like to know about your personality and internal thoughts instead of just reading a list of accomplishments.
Hope that helps! If you have any more questions feel free to ask!
MORE MOUNTAIN DAY PHOTOS! <3
Never got a chance to put up some mountain day photos so here they are!! My house went to Outlook farm
to take lots of photos for apple picking and it was just lovely!
Happy Friday Smithies!
Yet another week of hard work, Mountain Day anticipation and stress. We made it this far and we deserve to have some fun!
let me take a selfie
Here are some great ways to be productive and have fun today:
1. The Fall Career fair is here!
Get those business casual outfits, look up the people you might be interested in talking to (list found here http://www.smith.edu/lazaruscenter/fairs_fall_participants.php)
Brush up that resume and bring a big smile to network!
I know it feels like we still have time if we’re not seniors but this is a great opportunity to go and see what’s out there! For all you know, you could find a potential summer job!
2. Unity Org Fall Festival!
The flyer says it all. I’ll be there!