— Jane Lynch (Smith College Class of 2012 Commencement Speech)
On to Junior Year…
Hi everyone! Couldn’t not post today, because there was an especially fucked up Letter to the Editor from a Smith Alum published this week in the Sophian. I felt personally attacked, and I’m pretty sure so did every single Smithie…ever. It was awful and so ridiculously insulting and elitist and racist and homophobic that I can’t honestly believe it.
If you’ve read it, and you don’t go to Smith (yet), know that this is not the true definition of Smith, and that she is a failure of a Smithie.
And if you haven’t, don’t even bother because nothing she says in it is worth anyone’s time, it’s so completely pathetic.
Anyway, the point of this post is that I just saw a new tumblr today on the Smith College tag, Pearls and Cashmere, and I have never been so proud to be a Smithie! Smith College, way to be, my friends! Way to be! You all are so fucking great. Please, everybody, look at this blog, take in all the beauty that is my college, and be proud or be jealous or just be aware that that Smith Alum is a fucking idiot. Also, send in a response to SGA.
Wait, wait! Before you go! I’m excited to introduce you all to Caitlyn, an incoming first-year. She’ll be starting her own Life & Times of a First-Year Smithie blog for the Class of 2015. I’m super excited! Please follow and read her blog! She’s really sweet, and I know she’ll do a marvelous job!
Well, this is my last post. Thanks to everyone who read Life & Times of a First-Year Smithie! Writing this blog has been so much fun and I’ll miss it so much! I hope this has helped incoming first-years and prospective students to understand what it really means to be a Smithie. I love Smith College with all my heart, and I just want others to love and appreciate it as much as I do! Take care!
Arielle, a sophomore Smithie
It’s nice to be at Smith, where everyone seems to be on the same page. There’s so much acceptance, and encouragement, and safety within the Smith Bubble. And this really changes you, because when you’re in this environment that’s so empowering and supportive, you just grow like crazy.
But it’s difficult when you go home (or really anytime you leave the Smith Bubble) to go back to how you used to be. I’ve heard Smithies express anxiety about going home, and being with their family, or really going into any new environment (because there’s no other place on Earth like Smith College) and feeling like they can’t say what they’re thinking because they’ll be labeled or misunderstood or shunned.
Back home, my siblings seem really bothered by how I’ve changed. I can barely talk to my older sister. Not because I get in fights with her, but because she seems to find the things I like to talk about incredibly uncomfortable (she really doesn’t like when I use the word “pussy”…so I say it a lot). I ask the wrong questions and the things I say get under people’s skin a little too often. But, as far as I’m concerned, that’s their problem and not mine. It’s not like I’m forcing my opinions on them. I’m just being myself, and I’m determined to always be okay with who I am. They might not be happy with how I’ve changed, but I don’t mind because I’m confident I’ve changed for the better.
Anyway, I just want to encourage incoming first-years to embrace the changes that occur when you become a Smithie. They’re usually good changes. And also, to remember to hold onto your inner-Smithie after you graduate as well.
Oh my god, I wish I could give you a hug! You just made my entire day! My entire week! You have no idea. I was kinda feeling shit about my blog this week, because people have been getting offended, even though I always I go into this blog with the intention of being helpful and honest. Anyway, I’m so glad that this has inspired you to apply! Good luck! I hope you get in!
Well damn, it’s available now. APPLY!
It’s exclusively for students of color. Black, Hispanic, Asian, etc. However, if you’re an international student, you can’t apply for Bridge because you’ll have your own special orientation.
Anyway, Bridge is a pre-orientation program for incoming students of color. You can apply for it the summer before your first year. The majority of Smith is white, and it’s hard sometimes to be a person of color on campus. In Bridge, you’re there for about 3-4 days (it changes), and about 35-ish students of color (including yourself) live in one of the houses. Basically, it’s a way to welcome students of color on campus and give them resources and a community. It’s exhausting. You’re running around doing activities, and bonding, and just getting a lot of really useful information.
If you look at the notes of my Bridge post, you’ll see other Smithies raving about it. It’s highly recommended. I encourage you to apply (if you meet the qualifications of being a student of color, of course)!