mybreathiseasy asked: hi my name is Lillian. I'm from San Francisco. I just got taken of the wait list at Smith at I'm trying to figure out whether to deposit there. (I have a deposit down at Lewis and Clark right now and will be taking a gap year no matter where I go) My biggest concerns about Smith are 1. (obviously) all the women- most of my fiends have been guys for most of my life 2. it feels pretty isolated despite the five colleges 3. the workload... could you help me out with your perspective? thanks!
First of all let me say that I know that wait-lists are anxiety inducing and I wish you all the best. Also, several of my good friends had fulfilling and exciting gap years. I certainly wish you the same. Let me try to address your valid concerns.
1) This is definitely something I worried about as well. One of my closest home friends is a lovely guy, and I was definitely worried that I would miss out. That said, I really haven’t found that to be the case at all. I love the all women’s environment. Is it different socially? Sure. But academically I adore it. Really.
2) I feel like I don’t fully have a handle on this one because I am from a small suburb and so NoHo feels sizable to me. It does have an active, albeit small as compared to SF. political and cultural scene. It has good food and great music. The other thing is that, while I share your desire to be part of a vibrant broader community, there is a huge amount going on on campus. More free shows, movies, exhibits and lectures than you could ever attend. If you want to tell me more about your specific interests, I could tell you more.
3) I’m not going to lie, Smith academics are definitely intense. The thing is though that people care about doing their best not about out-GPAing, if you will, their friends. I think also that the professors are my favorite part of Smith. They are good to talk to and will absolutely engage with you about expectations and concerns. Smith is hard, but doable if you use your resources.
Hope this helped and best of luck to you. Let me know if you have other questions.