It is not so very important for a person to learn facts.
For that he does not really need a college. He can
learn them from books. The value of an education in a
liberal arts college is not the learning of many facts
but the training of the mind to think something that
cannot be learned from textbooks.

- Albert Einstein 1921, on Thomas Edison's opinion    
that a college education is useless; quoted in    
Frank, Einstein: His Life and Times, p.185.   

I spent my undergraduate years at Smith College, a small liberal-arts women's college in Western Massachusetts.  My  memories of Smith are wonderful.  I now understand why people say  that your college years are such great years of your life.  Smith was a wonderful world that I carry around happily in my memories.

My first two years I lived in Hopkins House (center campus), more precisely Hopkins B and then Hopkins A the second year.  I have a hard time coming to terms with the fact that Hopkins A and B have been torn down, because I think small houses at Smith allow for interactions that are not necessarily similarly attainable in other housing situations.  This is not a negative comment about all other houses, it is a comment about the small houses. 

After spending Junior Year Abroad in Geneva on the Smith Program (feel free to look at my related page), I returned to live in Morris House (Green Street) as Head Resident. Joining Residence Life was quite a commitment, but it was also an experience of a lifetime, I am very glad I did it.  Other senior preoccupations included writing a thesis in the  Sociology Department (Holes in the 'Net: The Internet and International Stratification), applying to graduate schools, being a guide at the Smith Art Museum, and editing a school arts and political publication, The Current. I was busy, to put it incredibly mildly, but I also had an incredible year!

You can read more on the following aspects of my Smith experience:


Related Pages by Eszter:
Smith College Class of 1996 Homepage
Princeton Area Smith College Club Homepage
Smith Alumnae Webring

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