Admitted High School Students have their day on campus
‘Admitted Student Saturday’ scheduled for April 2, 9 and 23.
Smith College has planned three half-day on-campus programs for high school students who have been accepted to Smith, some of whom have not yet made up their minds. The Admitted Students Program was designed to allow the students to learn more about Smith by participating in lectures, formal tours of the campus, or simply by wandering independently.
According to Dean of Admissions, Deanna Dixon, the college makes every effort to facilitate an accepted student’s visit to campus, subsidizing their trip by reimbursing travel expenses and by scheduling bus trips from Boston and New York. With this program, students from as far as California have had the opportunity to see the campus and participate in the scheduled events during one of these three days.
SCCNYC Board members were asked to participate by offering to ‘chaperone’ the New York High School students. Four board members and two non-board members participated, with two chaperones on each bus. Chaperones were invited to attend all but the lectures and focused tours, and were free to explore the Nielson library, Art Museum or simply roam around campus.
Here is a sneak peek at the April 9th New York group where 12 students, most accompanied by their parents, participated in the day’s activities, joining about 100 other students who made their way to campus.
The bus met the group on the Corner of East 41st & Lexington at 8:00 AM for the ride to Northampton, and left campus at 4:30 PM from Sage Hall. After registration and refreshments in Scott Gym the students and parents were welcomed by Dean Dixon in Sage Hall, where she congratulated them on their acceptance, and talked about life at Smith and the many questions she is asked about the choice of a historically woman’s college.
Attendees were then allowed to choose from Gold Key tours or tours led by professors, centered on specific interests, such as, Dance, Theater, Music, STEM and Art. A 2:00 break with refreshments in the Skyline Reading Room of Neilson Library allowed students and parents to see the new library and to mingle and ask questions of the many Gold Key guides who accompanied them throughout the day.
Afternoon activities included a ‘Sample a Smith Class’ by Smith professors of History, Landscape Studies, Middle East Studies, Jewish Studies, Engineering, Religion, Chemistry, and English Language and Literature. An afternoon ‘Community Fair’ was also planneed, where the students learned about various student organizations and resource centers across campus. The special interest tours were repeated once again in the afternoon and many students also took advantage of the time remaining to explore the Art Museum.
Bagged lunches and drinks were provided on the bus ride home and the feedback we received from the 12 students on the bus from NYC on the 9th was unanimously positive. Many had been to the campus before, but the program of events left them eager to be on campus in the fall to start this next important phase of their lives.
We wish them all the best and a wonderful experience at Smith.
- Jacqueline Anderson, SCCNYC Board member.
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