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‘World of Wonders’

This year’s Smith Reads book selection is a lyrical collection of essays about nature and belonging by Aimee Nezhukumatathil. Check out what the incoming class of 2028 will be reading this summer before heading to campus.

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Campus Life

SmithCycle Comes Full Circle

A new campus thrift shop, opening this fall, will help students stock up on basics—and save money.

  • Campus Life
  • July 3, 2024
Jena Kim and Molly Neu sorting through items at SmithCycle in Scales House basement

A Culture of Curiosity

Emilia Neyer ’26

Biological Sciences and Psychology double major

“To me, knowledge at Smith means integrating the facets of several disciplines to create one cohesive, comprehensive, and rich whole. I have learned this as a STRIDE scholar through my work on the project ‘The Bell Jars: Lyman Conservatory and Sylvia Plath's Botanical Imagination.’ Rather than being confined to just one academic realm, this project has tied together content and themes from the plant sciences, English literature, psychology, history, and anthropology.”

Irene Rodriguez-Martin

Associate Dean for Graduate Enrollment & Student Services, School for Social Work

“I grew up in the Valley and was told that ‘girls like me don’t go to Smith.’ What I found when I got here was that knowledge was infinite—and exciting! Smith is a place where you are challenged to ask questions about the things you thought you knew or believed. I feel like Smith has given me voice to contribute to knowledge at Smith—and with that voice I’ve dedicated my career to increasing academic access to all students, even those who supposedly ‘don't go to Smith.’”

Jess Gersony

Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences

“Students make amazing art in class and they inspire each other. This process builds community in the classroom, enabling the students to feel comfortable and learn more. It allows the students to bring their whole selves into a STEM classroom and really get to know one another.”

Nikki Radford ’04

Environmental Scientist, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

“I was completely undecided on my major coming in and then I saw that there’s an intro to engineering (class) and I was like, why not? … In my life I’ve been very adaptable and I’ve been very adaptable at work. I can improvise easily now and I think that part of that is my college career. I think [the Picker Engineering Program] has shaped a part of who I am, not only as a career but as a person.”