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Please Chance Rising Senior for Smith

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Replies to: Please Chance Rising Senior for Smith

  • inconspicuous90inconspicuous90 Registered User Posts: 40 Junior Member
    After pouring over a plethora of reviews regarding Smith, I am left apprehensive. The concensus seems to be that the food is gross, the campus has too many rules regarding partying, and the houses are unkempt. I know these things seem trivial, and really shouldn't be the make or break, but when you go to a college, your paying for the entire *experience* and I don't want it to be the same as my life now. Also, how vibrant is Northampton, exactly? What kinds of things do they have? And how easy is it to hop on the PVTA? How are the library hours and dining hours? I heard there also quite restricting...
  • TheDadTheDad Registered User, ! Posts: 10,225 Senior Member
    After posting the same negative post in multiple threads, I think the term "****" can be applied without much hesitation.
  • CrewDadCrewDad Registered User Posts: 1,721 Senior Member
    I think the term "****" can be applied without much hesitation.

    It would appear, Toadstool produced a spore.
  • inconspicuous90inconspicuous90 Registered User Posts: 40 Junior Member
    I'm just trying to get as many answers as possible from as many people. I feel like if your not posting a thread saying your applying to Harvard or MIT, people don't even want to look at your post. Posts regarding top LAC's go ignored most of the time, and this is really annoying. I disagree with your comments on my negativity. I'm a prospie who just wants some answers...and believe it or not, it seems most Smithies feel the same way...Everyone I've asked said the food is gross and there's too many rules. Despite these things, I'm STILL in love with the Smith faculty and the amazing education you will recieve. I didn't say that because I wanted to cut to the chase, and I didnt know I would be persecuted for having an opinion. I thought they said Smithies were supposed to be warm AND tolerant...not cold and judgmental.
  • ajlangsajlangs User Awaiting Email Confirmation Posts: 134 Junior Member
    Inconspicuous--I think the only reason TD said you were a **** is because you posted on so many threads. One would have sufficed, as threads that have new responses are moved to the top of the forum and marked as unread for members.

    I'm an incoming first year, so most of what I know is second hand either from a close friend of mine who goes to Smith or from a recent alum I talked to a fair amount, but I s'pose I'll share it regardless.

    As far as food goes, I've had a few meals there (on open house events, where the food tends to be a bit better and on random visits to friends) and the food has never been gross. Or at least, no worse than other institutionalized food I've had. Of course, my family grows and can most of our own vegetables and such, so it definitely is a step down from what I'm used to. :]

    I always liked the housing system at Smith (it was a big draw for me) and the room my friend had as a freshman was huuuge and gorgeous--wood floors, big windows, maybe a window seat? Obviously some rooms are smaller, but all the ones I've seen are pretty nice.

    Um, partying. I've never really heard any complaints from the various people I've met with/talked to at Smith. Of course, there doesn't seem to be many large keggers or whatever, but the (mostly moderate, I guess) partiers I know have no trouble getting alcohol or finding places to party, even if the parties *are* on a smaller size. Of course, I've also heard people complain about the bureaucracy...but come on, I doubt there's a college where people don't.

    Just out of curiosity, what reviews are you reading? I thought I had found all of those college review sites, and other than College Prow ler (which I personally feel like is geared more towards the typical student interested in frat parties over academics, etc.), the majority of the reviews I read were positive.

    Obviously my personal experience is pretty limited, but I do have a fair amount of second hand stuff and I can pass on more information if you need it...
  • CrewDadCrewDad Registered User Posts: 1,721 Senior Member
    Everyone I've asked said the food is gross and there's too many rules

    In college, I had a friend who while in high school had a personal chef and parents who traveled so often, with little supervision, she did as she pleased. She too would have thought the food at Smith was gross and had too many rules.

    Be discerning whose opinion you listen to.
  • inconspicuous90inconspicuous90 Registered User Posts: 40 Junior Member
    ***** has pretty much every college review you can think of. I REALLY appreciate your answer :)
    the site blocked it but its U N I G O. < Put it together...
  • SubwayMomSubwayMom Registered User Posts: 35 Junior Member
    My D is starting this fall,so I'm speaking from a few visits and can't answer everything. Houses: beautiful, well kept, with many truly amazing rooms. One of the biggest draws of Smith. Food: much better than most colleges. Northampton: I wouldn't really say vibrant, but it's a very charming little town.
  • Kalodie1Kalodie1 Registered User Posts: 130 Junior Member
    I think it is good to hear both sides to anything but most important to look for yourself and make your own decision based on your gut...not what everyone else says. So I am going in with an open mind and hopeful that I like it as much as I think I will.
  • ajlangsajlangs User Awaiting Email Confirmation Posts: 134 Junior Member
    No problem, inconspicuous! I hadn't ever heard of U n i g o, but it looks like a good site. I would also keep in my mind that anonymous online reviews tend towards being more negative...and of course, that there are some negative aspects to Smith, like every school, as well as people who dislike it.

    And I second Kalodie--try to visit and see for yourself. As silly as it sounds, gut feeling IS important. Like you said, you're paying for the whole experience, so it's important you like the feel of the campus and student body. There were some schools that sounded great on paper, but when I visited them I knew there was no way I could go there, for whatever reason.
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