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Thursday, May 8, 2014

Life at Smith III: Social


Social life at Smith can mean so many different things. I suppose, like any college experience, it breaks down into the people you live with and the people you play with.

There's a pretty big emphasis on community here, and the basic unit for that is your house. I discussed housing a little bit in a previous post, but I will expand on it here: because Smithies live in smaller groups, these groups are often tight-knit and unique. There are over thirty houses on campus, and each one has its own character and traditions. All the houses have weekly teas, parties for winter and spring weekends, banquets for seniors, their own governments, and students employed by Residence Life.

I chose Smith initially because the housing style appealed to me so much -- not just the idea of having a community, but the prospect of not living in a dorm. For better or for worse, I initially ended up in a house that both looked and felt a lot like typical college student housing, and had a stoic and uninvolved community to match. After a few months, I accepted that I wouldn't end up tight with the people in my house, and branched out.

By my second semester here, I found my friends, all through extra-curricular activities, namely Quidditch and Choir. We've come up with our own traditions -- celebrating Galentine's Day with Parks and Rec marathons; playing the Jane Austen Drinking Game. We don't party so much -- there isn't that great a party scene here, to be honest -- but we have lots of fun in other ways.

The biggest social occasion at Smith is meal time. I will discuss food more in a later post, but because Smith has 15 different dining halls spread around campus, it's important to make plans with the people you'd like to join for dinner. It used to be that every house had its own dining hall, and you ate pretty much exclusively with your house. Things are a little different now, but it's still an important social custom.

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