- We like feelings. We talk about them all the time.
- We like feeling offended. That’s a pretty common pastime. Current hot topics are patriarchy, racism, classism, heteronormativity, gender identity, and the fact that Dining Services keeps putting apostrophes where they don’t belong.
- Smithies like food. Julia Child went here and we don’t take that legacy lightly. I think it’s mostly a function of our housing system — when you have multiple options in multiple locations, you generally have to make a decision based on either convenience or taste. And heaven help the poor dining services staff if what they serve isn’t what the menu promised.
- Smithies are really into nerdiness, as evidenced by the frequent use of chalk to cover the campus in references to Doctor Who or Sherlock. When that happens, the campus can be divided into three parts: the people who did the chalkings/know enough about the topic to appreciate them, the people who have no clue why the sidewalk says not to blink or to turn left, and the people who are too cool to get involved and instead become unreasonably annoyed at the way their comrades spend their time. I’m not sure how these elements break down percentage-wise, but the Smith Science Fiction and Fantasy Club is one of the biggest and most-active clubs on campus, so nerds are far from a silenced minority here.
- Smithies like to be stressed out. It’s almost like we’re competing. Your friend has a 15 page paper and a midterm due this week? Well, you have two projects, a tournament, and 500 pages of reading. Stress-level topped! Take that, bitch.
- In a similar vein, we like to be busy. Oftentimes more busy than is good for us. In addition to a full course load, the average Smithie is involved in a number of extracurriculars. At one point, I participated in six clubs, with leadership positions in two of them. I nearly died that semester, and pared it down to the slightly more manageable four clubs and one leadership position from that point on.
- Smithies like, er love tea. You’ll have house tea at least once a week, usually on Friday afternoons. But that’s not all, because the concept of tea has become a campus institution. Organizations will host a tea as publicity. Depending on your major, you’ll probably have tea at least once a semester for that, too. When someone special comes to campus to give a talk, we’ll have a tea in their honor. If you apply for a Fulbright, you’ll have tea. If you’re on the Dean’s list or a First Group Scholar, you’ll have tea. It’s a never ending tradition, but it’s one of those things that makes Smith unique.
March 9, 2012 By Leave a Comment