On campus, in person – students respond to the New Year

Butterworth is among 2,446 students on campus this fall for the first time since March 2020. All classes are currently underway – other learning opportunities such as workshops, labs and exhibitions.

The college is able to enroll full-time students, including 682 first-year students from 44 U.S. states and 40 countries. Travel and other restrictions in the last 18 months means that some students are living on campus for the first time since Smith was enrolled. Others returned to their final year of college and were honored by their classmates.

Here are what Butterworth- and four-member committees said about the start of the new semester.

Jamila de Pizza Career ’22

City of birth: Jamaica Plains, Massachusetts

Although he did not return to normal, he was happy to be back on campus. I am a bridge [preorientation program] Leader for color students this year. I feel like a full circle moment – for me to be like my bridge leaders to them. For every experience or opportunity lost in the epidemic, there were new opportunities. I gained a lot of new skills; I was hired [last spring] I became a video editor for horticulture at Smith’s Garden, and I taught myself how to use new software and edited videos for classes. … I feel better than Smith myself; I have found people who listen to me deeply and exalt me. Now, in my old age, I want to practice everything to the fullest. People ask, ‘What happened next?’ I focus only now because in some ways, even though I am older, I still feel like I have just started. ”

Handy Lu ’25

Country of birth – Wuhan, China

""I had to join the 2024 class but it took me a year to complete the epidemic. To travel from my home in China, I had to fly to another city in China, then to Japan, and then to the United States, for a total of 48 hours. It was great to be here and to speak English. I haven’t done that in a year and a half. The Smith community is very supportive and very diverse. I have spoken to the leaders of my house and they are all wonderful human beings. When I applied, I really wanted to study anthropology. I still do, but in my spare year I have met people who have studied sociology, so maybe I will take courses in it. Understanding Covid is only about natural science, but I think social science should be so important. When I applied for Smith, [application essay] The question was about music. I’m a musician – I play the piano and the flute – and from that moment on I knew I had to be! ”

Tony Woods 22

City of birth – Boston, Massachusetts

""“I am a student in Africa. I am currently on my campus assignment for the year. I am thrilled, and I have the greatest teaching experience I have had since I was at Smith. It’s a little weird to get back in person: we’re all used to remotely practicing. But I don’t have much to worry about. My mother is a teacher, and my grandmother is in charge of kindergarten. Education is a natural place for women in my family. I came to Smith knowing that I wanted to do something in school and work with young people. Now, I am focused on studying for MTEL [teaching license test] And make sure I prepare for life after college. I look forward to Mountain Day, Cromwell Day and all the great traditions. I’ve met a lot of influential people at Smith [serving on] The Student Government Association and the Office of Student Engagement. My counselors and close friends have had a wonderful experience on campus. I hope I can continue these relationships after this year. ”

Morgan Fisher 25

City of birth – Charleston, West Virginia

""My favorite semester class has made many friends. I haven’t had much before. Everyone I meet seems to be the one I click on. … I was amazed because I loved living in four. I thought I wanted something quiet and small, but I love being able to connect with everyone here. I feel that we are getting along well with each other. We take off our masks only when we are in the classroom or eating. We are all tempted together – it’s like a friend. … I am enrolled in geology classes on climate change, human evolution, and yoga class. I’m thinking about environmental science and policy, but I’ll take everything in stride until it finds something to stick with. I want to know about beekeeping here. It was a non-profit organization in Charleston that taught low-income people to sell bees and bees. I think there can be great research opportunities here with beekeeping.

Bailey Butterworth ’24

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Morestu, New Jersey

""“I am so happy to be back in person. I was a little out of practice; Of course you have to wear a mask and raise your voice and listen carefully. But there is something about being present. I didn’t know it was something you couldn’t recreate in Zoom. I was here in the spring, and for the first two weeks it was like a ghost town. Now, people are always talking in the living room of my house. He seems more social. I’m an engineering major and I have two laboratories and a studio room this semester – I’m really into it. I will be part of the Student Senate; I am on the Finance Committee. And I’m in a rugby team. We haven’t met yet. Interesting – rugby without contact. We are taking shape and doing two exercises a day. I love the team, and I love my coaches. It’s the highlight of my day! ”

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