Christina Smith

Major: Peace & Justice Studies
Hometown: Dorchester, Massachusetts

Christina Smith '13

Know that with great determination and belief in yourself, you can do and be anything. Wellesley is here to help you with that.

What are your perspectives on academics?

Wellesley provides an amazing variety and an amazingly large amount of courses. When I first realized this, I was so excited to dig in and choose which ones I liked best. However, I soon found myself with 25 perspective classes to choose from instead of four. I wanted to take everything from guitar lessons to Astronomy and from Drawing to Intro to Peace and Justice Studies. It was really hard narrowing it down, but then I soon realized that I would have four years to be able to get a taste of all that Wellesley has to offer. So, I filled my first semester plate with delicious courses that include a writing course based off the television show, The Wire, Japanese, Understanding and Improving Schools, and The Anthropology of Food. The wonderful thing about academics here is that you get to choose all of your classes based on what you like or based on what will help you to succeed in your personal goals. The beauty of choice is that for many NEW (now entering Wellesley) students, it will be the first time that they’ll be in charge of their education. I choose to take charge and take a taste of everything there is because I will never know my true passion until I give everything a chance.

What are some of your serious pursuits?

When September 11, 2001, occurred, I was in fifth grade. I remembered hearing about doctors waiting outside of hospitals to help people who suffered during that terrible event. I thought that if I were one of those doctors I wouldn’t be waiting outside of my hospital, I would go to the people who needed my help. That was the day I realized what my real dream is. I want to help people. It’s a very broad concept, but in fifth grade that meant becoming a doctor. But in my junior year of high school, I realized that I didn’t enjoy science as much as I hoped. Therefore I had to re-think my career aspirations entirely.

So very recently, I realized that I have no idea what I want to be. I do know for sure that I want to do the Peace Corps, maybe major in Political Science or Peace and Justice Studies, and possibly go to law school. But, when I see my future, I see myself helping students all over the world. Education reform has also been a big passion of mine, and I might combine that passion with law so that I can fight for young people all across the world who only need a helping hand.

What do you do for fun and leisure?

I love to swim! Actually, I love anything that can be taken place on water. I joined the novice crew team here at Wellesley, and my physical education course is sailing, of course. I also hope to join the swim team. For fun, I like to kneeboard, play my guitar, canoe, kayak, camp, hike, and do anything really that has to do with the outdoors. I also really love to read, and I constantly find myself reading for pleasure a little too often. Now, I can’t go to bed without reading an excerpt or chapter from one of my favorite books. Above all of those activities, however, I enjoy most being with my family and friends. Without the people I love in my life, I would never be able to truly enjoy life.

What is a "first" that you've experienced at Wellesley?

Even though I love to swim, I had never had the opportunity to swim under the stars. On my first day here, I did just that with hundreds of amazing women just like me, and the water [Lake Waban] was very warm!

What fun fact can you share about yourself?

One of my most favorite places to be is my summer camp, which I have been going to for almost nine years now.

What is your dream job?

My dream job is to be able to give back to the world, and feel happy that my efforts helped change the life of at least one person. (If you know of such a job, I would love to know what it is!)

What is the best thing about Wellesley—or a women's college?

The best thing about Wellesley College is that this school is so invested in its students. There aren’t many places left in this world that help women to become the best that they can be and become leaders in this world. For me the best thing is to know that somebody believes in me, no matter how big my dreams are.