At Home at Smith
Fall 2011
mma Beauchamp ’11 attends Smith College in Northampton, MA. She’s currently deciding whether she wants to major in Sociology, Study of Women and Gender, or English. She is also considering taking the Museums concentration. Concentrations at Smith, which range from Biomath-ematical sciences to Buddhist studies, are “a way of rethinking the minor to be project-based,” says Beauchamp. To fulfill a concentration, students need to take four related courses. Concentrations are interdisciplinary and involve field work in the area you’re studying.

“Sociology 101 is my favorite class,” Beauchamp says. She loves the class because “it’s so interesting to look at the world we live in and ask why and how it came to be.” Beauchamp is also taking a Spanish class that meets five days a week, and a first year seminar on love stories. Her Love Stories course focuses on “love stories and how they are constructed, what makes them popular, and the idea of class, race, gender, orientation, etc. in relation to those stories.” Later in the semester 
they will read Their Eyes Were Watching God, which Beauchamp read as part of Innovation Academy’s 10th grade American Literature course.

Her last class is The History and Critical Issues of Museums. “We just read an article and had a lecture—there is a different lecturer every week—about the emergence of the public museum from private collections using the Louvre as the primary example. It was really interesting how the Louvre was such a political vehicle during the French Revolution,” she says.

In addition to her academic classes, Beauchamp has enjoyed getting to know her peers, “Smith is a super inclusive campus and there are always fun things going on. One of the first nights I was here in my house—everyone at Smith lives in houses—we learned our house chants together and then jumped in the pond! It’s a lot of fun living with all your friends.”I definitely don't have a problem speaking up in class

Beauchamp is looking to join some of the many clubs on campus and is considering Smith’s newspaper, the science fiction club, and the Smith Feminists. She has joined the fencing team and hopes to volunteer for Safe Passage, a local domestic abuse/rape crisis center. Beauchamp utilizes the time management skills she’s learned at IACS and says they have helped her transition smoothly to college. She’s also grateful for IACS’s “holistic approach to learning,” and being pushed to draw connections between her classes in high school. “I can’t even tell you how many times skills I learned in Sociology class helped me dissect a Museum reading, or a book I read in English was a good example in Sociology class,” she says.

Beauchamp also credits IACS with giving her confidence in her ideas and her public speaking skills. “A lot of my classes are graded on class participation and I definitely don’t have a problem speaking up in class!”

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