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Mohona Chowdhury ’17

Mohona Chowdhury

Yardley, Pennsylvania
Government and economics double major

 

I wasn’t considering a women’s college, but when I visited Smith, the students I met were so passionate, articulate and well rounded that I knew this was it. I wanted to be one of them!

The open curriculum makes it easy to try new things. My adviser suggested that economics might be a good fit with my government courses, so I gave it a try. To my surprise, I loved economics. Everyone was so engaged and eager to learn, it motivated me to work the hardest I could. Smith’s Lazarus Center for Career Development has been a key resource in helping me find internships, write résumés and cover letters, and prepare for interviews. Last summer I interned at Verisk Analytics, learning about data analysis and risk assessment. 

“Being surrounded by such motivated and intelligent women is an incentive for me to work even harder. I’m learning so much about myself here.”

Smith’s house community made the transition to college life easy. Within a week, I felt totally comfortable. My house is a wonderful place to come back to each day—most of my friends are just a few rooms away. 

As a Gold Key guide, I’m often asked if the all-women’s environment makes for “mean girl” behavior. I tell people that actually the opposite is true. Smith is an incredibly supportive environment, where everyone, from my friends to my professors, is rooting for me to succeed. And being surrounded by such motivated and intelligent women is an incentive for me to work even harder. I’m learning so much about myself here. I’m more self-assured and independent. I’ve gained confidence in my intelligence, and in knowing that what I say is valuable.