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Sakshee Chawla ’17

Sakshee Chawla

New Delhi, India
Economics and psychology double major

 

Even before I had accepted Smith’s admission offer, current students and alums started emailing me to ask if I had any questions or if they could help in some way. Smith Professor Lisa Armstrong met with my mother and me at a café in New Delhi. The New Delhi chapter of Smith organized a tea for me. I thought, “This college has made a huge effort to welcome me.” It definitely tipped the scales in my decision.

Smith keeps you busy from day one. As soon as I stepped on campus, I was meeting other international students and involved in all sorts of orientation activities. By the time I said goodbye to my parents, coming to Smith was much easier than I’d imagined. I became a Gold Key tour guide at the Office of Admission my first year. I enjoy giving tours and welcoming prospective students. As chair of the Gold Key organization, I ensure that everything runs smoothly for some 100 tour guides. This has been a huge learning experience, and I’ve grown as a result. 

“Hands-on business experience is helping me get a better sense of what direction I hope to take when I graduate.”

Last summer I had internships at businesses in New Delhi. This summer I plan to work at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in New York City. This hands-on business experience is helping me get a better sense of what direction I hope to take when I graduate. I’ve always been outspoken, but I am 20 times more so after being at Smith. I’ve learned how to be more independent and to stand up for what I think. I’m the same person, but somehow I am a bigger person. I am more me.