1. An Ada's Road

My name is Kellye Rowland and I am the current Ada Recruitment Intern here at Smith College and here's where you'll find some of my experiences as I get back on this road of my life. I am from Seattle, Washington and am a Theater major and Philosophy minor. Weirdest/coolest job? I once played Monica Lewinsky on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno for two years. :) As you can see, there's a lot of road left in this life of mine and I'm taking the scenic route! Hop in, I'll give you a ride...
Passing of the Torch

Hello all who have read this blog!

I just wanted to say that I will be passing the torch to the new incoming Ada Recruitment Intern coming up in the fall and she will have her own blog coming from her own perspective. It has been fun dabbling in this Tumblr world, and I’m chalking it up to one more new thing I’ve learned how to do this year. (<—-totally untech savvy :)

Anyway, I hope you all have a great summer and please keep your questions coming for the time being as I’m not sure when they will deactivate my blog to make room for the new intern, but I imagine it won’t be until closer to fall.

It’s been a pleasure! Cheers!

Kellye

Almost done for the year!

Well, I just took my last exam of the 2011-2012 school year! Usually final exams are after reading/study period which is coming up at the end of this week and into next week but my theater history class had it today. At first I was kind of irritated by that, but now that it’s over I am so glad because all I have left is one more class tomorrow and I’m DONE!! Woohooo!! I’ll still be around here though because I volunteered to be a junior usher and that means I get to be at various events leading up to graduation and culminating in carrying the ivy on Ivy Day for the seniors which is something that I’ve wanted to do ever since I saw the tradition of Smith’s website before I even applied. Can’t believe how fast this year has gone by. 

In other news though-I got an internship in New York City over the summer to use my wonderful Praxis stipend on! Praxis is such an awesome opportunity where Smith pays you to take on an unpaid internship in the field of your major, or another field if it’s relevant to your studies in some way. I will be interning at Epic Theatre Ensemble for six weeks. Now it’s on to try and find a place to stay for that time that doesn’t break the bank. Wish me luck! 

Open Campus is almost here!!

Hey all! Tomorrow is the start of the Smith Open Campus and Discovery Weekend! I said it before and I’ll say it again: I can’t wait to meet all the new Adas! WOOOHOOOO!! Hope to meet many of you who I have been emailing with over the admission process in person tomorrow and Friday, and again, WELCOME TO SMITH. :)

Ada Open Campus Next Week!

Hello to all the wonderful admitted Ada Comstock Scholars! I am hunkered down here putting together the volunteer lists and figuring out logistics for our Open Campus weekend next week. I am so excited to meet all the new Smithies! We will be having so many activities for everyone but one I’m very excited about is the first ever Ada Monologues! On Friday April 20th at 7pm in Graham Hall (Hillyer-in the Art Museum building) the current class of Adas is going to unleash some epic storytelling of our past lives, the lives we lived before we found our way to Smith. Every Ada has such an incredible story and I am excited to hear them all!

Because every Ada is: A Smithie with a past. :)

I hope all the new admits will join us and I can’t wait to meet y’all!

CONGRATS new Smithies!!!

I want to say congratulations to all the new admitted Ada Comstock Scholars! I know you all found out if you went online today! I know just how you feel and I know it is heady and overwhelming all at once! Please know that you can always ask me anything you want, and if I don’t know the answer I will find someone who does. I am recently back from spring break and am trying to get back in the groove of things but I want you all to know that I’m here if you need any questions answered about life as an Ada at Smith. There is an admitted student Open House coming up on April 20th so if any of you are able to come, I’d love to meet you! Instructions about how to register for that should be in your acceptance packets which were mailed today I think. 

Again, congrats to all the admitted Adas and I sure hope you decide to come to Smith. It will change you life. :)

Al…most…Spring break. *whew*

4 more days. 4 more days. It is amazing how tired one can get mid semester in the spring. It’s like a strange phenomena. It doesn’t seem to happen as readily mid semester in the fall for some reason. I wonder why that is? Maybe the excitement of the new school year is still lingering in fall, but the weight of the winding down of the whole school year is what makes it different in spring. At any rate, we’re a tired bunch of Adas right now! But it’s been so strangely warm here lately (it was 72 degrees yesterday!) that the promise of spring and then summer is lifting the weary spirits of all Smithies I think. So onward we march, secure in the promise of a much needed break on the horizon!

Happy spring y’all!!

MIDTERM down!

Well, Moment is over and wrapped and the set has been struck so I’m feeling a little blue. BUT, I just took my midterm and I feel pretty ok about it so that’s good. Tomorrow is the twice yearly event Ada Wine and Cheese too! It’s a nice little evening where all the Adas get to invite the professors of their choice to come and sample our culinary wares and just chat a bit and drink some wine! It’s a really nice, non pressured way to get to know our professors better and vice-versa. One problem though? I can’t find the main ingredient for my Indian Summer Stew! I’ve been everywhere looking for Toor Dal (split yellow pigeon peas) and I can’t find them! This may have to be the first Wine and Cheese that I don’t cook something and that makes me sad. But I’ll still go and perhaps volunteer to clean up afterwards or something to make up for it.

In other news: just looked at the weather forecast for this week and for Thursday? 66 DEGREES!? What the?? There’s still snow on the ground here but I suppose Thursday’s almost 70 degree temps will take care of that. Bizarre.

Opening Weekend of “Moment” SOLD OUT!!!

I’m still coming down off the show high that often comes when the cast and crew just hit the sweet spot on our performances! We actually SOLD OUT on opening night, which I think may not always be the norm? Anyway, we are all over the moon about the reception we have gotten so far. We even got half of a standing ovation after Saturday’s show!! (perhaps the other half that were still sitting were just too stunned by our brilliance to stand-haha!) All kidding aside, it feels really good to be so well received after these months of hard work in character development, blocking, accent work, and line memorization. I am more proud of this show than almost anything I’ve done in the theater thus far in my life, and that’s saying something.

We march on to this weekend with our final shows on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 1st-3rd at 8pm in Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre at Smith College. If you’re in the area come and check us out! It’s a really well written play, and it pulls no punches in how a family deals with the violence of one of their own, even years after.

Please always remember too that you can ask me anything you might be wondering about life as an Ada at Smith! Cheers!

It’s That Time of Year!

Hello all,

It’s that time of year here in the admissions office where everyone is tucked in for the month reading admission applications. We broke another record for the number of people applying this year! It’s also that time of year for all you prospective Adas to begin the waiting game. I know how you feel beLIEVE me. I think the month of March 2010 was the longest month of my life. I know it’s hard waiting for the decision letters but if I may, a piece of advice: this life goes by so fast, and before you know it is a year, and then 10 years from now. If you’re so inclined, take a moment each day to simply BREATHE. And BE HERE NOW as best you can. I know it’s not easy but if you can appreciate this very moment, even that simple act can go a long way towards decreasing general waiting anxiety. I am with you sisters! #Solidarity! :)

Be kind to yourself…

A nice little photo illustrating irony. Where has the winter gone? Paradise Pond never even completely froze over this winter. It IS pretty darn cold today though for a change. :)

A nice little photo illustrating irony. Where has the winter gone? Paradise Pond never even completely froze over this winter. It IS pretty darn cold today though for a change. :)