Smith Start

For all incoming first-year students, Fall 2014 

Smith Start

As a new member of our Smith family, you’ll be joining our dynamic Smith Start community. Through small, linked courses and co-curricular programming, Smith Start aims to prepare you for the next four years and beyond. Smith Start will challenge you to engage, explore, and experience all the Smith community has to offer you as a student and emerging business professional! 

All students admitted to the Smith School as freshmen before the Fall semester will automatically be considered members of the Smith Start Program.*

*Students participating in the College Park Scholars Business, Society and Economy program will be able to participate in Smith Start co-curricular activities and events, but will take their BMGT 110 course through the College Park Scholars program.

Dr. Hugh Turner is the faculty champion for this program, and Kristin LaRiviere is the staff assistant director. 

Completion: Students who complete BMGT 110F and 367F, together with the co-curricular activities offered each semester will receive recognition at graduation. 

REQUIRED Summer Assignment: Take the StrengthsFinder Assessment (information will be sent to you) 

Smith Leadership Institute and Freshmen Welcome Week

Your Smith Start adventure starts with our Smith Leadership Institute (SLI). At SLI, you’ll connect with your cohort of 30 students, along Smith upperclassmen, staff, and corporate partners. With the support of your cohort, you’ll explore the unique skills, strengths, and attitudes shaping your value to the Smith, business, and global community, as well as plan ahead to make the most of your time at Smith.

Semester 1: Who Am I as a Business Professional?

By the end of the semester, you will be able to articulate your ‘value proposition’ and express clarity in the knowledge of the different sectors of business.

Required course: BMGT110*, Introduction to the Business Value Chain

*Most students will take BMGT110 in the (F) section; credit will also be received if student is enrolled in Business, Society and Economy (S) section. Students with BMGT110 transfer credit will coordinate program participation with Kristin LaRiviere, Smith Start Assistant Director.

Co-Curricular Requirements:

  • Resume Review
  • Mock Networking Night 

Semester 2: What are the Expectations of the Business Profession?

At the conclusion of the year, you’ll know more about your value pitch as well as expectations of you as a budding business professional. From issues of ethics to how to write a cover letter and resume, you’ll focus on becoming a polished professional.

Required course: BMGT367F, Career Search Strategies in Business 

Co-Curricular Requirements:

  • Young Business Professionals Institute
  • End-of-the-Year Etiquette Dinner