Name: Colby Loew
Class Year: 2013
How long have you lived in Philadelphia? I moved here just a few weeks after commencement, so I have lived in Philadelphia for one year this June.
What’s your favorite restaurant in the city? The little pizza shop across the street from where I live, Fiesta Pizza, has the best hoagies!
What are you up to now? I just finished with my first year teaching high school chemistry across the bridge over in Camden, New Jersey.
What house did you live in on campus and what was your favorite thing about it? My first two years I lived in Lawrence House, then I finished up as Reslife in Gardiner during junior and senior year. Lawrence House was awesome because I met my core group of best friends there, and Gardiner had the best house parties.
Why did you choose Smith? I first came to look at Smith because I wanted to go to a women’s college that was strong in the sciences. When I got to campus, it just felt right. I was so incredibly impressed by all of the students and professors I spoke that I knew it was the perfect fit.
What is your favorite Smith tradition and why? Now that I’ve been away from Smith, I have a got a serious, new found appreciation for Friday afternoon tea. It was great to have the chance to catch up with people in the house after long, stressful weeks of studying and assignments.
Who was your favorite professor/what was your best class? My favorite professor was Cristina Suarez in the chemistry department, and though I never took a class with her she was my honors thesis advisor. Professor David Bickar taught my favorite class which was pharmacology and drug design—he told a lot of crazy stories in there.
What makes a Smithie unique? A Smithie is confident, creative, eloquent, and the ideal candidate for any position.
How did your Smith experience shape your life? Smith prepared me for a lifetime of learning. I use skills I developed at Smith in my life every day. Even more importantly, I will carry the friendships I made at Smith with me throughout my life. My best friends at Smith have become my family.