Name: Peicha Chang
Class Year: 2003
How long have you lived in Philadelphia?
6 ½ years.
What’s your favorite restaurant in the city?
Zahav! OMG have you tried their hummus? It’s life-altering. And a shout-out to Pure Sweets in Rittenhouse, run by fellow alum Andrea Kyan. Her food is so good, you don’t care that it’s vegan & gluten-free (but you do care, because that’s why you go there!).
What are you up to now?
I opened Falls Flowers in 2009 – we’re a retail & event florist, and the first flower shop to become a certified B Corp!
What house did you live in on campus and what was your favorite thing about it?
Duckett. It was just the best! But really, I loved how intimate it was with just 34 residents.
Why did you choose Smith?
Honestly, I still have no idea. It just clicked when I visited – the campus felt like home & I immediately felt like I belonged.
What is your favorite Smith tradition and why?
Primal Yell. And Mountain Day. Can I do that? Primal Yell because where else do you get to just scream at the top of your lungs until you lose your voice? It’s an amazing release. Mountain Day because it has carried over even since I’ve graduated – every year I’m guaranteed to receive a text from fellow Smithies announcing it!
What makes a Smithie unique?
These questions are really hard. It’s another one that I don’t have the answer to, but just know. Every Smithie I’ve met outside of Smith, we’ve somehow just known that we share the same alma mater. Must be some weird pheromone thing!
How did your Smith experience shape your life?
My time at Smith taught me to always question the norm, push boundaries, and that it’s really ok (and necessary) to fail before achieving success – all crucial life skills!