Katherine Hazen ’18
Mountain Day is one of the most special days of the year for Smithies. The first few weeks of every school year revolve around trying to pin down when President McCartney will call the day— everyone has their own conspiracy theories on what day of the week it’s most likely to fall. But for students spending their fall semester off-campus, it’s just one more addition to the laundry list of things you end up missing about Smith.
There are still ways to honor Mountain Day, no matter where you are in the world right now, and here are a few ideas to get you started:
Eat pie: Pie is delicious, and Mountain Day is as good an excuse as any to indulge, so I recommend pie with a cup of tea (other baked goods are also welcomed).
Go for a walk: Mountain Day is all about appreciating the outdoors and changing seasons, so take a walk and appreciate your new surroundings, whether that’s the National Mall, La Seine, or the temples in Madurai.
Get a little extra shut-eye: Smithies are notoriously bad at getting enough sleep, and if that’s you, please sleep a little bit on Mountain Day.
If you have overalls, wear them: There are few things that say “Mountain Day” as much as a pair of overalls.
Make sure to wish your on-campus friends a “Happy Mountain Day”: Studying away is great, but there’s nothing like living with your best friends. Remember to keep in touch with them — they miss you!
Read something for pleasure!
Relax, be present and appreciate the moment.
I hope Mountain Day is soon, Smithies!