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Jordan Houston ’16

Jordan Houston

Logan, Utah
American studies major, with a media-based focus in public policy

 

I was looking for a college where I could combine rigorous academics with a challenging soccer program. Smith’s soccer coach came across a demo video I had made and invited me to visit. Even though I couldn’t see myself at an all-women’s school, I thought, why not? Then when my dad and I visited the campus, I was hooked. I ended up applying early decision and have never looked back. 

I immediately bonded with my teammates and made friends through my house community. I know these are friends I’ll keep the rest of my life. Within two weeks of being here, I felt completely comfortable.

“When my dad and I visited the campus, I was hooked. I ended up applying early decision and have never looked back.”

One of my goals for college was to educate myself in subjects I think are basic for any informed citizen. I’ve taken an economics course—that was really hard for me—and a course on constitutional law, an intro to world religion and a biology class. Through these, I feel I’ve become a better-rounded person. 

One of the most important things I’ve learned here is never underestimate the power of the Smith alumnae network! Using the database at the Lazarus Career Center, I’ve started contacting Smith alumnae in my career field of media journalism and public policy. To a person, they have gone out of their way to help me, either by giving me a heads-up on an internship at their company or by passing along contact info for people or career opportunities. I couldn’t ask for more help or encouragement. In fact, the two internships I have applied for this summer, at CNN and CBS in New York City, came via alums. They have been so helpful, in fact, that I made a vow to myself that one day I will be a Smith alum who reaches out to students, too.