Gertrude Weil - Smith College - Smith Enrollment

In this chatty letter, Weil gave her parents additional information about her matriculation at Smith:

What a feeling of rest and excitement it brings to my so long troubled soul. 'Without condition," my card of admission says, but let conditions go to the ---- winds. I never had such a queer feeling in my life as when I went into room no. 5, marched up to the desk and said, 'Gertrude Weil' with a rising inclination of the voice, and finally saw her (the lady in charge) fish out from among the W's my own card. I had already planned going to the registrar and begging her not to send me home.... I haven't decided yet as to my electives. I shall be able to take six hours a week of art, which will count for 2 hours of regular work. That makes 13 hours, the minimum amount, and I think I might take two more hours any way—the maximum is 16. I may fill time out with elocution or English history, only the elocution teacher they say is no good, and you have to work like fury on Eng. history.

At high school in New York, Weil had been surrounded by aunts, uncles and cousins, but in Northampton, she had to adjust to life far from close friends and family:

I should like to have some of your advice right now, but, as I have to hand my intended schedule of study all filled out on Monday it will hardly be possible to hear from you. I might take some extra English work, too, but as it is, I have weekly & fortnightly themes enough.

  1. Letter from Gertrude Weil to her family, September 23, 1897, in the Gertrude Weil Papers at the North Carolina Office of Archives and History.

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