The enthusiasm in the Class of 2021 Facebook page is off the charts, so we decided to bring back our “Tell Us About Yourself(ie)” series, which will highlight profiles of incoming students in the Class of 2021 from now until August Orientation.

If you are a member of Champlain’s Class of 2021 and are interested in sharing your selfie, check out how at the bottom of this post.

Haley Smoody, ‘21 // International Business // Roscoe, IL

Snapchat: hs9846

What’s something not many people know about you?

I am super involved in competitive speech (I was the captain of my team this year.) and Model United Nations, which is a competition where you research a country to represent as a “delegation,” then you go into what they call a committee session to debate and create resolution writing to solve the world problem based on your country’s stance and the parliamentary procedure of the United Nations.

Our motto is “Let Us Dare.” What was the last thing you dared to do?

I lost a “what are the odds” and had to touch a snake, which is pretty lame honestly.

Do you have any quirky study habits?

Hmm, I don’t think so. I mean, I take three-minute breaks every twenty or so minutes because it’s been proven to improve your retention when you study.

You’ve created a fun, eccentric course at Champlain. What is it?

Impromptu Speaking: you get two minutes, a pen and a notecard to respond to a prompt in a six-minute speech. It teaches you to think on your feet and be comfortable in front of a crowd. Plus it keeps you knowledgeable on topics that have impact on a greater idea also. (It’s an IHSA speech event in Illinois that’s super terrifying and also fun).

What’s your Netflix binge series?


Which celebrity would you most like to meet?

Mindy Kaling.

If you were a soda, what kind would you be?

Strawberry Sprite.

What’s your spirit animal?

A hedgehog .

If you could be any fictional character—book, TV, or movie—who would you be and why?

I would be Hedda from the Norwegian play Hedda Gabler because she is wonderfully crazy and I relate to her on a scary level despite the fact that she is a horrible person on a non-circumstantial level. But in reality she’s an incredibly intelligent woman born into a time period that held women back from most rights, and she tried to climb her way to power by marrying into potential money to a man that she could manipulate to represent her in any position of power.

What’s a word or phrase you’re guilty of using too often?

Frick (despite the fact that I have no qualms with swear words).

If you’d like to be featured in an upcoming “Tell Us About Yourself(ie),” fill out this survey:, and we’ll post the best answers!