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Going to college for the first time can be both an exciting, and intimidating experience. Add to that the decision to attend a women's college and live in a big city, and the questions only multiple.

But what is life really like as a Simmons student? We chatted with current undergraduate students to get the all details!

OL's in mesick-2-.jpgWhat is it like living with a roommate?

One of the biggest anxieties for the majority of college students is living in a dorm and sharing a room. "I have found Simmons residence halls are a very relaxed, clean, safe, and a comfortable place to unwind after a busy day on the Academic Campus," says Kendall Bauer '16. The most important aspect of living at Simmons is that students feel they are part of a community. "The residence halls here have a homey feel, and Resident Advisors really work to foster a sense of community amongst their residents," says Molly Maidman '13.

studentsoutside copy.jpgWhat do you do for fun?

Since Simmons is located in the heart of Boston, students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities on and off campus. Some of their favorite things to do include going out for dinner with friends; exploring the city; shopping on Newbury Street; going to the movies (students get discounted tickets!); and attending different concerts and shows. "I love exploring new areas of Boston I've never been to," says Chelsea Keyes '14. "I also enjoy visiting friends at neighboring colleges since there are so many nearby."

6310248930_460f6858c1.jpgWhat do you like about living in Boston?

Although the greater Boston area is home to 4.5 million people, Boston is a "city of neighborhoods," and many students say it's easy to get around. "Everything here is very accessible, so I can get almost anywhere I need to either by walking or taking the T," says Molly '13. "I feel comfortable walking around the city, and I know I can always stop someone on the street if I need help with something." With all that Boston has to offer, it's no surprise that many students stick around to find jobs and internships. "I can see myself staying here after I graduate because the city has so much to offer," says Kendall '16. "The longer I am here, the more I want to stay!"

225137_1429609615370_7840996_n.jpgHow would you describe the Simmons community?

As a Simmons student, you are a member of a tightly-knit community of current students, faculty, staff and alumnae who are there to support you throughout your career. "At the beginning of my college experience, I wasn't sure where I fit in the Simmons community," says Kendall '16. "But now I feel I belong here at Simmons because of the guidance of women leaders, faculty, and friends who all care about my personal well-being and success."

connectionscarnival.jpgIs it easy to get involved on campus?

At the beginning of each semester Simmons hosts the Connections Carnival, which gives students the opportunity to learn about and sign up for different organizations and groups on campus. "It is so easy to get involved," says Nerissa Chan '14. "With the right organization you can really find yourself having the time of your life in college." There are more than 70 organizations on campus and if students can't find exactly what they are looking for, they can create a new organization. "I think that getting involved was the best thing I could've done as a first-year," says Kendall '16. "People who are the most involved feel a connection to the Simmons community right away, which will lead to their success and overall happiness."

Still have questions about what it's like to be a Simmons student? Check out the Woman on Campus video series, visit the Simmons Life blog, or tweet to @SimmonsCollege.

Content for this post was contributed by:

Kendall Bauer '16, Public Relations/Marketing Communications

Nerissa Chan '14, Communications and Business Management

Chelsea Keyes '14, Public Relations/Marketing Communications

Molly Maidman '13, Psychology and Sociology

patriots.jpgIt's September, which means back to school, pumpkin spice lattes, and for sports fans, the return of football season! Earlier this summer, Simmons College media arts communications student Amelia Cordischi '15 won a contest sponsored by the NFL to design a flag for her home team, the New England Patriots.

The inaugural NFL Fan Flag Challenge asked participants to design a flag for their region's team to help celebrate the 93rd season of the league. Entrants were also asked to write essays describing the vision and what inspired their design.

In her essay, Amelia captures what being a Patriots fan means to her, and how football builds a sense of community:

Continue reading Communications student designs flag for New England Patriots.

Watch: The Class of 2016 and new transfer students move in to their dorms and begin their college journeys.

It's our favorite time of the year! Early September is when our students return to campus, and we welcome a new class to the Simmons community. Move-In Day is always exciting and buzzing with energy, and as parents prepare to leave their daughters for the first time, emotions run high. But, as President Helen Drinan says, parents have nothing to worry about:

"Simmons is a welcoming community. A community that intends to put our students at the center of everything we do," says President Drinan.

Each year on Move-In Day, students and parents gather together to hear from deans and the Student Government Association (SGA) President. SGA President Stormy Walker gave an inspiring welcome, filled with advice and encouragement to always dream, explore and discover.

Welcome Class of 2016 and new transfer students! Check out the Simmons Facebook page for photos from Move-In Day 2012, and follow Simmons on Twitter to stay connected with Simmons throughout the year. Good luck in your first semester!

Faces of the Future student Sandy Lor '14 talks about how she has grown academically and personally during her first two years at Simmons.

Our Faces of the Future students from the Class of 2014 are halfway through their college careers. It seems like only yesterday these four accomplished women agreed to blog about their Simmons College experiences. The transformation they have made in the past two years has been incredible to experience with each woman.

To follow along as they compete for athletic championships, conduct chemistry research, excel in academics and lead clubs and organizations has been thrilling. We can't wait to see where the next two years (and beyond) will take them.

Visit the Faces of the Future blog to catch up with Sandy, Tania, Naomi, and Andree.

Our seniors are graduating on Friday, May 18, and although we are sad to see them go, we wish them the best of luck in the future. Many of our soon-to-be graduates already have jobs lined up. Some will be traveling near, and some far. Either way, we know they will go out and make a difference in the world.

To our graduating seniors: Don't forget Simmons when you leave this place, and please keep us updated with what's happening in your life. Like us on Facebook, Follow us on Twitter, and join the alumnae/i network to keep in touch. Best of luck and congratulations!


With the academic year coming to a close and finals week quickly approaching it is easy to feel overwhelmed. We here at 300 The Fenway compiled a list of the top four ways to de-stress during finals.

athletic2.jpg Exercise

"Exercise boots your energy," says Simmons Head Women's Volleyball Coach Alesia Vaccari. "You will feel great after and you will be able to stay up longer to study without having to indulge in that extra cup of coffee. It also causes the release of endorphins into your blood stream. These give you a feeling of happiness and positively affect your overall sense of well-being and will help you mentally prepare you for your finals."

laughter.jpg Laughter

Whoever said laughter is the best medicine was right. According to the Mayo Clinic, when you start to laugh, it lightens your mental load and actually causes positive physical changes in your body. "Whenever my roommates and I are stressed out from finals, we stop what we're doing and sing loudly to cheesy 90s music." says Lyndsey Nadeau '12. "After we're done laughing, we're ready to get back to studying with a fresh mind!"

5937548857_43d30a75af.jpg Take a walk

Taking a walk will give you a change of scenery and can help you clear your mind. Here at Simmons we are fortunate to be located in the heart of Boston and only a short walk away from numerous parks, shops, and cafes.

music.jpg Listen to music

Taking a break to listen to a few of your favorite songs can be a quick pick me up. "Listening to music while studying helps put me in a good mood and tune out distractions," says Jillian Ruddock '12. "It gives me that little extra push I need to get through writing a paper."

Need a little extra motivation? We put together a playlist of our favorite study break jams!

What did we miss? Let us know how you de-stress during exam period! Good luck with finals everyone!

Simmons student presenters in San Diego with Chemistry and Physics Professor Michael Berger.

At Simmons, science and research go hand in hand. Recently, 18 chemistry and biochemistry majors -- including first-year students -- traveled to San Diego to present their science research to more than 16,000 chemistry industry professionals at the 243rd National Meeting and Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS), considered the premier gathering for the chemistry field in the country.

Chemistry Professor Rich Gurney says the students made such an impression at the conference, themed "Chemistry for Life," that many thought they were graduate students--or even faculty members!

Continue reading Simmons science majors present their research at national chemistry conference.

View photos from the 100th Annual May Day Celebration.

300 The Fenway welcomes guest blogger Deana LaFauci '12!

This year marks the 100th anniversary of Simmons College's oldest tradition, May Day. To celebrate the historical milestone, students, faculty, and staff have joined together to update the tradition to include the entire Simmons community.

The May 1, 2012 centennial event, "May Day at 100: Envision the Past, Imagine the Future," is anything but traditional. For the first time in its 100-year history, May Day will be celebrated on both the residence and academic campuses, with an extension of the tree planting tradition to the academic campus. It was designed to incorporate populations of the Simmons community who may not otherwise have the opportunity to be part of the early-morning event on the residence campus.

"When we heard that this year was the 100th anniversary of May Day, we all were excited about the possibility of working with the sophomore class council and its president Tania Bajwa '14," says Associate Dean of the Simmons School of Management Mary Dutkiewicz. "And to see if together, we could celebrate it in grand style."

Continue reading May Day at 100: Simmons College revitalizes its oldest tradition.

Carmen Baez '79 with Simmons students during annual trip to Omnicom in NYC.

Simmons College has an alumni network of more than 50,000 career professionals who are making an impact on society. Simmons alumnae are an invaluable resource to the Simmons community, and many are more than willing to help students achieve their career goals.

Due to the small, intimate size of Simmons, it's easy for students to reach out, connect, and receive support from alumni across various industries. Mentorship programs, networking events, and annual trips help bring together current students with the alumnae network.

For 12 years, Simmons alumna Carmen Baez '79, president of Latin America at Diversified Agency Services (DAS), has hosted a group of Simmons students at an Omnicom Group office in New York City. Omnicom is one of the largest advertising, marketing, and corporate communications companies in the world, and it maintains a premier client list that includes Apple, McDonald's, and Volkswagen.

What first started as a small group of students traveling to NYC in a rented van has now evolved into a highly anticipated annual event. This year, a group of 17 students met with Carmen for a full day of meetings, presentations, and networking with industry leaders.

Continue reading Simmons alumnae prove to be great resource for current students.

Watch the video created by Simmons College to contribute to the It Gets Better Campaign in support of The Trevor Project, an organization aimed at preventing suicide among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer youth.

Columnist and author Dan Savage and his partner Terry Miller launched the It Gets Better campaign as a response to a rash of LGBTQ suicides, which were the result of bullying and harassment at schools and campuses across the country. The project aims to turn the tide of self-destruction by reaching vulnerable youth with the voices of survival and accomplishment. This video is Simmons' contribution to this important effort, by adding our voices of hope, encouragement, and achievement.

Simmons student ambassador Sarah O'Reilly '14 was involved with the project at Simmons from the beginning. She says movements like this are so important for college campuses.

"College is the place and time in which people start to grow into the people that they will live their lives as," says Sarah. "This project gives the people who have been voiceless in the past a way to speak out and be a part of a positive force in the community. It also helps to show people the parts of their own lives that are getting better and raises awareness of discriminations and hateful behavior."

Simmons' It Gets Better team is hoping this project will continue to grow, and create open dialogues around LGBTQ issues. To follow the movement at Simmons be sure to Like the Simmons College It Gets Better Facebook page and watch full interviews of the project's participants on the Simmons College It Gets Better YouTube channel.

To contribute suggestions or get involved, please email


Looking for a job? The Simmons College Career Education Center (CEC) recently launched a new, interactive website that provides Simmons students and alumni with several online resources for career planning. Visitors to the site can explore the CEC's career tool kit, find jobs and internships, meet with a career coach, and more.

"The new site is a comprehensive career resource that emphasizes the importance of career preparation in a Simmons education," says Career Education Center Director Andrea Wolf. "We hope that students will see it as their 'Career Preparation Destination.'"

New features on the site include, how-to guides on writing resumes and cover letters; the CEC's four-year STEPS Career Development Plan for undergraduate students; graduate employment surveys; a list of hiring employees; and a new blog highlighting expert information, key events, and career advice.

Krista Evans '12, who's graduating in May, says the new design looks modern and fresh, and the dropdown menu makes it easy for visitors to find exactly what they need.

"The new CEC website is much easier to use and has been super helpful," says Krista. "I've been perusing it once or twice a week to see what new jobs have been posted."

Let us know what you think! Check out the new Career Education Center website at

Students build homes with Habitat for Humanity during Alternative Spring Break (ASB).

Naomi Chick '14 blogs for Faces of the Future and chronicles her life as a Simmons College student. Naomi helped organize this year's Alternative Spring Break (ASB) trip to Waynesburg, PA. ASB is a trip that occurs every year when students travel with Habitat for Humanity to help rebuild homes in underserved communities. Rather than taking spring break to stay at school, relax in Florida, or go home to spend time with family, students choose to spend their time helping those in need. Naomi says her trip was an eye-opening experience.

"On the second to last day of work, the new owner of the home we were building, Cheryl, showed up to the site. She was in her late 60's, and had just broken her knee in the snow a few weeks earlier. Tears immediately flooded to my eyes as she struggled to walk on the gravel to bring us lunch. Talking to her during lunch made everyone smile, and made us have a greater connection for what we were actually doing for Habitat....On the last day of the trip, and while we got back on the plane to head back to Boston, each one of us had a new sense of ourselves, and of humanity, and why helping our community should be a huge part of everyone's lives."

Read more about Naomi's experience with Alternative Spring Break on the Faces of the Future blog.

The Faces of the Future blog details the Simmons College experience through the eyes of four students. The students began blogging during their second semester at Simmons and will continue to share their experiences through their four years at the College. Sandy, Andree, Naomi, and Tania are incredible women, involved in all aspects of the Simmons community, and this blog is a way for them to share their college journey.

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This year, during winter break, 33 students from 17 different majors spent their winter break on campus developing solutions to empower women living in poverty. This year's theme was "At the Edge of Poverty: Empowering Women to Change Their Lives and Their Worlds." Students were grouped into nine teams and worked for two straight weeks on their local responses to this global issue.

The teams were able to envision and execute a variety of solutions that ranged from mentorships to video and advertising campaigns, demonstrating what dedicated women can do when they work together to focus on doing good for their communities.

The two weeks began with workshops and brainstorming sessions. Each team presented their ideas to other teams and faculty advisors, advice was given, and they set out to shape their ideas into actionable plans. After weeks in the library, researching, writing, building, and editing, the teams presented their final solutions.

Team 1: De-stigmatizing poverty workshop for children.
A 6-week course that talks to children, openly and honestly, about poverty with the goal of de-stigmaztizing their perceptions and assumptions of poverty. The team developed a curriculum for teaching students that poverty has no face and anyone with the drive and willingness can rise out of poverty.

Team 2: Students 4 Success
Students 4 Success is a full-day college workshop for high school girls in their junior year. The team developed a full day curriculum in which students are encouraged to apply to college. They receive help with the common application and practice college interviewing and essay writing skills.

Continue reading Simmons World Challenge: Students spend winter break solving world problems.

Chemistry students at Simmons College work in conjunction with the Boston Museum of Fine Arts in order to determine various pigments and dyes used in artwork. Students help the MFA determine how best to display the various artworks that may be sensitive to light.

Sandy Lor '14 blogs for Simmons' Faces of the Future, and in her latest entry she details the exciting research she and junior chemistry student Nnennaya Okey-Igwe '13 is doing at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts.

The research that we are involved with is in collaboration with the Boston Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) involving the identification of dyes used in 19th-20th century Japanese block prints. The objective of this research deals with the history of Japanese art and whether or not synthetic dyes were used during the 19th to early 20th century.

Learning the history behind the art is important to understanding the cultural background, as well as potentially authenticating a work of art. For example, if our research shows that there were only natural dyes used during that era, then any Japanese painting from that time should not contain synthetic manufactured dyes. If a work did contain a synthetic dye then it can be concluded that it was not an authentic Japanese block print from the late 19th and early 20th century and was created after that time period. We're pretty much crime scene investigators for the MFA. :)

Read more about the MFA research project on Sandy's blog:

Crime Scene Investigator: Museum of Fine Arts

The Faces of the Future blog details the Simmons College experience through the eyes of four students. The students began blogging during their second semester at Simmons and will continue to share their experiences through their four years at the College. Sandy, Andree, Naomi, and Tania are incredible women, involved in all aspects of the Simmons community, and this blog is a way for them to share their college journey.

With finals week approaching stress levels around campus are high. We at 300 The Fenway wanted to provide some relief, so we asked the Center for Academic Achievement for some help. Study Skills Specialist Tina Brin offered up some of her most helpful study tips. Here are 6 tips Tina gives students to get them through exam period:

1. Take the time to "Time Manage."

Don't just dive into studying; organize what you want to study and when. Make a list or draw a chart: whatever works best for you. This will help stabilize your study routine and will slowly ease you into the material.

2. Set realistic studying goals.

Don't overwhelm yourself. Give yourself enough time to prepare for the exam material rather than cramming the night before. Make sure to space out your studying and know your limits.

3. Take lots of breaks.

Try not to study for more than one hour at a time. Taking breaks is just as important as the studying. For best results take five to fifteen minute breaks between study sessions.

4. Reserve library rooms ahead of time

Make a week plan for when and where you'll be studying. Stability is key. Visit the Simmons portal to reserve a room at the library.

Continue reading 7 awesome study tips for finals.

Soweto2.jpgIn May, nine students traveled to South Africa with Professor Dan Connell to study the state of human rights, two decades after apartheid. The class is one of Simmons' study abroad travel courses, which gives students the opportunity to travel for two to four weeks with a professor while earning credits.

During their journey, the students blogged about their learning experiences in an unfamiliar country that has struggled with many changes. They explored gender equality, the fight to keep culture alive, and in some cases, discovered similarities.

Continue reading Students travel to South Africa to study human rights.


Most colleges have community service programs, but there's something special about community service at Simmons. For starters, the Scott/Ross Center for Community Service has been recognized for five consecutive years for its outstanding programs, but there's even more!

Here are six things you need to know about Simmons' commitment to serving the community.

1. It's been around for awhile.
The Scott/Ross Center for Community Service was created in 2000 through a gift from Simmons College Trustee and alumna Emily Scott Pottruck. Simmons has always had a strong tradition of community involvement and this year we're celebrating the 10th anniversary of the center!
2. It's award-winning.
For the fifth consecutive year, Simmons has been named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. Simmons is the only college in Massachusetts to have received the "Honor Roll With Distinction" designation four times since the honor roll began in 2006. For the 2010 Honor Roll, Simmons was one of only 114 colleges to receive the designation.
3. Many students get involved.
More than 2,000 students took part in community service with the Scott/Ross Center last year - this totaled a whopping 53,700 hours - more than 2,200 days - of service! Through the Center, students work with more than 40 community organizations including Big Sister, Cradles to Crayons, Girl Scouts, and Facing History and Ourselves.

Continue reading Community service at Simmons: 6 facts you need to know.

2011 Commencement

Simmonsness: (n.) - A thirsting desire for knowledge, for a better community, for a better world, for more. A relationship with classmates in which they push each other towards excellence, in and out of the classroom. The seizing of every opportunity, and in more cases than not, the creation of opportunities. - Darcie Guilbert '11

2011 Commencement Student Speaker Darcie Guilbert began her address by sharing her first Simmons memory. At 17 years old, on her way to a Simmons College campus tour she told her parents:

"I am not going to an all-women's college, so why are we wasting time even looking!?"

Continue reading I am not going to a women's college.

Arts and Entertainment critic Joyce Kulhawik '74 joined the Student Government Association on Monday night for an exciting kick-off to Women's College Week. Other speakers included SGA President Rosy Gonzalez '11 and Simmons College President Helen Drinan.

It is a tradition for the Simmons Student Government Association to hold Women's College Week during the month of March to celebrate the past and present accomplishments of women. It's not a coincidence this week falls during Women's History Month, and Monday's kick-off event fits right into this year's theme, Piecing together the Elements of Success.

Simmons College prides itself on being a place that prepares students to become leaders. When speaking with Simmons women, a reoccurring theme is how being surrounded by powerful women in the classroom helped them find their voice and their confidence.

It is important for women's colleges to celebrate the impact this educational environment has on advancing women in the workplace. Make sure to attend at least one, if not all, the Women's College Week events the SGA has planned for this week. (Open to all COF students!)

Send them a message if you have any questions and let us know what your favorite part of Women's College Week is.

The 106th Simmons Commencement speakers have been announced! The theme this year is "Celebrating Boston & Massachusetts," and these women could not be more prepared to speak to our coming graduates about their future life's work. Commencement will be held on Friday, May 20 at the Bank of America Pavilion in Boston's Seaport District.

During the undergraduate ceremony starting at 10 a.m., recently retired Chief Justice Margaret H. Marshall will speak to graduating seniors about being the first woman to have served as the Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. In a time when there are still many firsts for women, who better than Chief Justice Marshall to inspire our graduates to pursue their dreams. Maybe the first woman president of the U.S. is among our Class of 2011? (Hey, you never know!)

Continue reading Chief Justice Margaret H. Marshall to speak at Commencement.

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