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In a recent video released by the City of Boston, Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino does his part to welcome new college students by urging them to "break the bubble" and get out and explore Boston.

He lists numerous advantages to living in Boston, including direct access to world-class museums, parks, and internship and job opportunities. He also encourages students to volunteer and get involved with local politics.

There are several ways Simmons students can stay connected with the city to make their time in Boston both safe, and rewarding. You can start by following the Mayor's "Break the Bubble" student initiative on Twitter @brkthebubble, and by visiting the student section on the City of Boston website. To report any issues or problems, you can call the city's 24-hour hotline at 617-635-4500 or download the Citizen's Connect smartphone app.

We love that we're located right in the heart of Boston, and we hope our students do, too! Check out our list of the top six things to do in Boston (while the weather is still nice!), and watch Sarah Galvez '15, Woman on Campus, as she shows you her favorite places in Boston. To learn more about our Boston-area volunteer opportunities, visit the Scott/Ross Center for Community Service website.

What are you favorite things about Boston? Let us know on the Simmons College Facebook page or by tweeting to @SimmonsCollege.


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At Simmons, many students remain in Boston during the summer to do internships and get a head start on their careers. And in June, students from the Class of 2016 are visiting for Summer Orientation.

Summertime in Boston is truly amazing, and there are so many opportunities for students to explore. So, for those of you who will be around this summer, here are six adventurous activities to do in Boston that will make you want to spend the rest of your summers in the city.

Canoe on the Charles River

Want a great way to get some exercise on the water and enjoy the sunshine? Paddle Boston offers inexpensive options for both canoeing and kayaking down the Charles River. You can bring a friend along and split the cost. $17/hour for a canoe and $19/hour for a kayak.

Photo by Chris Wood
Visit the Boston Harbor Islands

One of the truly unique things about Boston is the ability to "get away" so close to the city. The Boston Harbor Islands are an oasis of serenity just off the shore of the city. It's a quick ferry ride from Long Wharf to Spectacle Island, where you can go for a long walk, hike, and enjoy a picnic with friends. Ferry tickets are only $15 per person, and run throughout the day.

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Explore the Institute of Contemporary Art

The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) offers free admission on Thursday nights from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. The ICA is located in the up-and-coming Seaport district, a perfect place to enjoy a warm summer night. Check out the latest collections for free and then head over to a local restaurant to sit outside and enjoy dinner on the water.

Continue reading Six things to do in Boston this summer.


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Many students say they decided to attend Simmons because it just "felt right" when they first visited the campus. It's often hard to communicate that feeling, so it's important to come and visit Simmons to experience it for yourself. Meeting professors, talking to current students, and seeing what it's really like to attend a women's college in Boston will have a major impact on your decision. Here are four reasons to come visit the Simmons College campus:

Get to know Boston.

Boston is a big city with more than 40 colleges and universities. Many students choose to come to Boston because of the vibrant college life. But, it's important to see where in the city you'd be living. Get to know the Fenway neighborhood. Walk down the street to Fenway Park or next door to the Museum of Fine Arts. Take the T to the Prudential Center and do some shopping. Decide if you can picture yourself living here for the next four years.

Meet the professors.

If you come visit Simmons, you have the option to sit it on a class and see one of our amazing professors in action. Simmons is a small college with a 13:1 student to faculty ratio. Our professors really get to know their students and care about their academic performance. Get to know Simmons professors!

Get a sense of the community.

We know there are many preconceived notions about women's colleges. Come see for yourself what it's really like. See if you get that "just right" feeling like so many other students do when they experience Simmons-ness for themselves.

See the campus.

Moving out on your own for the first time can be scary, especially moving to a major city. The Simmons campus takes every precaution to keep you safe. The residence campus is a gated community with nine residence halls, an athletic center, and a dining hall. Take a tour and test out the food. Talk to students about what campus life is like and see the dorms.

You can plan your visit to Simmons online. In the meantime, contact your admission counselor with any questions, and be sure to Like Simmons on Facebook and follow the College on Twitter to hear from and interact with other prospective and current students.




As acceptance letters (hopefully!) start pouring in, high school seniors are faced with the task of picking the right college. It's important to think about what type of environment will help shape you into the person you want to become. It's a tough choice, and with so many colleges and universities out there, where do you even start?

Size

It is important to know if you want to attend a large or small college. Both options have their pros and cons. If you like personalized attention and the opportunity to build relationships with your professors, then a small college or university is right for you. At Simmons, our student to faculty ratio is 13:1, so students are never just a face in the crowd.

Location

Would you rather be in a small town with your campus as your go-to for everyday life, or would you rather be located in a city with tons of other college students and plenty to do in the area surrounding your campus? Many people are more prone to a country-like location, but others crave the hustle and bustle of the big city. Simmons is located right in the heart of Boston, America's college town. The city is full of activities.

Programs

Of course, if you know what you want to major in, or concentrate on during college, you need to make sure the college you choose has a reputable program in your major. Simmons has more than 50 undergraduate majors and programs. Many athletes choose Simmons because they're able to play Division III athletics while pursuing a physical therapy or nursing degree from a world-renowned institution.

Continue reading How to choose the right college for you.



The Greater Boston area is home to 4.5 million people, and with its rich culture and top ranked universities, it's no surprise that many people find themselves falling in love with the city. It truly has the best of everything!

We've compiled a list of the top 10 categories where Boston has consistently dominated in national rankings. See where Boston compares to other U.S. cities in Travel + Leisure's list of "America's Favorites Cities."

Best College Town

There are more than 250,000 college students in Boston and Cambridge area. What sets Boston apart from most college towns is that while every college has its own identity, students collaborate and interact with the Boston college community as a whole. Need more convincing? Check out this short video tour of Boston.

Most Innovative

Boston ranked as the most innovative city in the world and is home to numerous startups and technology focused companies. At Simmons, innovative thinking is embraced across all majors, and the School of Management's entrepreneurship program is ranked one of the top 25 programs in the entire nation. It's no wonder this year's annual Simmons Leadership Conference is focused on "Innovation and Impact" of women leaders.

Historical Sites and Monuments

The city played a prominent role in the American Revolution and is rooted in history. You're almost always surrounded by historical sites, and you often forget when you're walking along the Freedom Trail or passing by Old South Meeting House.

Continue reading The best of Boston.


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UPDATE: Obiageli with The WaWa Project wins the 2011 Silverman Business Plan Competition and $10,000 for her non profit. Congratulations!



Entrepreneurship is a vital part of our economy and is a direct path to leadership. The American Express OPEN State of Women-Owned Businesses reported that between 1997 and 2011, the number of businesses in the U.S. increased by 34%, but the number of women-owned firms increased by 50%.

There is no argument that starting a business is challenging, especially with limited access to monetary and supportive resources. Simmons recognizes the barriers facing many entrepreneurs and has created a program that aims to foster their innovative ideas.

The annual Silverman Business Plan Competition was created to support women in launching innovative and successful ventures, and is open exclusively to Simmons School of Management MBA alumnae and current students. Participants have the opportunity to compete for a prize of $10,000 in cash. Finalists will receive access to resources to help build their business, including one-on-one coaching from seasoned entrepreneurs, and access to the vast Simmons network of venture capitalists, angel investors, bankers and lawyers.

This year's competition is scheduled for December 1 and will feature the following finalists:

Continue reading School of Management supports women entrepreneurs with Silverman Business Plan Competition.


This week has been perfect for enjoying the best of what Boston has to offer during the fall. The leaves are still bursting with color, reminding us New Englanders why we put up with the cold, frigid winter. We took notice and set out to capture some of Boston's prettiest fall spots.

Have your own fall photos? We'd love to post them! Send them to us on Facebook or Twitter.



S/RC for Community Service

The Scott/Ross Center for Community Service (S/RC) celebrated its 10th anniversary of service to the community yesterday. The center has been integral in connecting Simmons students with volunteer and service learning opportunities. It works with more than 60 community-based organizations and provides countless ways for students to get involved, make a difference, and learn leadership skills.

certificate.jpg In honor of this event, Mayor Menino has named the week of October 17 to October 21, Scott/Ross Center for Community service week!

Simmons has been connecting students with service opportunities for more than 100 years, but the Scott/Ross Center for Community Service was established ten years ago with the help and oversight of Board of Trustees member Emily Scott Pottruck '78. The S/RC has consistently been named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll and is the only school in Massachusetts to receive this "Honor with Distinction" four times.

Continue reading Boston Mayor Tom Menino recognizes Simmons' 10 years of community service.


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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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Did you know that more and more students are jump starting their careers abroad? Although the U.S. economy is showing signs of strength, many recent graduates and young professionals are opting to pursue further education, jobs, and research opportunities abroad. And, these places want Boston's students!

Take Barcelona for example. Barcelona is Boston's "Sister City," which means the two cities have an agreement to exchange people, ideas, culture, technology, and education. And, the city has seen a major increase in U.S. visas from 2001 to 2010.

Continue reading Why study abroad? More like, why not?.


We all know Boston weather is crazy and unpredictable. One January day it could be 63 degrees and the next we could be getting dumped with 19 inches of snow. Winter in Boston is made for those who relish the change. We know the day after that 19 inches of snow falls, the area will look like these photos. Since most of our students are still making their way back to campus, we thought we'd share these photos, so no one feels left out.

Do you have winter photos to share? Post your photos to Facebook or Flickr or tweet them to @SimmonsCollege. If we get enough, maybe, we'll publish your photos on the blog.


We caught up with the Simmons Sirens, the a capella group on campus, and we had the opportunity to record them singing a lovely winter song. It definitely puts us in the mood for snow and ice skating (Frog Pond!), and we hope it does the same for you.

What are your favorite things about winter?


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Boston - Downtown Crossing: Winter Street by wallyg, on Flickr

Today's post is courtesy of guest blogger Alexandra Hakim '12 from her blog 120 Minutes in Boston.

Alexandra is a student in Writing/Editing Across Media taught by Professor Andrew Porter. Her blog is about traveling to new locations or events in Boston that take two hours (120 minutes) or less round trip from Simmons. Every week, she follows a suggestion found in a local magazine or from a friend. Email Alex to let her know where she should go next!

Destination: Downtown Crossing
Start time: 1:30 p.m.

I sometimes forget that I'm in Boston when I go to Downtown Crossing. Crowded streets, highrise buildings, and street vendors make it seem like you stepped off the Bolt Bus and entered into New York City.

Continue reading 120 Minutes in Boston: Downtown Crossing.


Everyone knows there is nothing better than a brisk fall day in New England. The leaves are changing colors, and the weather is cooling down from those hot, sultry summer days. It really is the best time of year to explore. Take a look at my suggestions for the 5 best things to do this fall, and let me know what you think. What are your favorite things to do this season?


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This Saturday is the second annual Boston Book Festival, an event that introduces Pulitzer Prize winners, Nobel Laureates, and authors to the city of Boston. As it turns out, the festival's chief organizer, Deborah Porter, is a Simmons alum and according to the Boston Globe, organizing the festival amid a recession was an impressive feat. So, props to Deborah!

In addition to the festival's organizer, there are quite a few presenters who also are connected to the Simmons community. While browsing through the list of authors who are scheduled to appear, I came across best-selling authorKristin Cashore, who earned her master's in Children's Literature from Simmons; GSLIS alum Maija Meadows, a children's librarian at the BPL's Lower Mills Branch; Continuing Education Instructor and award-winning young adult author Mitali Perkins; Helene Atwan, director of Beacon Press, which publishes Professor Theresa Perry's "Race, Education and Democracy" lecture and book series; and our 2010 Commencement speaker, Elizabeth Alexander. That is some major representation.

Continue reading Simmons at the Boston Book Festival.


If you're a senior here at Simmons then you probably know that you're having your yearbook photos taken this week. I stopped by to ask some of these photogenic seniors to reflect on their time at Simmons. You can tell the nostalgia is setting in already.

Even though graduation is creeping closer and closer, there are still seven months left for crazy fun college experiences. The best advice these seniors could give to first years was to get involved and don't put too much stress on academics. College is all about the array of experiences. As long as you stay on track with your studies, feel free to enjoy yourself a little.


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Isis Espinosa '13
Hometown: Richmond, California
Class: 2013
Major: Undecided (but considering communications and English)
Activities: Social Chair of Organization de Latino America; volunteer tutor for second and third graders

Isis '13 comes to Simmons all the way from sunny California. We wondered what it's like to attend college 3,000 miles away from home, so we sat down with Isis to find out more.

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You grew up in California (a six hour flight from Boston!) What's it like being so far away from your friends and family?

Isis: I think it's an adventure! Sometimes it can be difficult missing the breakfast that your mom or dad would cook every Sunday morning, but at the same time it's fun to know that your parents aren't waiting for you at the door when you come home late. I do miss them a lot, but I use Skype to stay in touch; it's become my favorite piece of technology. Being so far away from home can be hard, but every time I come home for the holidays, I feel like I accomplished something and that's a rewarding feeling.

Do you ever get homesick?

Isis: Being involved in activities is such a big distraction from being homesick. Boston has so many things going on, it's almost impossible to be bored in this city. Last year, I had nothing to do for Spring Break, so I went to the Scott/Ross Center and they helped connect me with a community service project for that week. It turned out to be an amazing experience.

Why did you choose to attend Simmons?

Continue reading Meet Isis from California.


It's that time of year when high school seniors are confronted with making the big college decision. Where you decide to go to college will undoubtedly help shape the rest of your life. A few friends you make during these four years may even end up in your wedding party. I met my current roommate the second week of my freshmen year. It's a huge decision!

There are 4,362 colleges, universities and junior colleges in the United States. How on earth do you narrow that down to one? Maybe your method is to narrow down the list based on location and size. Do you want a huge school where you're one of 36,000 students? Or a small school with individualized attention and small class sizes? Of course, there are pros and cons to both.

Continue reading Attend an open house.


This Sunday, we are holding our first open house of the academic school year. Not only is this an opportunity for interested students to come visit the school, but to also visit the city of Boston!

Did you know there are more than 250,000 students attending college in Boston? That means more than 250,000 young men and women realized Boston was the place to be during the best four years of their life.

There is so much to do in this city. Whether you're into theatre, history, art, or just want to be able to go out on the town with friends. Think about it this way: This city was BUILT for your college experience.

I spoke with Associate Director of Undergraduate Admission Alexandra Krol and she told me:

"Boston truly is America's college town. So many college students make this place constantly bustling. You can't walk two feet without running into another college student from another school, who's from a completely different town, studying a different major, focusing on a different social activity. And that makes your world here in Boston and at Simmons so much bigger."

Continue reading America's college town.


Did you know Simmons scores a whopping A+ on "Local Atmosphere?" It's true!  Simmons is located right in the heart of Boston, which as the ranking states, opens up a sea of opportunity for students.

Check out what students on College Prowler have to say:

"It's Boston, the atmosphere rocks. Everyone goes everywhere, and everyone is friendly to one another. Since it's one of the largest college towns, there are other college students everywhere [ed. note: especially guys! ;)]. No matter where you are, you see them, and it's comforting to know that in such a big city, there are others in your position."

"Boston is by far the best college city ever. Within ten minutes, I can walk to seven other colleges. Simmons is two blocks from Fenway Park and tons of restaurants."

"Luckily, Simmons is located in the best city on earth--Boston... The other important population for Simmons students is the many young professionals who are often overseeing us in our internships and networking with us after college."

"Boston is the greatest college city ever! The Colleges of the Fenway line our road, with nearby Northeastern and BU. There are so many art museums, stores, cinemas, Fenway Park--everything imaginable!"

Continue reading Location, location, location.


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