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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.


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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!"


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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


Interested in taking a tour of Simmons College, but haven't been able to make it to Boston, yet? Or maybe you want to reminisce about your time here, or see how much the campus has changed. 300 The Fenway has compiled some of our favorite photos of the academic and residential campuses to give you a special look at Simmons!

Want to see Simmons for yourself? Attend one of our Fall Open Houses or info sessions!


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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 Clothesline Project is a visual display of t-shirts that bear witness to domestic violence and sexual assault. Each shirt is decorated to represent a person's experience of rape, incest, battery, homophobia; or as a tribute to someone who has lost their life at the hands of their partner. The shirts are decorated by the survivors themselves or their loved ones.

This year Simmons College celebrated the 20th anniversary of The Clothesline Project in honor of alumna and domestic violence victim, Betsy McCandless. Betsy graduated from Simmons College in 1971 and went on to earn her master's degree in counseling.

When she was 42-years-old, she met the "man of her dreams" and was married within three months. Her husband almost immediately started beating her. He stole her money, her car and her self-esteem. After six months she escaped and went into hiding. One day after attending her support group, she was feeling confident and decided to return to her apartment to retrieve her mail. Her then ex-husband was there waiting for her. Tragically, Betsy was the victim of a murder-suicide.

The Clothesline Project at Simmons College is organized by Betsy's Friends, an organization on campus committed to spreading awareness and educating students about healthy relationships, domestic violence and sexual assault. Every year Betsy's Friends puts together a program for The Clothesline Project which remembers Betsy and other victims of domestic and sexual assault.


steve.jpgBetsy's brother, Board of Trustees Member Stephen McCandless, talks about his sister and how Simmons is educating students about domestic violence and what to do if they find themselves in a violent situation.
If you or someone you know needs help dealing with cases of domestic violence or sexual assault, please call the Simmons College Counseling Center Staff at 617-521-2455 or send them an email to set up an appointment.

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More than 500 guests came back to the Simmons campus for last week's Reunion Weekend. Class years ending in "1" and "6" participated in an outdoor barbecue, watched a brownie bake-off, and attended the awards luncheon on Saturday. Members from the class of 2001, 1961, and 1971 were strongly represented. We sat down with a few of our alumnae to hear about what Simmons was like "back then". Take a peek at these inspiring tales from years past.


From misunderstanding to friendship

2011 Commencement Holly and Caitlin '01 talk about how their long time friendship began in an unusual way. The girls say their time at Simmons was the best experience of their lives (second to the birth of Caitlin's daughter).


Simmons during the Vietnam War

2011 CommencementPaula Ganzi and Elaine Zetes '71 say attending Simmons during the Vietnam War era was a tumultuous time. Students threw out most traditions and were encouraged to attend demonstrations and protests by professors. They feel this experience really brought them together. In fact, a group of 10 women from the class of 1971 recently went on a reunion trip to Bermuda!

Continue reading Reunion Weekend reminds alumnae of the good ol' days.



May Day

May is finally here and on Sunday, May 1, Simmons held its 99th annual May Day celebration. May Day is Simmons's oldest student tradition when sophomores wake the graduating senior class at the break of dawn and perform a maypole dance. Other festivities include a tree planting in honor of the graduating class to signify their lasting impact on the College followed by a strawberry shortcake breakfast.

Keeping up with traditions is a way to remember the significant history of the College. May Day especially serves as a reminder of how drastically times have changed for women since the tradition began in 1912.

Jeanie Goddard '69 gave an inspiring speech to undergraduates, offering her words of wisdom and insight for their future:

Wisdom needs to be prodded by the urgency and single-mindedness of youth. So, I urge you as you go out into the larger world beyond Simmons to seize that role of risking all for principle, for justice, for truth. Help those of us who might be mired in the limits of the present world by dreaming the dreams of what does not yet exist.

Watch a full video of her speech here.

For up to date information on campus activities, follow Stormy the Shark on Twitter and like Campus Life on Facebook.


772356138.jpg It's Sexual Assault Awareness month, and the Simmons chapter of Girls' LEAP is doing its part to raise awareness.

We sat down with program member Jackie Hernandez '12 to talk about Youth Speak Out, a youth-led interactive workshop to raise awareness about how common violence is in the lives of young women, and why it is important to speak out on the issue.

"I think what people don't know is that sexual violence against women is usually by someone the victim knows. Most people think it's a stranger you meet down a creepy alleyway. 86% of sexually assaulted women aged 12-17 knew their attacker."

That is certainly an alarming statistic! The event is being led by teen mentors who work with Simmons students at schools throughout the Boston area to empower young women. The program teaches girls self defense, self reflective skills, saying no, setting personal boundaries, and self confidence.

Continue reading Girls' LEAP speaks out on violence against women.


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.


It's a rainy day here at Simmons, so to cheer ourselves up, Amanda and I made a list of our favorite places on campus. Click on the slideshow above to see what we came up with. Agree? Disagree? What are your favorite spots?


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