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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!

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.

Photo by Brandon Baunach
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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