Meet Isis from California
Isis Espinosa '13
Hometown: Richmond, California
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.
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?
Isis: To be honest, I fell in love with Boston first. I knew that I wanted to study here because Boston is known as the best college town in the country, and I was excited to be in a place filled with students and college-centered events and activities. Plus, my parents liked the idea of me being in an environment that was focused on school and the college experience, even if it was six hours of travel on an airplane.
But, when I was looking at schools in Boston, Simmons really stuck out to me because of their willingness to reach out to prospective students. The admission staff was so patient with me and they understood that I had a lot of questions and was nervous about choosing the right school. They were willing to talk to me for a long time and gave me as much information as I needed, without hesitation.
Now that you've made it through your first year, do you think you made the right choice?
Isis: As soon as I came to Simmons I know it was the right choice because of how easy it was to reach out to people. For example, when I needed help editing an essay I would make an appointment at the Writing Center and they would be available the very next day. As a first year, I was still unsure about choosing a major and a career path, so I went to the Career Education Center. They've been working with me ever since to explore all of my options and interests.
The classes are my favorite, though. It's nice to know that my professors recognize me and we can have a simple "Hey, how-are-you" conversation as I grab a coffee at the cafe. Simmons is like a family - we are all here to help each other out. What more can I ask for as a student coming from the opposite side of the country than the ability to call somewhere my second home? Simmons has become that for me.
What's your favorite thing about Boston?
Isis: My favorite thing about Boston is the T (the public transportation system). I fell in love with it because it's so easy to get around the city and it's so cheap! One of my main priorities when I first arrived to Boston (besides making new friends) was to explore what the city had to offer. From going to Chinatown to shopping on Newbury Street to having the best pasta in the North End, the T keeps you connected to wherever you'd like to be.
How do you like living in a city that's full of college students?Isis: It's very entertaining. College students here are so full of character. You easily feel part of the community and know that you can relate to anyone. It's so fun!
What do you like to do in your free time?
Isis: I love to go to Haymarket! It has the best and the cheapest produce. I would recommend that everyone go. I also (of course) love to hang out with friends and go to parties around the city. One of my favorite memories of my freshman year was walking down Newbury Street on a wintery night drinking Dunkin' Donuts hot chocolate with my friends.
What are your goals for the future?
Well, there you have it. Why travel across the country to attend college? Two words: Simmons and Boston. Isis, we definitely think you made the right choice.