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victoria_edited.jpg Victoria J. Nasanga '12
Major: Psychology
Activities: Simmons Dance Company, Black Student Organization
Education prior to Simmons: Salem State University, 59 credits transferred over

Why did you decide to transfer to Simmons?

Victoria: I have always wanted to come to Simmons, but as a high school student I was unable to finish the process of applying because of certain circumstances that were going on in my life at the time. Simmons was always my first choice, though, and now that I'm here I appreciate the fact that the College offers so many different opportunities for me to explore my horizons. I plan on studying abroad while at Simmons and completing an internship next summer.

Were you nervous about transferring?

Continue reading Meet Victoria, junior transfer student.


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"What do you want to do with your life?"

Ever been asked that question? Ever had no idea how to answer that question? Too bad there isn't a magical career genie that comes along and tells you, "This is the career path for you. You will succeed in this, and you will love what you do."

Continue reading Road Trips to the Real World.


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A couple weeks ago, I had a guest blogger contribute a post to 300 The Fenway. Variety is the spice of life, right? In keeping the tradition alive, today's post is brought to you by another guest blogger from Writing/Editing Across Media, junior Shi Su.

Shi writes a quirky and often hilarious blog called Culture Shock, in which she recounts the many funny stories that have happened to her since living in the U.S. as an international student from China. The following is from Shi's post, Digest? Dissect!

English is a really interesting language, especially when someone fails in using the proper English word.

Sometimes I don't think before I say anything. When being asked what to add to the hamburger by the Fens' staff, I sometimes accidently say "potato" while I point at the tomatoes. I would receive a strange look from that person, and be told that they do not have potatoes. Then I would ask for tomatoes. Since I have done this several times, and our conversations were always short, I guess the impression I left on the staff is probably "this Asian has a weird taste."

Sometimes, however, the seemingly minor mistakes cause more than confusion.

Continue reading Culture Shock: Digest? Dissect!.


sonya.jpgSonya Kojevnikov '13
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Major: Nursing
Activities: Model UN; COF Dance Project; Real Life Boston Christian Fellowship; Work Study

I had the pleasure of meeting Sonya about a week before she was scheduled to be a student panelist at our November Open House. Although it was our first meeting, I felt like we were old friends catching up over a cup of coffee. She's laid-back, extremely articulate, and she offers a unique perspective on the whole "going to a women's college" thing. Plus, she made it past her first year as a nursing major... and lives to tell the tale!

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You're in your second year of nursing. How's it going?

Sonya: It's going well! I struggled a bit during second semester of my first year, but I think in general that semester is the hardest because you've gotten over the excitement of the first semester then you realize there's still four months to go.

But, I got a lot of help from faculty, student life, and basically everyone. It's definitely great that I'm here because if I had struggled as much anywhere else, I have a feeling I would've been dropped by the wayside.

Have you completed your science requirements?

Continue reading Meet Sonya, sophomore nursing student.


Andrea Davis '12 created this video as an assignment for her Communications Technologies class. Professor Judith Richland says it was the first time many of the students had shot and edited video. We were very impressed with Andrea's multimedia skills, and even more impressed with her unique passion.

As kids, some of us dream of being rockstars and traveling the world. How many of us actually do it? Andrea, originally from Connecticut, knew she wanted to play the drums at the age of five, and as a member of two different bands, has performed more than 75 shows throughout the New England area.

Currently a music major at Simmons, Andrea plans to become a professional musician and actually do what most of secretly wish we could: travel and tour the world. Jealous, huh?

We're always looking for students with unique stories to tell. Let us know if there's someone you think is worthy of a blog highlight.


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On Wednesday, Nov. 10, Simmons students (especially undeclared sophomores!) have a chance to discover what each of our academic departments has to offer, including majors and minors; career opportunities; internships; student and faculty liaisons; and course listings. The event, A Major Shopping Trip, will be held from 3:30 - 5 p.m. in the Fens Cafeteria.

Some of Simmons' most popular undergraduate majors include Nursing, Communications, and Psychology. However, we have more than 40 majors, minors, and programs to choose from, such as Health Informatics, Africana Studies, and Environmental Science, to name a few. Members from all programs will be available at Wednesday's fair to answer questions and provide resources.

If you're a student trying to choose a major or a staff member interested in learning more about Simmons' academic programs, the fair is a great opportunity to "shop" through our programs. After all, who doesn't love options?


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A special congratulations goes out to alumna Nikki Cohen '08! The former member of the Simmons basketball team has signed a contract to play professional basketball for the Israeli team Hapoel Be'er Tuviya. Nikki is the first Simmons graduate ever to play pro basketball overseas! Not surprising, considering she is quite a globetrotter.

After graduating from Simmons, Nikki lived in Barcelona, where she played for an amateur basketball league with a Bolivian team. She then moved to Israel as part of a five-month volunteer program to teach English at a local high school in Ashdod. Needless to say, it wasn't long after arriving in Israel that she got in touch with Maccabi Ashdod, Ashdod's professional basketball team.

Read more about Nikki's journey to the pros.


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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.


The Simmons crew team finished 16th in the Women's Collegiate Eight at the Charles River Regatta last weekend, overtaking rowing teams from Wesleyan, Colby, and Tufts. It is the highest placing and fastest time in this event for Simmons. The Sharks placed 23rd in the Collegiate Four.

Head coach Nik Kurmakov talked about the importance of this regatta for the team:

For us, [The Charles River Regatta] is preparation for the spring. So, we can figure out who we'll compete against in the spring season from other Division III schools before the NCAA qualification regatta.

The team finished their fall season this weekend, placing second at the Seven Sisters Regatta on the Connecticut River. Coming in just behind Wellesley College, Simmons beat out Smith College, Mount Holyoke, and Bryn Mawr College.

The Sharks will return for the spring season on March 10 in Melbourne, Florida. After the enormous success during the fall, we are very excited to see how the rest of the year goes.


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Photo by David Colantuono

Did you know that our undergraduate admission counselors spend the majority of the fall traveling to college fairs across the U.S.? It's one of the best ways for them to meet with high school students who may be interested in attending Simmons.

Admission Counselor Kathy Strand recently was spotted talking to prospective students at the 46th All-Cape College Fair in Barnstable, Mass. The fair was held at Barnstable High School, where students and their families had the opportunity to meet with more than 200 colleges and universities, including Simmons. Mary Bellamy, college counselor at Cape Cod Academy and chairwoman of the fair said:

"[The college fair] allows [students] to make a personal contact with an admissions representative who may handle their application. It allows them to ask any questions they have about the process to the representative of that college."

Simmons counselors make it a priority to attend as many college fairs as possible so that everyone has an opportunity to learn more about Simmons. Check out our events map to see where they'll be next!

Read more from "The College Application Game".


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