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With graduation only a few months away, students are considering what they want to do with their post-college life. Many students have a passion for exploring new places and decide to work and travel abroad. The experience can really make an applicant stand out when applying to jobs in the future. Employers value applicants that bring a unique global perspective to the company. So, where should you look? We asked the Study Abroad Office for some suggestions on the best organizations to go through for seniors who want to work and travel abroad after graduation.

BUNAC

BUNAC offers students and young professionals the opportunity to work and intern in Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, and Canada. The organization has packages that can include: securing the necessary visas, assistance with job or internship placement, informational orientation, special flight deals, emergency assistance and airport transfer.

Work and Travel Ireland

With Work and Travel Ireland, students and young professional can work anywhere in Ireland for up to four months for the summer program and 12 months for the year-long program. You can apply and enter the year-long program at anytime throughout the year, and the organization will help you with job and housing placement and social events on holidays and weekends.

JET Programme

The Japanese Exchange and Teaching Programme has opportunities to go to Japan and become an assistant language teacher, a coordinator for international relations or a sports exchange advisor. In 2011, the JET Programme had 4,330 participants from 39 countries.

Cultural Vistas

Cultural Vistas offers young professionals the opportunity to do work-study, fellowships, internships and professional training programs in Russia, Germany, Switzerland, and Japan. The programs emphasize the need to understand cultural differences to succeed in an increasingly global world.

Want to stay in the United States? Teach For America

Teach for America recruits graduating seniors to commit to working for at least two years in a low income school system in 43 regions throughout the United States. Corps members teach pre-k through 12th grade and will teach a variety of subjects.

To learn more, call 617-521-2128 or email studyabroad@simmons.edu to set up an appointment with the Simmons Study Abroad Office. Follow the Study Abroad Office on Twitter and "Like" the Facebook page to keep up with current news and interact with other students interested in traveling and working abroad.



successconnection.jpgPublic health major Rebecca Walmer '12 with her mentor Kathie Westpheling '71.

Research from the American Society of Training & Development shows that 75% of executives point to mentoring as playing a key role in their careers. But how does one find the right mentor and gain professional exposure?

The Simmons Success Connection Program is a unique job-shadowing and mentoring opportunity that matches current seniors with highly accomplished Simmons alumnae. We had the chance to chat with Rebecca Walmer '12, a current Success Connection mentee from Farmington, ME, who is majoring in public health. Through the program, Rebecca was connected with Kathie Westpheling '71, executive director at the Association of Clinicians for the Underserved.

Q. What made you decide to sign up for the Success Connection program?
I was abroad when I signed up for the Success Connection program, and I was feeling really unsure about what I wanted to do after graduation. I lacked a practical understanding of the demands in public health, and I was at a point where I needed exposure and feedback from someone in the field.
Q. Why do you think mentorships are important?
A good mentorship is important because it gives you the opportunity to learn from an individual who has the knowledge base to answer questions and provide career guidance. Developing a relationship and maintaining contact is beneficial for both the mentor and mentee.
Q. How did your mentorship relate to your professional interests?
I was matched with Kathie Westpheling '71 MPH. Kathie is an experienced non-profit executive director and advocate for health equity with long-time interests in nutrition and prevention. This placement aligned particularly well with my own interests and career goals, as well as my passion for health disparities and underserved populations. Through her work with the Association of Clinicians for the Underserved, Kathie has improved the development and support of health care clinicians serving these populations. I also had the opportunity to shadow Kathie at Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), an organization that provides a better understanding of health care information and management systems.

Continue reading Success Connection mentorship program prepares students for career success.



nutrition.jpgBetsy Corsiglia and Jen Stallings, nutrition graduate students in the School of Nursing and Health Sciences, designed a nutrition program called "Eating Well on a Tight Budget" that helps senior citizens improve their eating habits. The program offers tips on good nutrition, cooking for one, and how to shop for food on a small budget.

The students developed the program as their thesis project for a class taught by Nutrition Professor and Chair Nancie Herbold. They worked closely with their advisor, Nutrition Professor Teresa Fung, best known for her national research involving the DASH Diet.

This month, Betsy and Jen had the opportunity to introduce their nutrition program to seniors by hosting several lectures and demos at various senior centers located on Martha's Vineyard.

Read more about their success in Martha's Vineyard Times: Martha's Vineyard seniors learn to eat well, spend less.


Interested in learning more about Simmons' student and faculty research? Like Simmons Graduate School of Nursing and Health Sciences on Facebook!

Photo courtesy of Martha's Vineyard Times




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.


EvePerformingVaginaMons.jpgThe United Nations Development Fund for Women reports that one out of every three women in the world will personally experience physical or sexual violence. The statistics are alarming, and several organizations are advocating for change and awareness.

In 1996, playwright and activist Eve Ensler created The Vagina Monologues, an episodic play that focuses on the stories of real women and their views on sex, relationships, and violence. The production was groundbreaking and it inspired her to create "V-Day," a global activist movement to stop violence against women and girls.

Ensler was Simmons' 2006 Commencement speaker, and the College honored her with an Honorary Doctorate of Communications. Her monologues production is now an annual tradition on campus.

"The monologues are extremely important for the Simmons community because they empower women to speak openly about their lives, experiences, and bodies -- something society encourages women not to do," says Sarah Cyr-Mutty '12, president of the Sexuality, Women, and Gender (SWAG) Center. "They also raise awareness and money to stop violence against women, which is a problem that concerns everyone who is part of a community that prides itself on being women-focused."

This year, Simmons will be splitting the proceeds from the event between the V-Day Foundation and The Women's Lunch Place, a daytime shelter that provides nutritious meals and a safe haven to over 150 homeless women and their children a day.

Continue reading Students perform Vagina Monologues to raise awareness of violence against women.




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This year, during winter break, 33 students from 17 different majors spent their winter break on campus developing solutions to empower women living in poverty. This year's theme was "At the Edge of Poverty: Empowering Women to Change Their Lives and Their Worlds." Students were grouped into nine teams and worked for two straight weeks on their local responses to this global issue.

The teams were able to envision and execute a variety of solutions that ranged from mentorships to video and advertising campaigns, demonstrating what dedicated women can do when they work together to focus on doing good for their communities.

The two weeks began with workshops and brainstorming sessions. Each team presented their ideas to other teams and faculty advisors, advice was given, and they set out to shape their ideas into actionable plans. After weeks in the library, researching, writing, building, and editing, the teams presented their final solutions.


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Team 1: De-stigmatizing poverty workshop for children.
A 6-week course that talks to children, openly and honestly, about poverty with the goal of de-stigmaztizing their perceptions and assumptions of poverty. The team developed a curriculum for teaching students that poverty has no face and anyone with the drive and willingness can rise out of poverty.


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Team 2: Students 4 Success
Students 4 Success is a full-day college workshop for high school girls in their junior year. The team developed a full day curriculum in which students are encouraged to apply to college. They receive help with the common application and practice college interviewing and essay writing skills.


Continue reading Simmons World Challenge: Students spend winter break solving world problems.


Simmons College Radio has received three nominations for broadcast excellence from the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System (IBS). The station has been named a national finalist for:

Most Innovative Programming in College Radio - "Globalization on a Shoestring" [UPDATE: Globalization on a Shoestring won 1st place!]

Best Live Music Broadcast - "The Jon Herington Band"


Watch The Jon Herington Band perform in the Trustman Art Gallery

Best Celebrity Interview - "CK Our Way & Alexz Johnson"

The winners in each category will be announced March 3 at the 72nd Annual Intercollegiate Broadcasting System International Radio & Webcasting Conference in New York.

IBS has announced that the station also will be presented with a "Golden Microphone Award for Broadcast Excellence" for the third year in a row.

This year's national competition drew close to 250 entries from more than two dozen colleges and universities including, Northwestern, Hofstra, and DePaul.

For more information, contact station manager Len Mailloux. Be sure to like Simmons College Radio on Facebook and listen live at www.backbone.com/simmons.


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Statistics show that women influence or make 86% of American consumer purchases, but 90% of women say advertisers don't understand them at all.

The Super Bowl is one of the biggest arenas for advertisers and many people tune in specifically for the commercials. For years, advertisers have embraced the philosophy that "sex sells" and NPR recently identified sex as one of the three hidden themes of this year's Super Bowl ads.

Now thanks to social media and the Super Bowl #NotBuyingIt Campaign (by the same organization that brought you the Miss Representation documentary), viewers on Sunday were encouraged to share their thoughts via Twitter on which advertisements they found sent a false representation of gender roles by tweeting #NotBuyingIt.

While some ads left a positive impression, others made audiences question who the ads were targeted for and their affect on society's perception of women. The ads that caused the most backlash on social media were Teleflora's "give and you shall receive" ad and Go Daddy's "body paint" ad.

Join in on the conversation! What are your favorite commercials and which ones make you want to tweet #NotBuyingIt?



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There are definitely some myths out there about what it's like to attend a women's college. Some people think it's like being in a convent. Others will say that you'll never make any friends, or get a job in the real world. Believe us, we've heard them all.

But are they fact or just fiction?

Watch this week's Woman on Campus video, where Sarah Galvez '15 addresses some of the most common misconceptions you might hear about attending a women's college.

Want to learn more?

Check out Get the Facts: Why Choose a Women's College.

Be sure to follow Sarah on her adventures as a women's college student on Twitter @WomanOnCampus.


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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