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Watch: 107th Simmons College Commencement Highlights 2012

American writer Ralph Ellison states: It takes a deep commitment to change and an even deeper commitment to grow. And as we began our career at Simmons, we made the decision to change and without knowing, we embarked on a journey of growth. - Undergraduate Student Speaker Tatiana Johnson '12

On Friday, May 18, 2012, Simmons College conferred more than 1,200 degrees during its 107th Commencement ceremonies. Speakers Maria Hinojosa, award-winning journalist and managing editor of NPR's Latino USA, and Carla Harris, managing director in the strategic client group at Morgan Stanley Investment Management, imparted valuable advice to Class of 2012 graduates who are leaving Simmons to embark on the next chapter in their lives.

Read on to relive the memorable day through videos, photos, and more!

Continue reading Highlights from Simmons College Commencement 2012.

Faces of the Future student Sandy Lor '14 talks about how she has grown academically and personally during her first two years at Simmons.

Our Faces of the Future students from the Class of 2014 are halfway through their college careers. It seems like only yesterday these four accomplished women agreed to blog about their Simmons College experiences. The transformation they have made in the past two years has been incredible to experience with each woman.

To follow along as they compete for athletic championships, conduct chemistry research, excel in academics and lead clubs and organizations has been thrilling. We can't wait to see where the next two years (and beyond) will take them.

Visit the Faces of the Future blog to catch up with Sandy, Tania, Naomi, and Andree.

Our seniors are graduating on Friday, May 18, and although we are sad to see them go, we wish them the best of luck in the future. Many of our soon-to-be graduates already have jobs lined up. Some will be traveling near, and some far. Either way, we know they will go out and make a difference in the world.

To our graduating seniors: Don't forget Simmons when you leave this place, and please keep us updated with what's happening in your life. Like us on Facebook, Follow us on Twitter, and join the alumnae/i network to keep in touch. Best of luck and congratulations!


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!

Simmons student presenters in San Diego with Chemistry and Physics Professor Michael Berger.

At Simmons, science and research go hand in hand. Recently, 18 chemistry and biochemistry majors -- including first-year students -- traveled to San Diego to present their science research to more than 16,000 chemistry industry professionals at the 243rd National Meeting and Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS), considered the premier gathering for the chemistry field in the country.

Chemistry Professor Rich Gurney says the students made such an impression at the conference, themed "Chemistry for Life," that many thought they were graduate students--or even faculty members!

Continue reading Simmons science majors present their research at national chemistry conference.

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.

photo.JPGWelcome to 300 The Fenway's first installment of "Where are they now?", a new feature that chronicles the amazing women who graduated from Simmons College. This series offers you a glimpse into the fast-paced careers of recent Simmons alumnae, their life after college, and the lessons they learned along the way. You'll read about nurses at nationally ranked hospitals; newspaper journalists covering celebrity news; creative managers for national advertising campaigns, and more!

First up is Jacqueline Doherty from the Class of 2011. Jacqueline transferred to Simmons during the fall of her junior year and she graduated with a B.A. in Marketing from the Simmons School of Management. She currently works as an assistant account executive at the national advertising agency, Hill Holliday. Hill Holliday has won numerous awards for advertising excellence and made Advertising Age's list of Best Places to Work. Their roster of clients include leading national brands such as Anheuser-Busch, Dunkin' Donuts, Bank of America, and Liberty Mutual.

What is a typical day like at your job?
I work in the Account Service Department of the agency, so I spend my days attending meetings and staying on top of all the projects that are currently being worked on for my client. I also do a lot of back end work to make sure all of the ads that are in a live environment are performing to the best of their ability and I troubleshoot any problems that may arise. And of course, I surf the internet to stay on top of all the work other brands are putting out.

What was the job application process like for you?
In the spring semester of my senior year I interned for the same team I now work on at Hill Holiday. Upon graduation, I was contacted by the agency when a spot on the team opened up. From there I began the interview process and landed my current position!

What is your favorite part of your job?
There are so many awesome aspects of my job, but I think my favorite part would be seeing an advertisement produced by my agency (whether I have helped work on it or not) on TV, the radio, online, etc. You can appreciate the final product more when you know how much hard work went into it. Not everyone works in a job where they can see the tangible "fruits of their labor."

How did you know the organization was a good fit for you?
I knew the organization was the right place for me when I met the people I would be working with. My coworkers are all so smart, but they also know how to have a good time. Everyone puts a big effort into making strong relationships with each other, and we genuinely care about each other's well-being.

What was your favorite class at Simmons? Why?
Consumer Behavior (MGMT 230) with Professor Jill Avery. I loved this class because I learned so much about myself as a consumer, and what other consumers find valuable or not. It was so interesting to learn where consumers talk about the brands they engage with and how marketers can use this information to develop a stronger brand strategy.

Continue reading Where Are They Now? Jacqueline Doherty '11 works at top U.S. advertising agency.

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