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Welcome to 300 The Fenway's latest installment of "Where are they now?", a feature that chronicles the amazing things Simmons College women are accomplishing after graduation.

Meet Michaela Eichenbaum '10, an adventurer at heart who has made her passion for action sports her career. She graduated from Simmons in 2010 with a B.A. in Communications and decided to move from her hometown of Portsmouth, New Hampshire to sunny San Diego, California.

She currently works as an art intern for SURFING Magazine while managing freelance graphic design and photography projects for various clients.


What is a typical day like at your job?
Out of everything I do, my unpaid internship is hands down my favorite, and there is nothing typical about it! I report to the art director and he gives me a couple of projects per day, anything from designing web banners, to organizing and preparing photos and files, to creating sponsor banners and advertisements for events (for example, I recently created a banner to represent SURFING Magazine at the Newport Film Festival).

The team here is very small, so I am learning up close and personal the creative process behind making a magazine.

What was the job application process like for you?
When they tell you it's all about who you know, they aren't kidding. I asked a good friend and mentor of mine if he had any contacts at the magazines in SoCal. He is an amazing action sports photographer who has done a lot of freelance work for many different surf magazines. He gave me the associate photo editor's contact info at SURFING and I shot him a short email explaining my deal and attached my resume. He then put me in touch with the art director.

They were hiring an associate art director at the time, I applied for that, but didn't get the job. I heard back from the Art Director about a month or so later asking if I would be interested in an internship (um, yeah!) I interviewed with him and started the following week.

Continue reading Where are they now? Michaela Eichenbaum '10 at SURFING Magazine in San Diego.

maguire.jpgMore than 400 scholars, critics, and literary professionals are expected to attend the 39th Annual Children's Literature Association Conference hosted by Simmons College and featuring renown author Gregory Maguire. Maguire is a Simmons alumnus and former children's literature professor whose book Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West was adapted into a hit Broadway play.

The three-day national conference will be held June 14-16 and Maguire will deliver the distinguished Francelia Butler Lecture on Friday, June 15.

SIMMONS Magazine recently caught up with Maguire who credits Simmons with expanding his literary viewpoint while also honing his skills as an author and storyteller:

"I had splendid professors at Simmons: kind, devoted to students individually, knowledgeable without being lofty, inclusive," says Maguire. "They taught me, by their example, not just to know the subject, but to know how to think further, ask deeper questions, and, incidentally, quite a bit about how to teach."

Continue reading Wicked author Gregory Maguire speaks at national Children's Literature Conference held at Simmons College.

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