October 2012 Archives
Watch: Highlights from the 2012 Simmons Leadership Conference: Innovation & Impact.
Ticket are now on sale for the 2013 Simmons Leadership Conference to be held at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston on April 2, 2013. This year's theme is Women of Influence, and the day-long conference will feature program sessions focused on skill-building, networking, and knowledge exchange with inspiring women leaders.
Continue reading Registration now open for the 2013 Simmons Leadership Conference.
Simmons College recently hosted its inaugural student-led Gender, Justice, and Social Entrepreneurship Conference, sponsored by the Simmons School of Management and the College of Arts and Sciences. This year's conference was focused on discussing the intersection of gender and food justice and brought together more than 150 members of the Simmons community.
Considering Simmons' strong commitment to finding innovative solutions to social change, with a specific focus on developing women leaders, the conference was an ideal fit for the community. Adding to the uniqueness of the conference, it was a student-led initiative. There was an application process at the end of spring semester, and three full-time and three part-time students were selected by professors to work on all aspects of developing the conference from May until October.
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 Megan Johnson from the Class of 2007. Megan graduated from Simmons with B.A. in English and minors in East Asian studies and history, and is now a writer for the Boston Herald's Insider Track. Since working at the Boston Herald, Megan has made her mark covering the Boston celebrity scene, and was featured in Stuff Magazine's "30 under 30 and Overachieving" list. We had the chance to chat with Megan and get a glimpse into her fast-paced career.
- What is a typical day like at your job?
- There really is no typical day at my job. I work for a column called the Inside Track, which follows celebrities, politicians, athletes, etc. Each day we have to come up with a column for the next day's newspaper. So every morning, we start with almost nothing.
Usually, I wake up and read my emails and all the sites where I get my news, I check Twitter for tips, and keep my eyes open for interesting stories. I'm in the office around noon, at which point I'm continuing to stalk Twitter and the internet for stories; interviewing subjects; fielding calls; doing random administrative stuff; and attempting to plan what our section is going to have in the paper the next day.
- What was the job application process like for you?
- My job application process was not traditional. I was unemployed for awhile before I started at the Boston Herald. I worked freelance and taught English as a Second Language, but I didn't have full time work for a long time. When I met the girl who had my job before me, I instantly thought, "That would be the perfect job for me!" We became friendly, and ultimately, when she was ready to leave, she got me an interview along with three other candidates.
I had been on so many job interviews since I graduated, but I remember the night before I came in for the interview, I was watching "Wall Street" where Charlie Sheen says, "Your life comes down to just a few moments. This is one of them." I just remember thinking that line as I walked into the Herald, where I previously had two other horrible job interviews (for other gigs). I was so focused; just so adamant that this job was mine. I presented my binder of all my published clips to my bosses, and just tried to act like myself. The day before I found out whether or not I got the job, I was so wrought with anxiety. When my boss called and said, "Are you sure you're willing to work this job for next to nothing?!" I said "yes, yes yes!"
- What is your favorite part of your job?
- I have so many favorite parts. I love to write, of course, so getting paid to do that is wonderful. But, being able to meet and interview notable people I look up to is a great experience. I love that every day is an adventure. Sometimes I think I'm going to have a slow day, and I end up chasing the Bruins around town as they carry the Stanley Cup in a baby carriage.
Simmons is fortunate to be located in what some consider "Boston's secret little neighborhood", an area that offers a mix of museums, historic landmarks, and music venues. The Fenway neighborhood is often associated with the city's beloved Red Sox, but did you know it's also home to numerous cultural, medical, and academic institutions?
Opening our Doors, an annual event organized by The Fenway Alliance, aims to highlight the neighborhood's vibrancy. The festival is held each year on Columbus Day and is considered the largest single day cultural experience in Boston. And it's free! Opening our Doors drew a crowd last year of more than 14,000 people and it's expected to attract even more attendees for this year's October 8 celebration.
Continue reading Fenway neighborhood opens its doors to Boston community.
Simmons College is getting ready to host two major undergraduate open houses this fall, along with a slew of other admission information sessions, and Woman on Campus Sarah Galvez '15 has the scoop on what visitors can expect when they attend. Watch!
Register now to attend an open house and you'll have the opportunity to talk with current students and professors, and learn more about the application and financial aid process: