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What an incredible week to be at Simmons!
And we all know another series of events joined not only the Simmons community, but all of Boston, in joyful celebration this week. With historic Fenway Park just steps away, baseball playoff excitement has been palpable on campus for weeks. Now our students will have a front-row seat for the traditional duck boat parade on Saturday to welcome home their world champion Red Sox.
Our Woman on Campus, Sarah Galvez, explored what it means to be a sports fan in Boston. See what students had to say:
He lists numerous advantages to living in Boston, including direct access to world-class museums, parks, and internship and job opportunities. He also encourages students to volunteer and get involved with local politics.
There are several ways Simmons students can stay connected with the city to make their time in Boston both safe, and rewarding. You can start by following the Mayor's "Break the Bubble" student initiative on Twitter @brkthebubble, and by visiting the student section on the City of Boston website. To report any issues or problems, you can call the city's 24-hour hotline at 617-635-4500 or download the Citizen's Connect smartphone app.
We love that we're located right in the heart of Boston, and we hope our students do, too! Check out our list of the top six things to do in Boston (while the weather is still nice!), and watch Sarah Galvez '15, Woman on Campus, as she shows you her favorite places in Boston. To learn more about our Boston-area volunteer opportunities, visit the Scott/Ross Center for Community Service website.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
Photo by Chris Wood
Photo by Brandon Baunach
Continue reading Six things to do in Boston this summer.
Many students say they decided to attend Simmons because it just "felt right" when they first visited the campus. It's often hard to communicate that feeling, so it's important to come and visit Simmons to experience it for yourself. Meeting professors, talking to current students, and seeing what it's really like to attend a women's college in Boston will have a major impact on your decision. Here are four reasons to come visit the Simmons College campus:
- Get to know Boston.
Boston is a big city with more than 40 colleges and universities. Many students choose to come to Boston because of the vibrant college life. But, it's important to see where in the city you'd be living. Get to know the Fenway neighborhood. Walk down the street to Fenway Park or next door to the Museum of Fine Arts. Take the T to the Prudential Center and do some shopping. Decide if you can picture yourself living here for the next four years.
- Meet the professors.
If you come visit Simmons, you have the option to sit it on a class and see one of our amazing professors in action. Simmons is a small college with a 13:1 student to faculty ratio. Our professors really get to know their students and care about their academic performance. Get to know Simmons professors!
- Get a sense of the community.
We know there are many preconceived notions about women's colleges. Come see for yourself what it's really like. See if you get that "just right" feeling like so many other students do when they experience Simmons-ness for themselves.
- See the campus.
Moving out on your own for the first time can be scary, especially moving to a major city. The Simmons campus takes every precaution to keep you safe. The residence campus is a gated community with nine residence halls, an athletic center, and a dining hall. Take a tour and test out the food. Talk to students about what campus life is like and see the dorms.
You can plan your visit to Simmons online. In the meantime, contact your admission counselor with any questions, and be sure to Like Simmons on Facebook and follow the College on Twitter to hear from and interact with other prospective and current students.
The Greater Boston area is home to 4.5 million people, and with its rich culture and top ranked universities, it's no surprise that many people find themselves falling in love with the city. It truly has the best of everything!
We've compiled a list of the top 10 categories where Boston has consistently dominated in national rankings. See where Boston compares to other U.S. cities in Travel + Leisure's list of "America's Favorites Cities."
- Best College Town
There are more than 250,000 college students in Boston and Cambridge area. What sets Boston apart from most college towns is that while every college has its own identity, students collaborate and interact with the Boston college community as a whole. Need more convincing? Check out this short video tour of Boston.
- Most Innovative
Boston ranked as the most innovative city in the world and is home to numerous startups and technology focused companies. At Simmons, innovative thinking is embraced across all majors, and the School of Management's entrepreneurship program is ranked one of the top 25 programs in the entire nation. It's no wonder this year's annual Simmons Leadership Conference is focused on "Innovation and Impact" of women leaders.
- Historical Sites and Monuments
The city played a prominent role in the American Revolution and is rooted in history. You're almost always surrounded by historical sites, and you often forget when you're walking along the Freedom Trail or passing by Old South Meeting House.
Continue reading The best of Boston.
This week has been perfect for enjoying the best of what Boston has to offer during the fall. The leaves are still bursting with color, reminding us New Englanders why we put up with the cold, frigid winter. We took notice and set out to capture some of Boston's prettiest fall spots.
The Scott/Ross Center for Community Service (S/RC) celebrated its 10th anniversary of service to the community yesterday. The center has been integral in connecting Simmons students with volunteer and service learning opportunities. It works with more than 60 community-based organizations and provides countless ways for students to get involved, make a difference, and learn leadership skills.
In honor of this event, Mayor Menino has named the week of October 17 to October 21, Scott/Ross Center for Community service week!
Simmons has been connecting students with service opportunities for more than 100 years, but the Scott/Ross Center for Community Service was established ten years ago with the help and oversight of Board of Trustees member Emily Scott Pottruck '78. The S/RC has consistently been named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll and is the only school in Massachusetts to receive this "Honor with Distinction" four times.
We all know Boston weather is crazy and unpredictable. One January day it could be 63 degrees and the next we could be getting dumped with 19 inches of snow. Winter in Boston is made for those who relish the change. We know the day after that 19 inches of snow falls, the area will look like these photos. Since most of our students are still making their way back to campus, we thought we'd share these photos, so no one feels left out.
Do you have winter photos to share? Post your photos to Facebook or Flickr or tweet them to @SimmonsCollege. If we get enough, maybe, we'll publish your photos on the blog.
We caught up with the Simmons Sirens, the a capella group on campus, and we had the opportunity to record them singing a lovely winter song. It definitely puts us in the mood for snow and ice skating (Frog Pond!), and we hope it does the same for you.
What are your favorite things about winter?
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.