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Can you believe it's almost October? It's unbelievable. I don't even know what date it is. Although this semester is off to a full swing, I am quite nervous because all of my big assignments seem to be during one week! Thank goodness for planners! Luckily I landed my second internship at Planned Parenthood & I am absolutely loving it. It does make me really sad that people are protesting outside on most days though, we do so much good work! I wish people understood. Anyway, it is rainy, and freezing all of a sudden, so I'm officially packing the dresses and shorts away for the fall! Time to go grab Panera & read.

Staff from Facilities enjoyed ice cream during an ice cream social held by Class Council 2014 .

Class council meets Junior year! This year feels much different than the last two, though. Why, you may ask? Well, as first-years, class council is responsible for planning Winter Wonderland, described on the college website as: "Before students leave for winter break, Bartol Dining Hall is revamped for a community feast. Faculty and students fill the dining hall, as the College president cuts the turkey. The residence halls are decorated with lights and ribbons by their hall councils to complete the winter wonderland feeling".

As sophomores, class council directs their efforts toward putting together the May Day celebration: "Simmons's oldest annual student tradition, when sophomores serenade the seniors at the break of dawn with pots, pans, and noisemakers. Festivities include a maypole dance at dawn, tree planting, and a strawberry shortcake breakfast".

Senior year is usually filled with the most events, such as "Octoberfest", the "Senior Faculty Toast" and senior week events. However, Junior year does not have any traditional big event, but class council 2014 is thinking about creating one! And even though we do not have a "traditional junior class" event to plan, we are going to have a lot of other events throughout the year.

In fact, we have already hosted our first event of the semester - a welcome back ice cream social for all Simmons students! It was held on Thursday September 13th on the Residence Campus Quad. It was a sunny day, with a high of 82 degrees - the perfect day for ice cream. My favorite part was that not only did Simmons students cool down with ice cream, but so did Simmons staff!

Summer is over and I have officially started this semester as a junior! What did I spend my summer doing in preparation for junior year? I think I photo tour will help summarize my productive, yet fun summer! Take a look!

First stop: New York City over Memorial Day weekend for my cousin's wedding!
IMG_1956.JPGAbove is a picture of my family with my cousin (in the center) who made a lovely bride! The wedding festivities in New York City lasted three days and my relatives from all over the United States and the world drove/flew in for the occasion!

Second stop: Newton North High School for my sister's graduation!
Above is a picture of my younger sister, Sarah, all ready to graduate. It was so special watching my sister graduate, and I am so proud of everything that she has accomplished. I am excited to see all the amazing things she will do in college! To celebrate Sarah's achievements and hard work over the years, our family threw her a graduation party which more than 250 family and friends attended!

Third stop: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, MA for my research internship!
Above is a picture of thin slices of mouse brain tissue that I sliced and arranged in order before mounting them on slides. I had such an amazing time at the Neurology Lab I was working in at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. I learned so much and got to work with brain tissue of mice, rats, and monkeys!

Fourth stop: Simmons College for summer orientation!
Here is a picture of the Orientation Leaders who are part of the class of 2014. I took about a week and a half off from the lab to welcome the Class of 2016 to Simmons for summer orientation. It was a lot of hard work, but the orientation leaders had lots of fun and bonded throughout. I even got to go kayaking for the first time in my life as part of OL bonding!

Fifth stop: London!
Above is a picture of my cousins, sister, and I on our way to the Olympic Park! My entire family went to London for about 5 days in August and took in all kinds of sights, including those of the Olympics!

Sixth Stop: Italy!
Above is a picture of my sister, brother, and I inside the Colosseum in Rome. My family spent about a week in a half in Italy exploring Rome and Milan. It was scorching hot every day - 95 degrees sunny and humid - but totally worth it! Even my 3 year old brother picked up some Italian!

Seventh and last stop: Simmons College!
Above is a picture of me with my orientation group at Boston Commons! I had a great time with my orientees and fellow orientation leaders during fall orientation before classes started.

It is the first full week of classes of my fall semester! Five classes, four which are English is a bit intimidating but I think I got this! Lots of friends are in my classes, and I'm so glad my girls are back on campus finally! I enjoyed how quiet the campus was this summer, but I missed everyone! I already have a lot of deadlines for assignments, and books to read. Butttt I'm most excited for my interview this Friday with Planned Parenthood! Hopefully it goes well, because it seems like the perfect place for me to work!

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