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Hello,
Yesterday was the last swimming and diving dual met for the Sharks. We played against the talented Plymouth State University's team. It was a great fight and we ended up winning. It was a great way to end the season with an amazing overall record 8-4 for us. Now, the swimmers who qualified for the New England championship are still preparing for the upcoming event. I joined the swimming team this semester, and I have to admit I think it was one of the best choice I could have made. I met great and passionate girls. The coaches are amazing, and getting back to a sport I have loved since I was little was enriching. I hope I will be able to cheer for my teammates during the New England championship, and otherwise I will be back on the team next semester!!!! I cannot wait! Besides that, it is the Superbowl weekend and a lot of events are going to be on campus with free food, refreshments, and the Superbowl on TV. Don't miss out, Simmons and Mesick first floors will be packed. GO PATRIOTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D


Quote of the day : " Winning is not everything, but the effort to win is" Zig Ziglar



Conditioning and Training hard for Volleyball Season 2012
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In about a week I will begin to train with the Simmons College Volleyball (SCVB) team in agilities, cardio, and certainly more techniques during a LEAP class offered through the Simmons gym. We are all taking the LEAP class, "Train like an Athlete" and this will surely keep us in shape for our spring and fall next season.

The LEAP classes will be from 7 AM to 8 AM three days a week. My first reaction was, "aww, no sleeping in until 8:30 anymore!" but I am actually really glad that the girls have decided to do this together at this time. I think it will really make our team stronger physically, mentally, and make us closer and to be honest, waking up earlier to work out will make feel more productive.

I am also looking forward to working out and eating healthier. My coach assigned us winter workouts and I find it so hard to work out alone. I ran a few 45s (commonly known as suicides) and without my team, I felt like I was going to go crazy! My coach calls them 45s because in 45 seconds, you better be done running or else! A couple of my teammates were able to cut their sprints to 30-35 seconds by the end of the last season! I was running them at 38-39 seconds by the end of the season, which was good for me because I'm not a very fast sprinter, especially with my short legs.

All in all, I am determined to work hard with my team to not only make it to the finals, but also win the GNAC finals next season. This past season, we were ranked fourth in our GNAC conference and were GNAC semi-finalists. With the team chemistry we have, the skills on the team, and our work ethic, I am sure that we will kick some major butt next season!



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The swimming and diving team won the GNAC CHAMPIONSHIPS!!!!!!! Once again we did it...it has been a tradition for 8 years now. The more I look at how we do in our sports conferences the better I get what it takes to win.

People often think that because Simmons College is a division III school in sports, the level of competitiveness is not that important. Besides the fact that they are wrong, most students have no clue what it takes to be a student athlete. As athletes, we see sport as more than just an activity to stay in shape. It is a passion.

Each day that we practice at 6 am in the morning, and feel our legs burning, and our heart beating faster and faster and we fight our brain telling us to stop and rest, we overcome a stage and become better athletes. We have a bigger purpose than just swimming to swim, we strive to be the best we can be, and that has nothing to do with any division level. For that fact, I just want to congratulate the whole swimming team!!!


" Champions keep playing until they get it right" Billie Jean King



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Hi!!

It's been a while since I have written, and a lot has happened since. The most exciting is that I finally joined the Simmons swimming team.

I have wanted to join the team since last year, but I was really hesitant because the swimming season starts when the tennis season is still going on. I met the coach, and she accepted me! It has been my toughest challenge so far, since the team is composed of great swimmers, and I have not swum in ten years.

I learnt how to swim back home in the ocean instead of a swimming pool since I live on an island. I thought after ten years I would still be able to swim as well as I used to, except that when I first jumped in the water I realized I had lost my technique and my breath. My goal is to go back to my old self in order to be a great addition to the team.

I already love all the girls on the team, and the coach Mindy Williams is amazing! She pushes us, and I have been learning so many skills that I will be able to apply to tennis. I am definitely becoming a better athlete and it feels great! :)


"Whatever you do, or dream you can, begin it.Boldness has genius and power and magic in it." Goethe



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The semis and the final of the Great Northeast Athletic Conference were this weekend. We played Johnson and Wales on Saturday, and beat them to finally reach the final against Emerson College.

The season was really tough this year, having to go to practice on sunday mornings, taking tests early because of games, or even representing Simmons College at the New England Womens' Invitational tennis tournament.

I personnally played my hardest match of the season on sunday, as well. I lost the first set 2-6,and was led in the second 1-4 to finally win the second set 6-4 and the tie breaker 11-9. After keeping a tough mental focus for 2.5 hours, the win felt great!

I just wished my family could have been there. It gets sad sometimes to see everyone's parents come down and cheer for their children when you are just there trying to picture your mom and your dad and brothers and sisters cheering for you behind the fence. I felt alone on sunday despite my team being there, so I dedicated my tough win to my family. I MISS THEM SO MUCH!!

But, on a happier note, the Simmons tennis team will be going to the nationals in the spring. YAYYYY!!!!


Quote of the day: "It's not whether you get knocked down; it's whether you get up." (Vince Lombardi)



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I can't believe half of the semester has already passed! I have so much going on that I am literally taking one thing at a time.

Sometimes I think to myself and I wonder why I stress myself out with all my classes and extracurricular activities, but then I always come to the same conclusion. If I wasn't a part of all the things that I am right now, I would be bored with myself and really just do it all over again. I wouldn't change any of my decisions.

It sort of brings me back to my summer at the gardens in the fields. When I was working in the fields this past summer, I was so eager to open a book and study for an exam or just even create an event for an organization. I remember wanting the academic school year to start so badly but now, I just want a break from everything and just relax and not worry about any exams or assignments. Believe it or not, right now I wish I could go back to just worrying about filling my bucket with fresh blueberries for a day. I guess, sometimes, I tend to want what I can't have and I take what is in front of me for granted. I will surely remember to enjoy every moment of my life, no matter if I'm stressed out or not!

I suppose you can say that I'm stressed from school work but I'm trying to find a balance between all of the things I find that are important to me. I also realized that prioritizing and managing my time has become a lot more difficult now that I am more involved as a student leader.

If you're curious as to do what I might be doing to keep myself busy, I will tell you that I currently have two part time jobs. One of them is being a Student Director of a mentoring and tutoring non profit organization and I am also a research assistant at Simmons College working with the MFA. I am the libero for the Simmons Sharks volleyball team, we are currently 16-5 (6:1 in the GNAC). I am the Student Affairs Officer of Student Government Associaiation and the PreDental Chair of the PreHealth Liaison. I am part of the Americorps Student Leaders In Service and also an Honors student taking five courses (including Organic Chemistry II). Trying to find a balance between all these important things is extremely challenging, but I am slowly adjusting to it all. I guess this is a moment of weakness for me, but I am sure I will strive through and push harder to reach my goals.

If you really think about it, I guess all I'm really doing is filling my bucket with fresh blueberries. I'm picking one blueberry at a time and little by little, hour by hour, my bucket will eventually be filled and I will reach my goal.

If you have any advice for me or other stressed college students, I am more than happy to hear from you!



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Hiiiiiii!!!!!!

I've been back to school for a month now or so and it feels great. We just had a long weekend and most of the people went home, so seeing everybody again today was really refreshing. Otherwise the Simmons tennis team has been doing really well in the conference. One of our pick was beating Colby college on Monday 7-2. We played really well and we have been working so hard (practice on sunday as well), we deserved it. Tomorrow, six of the players are going to an event called the New England Women's Invitational Tennis Tournament. It is really exciting since the best teams of the country meet to compete. And it is even more amazing to represent Simmons' colors there. I hope we are going to play well!!! AND NOT TO FORGET WE ARE PLAYING THE SEMIS OF THE GNAC CONFERENCE ON SATURDAY!!! COME CHEER!!! LET'S GO SHARKS!!!!!!!!!


Quote of the day: "Always remember that striving and struggle precede success, even in the dictionary." (Sarah Ban Breathnach)



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Simmons College Volleyball Team
Top: Assistant Coach Caitlin Updike, Taylor Nisbet, Caroline Boyd, Rossi Fish, Kelly Last, Rachel Dufault, Coach Alesia Viccari
Middle: Sandy Lor, Megan Chamberlin, Nafeesa Connolly, Kina Wilbur, Piso Mohlala
Bottom: Meaghan Flynn, Kate Fionte, Krista Evans, Morgan Powell


It's great to be back at Simmons College! Although classes only sort of started a few days ago, I have been here since the middle of August for the volleyball preseason! We have awesome new coaches this year, Coach Vicarri and Assistant Coach Caitlin! They know what they're doing and they have so much confidence in our team. With a great team effort, we're off to a good start so far in the season going 9:2 and 2:0 in the GNAC Conference.

It wasn't until the other day when I talked to my coach that I realized that I didn't really describe myself as an athlete. I mean, isn't that just weird? I play a sport, but for some reason, it's not the first word that I use to describe myself. After having that conversation with Coach, I think it's time that I start thinking like an athlete and eat healthy and train more in addition to our practices. I just need to be more confident in myself.

Speaking of confidence, this past weekend, our volleyball team played two matches against two NEWMAC conference volleyball teams (their conference is more competitive than the GNAC) and we won our match to Clark University! What a great confidence booster for our team!

I'm excited to grow as an athlete and person with my volleyball team this season and hopefully I can even become mentally tough, let go of mistakes I make on the court, and just play volleyball! I love my team! :)



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Hello,
It is 6:47pm and I just got back from our tennis match against MIT. I am still all sweaty!!! Well...we lost today 8-2 unfortunately. But, we are getting ready for the NCAA in May, so we cannnot look back and just learn from our mistakes. Then move forward to improve. We played well, although we could have done much better.

I am personally a little bit disappointed. I did not play as well as I was hoping, therefore I have to work harder. Besides tennis, school is going to be challenging these next two weeks. The Undergraduate Conference is coming up this Friday, and I will be presenting my project on Education. I am really nervous!!! But, the only way it will do well is if I keep working hard. So that's the PLAN!!!! :)

Quote of the day: "Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there" (Will Rogers)




Something I really love about Simmons is the gymnasium we have! It's only a short walk from the dorms, and it's always really nice as a stress reliever. I think I'll get on the bike and lift some weights! Summer is so close. Anyways, just wanted to update you. I might come back, get some homework done, and sit outside in the gorgeous sun today. Happy weekend!

xoxo
Naomi



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