Sandy, a member of the class of 2014, is a Public Health Major and Chemistry minor and is on the Pre-Dental track at Simmons. She is involved in many groups and organizations on campus and is a member of the Varsity Volleyball team. Just listening to all Sandy has to fit into a single day will make you tired, but somehow she accomplishes it all with a big smile on her face.
From: Fitchburg, Massachusetts
Organizations: NCAA division III volleyball, Class of 2014 Student Government Association Representative, Chemistry/Physics Liaison, Public Health Liaison, Pre Medical Liaison, Publicity Chair of Hall Council, Emerging Leaders Program, AmeriCorps Student Leaders in Service, Medical Career Exploration Volunteer Program at Brigham and Women's Hospital
Favorite books: The Good Earth, The Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns, The Last Song
Favorite movies: Avatar and Korean dramas
Favorite ways to spend a Sunday: Gym, relaxing, cathing up on homework, and Pho (beef noodle soup) on a Sunday night is delicious!
Favorite thing about Simmons: I love the supportive staff and students. The atmosphere here is great, and I love the Simmons community. I would also like to give a shout out to my Simmons Sharks volleyball girls!
Entries by Sandy Lor
- Like Minds Retreat
This past weekend, I had the great opportunity to participate in the Like Minds Retreat at Camp Coby in New Hampshire. Like Minds, an organization on campus lead by student leaders, promotes conversations and discussions for diversity and inclusion. We...
- Internship at the Forsyth Institute!
I began interning in the summer and I have already learned so many new things about tooth development as well as new lab techniques! I am updating my wiki lab space page from Dr. Richard Gurney's Organic Chemistry courses and putting in new protocols I have learned. Last week I observed a post-doc extract teeth from a wild type mice and analyze teeth development stages. The teeth were so small it made it difficult to believe that it was real!
- To the Senate:
When I ran as the VP of Student Affairs last semester, I made a promise to you all. I made a promise to help make Simmons an inclusive and safe community. I made a promise to try and attend at least one event per organization this year. I made a promise to be a direct line of communication from the student body to the SGA E-board. I knew that once I was reelected into the position, my duty, after my academics, was to serve the student body and see that your voices were heard. I am 100% confident that I can do this job well. I now I ask you to allow me to keep my promise.
- The Re-start of My Art!
I used to get lost in a painting and be able to relieve any stress I had with every brush stroke and lately, I haven't been able to feel that satisfaction of completing a master piece of stress or emotions. You know what? I have four more weeks in Ann Arbor and I may as well take advantage of the beautiful campus. What the heck! I'm going to start sketcing! I will post up my latest artwork if you're interested in seeing what I come up with. Do you have any suggestions of what I should paint?
- I'm Literally Going to Dental School!
Our days have consisted of guest lecturers, a lot of reading, studying, and testing! In a strange way, I feel like I am a dental student right now; and that the things that I am learning, the way I am dressed (there's a dress code), the way that my days are structured, are similar to that of a dental student's daily activity. This really inspires me. Every day, when I walk into the University of Michigan Dental building I think, "wow, I'm actually literally going to Dental School". It's very refreshing but I know that I cannot lose my focus and I must remember what I need to accomplish before I can daydream that far into my future; which is scoring a competitive DAT (standardized test) score.
- Flight to UMichigan for Pre-dental Summer Program!
My flight from Boston was scheduled to depart at 10:25 AM but of course, my dad being...well, being my dad, made us leave our home at 4 o'clock AM! Along with an early commute to the airport, I had mistakenly forgotten my flight information, thinking I would just be able to print my information when I got to the airport. However, I forgot to check which airlines I was flying with, which determined the terminal my dad would have to take me to.
- SGA hosts LRC & Inducts New E-board
Simmons College Leadership Recognition Ceremony is an event at Simmons hosted by the Student Government Association where students leaders are recognized. This year's theme was "Student Celebrating Students" and it is one of my favorite events at Simmons!
- American Student Government Association Conference in Philadelphia!
A presenter talked about branding SGA on campus. One of his (more radical) idea was to create a charity/community service event where the SGA Executive-Board would wear business attire to the event, strip down to the underwear's, SPRINT back to their dorm and at the same time wear SGA under wears that say "SGA...We've got you covered"! This blew everyone's mind.
- Gateway Mentoring
Mentoring means a great deal to me. I can honestly say that without my mentors in my life, I wouldn't be able to achieve all that I have today. I had a great mentor throughout my high school years, who is still one of my great mentors, Mr. Richard Vaughn, that guided me towards my goals and helped encourage me when I needed it the most. Mr. Vaughn introduced me to new opportunities and he challenged me to take a risk with what I wanted to do. He was my inspiration to creating a mentoring program like Gateway Mentoring. I know what it is like to feel lost and want to succeed and if I can ever have an impact in another student and be even a small percentage of what Mr. Vaughn was to me to another student, then this program would definitely have been successful and worth all the hard work!; Maybe someday, they too can help another person and help guide them to their goals. :)
- The Clothesline Project
On Wednesday, February 1st, I attended the 20th Annual Clothesline Project after the SGA forum. My friend, Sasha P (who was also in the Simmons World Challenge class) helped organize this event. It was such an emotional event and I wanted to take the time to share this with you if you missed it.
- SCVB Workouts!
Conditioning and Training hard for Volleyball Season 2012 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....
- Simmons World Challenge
When we arrived on Monday, we immediately began by volunteering our services at the Pine Street Inn. Pine Street Inn was a real eye opener for many students and it was a great way to begin the course with an open mind. We were asked to serve dinners at the men's side of the inn and at first, I was sort of nervous. My parents always taught me to avoid "homeless" people on the streets because they can be dangerous, but right at that moment, I was confronted with the truth;
- Winter planning...
I feel like often times, I have to look back at the person I was when I was a little girl because that girl I knew, had so much passion and determination. And it's not to say that I don't have motivation, it's just that sometimes, I lose sight of what I really want and get distracted. My older sister, Chaoy, told me that college is an experience that I can use to learn how to put distractions aside and just focus. I believe that is something I have been struggling with this semester and I hope I can learn the tricks on how to do it soon!
- Crime Scene Investigator: Museum of Fine Arts
As I mention frequently in my previous blogs, I've always enjoyed drawing and painting as a child. The arts allowed me to express myself in a way I felt that I couldn't do otherwise and as I grew up, I began to develop an interest in the sciences and the chemistry of life. Now that I am a college student, I want to seek a career that fits my interests. It was never brought to my attention that there was a field dedicated to the arts and sciences until I began working with Dr. Leonard Soltzberg, who is currently retired, in the Simmons College Chemistry labs.
Two years ago, on our way back from a long night of work, I was expressing all my thoughts to my mom about all the possible reasons for my existence (I wasn't holding back). She thought I was crazy! Yes, you might think that I am crazy too but, I think that sometimes I just want solid reasons why things happen and I just want to know what will happen in the future and why things happen the way they do. Maybe I just want answers. I want to know what's the right thing to do and what I should be doing right now to fulfill my purpose of life; Don't we all though, or is it just me?
- ¡Voy a Espana!
Last spring semester, I took Spanish 101 and I am currently taking Spanish 102. This summer, I hope to study abroad in Spain with the Simmons traveling course to fulfill my last required Spanish language course. Every time someone talks about his or her travels around the world, I feel so jealous, wondering: Why can't I travel?
- Student Government Association; Judiciary Cabinet
Our next JCAB meeting will be in two weeks, November 16th, 2011 from 3:00-5:30 pm in Management Building M201. The main focus of our meeting deals with a lot of new organization presentations and constitution review. The following clubs/interest groups have expressed interest in presenting to become an organization.
- The Magic of Music
It's funny because when I hear advice from my friends and family and even myself, every good or obvious advice just sort of sounds cheesy. Hearing it from Shakira just seems to make it sound...so....so...real?! I guess taking advice from songs isn't a bad thing, as long as I'm listening to the "right" songs, if you know what I mean.
- Ahhhh! Where has the time gone?
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...
- 1, 2, 3...S-C!
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.
- My hot summer!
SO, my summer has been pretty busy so far. As I am writing this, I am sitting on the train to Boston for summer orientation as a Simmons Orientation Leader (OL). My heart is rate is beginning to slow down from my last minute packing!
- Intro to Entrepreneurship (Mgt 237)
Think Entrepreneurially Art. It is such a simple three-letter word and yet it has so much meaning. Within that one syllable, there's love, hate, imagination, emotions, dreams, and journeys. I have a strange love and appreciation for the arts and...
- Overdue library book
If you really know me, you would know that I constantly lose everything. I probably lost and replaced my retainers about seven times now and each time I replace them it is about four hundred dollars. :/ Recently, I misplaced my retainers again! I have three theories as to where they might be.