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A Night in Heaven

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What's up, Clauds? is a new series that chronicles the funny, off wall, and sometimes reflective experiences of Claudia, a Simmons Student just trying to make it to her next class.  



November, November, how I loathe thee.

November is a hard month. November means Thanksgiving, football, family, and the light at the end of the fall semester tunnel...but getting there means slogging through group project upon group project, paper upon paper, exam upon exam, and the chill that starts to creep and settle into your bones; for surely, winter is coming and there is no escape.


This November has been particularly distressing thus far; I've been in bed sick for the past week with a vicious "virus" (translation: we have no idea what's wrong with you, we know that you're practically coughing up a lung and your blood pressure is abysmally low, but you're not currently dying so...sorry, can't help you) and as I write this post I am, naturally, neglecting the assignments that have piled up during my absence.


There's one assignment I haven't neglected, however; for one of my classes (more on this later, I promise), I was required to write a critique on a professional dance performance. Perhaps knowing that I needed an advanced lesson in fine art, the Boston Ballet scheduling gods smiled upon me - the masterfully redone Swan Lake has been showing at the Opera House all November.

The Boston Ballet, being a nonprofit organization, has wonderful incentives for the community that I will shamelessly plug for the rest of my life: namely, student rush tickets. $20 gets you whatever seats are left in the house at 2 hours before showtime, and they are often fantastic ones - for last year's Nutcracker performance, my friends and I had rush tickets that were worth well over $200 each. Unfortunately, Swan Lake's (and principal dancer Misa Kuranaga's) popularity meant that I dragged myself out of my sickbed for nothing on Thursday night; it was sold out minutes before rush. My friend and I made the valiant trek downtown the next day, and we (finally!) scored tickets. They were the nosebleeds of the nosebleed seats (to explain this reference - nosebleed seats in football stadiums are so high above the field that you get a nosebleed from the dryness of the thin air), but there are no terrible seats at the Opera House.



Stressed is Desserts spelled backwards

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Contributed by: Julie Nickerson


As October flew by and November quickly turns into December, students succumb to the pressure of deadlines and are forced to face the stress of finals. Stress is a topic countless students are faced with, and many even struggle with it on a daily basis.

If not properly handled, stress can show up as cognitive, emotional, physical and behavioral symptoms and can lead to detrimental health issues. Many of these include exhaustion, chest pain, loss of sex drive, nervousness, frequent illness, irritability, depression or general unhappiness according to Web MD.


The most important piece of advice many doctors and teachers frequently tell college students is find a way to cope with your stress. For some this could be a casual stroll in the park while for others it involves a rigorous workout routine. Another form of managing stress is through sleep.

Shark Week! 2014

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Contributed by: OSLA



This time of year means one thing is right around the, not finals...SHARK WEEK. The Office of Student Leadership and Activities is excited announce Shark Week 2014! This year OSLA is combining some fun new events with old favorites. It's going to be the best #SimmonsSharkWeek yet!


  • On the first day of Shark Week, Common Grounds will be transformed into a roller skating rink from 10:30-1:30pm. Strap on some skates to kick off the week. Also on Monday will be a Cake Cutting- enjoy some delicious gluten-free cake and cupcakes, also in Common Grounds Cafe. A favorite Shark Week tradition, the Cake Decorating competition, will be in Bartol from 5:00-7:30pm. Members of the Student Life staff, Residence Life and Admissions will serve as judges with prizes going to the best cake decorators!
  • The second day of Shark Week make sure to stop by the Student Activities Center from 10-2pm to get your photo taken with Stormy on the cover of your very own comic book. That night, grab a friend and head to Quadside at 7pm for the chance to win prizes in a Shark Week game show- Million Dollar Shark Maker.

6 Questions You're Too Afraid To Ask About A Women's College

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Have questions about Simmons but not sure how to ask them? Check out this great video that addresses the 6 most common myths about a women's college!

Apple Polisher? No, just a Simmons student.

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5 tips on being successful in the classroom:

  1. Take notes

Record what stood out the most/concepts that you will need to know for later on in the semester!


  1. Ask questions

Don't be afraid to speak up and ask clarifying questions when you don't understand something or offended by what someone said.

Creative Hands

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Contributed by: Danny Boucher

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Do you remember the first time you realized your hands could make something beautiful?


I do.


As a high school student I wanted to take a graphic design class but a prerequisite to the class was a black and white film photography class. Disgruntled, I signed up for the class in hopes that it would not bore me to death. Two weeks in, though, when I was standing over the developer waiting for my first ever photograph to develop, a familiar feeling came over me. I had felt it when I was a kid and made cards for my mom, or built things with my dad. In that one day of photography class, I came to the understanding that this class was not just a prerequisite; this was something I was quickly falling in love with.


Fast forward two years to me as a senior in high school. I had just put my deposit down at  Simmons college the papers were signed. I was going to Simmons to be  a Pre-med major. Simmons has this funny requirement, though, of fulfilling modes in different areas of study than your major. One of the modes is art. Being a typical first year took the easy way out, I knew how to do black and white photography and I wanted a class I knew I could get an A in. Poetry of Photography was my one way ticket to success. Three weeks into the class my professor looked over at me and asked in her kind voice what my major was again? I reminded her of my path to be the next great trauma surgeon. She looked at my contact sheet one more time, looked me dead in the eyes and said "you're not a Pre-med major. You're a Graphic Design and Photography major."

Hey there's Cake! But do you know ?!? It's Founder's Day!

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Contributed by: Melissa Shannon



As you all know, Simmtober is a month long celebration of the foundation of Simmons College. Every year Founder's Day is celebrated on October 30th, John Simmons' Birthday. As part of our Celebration, we wanted to share with you 10 Fun Facts about Simmons and its history!


  1. John Simmons in his last will and testament stated that his endowment should go to creating an institution called Simmons Female College.


  1. In 1902 when the school first opened its doors to students tuition was $100 a year.


  1. In the 1940's, when the majority of students lived on campus, residents had to check into their dorms before nightfall, and were not allowed out after dark.

Contributed by the Simmon's HRA E-board: Deepa Kumarjiguda, Julie Pallozzi, Raelissa Glennon,Tiffany Pierce, Danny Boucher, Claudia Lawry, Kimmie Ryznal, Julia Belkin
This is a short list of the reasons that the Simmons College Residence Hall Association is an awesome up-and-coming organization on campus. Not familiar with us and what we do? E-mail us at for more information. We can't wait to get to know you all over the coming year!

 1. Marty the Moose is our Mascot!


What a cutie.


 2. It's the only organization specifically for residence campus students!


Look how blissfully happy they are.

Craving Contemplation

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Whats up, Clauds? is a new series that chronicles the funny, off wall, and sometimes reflective experiences of Claudia, a Simmons Student just trying to make it to her next class.  


First, I just want to take a moment to acknowledge the reception my last post (remember, the one about Mean Girls?) received. The responses I've received so far have been overwhelmingly positive, and I just wanted to take a moment to say this: thank you, so very much. Thank you for leaving positive comments, sharing this post with your friends, chatting me up in the Fens, or really just for reading. I've never really known what it's like to have other people reading my writing (besides professors and the Simmons College Admissions Committee), so this has been a new and different experience. Thanks for being the real MVP's, and I hope you'll keep reading the blog (and not just my posts - check out the awesome things my fellow bloggers are writing about, as infrequently as they come - we're all busy people!) even if I'm not making obscure pop-culture references.

Chances are, even if you've only been at Simmons for a year now like I have (or even a month and a half), you've probably run into me somewhere on campus. (If not, you've definitely seen me watching football on the first floor of Morse or giving tours on Friday afternoons.) If you've been fortunate enough to be spared from "that girl who writes a blog, seems to know everything about Simmons, and haunts Morse Hall," i'll summarize myself for you pretty quickly: I'm an extrovert. While I generally despise stereotypes about extroverts and introverts, the general traits ring true: I gain energy through and thrive on social interaction, I process most of my thoughts externally (i.e out loud), and I like to talk. A lot. Combined with being a busy college student juggling classes, 2 jobs, and more extracurriculars than I can count on one hand that I can't actually remember on a regular basis, my extroverted tendencies are often cranked up to 11. To say it's kind of annoying is a slight understatement; even I give myself headaches from talking to people and doing stuff for 9-10+ hours nonstop every day.

Stuff is a very broad term, and I use it here intentionally; most days my calendar looks like a random mush of whatever I can fit in a day, even if none of it is remotely related to what came before it. Wednesdays are particularly heinous; I wake up at 7:30 to go to work, then class, lunch with my department faculty (aka the people I see at work, which is basically like being at work), maybe a quick 30-minute trip to a study room before I go back to work, then I go to Judicial Cabinet (not every Wednesday, though). I get my pre-ballet class warm-up in as I play Frogger across Brookline Ave during rush hour, and I end my day in a 1:1 with my RD over dinner.

And when I finally get back to my room, it's only 7:30, and I haven't even had a chance to process everything I've done since my alarm angrily serenaded me 12 hours earlier. Yikes. When I finally get to bed by midnight (maybe), I feel accomplished - my work is done for the day, my assignments are prepped for tomorrow, and I remembered to pack my spandex in my dance bag. (Or maybe it's just the spandex I was wearing today; whatever - nobody's going to notice, right?)

Of course, I don't need really to tell you any of this, because you all know what it's like. We're college students; it's what we do.

Boston: A Poem

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An original piece from Resident Director Cheryl Kimber meant to reach out to students just joining the Simmons/Boston community. 

Boston: A Poem

So you're here now.


No curfews or bedtimes.

Check-ins or dinner times. 

You've got friends to make.

and old habits to break.

Here's to the late nights.

and too early mornings.

Get ready!

to bathe in pride.

Sports pride.

Irish pride.

Boston pride.

Get ready to cheer for the Red Sox

and pity the Celtics.

Ride the T.

Hate the T.

Love the T.

Hate the T.

And if you didn't love pumpkin and Dunkin',

you do now.

Festivals and parades.

Marathons and concerts.

Instagram-ready scenery,

Facebook check-ins will abound.

Be an extra in a movie.

or a star on the jumbo-tron.

Get a heel stuck in the cobblestone.

Have your hair ruined by the wind.

Run by the river.

Forget the names of 80 plus colleges.

Overpay in rent.

Dance in Faneuil Hall.

Lobster rolls

and Mike's Pastry.

And if you ever get lost,

just look for the Pru. 

Maybe you'll be an extra in a movie.

Maybe ... you won't. 

There's much to do,

much to see.


don't worry.

You're going to do great.

Welcome to Boston. 

We have cannolies here.