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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.

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."

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.

This is a PSA

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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.  


This is A PSA


Today, I'd like to interrupt your irregularly scheduled midterm study break to make an announcement.

This originally started off as a snarky Facebook status (more on that later in the semester), but as someone close to me pointed out, outright complaining does nothing. I realized that a Facebook status was an appropriate way to convey my message if I wanted it to be a throwaway, something that others would nod about in empathetic agreement and "like", aka subsequently forgetting about it 5 minutes later. I don't want what I have to say here to be a throwaway; this is something I want you to remember later today, tomorrow, next week, forever.


You need to stop comparing yourself to other people.

Survivors on the Yoga Mat

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Contributed by: Zenaida Peterson

Sociology professor, Becky Thompson, recently published her book "Survivors on the Yoga Mat," discussing issues of trauma, race and yoga. On Tuesday September 23rd, 2014 she had a book signing at Brookline Booksmith. The event was wonderful, people throughout the Simmons Community as well as yogi's and booklovers filled the basement of the independent bookstore to celebrate Becky Thompson's book and get it signed. Professor Becky Thompson was one of the first professors to take an interest in my academics and like many other professors, she has been a huge part of what has made my Simmons experience exceptional. Professor Thompson has taught many of my sociology courses including Sociological Theory and Working for Social Justice, the latter I became a TA for. She has showed me that my potential is limitless. I am so happy that I chose to come to Simmons to be a part of this incredible network of activists, teachers and friends. Thompson's book signing is an example of many ways that the Simmons community is deeply entrenched in Boston's academic culture.


Contributed by: Chloe Davis


It's only October and you have a set schedule for dining, chicken on Monday, pasta on Tuesday, salad on Wednesday, stir-fry on Thursday, and pizza on Friday. Your plate is no longer bright and colorful and piled sky-high as it was early on in September but now boring and lackluster. You say "it's just not the same" as a home-cooked meal, and you are right, but that does not mean that with a few tips and tricks that you couldn't change it. Here are the top 5 ways that I turn the dining halls at Simmons into my own dining room the best I can. With all of the options that have come within the last several years in Meyer's, Common Grounds, Bartol, and Quadside (now Bartol Late-Night), dining services is making it much easier for students to put meals together that work for them and can be modified to their tastes and dietary restrictions.

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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. 


Happy September and start of a new school year, dear readers! As much as I enjoyed relaxing (and working) this summer, I'm certainly glad to be back at Simmons for round two and I hope you are too!


Calling myself a sophomore feels, for lack of a better word, weird. Theoretically, this means I have some idea as to what I'm doing with the rest of my college career and/or my life. That's definitely not the case (note: you don't have to have it all figured out by 19 or even 22, seriously), but with a year under my belt I can offer up some sage advice on the hard-hitting issues that somehow manage to take a backseat amidst a sea of case studies, lab reports, and papers.


Yes, I'm talking about interior decorating.


How to Make it Work With Your Roommate

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Contributed by: Megan Swedeen


  • *Take the roommate contract seriously:

Don't be silly and write simple statements on your roommate contract, be thorough! Answer all of the prompts on the back of the contract and be detailed. Don't write statements like, "Just be respectful" describe what that means to you. For some being respectful is turning off the lights when someone goes to bed, for others this means keeping the lights on for the person studying.  Take the time to really talk with your roommate and get everything out in the open that you want to discuss.  

New Year, New You - 10 Ways to Love Yourself Better This Year

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Contributed by: Marissa Johnson



RA Marissa Johnson offers 10 tips to be the most flawless you possibile this 2014-2015 school year.


  1.  Stop apologizing for things that aren't your fault or that you are not actually sorry for.

  2. Don't be afraid to say no! 

    Some of us find ourselves constantly doing things for other people, despite our own busy schedules, long to do lists, and personal needs. If someone asks you to do something for them, you are not obligated to say yes. When they ask, there are two possible answers: yes or no. So, if they're offended or expect only the first answer, kindly remind them that you have every right to go with the latter option.

  3. Get off campus.

    Don't feel constricted to your dorm room. We're paying a lot of money to live in Boston, so take advantage of it! Take the T to the Harbor; go for a walk at the Arnold Arboretum; roam the Boston Commons and public gardens; go on an adventure and find your favorite city spot.

  4. Cut out people who just don't fit into your life anymore.

    Stop wasting your time on toxic relationships and unfulfilling experiences.

  5. Be kinder to yourself.

    Avoid phrases like "I'm so stupid" or "I was so bad, I ate two desserts at Bartol tonight." Negativity only breeds negativity; it doesn't change or better the situation.

  6.  Allow yourself time.

    Need to take a nap? Get that sleep. Need to take a deep breath? Breathe. Need to take a break from people for a bit? Find an empty room. Need to take some time to think about something? Don't feel pressured or rushed just to please other people.

  7. Do at least one thing for yourself a week.

    It could be anything - catching up on a favorite show, buying yourself a burrito, reading a book that's not for class, going to church, painting your nails, etc. TREAT YO SELF.

  8. Know your limits and stick to them.

  9. Reframe mistakes or failures as learning opportunities.

    You can't be perfect at everything, so don't be so hard on yourself! No experience is a wasted one. Try to find the good.

  10. Wake up every day and tell yourself you're gonna kill it.

    And then kill it, you flawless human being.