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The Magic of First

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Mary is here to take you around the Fenway Area that surrounds the Simmons College campus. Her adventures in the city of Boston show that as a Simmons Student, greatness is your backyard!

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There's something magical about the first time you do something.

The first time you taste a new food. The first time you visit a different state, see a new landscape or travel to a foreign country. Your first kiss. Your first friend.

Your first year of college.

Life on the River!

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Contributed by: Cory Carlson
Cory is an RA and an explorer. Here are some of her tips for an exciting experience for the upcoming Summer Break!


For me, summer is a break from school, a time to make some money at my hometown job, and a time for an annual rafting trip. In mid-July I pack my bathing suit and water shoes, fill up the gas tank, pile in the car with friends and plenty of snacks, and head north to Maine. We raft through a company called Northern Outdoors. This is a great company which offers a variety of rivers throughout Maine and New Hampshire, each with varying difficulty and rapid levels.

Mary is here to take you around the Fenway Area that surrounds the Simmons College campus. Her adventures in the city of Boston show that as a Simmons Student, greatness is your backyard!

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I'm about to share with you all a hidden treasure that I "discovered" back in the middle of January. I say, "discover" because it was not really hidden to begin with. In fact, it's found right next door to our academic campus. Yes, I am going to write about the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum--once a mystery to me, with its regally gated parameters and white marble lions guarding its doors, but now a favorite haunt of mine anytime I am seeking a little peace and quiet in the middle of the city.

The story of my adventure goes as such:

The weather in Boston had been pretty brutal, with temperatures dropping into the single digits and nasty wind-chills pushing them only further below zero.

 I decided it time for a chance of scenery.


A Quick Bite

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Mary is here to take you around the Fenway Area that surrounds the Simmons College campus. Her adventures in the city of Boston show that as a Simmons Student, greatness is your backyard!


With Spring Break come and gone, it seems like the nothing is left but the home stretch until the end of the school year.

I can't even recount where the first half of spring semester went seeing as it pretty much flew by in the blink of an eye!

Nonetheless, in a last ditch effort to get the most out of my time left here in Boston, I have renewed my initiative to get out and explore more of the surrounding neighborhood.

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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.  

Are you there, Housing Selection Gods?


It's me, Claudia, just one of the many first-years counting down the days until Housing Selection with an equal mix of delight and dread (8 days for rising sophomores at the time of writing, in case you were wondering).

Giving back is warmer than the snow!

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Contributed by: Marlena Vitali

Alternative Spring Break:

Simmons Builds is a organization here on campus which allows students the opportunity to spend their spring break doing something against the norm. Instead of going to a beach or on a road trip with friends, 13 Simmons students and 2 faculty members spent the week in Kent County, Michigan. Here they spent Monday through Friday working with the local habitat for humanity to help build homes for three different deserving families.

Emily and Kelsey's Winter Essentials for Spring Semester.

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Contributed by: Emily and Kelsey

It's about that time of year in Boston when all of the stores on Newbury street are setting out their spring collections, but us shoppers are still piling on layers and layers of sweaters, jackets, and heavy boots trying to stay optimistic that winter will ever come to an end. Late February in New England is a cruel joke. Our professors call it "Spring Semester" but there isn't anything SPRING about it. We are still buried under fresh snow, going out in bone-chilling wind, and huddling together at T stops to stay warm. It's going to get better, but we have to stick it out a little longer first. Before you go out and buy your pastel colored skinny jeans or your "Spring Knit Scarf" (whatever that is), let's reflect on the essentials you may have realized you needed this winter.

Help Simmons change the conversation surrounding mental health!

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Contributed by: Sarah Savage

 Everybody has mental health, yet why talk about it?  As the pins below indicate, 1 in 4 people are living with a diagnosable mental illness.  The data is even more alarming when you focus on college campuses where 1,100 college students die by suicide each year.  This data can be found on the Active Minds website.

 Speaking about Active Minds...Simmons has a chapter here on campus that meets on Monday evenings at 7pm in Quadside on the Residential Campus, but what is it?  Active Minds is a non-profit organization dedicated to ending the stigma surrounding mental health. The Simmons Chapter has been nationally recognized as a 5-star chapter in areas such as the events they hold!

The History of Black History Month

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Contributed by: Daphne Flowers
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As a Harvard-trained historian, Carter G. Woodson, like W. E. B. Du Bois before him, believed that truth could not be denied and that reason would prevail over prejudice. His hopes to raise awareness of African American's contributions to civilization was realized when he and the organization he founded, the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH), conceived and announced Negro History Week in 1925. The event was first celebrated during a week in February 1926 that encompassed the birthdays of both Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. The response was overwhelming: Black history clubs sprang up; teachers demanded materials to instruct their pupils; and progressive whites, not simply white scholars and philanthropists, stepped forward to endorse the effort.


Start Your Semester in the Right Direction

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Contributed by: Megan Swedeen


A new year means a new semester and a chance to start fresh. Need some ideas on how to get off on the right foot? Look no further.