Student Stories Stories{34ACFEEB-945C-4528-BE54-FB755BA47FCA}'s and Gender Studies Takes Christina Zaharevich '19 to Australia<h4>Why did you decide to come to Simmons?&nbsp;</h4> <p>Initially, I just knew that I wanted to be in Boston. I met with Simmons upperclassmen who spoke about all of the amazing opportunities they had, like traveling the world and working with activist groups in the community. What sealed the deal was Professor Doherty&rsquo;s mock-lecture on Politics and Pop Culture &mdash; she spent half an hour talking about how Stephen Colbert was changing America. If someone could teach a class like that here, then I knew that this was a place that would feed my intellectual curiosity as much as it would prepare me for whatever I decided to do in my career.&nbsp;</p> <h4>After coming in undeclared, what made you choose your program at Simmons?&nbsp;</h4> <p>I took classes in a lot of different disciplines as a first year, but what fascinated me the most was how gender issues were present in every single one of them. I realized that, while I had an interest in a lot of different subjects, I really cared about how our social construction of gender, sexuality, and identity permeated every single aspect of our lives &mdash; so I decided to major in <a href="">women's and gender studies</a>. The transition into studying how that affects <a href="">public policy</a> was a no-brainer after that.&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="image-right"><img height="300" alt="Christina Zaharevich '19 stands in front of Uluru in Australia." width="350" src="~/media/9FB82BB4B9FA4FDEA4B7716D5633F8C2.ashx?h=300&amp;&amp;w=350" /><br /> </span></p> <h4>Tell us about your study abroad experience.</h4> <p>I <a href="">studied abroad</a> at the University of Melbourne, Australia, in the Spring of 2018 because I've always wanted to go to Australia. I was finishing my junior year, and being at University of Melbourne afforded me the privilege of continuing my academic research into gender, politics, and cultural studies with some of the most talented students I have ever met. The city of Melbourne itself is a hotbed for artists, musicians, political activists, academics, and people from every country on the planet.&nbsp;</p> <p>I spent our school vacations and long weekends traveling to other parts of the country, from the deserts of the Outback, to the forests of Tasmania, to the clear waters of the Great Barrier Reef. I&rsquo;ve brought new ideas back to the classroom to discuss with my colleagues at Simmons, and I&rsquo;ve brought a new attitude towards my place in the world around me. My time in Australia will remain one of the best things I've ever done in my life, and I can&rsquo;t wait to go back someday.&nbsp;</p> <h4>Tell us about being an intern for the Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus (MWPC).</h4> <p>As an intern at the MWPC, I acted as an Events Coordinator and Campaign Advisor alongside seven other students for an entire semester. MWPC&rsquo;s primary goal is achieving equal representation by endorsing and supporting female candidates running for political office at every level of government. The year that I worked with them, MWPC had endorsed 37 women across the state of Massachusetts in local elections. It was my job to provide support to the campaigns of each candidate we endorsed.&nbsp;</p> <p><img height="300" alt="Christina Zaharevich '19 hiking in Australia." width="350" src="~/media/397E1D3BA26945BBA39E3CE76DC688CC.ashx?h=300&amp;&amp;w=350" />Being on the ground and doing the grunt work with each candidate taught me how unglamorous politics can be &mdash; it takes a lot of time, energy, and dedication to be an effective leader, and each of the women we worked with had a tireless sense of purpose that allowed them to persist, even when everything seemed to be going wrong. By the end of the semester, when all the votes were counted and almost every one of the women we endorsed had been elected, I was honored to help coordinate the Abigail Adams Awards dinner to celebrate their achievements.&nbsp;</p> <h4>Do you know what you would like to do after graduation?&nbsp;</h4> <p>After I graduate, I hope to be a policy advisor, either in the government or in an outside women&rsquo;s rights organization, working to advance policies that will take a bolder stance on intersectional gender issues.&nbsp;</p> <h4>What is your favorite Simmons memory?</h4> <p>While it is difficult to pick one favorite memory from my time at Simmons, all of my best moments have happened while dancing with my friends in the <a href="" target="_blank">Simmons University Dance Company</a>. There&rsquo;s certainly never a dull moment in rehearsals when all of us get together.</p> <p> </p> <div></div>2019-04-19T00:00:00-04:00{F1919845-A029-4A62-9DB6-02DD7AFFF11B} Cornu '20 is Checking the Boston Marathon Off Her Bucket List<h4>What made you want to study nursing?</h4> <p>Growing up I had a lot of nurses in my family, including my mom, so I think that really piqued my interest at a young age. I&rsquo;ve always wanted a career where I could help and support others, and for me that was <a href="">nursing</a>. Now in my Junior year, I couldn&rsquo;t be happier that I&rsquo;ve chosen this path for myself. I love going into clinical and knowing that I have the ability to brighten someone&rsquo;s day, and be there for them when they need it most. It definitely has its ups and downs, but I wouldn&rsquo;t change it for the world.</p> <h4>Why did you choose to attend Simmons? </h4> <p>I was looking into lots of different <a href="">nursing schools</a> in New England, and when I found Simmons I knew it was the perfect choice for me. With high national ratings and incredible NCLEX passing rate, the decision was a no-brainer. Simmons nurses also have amazing reputation in the Boston hospitals, and that really goes a long way when you are looking for a job as a new grad.&nbsp;</p> <h4>What inspired you to run the Boston Marathon?</h4> <p>Running the Boston Marathon has always been on my bucket list, but I never really believed I'd get around to it, especially while still in nursing school. At first I thought it was going to be too hard because I have a very heavy spring semester, but I eventually realized that there&rsquo;s never really a &ldquo;right time&rdquo; to do anything. I was really nervous at first because I'd never run more than 10 miles before. But I&rsquo;ve come so far since then and I&rsquo;m really happy I decided to just go for it. There&rsquo;s always going to be a hundred reasons to put something off, but if you really want it, you should just go for it and everything else will work itself out.</p> <h4>What are some challenges you've faced while training?&nbsp;<span class="image-right">&nbsp;<img height="300" alt="Ella Cornu standing in snow in Boston." width="350" src="~/media/89FE943D3A154B2F967FD3E5E8D2827D.ashx" /></span></h4> <p>There have definitely been times in my training when I don&rsquo;t want to go out and do those longer runs. Maybe it&rsquo;s snowing outside, or I have three exams that week, and I&rsquo;m really just not feeling up for it. In those situations I just picture the last mile and how good it&rsquo;s going to feel crossing that finish line. I also remember everything I&rsquo;ve worked for thus far, and usually that's enough to get me back out there.&nbsp;</p> <p>Another issue is definitely just believing in myself! I&rsquo;ve never considered myself an athlete, and I think that&rsquo;s mentally created a bit of an issue for me. I think, <em>there&rsquo;s no way I just ran 17 miles</em>, because before college I was never a runner. I know it&rsquo;s crazy because I&rsquo;ve been training for 20 weeks and I put in the work everyday, but sometimes it can be hard for me to accept my accomplishments in training. I just have to remind myself that I&rsquo;ve come so far, I&rsquo;m in great shape, and I can do whatever I set my mind to.</p> <h4>What song pumps you up the most while running?</h4> <p>Right now I really love a group called Two Friends. They do these two hour remixes of hit songs which is so nice! I can start one of their remixes, and by the time it ends, the long run is already half over! I&rsquo;m someone who likes to change the song every minute, so remixes are nice because the beat is always changing and it really helps keep me moving. </p> <h4>What are you most looking forward to on race day?</h4> <p>The energy of the runners and the crowd. Training and fundraising have been fun so far, but I know that when Marathon Monday rolls around I&rsquo;m going to be even more excited. Yes, it&rsquo;s painful and uncomfortable at times, but it&rsquo;s so much more than that mentally for me. I really never experienced &ldquo;runners high&rdquo; until I started doing 13+ mile runs, but I now understand that once you get into your zone, you truly feel on top of the world. And then of course crossing the finish line and being able to say I did it!</p> <h4>What's the first thing you're going to do after crossing the finish line?</h4> <p>I&rsquo;m going to find my boyfriend and give him a big hug, because he&rsquo;s been my biggest supporter throughout this process! Then we&rsquo;re heading straight to Wen's Ramen on Newbury street. A huge bowl ramen noodles isn't the best thing for marathon training, so once I finish on Monday I&rsquo;ll probably walk over there (if I can still walk), and enjoy a nice bowl of ramen. Most people wouldn&rsquo;t want to run 26 miles and then eat a bowl of soup, but Wen&rsquo;s is truly just that good. <strong></strong></p> <h4><img height="300" alt="Ella Cornu standing outside of Hopkinton Public Library." width="350" src="~/media/3B30164E99A4438681B5E8AA00B51839.ashx?h=300&amp;w=350" style="height: 300px; width: 350px;" />What charity are you running for?</h4> <p>I&rsquo;m running for the <a href="" target="_blank">Hopkinton Public Library Foundation</a> (HPLF)! I grew up in Hopkinton, and the library does so much for the town, so I&rsquo;m really excited to give back to them. Growing up I remember spending Sundays at the library with my mom and older brothers, and while the boys and I usually spent more time running around than reading, we always had a lot of fun. I decided I wanted to support the library so it can continue to grow, and others can enjoy it just as much as I did! The HPLF is looking to fund materials, resources, technology, educational and special projects, and long-term improvements. I'm really excited to help such an awesome part of our community grow even more.</p> <h4>What's your favorite Simmons memory?</h4> <p>My maternity clinical at Tufts this semester! I recently had the opportunity to shadow a nurse in Labor and Delivery, and I was able to witness a birth! I helped the nurse hold the mom&rsquo;s legs up, and encourage her while pushing. When the baby was finally delivered I almost teared up! It was a beautiful moment and I feel so lucky that Simmons has given me the opportunity to experience these sorts of things. It really reminded me of why I&rsquo;m in nursing school in the first place.</p>2019-04-11T00:00:00-04:00{6CE2F646-9740-4AC0-8A42-DDC4828FF905} McQuade '19 Brings Health Equity to Boston<p><strong>ON PURSUING HER MAJOR: </strong>Growing up, I always knew that I wanted to work with people, and I knew that I was wanted to work in healthcare. For a while, I wasn't completely sure what that would look like for me. But, as I started taking classes at Simmons, I began to learn about so many injustices within the healthcare system.&nbsp;</p> <p>So many people have a lack of access to basic healthcare services due to things like racism, sexism, and classism. The field of public health works to investigate why those barriers exist, and then implements change that aims to break those barriers down. Once I learned that there was an entire field where I could learn how to do all of this, I knew that the <a href="">public health program</a> was for me.</p> <p><strong>ON ATTENDING SIMMONS:</strong> Since I was eight, I've always said that I would go to college in Boston. To me, being in the city is where I can learn the most, and where the most change is happening. When I first toured Simmons, I knew that I had found a school that makes you feel like an individual, even in a big city where you can sometimes just feel like another number. Simmons has fostered my growth while allowing me to explore all of the opportunities that Boston has.&nbsp;<span class="image-right">&nbsp;<img height="300" alt="Health Equity Alternative Spring Break Team" width="350" src="~/media/78ED95AE96E64968B2D75A39E818D6CF.ashx" /></span></p> <p><strong>ON ALTERNATIVE SPRING BREAK (ASB):</strong> ASB is a student-led program that takes place during the week of spring break. In the past, Simmons has offered an ASB that partners with Habitat for Humanity. This year, in addition that, we offered another spring break that focused on health equity in Boston. The idea is still similar: we worked directly with several community partners to do hands-on service throughout the week while learning more about health disparities in Boston.</p> <p><strong>ON THE HEALTH EQUITY ASB:</strong> There is so much injustice in the healthcare system right here in the city, so we wanted to learn more about the community that we live in and see what work is being done here. We went to several different community partners through the week, including Pine Street Inn, the Greater Boston Food Bank, the MGH CARE Research Center, AIDs Action Committee, and Community Servings. At these organizations, we participated in the hands-on work that they're doing. We also got to learn more about each organization's history, mission, and the people that they serve.&nbsp;</p> <p>I learned so much more about the racial, class, and gender disparities throughout this week. It made me realize that there is so much more work that needs to be done, but there are so many places that are doing really important work and taking those initial steps to break down barriers to healthcare access. It made me so incredibly excited to start working in this field soon!</p> <p>I was also surprised with how rejuvenated and inspired I was throughout the whole week. I was worried about getting tired from constantly being on the move, but it honestly had the opposite effect. I left the week inspired to keep learning about the disparities that these organizations work to eliminate, and I can't wait to bring these experiences into my classes.</p> <p><strong>ON HER FAVORITE ASB MEMORY:</strong> My favorite memory is from the first day of our ASB this year. There was a snowstorm and we were scheduled to go to Pine Street Inn to help prepare meals for people experiencing homelessness. The group as a whole decided that, since people still needed to eat even if it was snowing, we wanted to go as long as we could get there by public transport. In that moment I realized how passionate and motivated all of my teammates were, and I knew that I was with a group who truly cared about health equity. That morning, we got on the bus and trekked through the snow to Pine Street Inn!</p> <p><strong>ON HER FAVORITE SIMMONS MEMORY:</strong> All of the amazing people I've met here! I love learning new things from professors and students alike, and having deep and meaningful conversations.</p> <hr /> <em>Above photo: Mina Wilcha '19, Erin O'Brien '20, <a href="">Paris Akrapa '19</a>, Caroline McQuade '19, Beyza Erdem, Joanne Michel '21, Ellen Malloy '21, Scarlett Ma '20, Hannah Malatzky '19, and Rachel Losak '19</em>2019-03-12T00:00:00-04:00{F8131837-62DE-4D65-B104-45A80B8B5AC0} the Future with Devon Zoe Eckert '18, '19MBA<h4>What made you decide to do the accelerated MBA?</h4> <p>I knew I wanted to get my MBA and start working in my field of study. The <a href="" target="_blank">accelerated program</a> allowed me to get a jump start on my studies to save money and time. The program integrated seamlessly into my undergraduate studies. </p>2019-03-07T00:00:00-05:00{5D2CCBC1-F907-4755-AE91-1485B4BE8F4D} University Radio Nominated for Best Station<p><strong>ON CHOOSING SIMMONS:</strong>&nbsp;I was actually looking for a big school in the city, but when I found this small community in Boston it felt right.&nbsp;</p> <p>I started as a communications student, unsure of which focus I would choose. Ultimately I decided to major in <a href="">web design &amp; development</a> and <a href="">media arts</a> because these are the skills I was most interested in learning.</p> <p><strong>ON SIMMONS RADIO: </strong>I joined&nbsp;<a href=""><em>The Shark</em></a> my first semester and I&rsquo;ve been hooked ever since. It's great to have a creative outlet where I have so much freedom to create the content I want to make, and learn more about how to produce it. In the four years I&rsquo;ve been with the radio, I&rsquo;ve increased my confidence, improvisation and faith in myself to be able to figure out a problem. Many of the skills I've learned are self-taught &mdash; if I want to do something or if something isn't working, I just sit down and play around with it. Sometimes I've needed help, but most of the time I'm able to figure it out myself and get it to work.&nbsp;</p> <p>Just knowing that I have the skills to attempt something, even if I don&rsquo;t know exactly how it&rsquo;s going to happen doesn&rsquo;t mean I can&rsquo;t try. For instance, the radio is putting on a music fest March 29. This is something we&rsquo;ve talked about doing for years, but this year we were able to break down how we could do it, ask people questions about how to do something and it&rsquo;s really getting done. I wouldn&rsquo;t be able to do that without the confidence I&rsquo;ve built up from the past years on radio.</p> <p><span class="image-right"><img height="400" alt="Caroline Mahoney '19 at the Simmons Radio station." width="350" src="~/media/E072CE62E870413CB87CFBC7F46C2D71.ashx" /></span></p> <p><strong>ON PRODUCING CONTENT:</strong> I really enjoy producing reels and edited pieces because I feel that I can make really good content become great with the power of editing. Adding music under someone talking, or fixing a flub in how someone is talking can make a difference. Some of the music artists we interview on air have made some really great YouTube content.</p> <p><strong>ON THE BEST STATION NOMINATION:</strong> Being nominated for best station is amazing because we are competing nationally against other college radios and they still chose us because of all the hard work the DJs and radio staff put in this year.&nbsp;</p> <p>The effort put into some of the shows on the radio is amazing and I&rsquo;m so happy we have a place on campus for people to put their ideas into action. It really makes a difference even if your major is not in communications to have a place to play around and experiment with a creative outlet.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>ON HER PLANS AFTER GRADUATION: </strong>I'd like to continue the creative work I&rsquo;ve done in the radio by going onto other media companies. I have experience in marketing, digital art making, digital production and web design so I hope to some how figure out a way to bring those skills to a cause.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>ON HER FAVORITE SIMMONS MEMORY:</strong> Some of my favorite memories would be with the radio and the several late nights we&rsquo;ve spent in the past getting reels done in the station. It creates a space of working hard to get this really cool thing done, while also goofing off with my friends and doing some dumb creative stuff together.&nbsp;</p> <p>One story that sticks out is when we were testing the equipment in the studio and then it turned into a 45 minute ASMR bit that went on for far longer than we intended.</p>2019-03-01T00:00:00-05:00{32983EE6-5FA4-4FEA-8F2B-1D37FB18F9A1} Borges '20 on the Enriching Environment of Simmons<p><strong>ON HER COMMUNITY COLLEGE EXPERIENCE: </strong>Being a member of the Massasoit Community College STEM Internship was certainly a unique learning experience. It's an internship in which students work in a position related to their career interests, linked to classroom learning, to gain knowledge of the working world. This internship really helped me become more responsible and professional, and allowed me to grow not only as a student, but also as a person. Through this internship I was able to improve my communication, problem solving and critical thinking skills, which I&rsquo;m now able to apply to my learning experience at Simmons.</p> <p><strong><strong>ON HER TRANSITION TO SIMMONS:</strong>&nbsp;</strong><a href="">Transferring to Simmons</a> was a very manageable process. The admissions faculty were helpful and supportive and they made the transferring process easier. Anytime I had a question, I'd email them and they'd readily respond. I was able to turn in all the admissions required credentials on time and almost all of my community college credits transferred.</p> <p><strong>ON CHOOSING SIMMONS:</strong> I always believed that Simmons would be the perfect fit for me. When I first visited the campus for orientation, the staff and faculty were very welcoming and made me feel like I was home. During the application process, Simmons was one of my top choices because of the small class sizes and student-to-faculty ratio, allowing students to have meaningful connections with professors. It also has a very diverse and culturally enriched student body &mdash; which I think is important because I really value and appreciate interacting with people from different countries and backgrounds.&nbsp;</p> <p>Finally, and maybe my greatest reason for choosing Simmons, is because it's conveniently located and a part of the <a href="" target="_blank">Colleges of the Fenway</a>, which is a consortium of 6 schools in the Fenway area. My decision to come to Simmons was not only based on the fact that the University provides outstanding academics and research opportunities, but also because I believed it would be enriching to live and learn alongside students from all over the world.&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="image-right"><img height="300" alt="Andrea Borges and other STEM interns at Massasoit." width="350" src="~/media/E17BB05DB3214F4F9186F1BC77F5DD67.ashx" /></span></p> <p><strong>ON PURSUING BIOCHEMISTRY:</strong> I&rsquo;m majoring in <a href="">biochemistry</a> and enrolled in the <a href="">pre-health advising program</a> because it provides the preparation I need for future admission into a medical school. Simmons&rsquo; pre-health advising program is made up of a solid foundation in the natural sciences and mathematics along with a background in the social sciences and humanities, which will help me fulfill the prerequisites required for medical school and prepare for the MCAT, the standardized admission test.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>ON HER PLANS AFTER GRADUATION: </strong>After graduating I&rsquo;m planning on applying to medical schools. I also hope to volunteer in hospitals in Cape Verde to contribute to an improvement of the health care system in my country.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>ON TRANSFERRING ADVICE:</strong>&nbsp;Consult the Simmons course catalog of your intended major so you know which courses are required and which credits will be able to transfer to Simmons. Ask questions and seek for help when needed&nbsp;&mdash; the Simmons <a href="">admission team</a> will be more than happy to advise you.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>ON HER FAVORITE SIMMONS MEMORY:</strong> When&nbsp;<a href="~/link.aspx?_id=1D24D7E6440F4E1E9FF13B8D6AEBD3F5&amp;_z=z">Former First Lady Michelle Obama</a>&nbsp;participated in the <a href="">Simmons Leadership Conference</a>, a forum devoted to empowering women to become leaders in their fields. During the conference, Obama stated that her goal is to energize, educate and empower leaders at every stage of their career; and inspire people to embrace a different vision of leadership, and not be blinded with the idea that only males can be leaders. That conference was really memorable for me because as a black woman. She increased my self-confidence and inspired me to be a leader.</p> <hr /> <em>Pictured above: Andrea Borges '20 with&nbsp;STEM interns at Massasoit.</em><br /> <div><br /> </div>2019-02-11T00:00:00-05:00{4874AB6B-3E7C-447C-99E1-383B36BF41D5} Global: Gabby Freeman '20 Finds Empowerment Abroad<p><strong>ON COMING TO SIMMONS:</strong> I knew that Simmons would allow me to connect with my professors and give me opportunities to grow my leadership skills. I loved the location of Simmons in Boston and felt at home when I visited campus.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>ON PURSUING FINANCE:</strong>&nbsp;I entered Simmons on a pre-law track but intended to major in <a href="">finance</a>&nbsp;in case I didn't want to attend law school. As I got deeper into my finance coursework, I fell in love with finance, specifically investments.&nbsp;</p> <p>The <a href="">School of Business</a> at Simmons has given me confidence in myself and in my skills. The emphasis on principled leadership within my finance program and within the School of Business itself encouraged me to stick with the program.</p> <p><strong>ON THE HONORS PROGRAM:</strong> I joined the <a href="">honors program</a> to enhance my academic experience &mdash; and it has! Honors has pushed me to take classes outside of my business courses that are both interesting and challenging. My professors in the program have made me a stronger writer and pushed me to think critically about integral issues.</p> <p>The honors program has been my home and community over the last three years &mdash; the people are one of a kind. Everyone is doing awesome things and they drive me to do my best. There's an immense amount of support from the coordinator, Valerie Geary, and Director, <a href="">Dianne Grossman</a>. It's really nice to know that there's a group of people that will support you in all of your academic endeavors. I'm so thankful for the community of people that honors has put into my life.<span class="image-right">&nbsp;&nbsp;<img height="300" alt="Gabby Freeman, Olivia Klein and Lauren Kaye group photo on the balcony of the Management Building" width="350" src="~/media/7AC23B9210684E9DAA3D173A80639DCE.ashx" /></span></p> <p><strong>ON STUDYING ABROAD:</strong> I <a href="">studied abroad</a> in Granada, Spain for a summer after my first year at Simmons and I LOVED it! It was an immersion program so I lived with a host family and studied Spanish. At the beginning of the summer, my Spanish wasn't very good. In fact, I was the worst in my class and struggled to hold a conversation with my host mom. It was incredibly difficult because most people in Granada didn't speak English. But by the end of the program, I was much more confident when speaking Spanish and talking with my host mom. It was empowering. It was also really fun and interesting to learn and experience a different culture.</p> <p>I'm also studying abroad next semester in Sydney, Australia through a program called CAPA. I'm so excited to study abroad and learn about the history and culture of Australia as well as the other cultures in the pacific. I'll primarily take business classes to earn a certificate in International Business, but I'll also take an Australian history class while I'm there.</p> <p><strong>ON HER INTERNSHIP EXPERIENCE: </strong>The summer before my junior year, I had the opportunity to work for Northwestern Mutual's Wealth Management Company in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Prior to the internship, I'd never been to Milwaukee and had no connection with Northwestern Mutual. It turned out to be an incredible experience! I learned a lot about the stock markets and managing people's money. I had a wonderful manager and mentor who made sure that I felt like I was a member of the team. I learned so much from everyone that I was able to meet.</p> <p>But it wasn't all work! Northwestern Mutual provided housing in a dorm with about 50 other Northwestern Mutual interns. We had a blast together hanging out after work, going to events and enjoying the surprisingly strong music scene in Milwaukee.</p> <p><strong>ON HER FAVORITE SIMMONS MEMORY:</strong> This year when the Red Sox were in the playoffs, my friends and I got $9 student tickets to see the second game of the American League Conference Championship. We got a text that they were selling $9 tickets and immediately ran up to Fenway without eating, without any Red Sox gear on and without jackets. It was pretty cold that night but it was worth it. That's a memory I'll never forget.</p> <hr /> <p><em>Second photo: Gabby Freeman '20, Olivia Klein '20 and Lauren Kaye '20 at the 2018 Honors Awards Dinner.</em></p>2019-01-15T00:00:00-05:00{A707A68B-FAAD-48E8-A755-90C2638CA48E} Enrichment in the Honors Program with Sarah Corbett '19, '21MS<p><strong>ON COMING TO SIMMONS:</strong> First and foremost, I&rsquo;ve known I wanted to be a nurse since my junior year of high school &mdash; the <a href="">nursing program</a> at Simmons is arguably one of the best! In addition, I love Boston. Not only are we located near some of the best hospitals in the world, but we're surrounded by wonderful restaurants, several different colleges and universities, and amazing landmarks like Fenway Park.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>ON PURSUING NURSING:</strong> The nursing program at Simmons has a wonderful reputation. We're lucky enough to be able to complete our clinical rotations in hospitals such as Brigham and Women&rsquo;s, Boston Children&rsquo;s Hospital, Beth Israel, Massachusetts General Hospital, and several others. I also knew Simmons had a five-year accelerated nurse practitioner program and this interested me. I felt like getting my NP degree would be something I would want to pursue, and excitingly enough, I have chosen to do so.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>ON THE HONORS PROGRAM:</strong> I joined the <a href="">Honors Program</a> because I wanted to be challenged. I knew that the courses offered within the program would involve content matter that extended beyond health studies, thereby enriching my entire self. The Honors courses I've taken so far are "Women Writers as Leaders," "Islamophobia," "'Talking' In the 21st Century," and "Honors Global Scholars"&nbsp;&mdash; I've learned so much from each of them.&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="image-right"><img height="300" alt="Nursing students." width="350" src="~/media/5A8E69D6AE5B4DB5858F1C5A61B7586F.ashx" /></span></p> <p>My favorite aspect of the Honors program is the people. I've met many new individuals in my classes who have inspired me with their strong views and powerful voices. In addition to my classmates, the professors have helped shape my point of view on many topics and issues &mdash; they've guided me to believe in who I am.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>ON HER CLINICAL EXPERIENCE:</strong> Last spring, I had my first clinical rotation at Boston Medical Center (BMC) on a Medical-Surgical floor. This clinical aligned with the Medical-Surgical course I was taking at the time and allowed me to utilize the information I'd learned and get hands-on experience in the hospital. I was able to obtain vital signs, help patients with their activities of daily living, and give medications, all under the supervision of my clinical instructor.&nbsp;</p> <p>This past summer, I worked at Massachusetts General Hospital in the Emergency Department as a Patient Care Assistant. I performed many of the same tasks as I did at BMC, but I'm doing new things as well, such as electrocardiograms. Overall I've had wonderful experiences and am able to learn new things each and every day.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>ON HER FAVORITE SIMMONS MEMORIES:</strong> Sitting in the quad on academic campus spending time with my best friends. I'm blessed to have met such wonderful people here and have made friends that I know will last me a lifetime. After a long morning of class, a lunch in the quad on a nice day with people I care about is something I always look forward to.</p> <hr /> <p><em>Pictured above: Sarah Corbett '19, '21MS, Lexie Jarosz '20, Molly Hennessey '20, Rachel Gilbert '20, Emily Freedman '20, and Hannah Dagg '20.</em></p>2018-12-21T00:00:00-05:00{8F22367A-FDB3-4CC6-92B7-8D4B0F770F03} Qian '19: Computer Science Changes Lives<p><strong>ON CHOOSING SIMMONS:</strong> I took a college trip in my junior year of high school and fell in love with Boston. I was so impressed that everyone on the T was reading books or newspapers &mdash; I later learned that this wasn't always typical! I applied to several schools in Boston and in the end, I chose Simmons because I liked the supportive and close community.</p> <p><strong>ON PURSUING COMPUTER SCIENCE:</strong> I interned at an educational technology startup in China the summer after high school and saw the power computer science has to change lives. My dream is to provide underserved communities with free, quality educational resources so I chose to major in <a href="">computer science</a>. Halfway through my first year at Simmons, I decided to double major in <a href="">mathematics</a> because I just find it so fascinating!</p> <p><strong>ON HER WINNING PROJECT: </strong>This November I was selected to participate in a team project at the <a href="" target="_blank">International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage, and Analysis</a>, known as SC18, in Dallas, Texas. My team presented in the "computing4change" competition &mdash; only 16 competitors were chosen from a pool of 250 applicants worldwide.&nbsp;</p> <p>The title of our project was "Resisting Cultural Acceptance of Violence." We researched how certain forms of violence are more socially acceptable in different cultures &mdash; for example, gun violence is more acceptable in the United States compared to other countries. Since my teammates were from Hawaii, California, and Guam, we focused on domestic violence in Hawaiian culture, mass shootings in American culture, and self-inflicted (suicide) violence in Guam.&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="image-right"><img height="300" alt="From left: Nilo Jayr Rivera Espinoza, University of Guam, Peizhu &quot;Pam&quot; Qian, Simmons University, Claire Fiorino, San Diego State University, Hoano Rosario, Chaminade University of Honolulu at SC18" width="350" src="~/media/6C36A91D7C4B4C33A4BBF5F85A8F2220.ashx" /></span></p> <p>We used Tableau and <a href="">R</a> to analyze raw datasets and animated the results to improve the visual effects of the final delivery. For my individual contribution, I gave three technological designs and violence interventions:&nbsp;</p> <ol> <li>Implement GPS receivers in guns and automatically disable any firearms detected in school zones, so we can prevent school shootings.&nbsp;</li> <li>Implement biometrics (fingerprint and palm print) in guns to decrease underage shootings (when kids accidentally fire guns that belong to their parents) and stolen guns (more than 300,000 guns are stolen every year in the United States and 80% of them were never found).</li> <li>Utilize AI therapists that people can call or text to help with their anxiety, stress, and other mental discomforts, especially when users are not comfortable speaking to human therapists.&nbsp;</li> </ol> <p>I didn't expect to win but I was so excited! This is a big milestone for my career and it encourages me to pursue my dream of utilizing technology to empower and transform the world around us.</p> <p><strong><img height="300" alt="Pam Qian '19 with teammate at SC18." width="350" src="~/media/F0022883BBE1464BB45D6C70C50CA70B.ashx" />ON HER INTERNSHIP:</strong> At the University of Memphis, I worked on an intelligent tutoring system called AutoTutor, which adapts and personalizes students learning in a various range of subjects. Students can interact with AutoTutor through either spoken or written communication in English or Chinese. I built a natural language processing semantic space for the system on Google App Engine, did a lot of debugging, and wrote the software requirements specification documents for AutoTutor authoring tool.&nbsp;</p> <p>Additionally, under the supervision of Dr. Xiangen Hu, I researched and constructed a language network using natural language processing techniques to simulate human social networks, as well as other real networks. This research received the runner-up of the Castellan Award for the best student presentation with special recognition at the Society for Computers in Psychology's 48th Annual Meeting in New Orleans. The full research paper is currently under review by the International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing.</p> <p><strong>ON HER PLANS AFTER GRADUATION: </strong>My short-term goal is to find a PhD program that aligns with my interests in creating educational technologies. I'm currently in the middle of my application processes. My long-term career goal is to become a professor. My ultimate dream is to ensure that all children have access to equal, quality educational resources and to create ed-tech tools that personalize the student learning process.</p> <p><strong>ON HER FAVORITE SIMMONS MEMORIES:</strong> There are so many! I enjoy all the time spent with my professors, computer science and math peers, my roommates (since my first year), my teammates on the crew team, and my international friends from the International and Multicultural Students Organization (MISO)... I can&rsquo;t pick just one!</p> <hr /> <p><em>Second photo, from left: Nilo Jayr Rivera Espinoza, University of Guam; Peizhu "Pam" Qian '19, Simmons University; Claire Fiorino, San Diego State University; and Hoano Rosario, Chaminade University of Honolulu.</em></p> <p><em>Third photo, from left: Claire Fiorino, San Diego State University and Peizhu "Pam" Qian '19, Simmons University.</em></p>2018-12-07T00:00:00-05:00{E20FB8E4-E6E6-4652-B262-E9077E0BDA6C} Voice for Veterans: Sharalis Canales '20MSW on Social Work in the Military<p><strong>ON HER JOURNEY INTO THE ARMY:</strong>&nbsp;Starting at the age of 14, I lived in a foster home for six years. I went to college while living in the foster home, but there were only a handful of people of color at this school and I honestly felt lost. I decided to drop out of college and made a spontaneous decision to join the Navy. I needed direction in life after leaving the foster care system and college. Ultimately, I was discharged a month later because of a lesbian tattoo.&nbsp;</p> <p>Upon returning from the Navy's Boot Camp, I became homeless because I aged out of the system. I lived in the Covenant House in Times Square for about six months and then joined the United States Army. I wanted to change my life around.</p> <p><strong>ON PURSUING A GRADUATE DEGREE: </strong>After serving 11 years on active duty, I decided it was time to leave the military. I moved to Boston from Hawaii in 2017 because the Boston Vet Center, Department of Veterans Affairs gave me an opportunity. I'm currently a Readjustment Counseling Technician and Outreach Specialist.&nbsp;<span class="image-right">&nbsp;<img height="300" alt="Sharalis Canales skydiving for the 22Kill Boston Organization to raise Veteran suicide awareness." width="350" src="~/media/41B2379EAADC4A8D8A52622C0E899EA6.ashx" /></span></p> <p>My new boss, an Army veteran and a licensed independent clinical social worker (LICSW), made me apply for graduate school during our first supervision meeting. Other members of my team, all of whom are veterans, encouraged me to become a social worker and attend Simmons University because of the <a href="">excellent program</a> that was offered.&nbsp;</p> <div> <p><strong>ON BECOMING A STUDENT AGAIN:</strong> Initially it was very challenging for multiple reasons. I'm older than most students. I've also been the only veteran in all my classes which has often made me feel out of place. I'm still experiencing readjustment challenges. Although there's only a small population of student veterans at Simmons, their warm welcome has made things a lot easier for me.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="">Dr. Frost</a> and <a href="">Dr. Sealey</a> continue to advocate for veteran issues within our community and I admire their work. I've been successful thus far because of the support from Simmons Student Veterans of America&rsquo;s President, Will Delaney (Marines) and Vice President Kenneth MacIntosh (Navy). The empowerment and motivation I receive from the friends I've made here has been helpful.&nbsp;</p> <p><span><strong>ON PURSUING SOCIAL WORK: </strong>Social work chose me. I was a foster child, lived in a homeless shelter and was in the military. I've been in the system and now I'm a part of it. I've been in the field for 13 years and I'm passionate about helping people. I want to be the voice for veterans and I want to fight for the things they believe in!</span></p> <p><span><strong><img height="300" alt="Sharalis Canales attending the 2018 Pride Parade with the VA and her classmates from Simmons." width="350" src="~/media/3507ED602C0040728C2477A274E4530D.ashx" />ON HER MILITARY EXPERIENCE:</strong> My ability to utilize my military experience in the social work program has been so helpful. I was a Mental Health Technician in the Army and my background has allowed me to use my skills and knowledge in my studies at Simmons University. My professors find value in what I have to share. I'm also interning at the New England Center and Home for Veterans as a case manager &mdash; this allows me to advocate for homeless veterans and connect them with their benefits.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span><strong>ON THE IMPORTANCE OF VETERAN'S DAY:</strong> It's a day to honor not only my service but to honor the sacrifices my battle buddies have made for our country. It's a day of reflection. This year&rsquo;s Veteran&rsquo;s Day is special because it is the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>I usually volunteer on this day and like to surround myself with my fellow veterans. I'll be volunteering with the <a href="" target="_blank">City of Boston Veterans Services</a> for Operation Thank A Veteran. We'll be knocking on doors, delivering service packages, shaking hands, and thanking veterans in Roxbury for their service.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span></span></p> <hr /> <p><em>Main photo: Sharalis planting U.S. flags at the Boston Common during the weekend of Memorial Day.</em></p> <p><span><em>Second photo: Sharalis skydiving to raise money for veteran suicide awareness with <a href="" target="_blank">22Kill</a> Boston.</em></span></p> <p><span><em>Third photo: Sharalis attending the 2018 Pride Parade with the V.A. and her classmates from Simmons.&nbsp;</em></span></p> </div>2018-11-12T00:00:00-05:00{0E6A073C-265A-4058-9275-15C20388715E} Students Continue the Work of Bringing People Together<p><img height="300" alt="President Helen Drinan and Delaney Gagnon '21" width="350" src="~/media/9D1B769E6FE94A4A9EB5ACDEDCDAF2A4.ashx" /><em>In honor of John Simmons' birthday, Delaney Gagnon '21 was selected to present her essay during the annual Founder's Day Celebration. Read her contest-winning essay below!</em></p> <hr /> <p>In a world that feels increasingly fractured, by politics, intolerance, resentment and anger, we realize the value in connections. By bridging gaps and reaching out to those who are different from ourselves, we are better able to see the humanity in one another. I notice that today, these bridges are largely being built by women. In the midst of discord, it is women coming forward to heal division, sow unity and take leadership positions with the intent of making the world a more inclusive and connected place.</p> <p>Simmons has long understood the importance of having women in leadership positions. Founded in 1899 as a place for women to gain an education and achieve independence, Simmons became a space where they could strive to be more than the roles given to them by society. Today, Simmons students continue to defy the limits set before them. As <a href="">President Helen Drinan</a> has stated, &ldquo;All Simmons University graduates will be equipped with the knowledge and collaborative skills needed to engage the complex challenges of an interconnected world.&rdquo; To me, an interconnected world is one led by women.&nbsp;</p> <p>The late Gwen Ifill '77 '93HD, the first Black woman to host a national, political news broadcast and a Simmons alumna, exemplifies the &ldquo;knowledge and collaborative&rdquo; skills that President Drinan addressed. Ifill&rsquo;s incomparable ability to connect with people in interviews and through the screen of a television, speaks to both Ifill&rsquo;s talent as well as the lessons she learned at Simmons. Ifill&rsquo;s work serves as a model for many Simmons students on how to confront the challenges that have persisted through generations.&nbsp;</p> <p>After leaving Simmons, Ifill faced vicious racism and resentment in the newsroom. She entered the field in a time when women, especially women of color, were not welcome. Not only did Gwen Ifill persevere, she also became an icon in the journalism industry. Using skills and knowledge honed at Simmons, Ifill further proved that it is women who so often face the most challenging issues society presents us.</p> <p>President Drinan&rsquo;s words also remind me of Boston City Councilor and candidate for Massachusetts&rsquo; 7<sup>th</sup> congressional district, Ayanna Pressley. Though not an alumna of Simmons, Pressley spoke here in 2017 during my orientation. With no Republican opponents in the general election, Pressley will become the first black woman to represent Massachusetts in national congress.&nbsp;</p> <p>She forged connections among a diverse group of voters, showing that there is more that unites us than divides us. Pressley used her platform to elevate the voices of people of color, the LGBTQIA+ community, low-income families and many other populations that traditionally have to fight for recognition. She embodies the inclusivity that the world needs to heal its heightened tensions.&nbsp;</p> <hr /> <h3 style="color: #6e7377; font-size: 20px; line-height: 1.5; padding-top: 15px; padding-bottom: 15px;">"With an education deeply informed by social justice, Simmons graduates enter the world prepared to bring people together. In order to progress, we must find ways to connect with one another."</h3> <hr /> <p>As a student, I look to women such as Gwen Ifill and Ayanna Pressley as models of diverse, representative leadership. Women continuously display strength in times of hardship, compassion in times of distrust and anger, and leadership in a time when many Americans feel lost. Yet, society continues to ask women to prove themselves. Women continue to face doubt. This issue represents a greater trend of misogyny in our society, making the education and empowerment of women at Simmons all the more important. Though the world continues to present obstacles for women, Simmons students can use their education to strive to become changemakers like Ifill and Pressley.</p> <p>Simmons University prepares not just women, but students of all genders, to address the issues society presents us today. With an education deeply informed by social justice, Simmons graduates enter the world prepared to bring people together. In order to progress, we must find ways to connect with one another. Simmons students of every profession are able to see the crossovers between fields. Everyday, nursing students address the needs of low-income patients unable to afford healthcare because of policies decided by the government. Our social workers use medical resources to aid clients struggling with mental illness, and students studying history use knowledge of the past to advance the causes relevant today. Socially just leaders are made here at Simmons.</p> <p>John Simmons founded this institution with the understanding that to be truly independent, women needed to receive a quality education. Today, this belief continues to be upheld. Like Gwen Ifill and Ayanna Pressley, who challenged the status quo and proved that there is space for everyone in leadership and powerful positions, Simmons students acquire the confidence needed to fight institutions that divide us. To leave Simmons equipped with the skills to engage an interconnected world means not only possessing the knowledge to change unjust systems, but having the courage to do so, as well.</p> <hr /> <p><em>Originally from Danvers, Massachusetts, Delaney Gagnon '21 is a <a href="">social work</a> major and News Editor for the <a href="" target="_blank">Simmons Voice</a>.&nbsp;</em></p> <p><em>Pictured above: President Helen Drinan and Delaney Gagnon '21</em></p>2018-10-23T00:00:00-04:00{8B6358BB-F160-46D5-8D46-848E14823F2C} Official Simmons Guide to Boston<h3><img alt="Signs for Fenway Park" src="~/media/863579B50481400FAF9C4F6425C4E280.ashx?h=300&amp;w=350" style="height: 300px; width: 350px;" />Within Walking Distance</h3> <p>There's tons to do right around the corner from the Simmons campus. Just steps from our front door, you can take in some of the greatest pieces of art in the world at the <a href="" target="_blank">Museum of Fine Arts</a> and the <a href="">Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum</a>.</p> <p>Just down Huntington Avenue, you can head to the <a href="">Mary Baker Eddy Library</a>, take in a concert at <a href="" target="_blank">Symphony Hall</a> or the <a href="" target="_blank">New England Conservatory</a>, and catch a Red Sox game at <a href="" target="_blank">Fenway Park</a>!</p> <p><strong>Travel Time</strong>: Five to 15 minutes walking.</p> <hr style="clear: both !important;" /> <h3>North End&nbsp;<span class="image-right">&nbsp;<img height="300" alt="Statue of Paul Revere" width="350" src="~/media/78BF09BCB3FE43D69C3FE9E58EF1DC00.ashx" /></span></h3> <p>The North End is Boston's oldest residential community, and people have continuously lived there since it was settled in the 1630s. It's distinctly known for its Italian community, with restaurants like <a href="" target="_blank">Bacco</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Fiore</a> and the original <a href="" target="_blank">Regina's Pizzeria</a>.</p> <p>There are also plenty of pastries to try, and <a href="" target="_blank">Mike's Pastry</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Modern Pastry</a> have you covered. You can learn some history by visiting the <a href="">Paul Revere House</a> or check out a show at the <a href="" target="_blank">Improv Asylum Theater</a>. Oh, and if you're around in the summer make sure you check out the <a href="" target="_blank">St. Anthony's Feast</a>, which includes marching bands, food and live music!</p> <p><strong>Travel Time</strong>: 20 minutes on the Green Line.</p> <hr style="clear: both !important;" /> <h3><img height="300" alt="The Museum of Science building" width="350" src="~/media/CA44129129E74435BE3128F6923C04E2.ashx" />West End</h3> <p>The West End is a mix of commercial and residential areas and is home to the third oldest hospital in the U.S., <a href="" target="_blank">Massachusetts General Hospital</a>. You can learn a little more about the history of this area by visiting the <a href="" target="_blank">West End Museum</a> and cheer on the Celtics or the Bruins at the <a href="" target="_blank">TD Garden</a>. Science comes alive at the <a href="" target="_blank">Museum of Science</a> and you can pay a visit the old Charles Street Jail, now the <a href="" target="_blank">Liberty Hotel</a>.</p> <p><strong>Travel Time:</strong> 20 to 25 minutes on the Green Line.</p> <hr style="clear: both !important;" /> <h3>South End&nbsp;<span class="image-right">&nbsp;<img height="300" alt="Townhomes located in the South End neighborhood of Boston" width="350" src="~/media/DD2056E42CB646FE9838D76D44961287.ashx" /></span></h3> <p>The South End is one of Boston's main restaurant districts and features Tremont Street, which is often called "Restaurant Row." Restaurants like <a href="" target="_blank">The Beehive</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Toro</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">The Gallows</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Myers and Chang</a> and way more will keep you coming back time again.</p> <p>You can get in touch with your artistic side by visiting the <a href="" target="_blank">Boston Center for the Arts</a> and the <a href="" target="_blank">SoWa Art Galleries</a>. It's also just a good place to go and walk around because everything is so pretty and Instagrammable.</p> <p><strong>Travel Time</strong>: 12 minutes on the Green Line, and then five to 10 minutes walking.</p> <hr style="clear: both !important;" /> <h3><img height="300" alt="People studying in the Boston Public Library" width="350" src="~/media/CD5085C0B6614CB49D180F07D82C2FC3.ashx" />Back Bay</h3> <p>Back Bay is famous for its brownstone homes, but it's also home to some of the most recognizable places in Boston, including the <a href="" target="_blank">Boston Public Library</a> and <a href="">Hynes Convention Center</a>. It also includes the best shopping spots in the city, from <a href="">Newbury Street</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Prudential Center</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Copley Place</a>.</p> <p>Want some of the best views of Boston? Hit up the <a href="" target="_blank">Skywalk Observatory</a> at the top of the Prudential Building for the city's only sky-high vantage point. Looking for more culture? Visit <a href="" target="_blank">Trinity Church</a>, regarded as one of the finest buildings in America, or the <a href="" target="_blank">Old South Church</a>, just across the street from the library. And don't miss the <a href="">Boston Marathon</a> finish line, or cheer on the runners if you're here in April!</p> <p><strong>Travel Time</strong>: 15 minutes on the Green Line.</p> <hr style="clear: both !important;" /> <h3>Seaport/Waterfront&nbsp;<span class="image-right">&nbsp;<img height="300" alt="The Boston Tea Party Museum" width="350" src="~/media/0BCB844929894DB2ADA21598AA136500.ashx" /></span></h3> <p>If you couldn't tell by the names, you'll be right on the water when you visit the Waterfront and Seaport. Say hello to the sea creatures at the <a href="" target="_blank">New England Aquarium</a> or embrace your inner child at the <a href="" target="_blank">Children's Museum</a>. You can also head over to the Boston Harbor, home to the historic Boston Tea Party and the <a href="" target="_blank">Boston Tea Party Museum</a>.</p> <p>You definitely won't go hungry over here, with spots like <a href="" target="_blank">Legal Harborside</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Strega</a> and Ming Tsai's restaurant <a href="" target="_blank">Blue Dragon</a>! Rather catch a concert? The <a href="" target="_blank">Blue Hills Bank Pavilion</a> is one of the city's most popular outdoor amphitheaters, with great views of the water and some memorable concerts. Oh, and if you're looking to get out on the water, make sure you check out <a href="" target="_blank">Codzilla</a>, Boston's very own high-speed thrill ride boat!</p> <p><strong>Travel Time</strong>: 40 minutes (train time and walking).</p> <hr style="clear: both !important;" /> <h3><img height="300" alt="The Boston Opera House" width="350" src="~/media/5A51537B83B947C3BA58F3947F1896CD.ashx" />Theater District</h3> <p> Are you a fan of broadway shows, ballets or even operas? You'll feel right at home in the Theatre District, where you can see everything from the <a href="" target="_blank">Boston Ballet</a> perform some of the world's most famous ballets to Blue Man Group perform their innovative and amazing performance you just have to see for yourself.</p> <p>Laugh at <a href="" target="_blank">Shear Madness</a> or catch the latest great show at the <a href="" target="_blank">Boch Center Wang Theatre</a>, the&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Boston Opera House</a>, the <a href="" target="_blank">Charles Playhouse</a>, the <a href="" target="_blank">Colonial Theatre</a>, the <a href="" target="_blank">Cutler Majestic Theatre</a>, the <a href="" target="_blank">Modern Theatre</a>, the <a href="" target="_blank">Orpheum Theatre</a>, the <a href="" target="_blank">Paramount Theatre</a>&nbsp;or the <a href="" target="_blank">Wilbur Theatre</a> (phew). <a href="" target="_blank">Chinatown</a> is also close by, so you can grab some of the best Asian cuisine just around the corner.</p> <div> <p><strong>Travel Time</strong>: 20 minutes on the Green Line.</p> <hr style="clear: both !important;" /> <h3>Cambridge/Somerville&nbsp;<span class="image-right">&nbsp;<img height="300" alt="Rowing team on the Charles River" width="350" src="~/media/E15524C5E6634BA4BE4A8D3A37329A36.ashx" /></span></h3> </div> <p> Just across the river is Cambridge, which has its own collection of neighborhoods, but we're giving you the highlights. <a href="" target="_blank">Harvard Square</a> is home to Harvard University, but it also holds food, shopping and even some great music venues. There's a farmer's market, a skating rink in the winter, and tons of outdoor seating for the warmer months.</p> <p>The <a href="" target="_blank">MIT Museum</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Harvard Art Museum</a> will keep you cultured, while <a href="" target="_blank">The Sinclair</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Club Passim</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">The Plough &amp; Stars</a> (and much much more!) will keep you entertained with live music.</p> <p>And don't miss the annual <a href="" target="_blank">Head of the Charles</a>! Watch this exciting regatta from the shores of Cambridge for some beautiful city views.&nbsp;</p> <div> <p><strong>Travel Time</strong>: 35 to 40 minutes on the train.</p> </div>2018-10-19T00:00:00-04:00{9EE98423-D9DC-4B73-B0EF-C3C7AB988C1B} Students Harvest 11,200 Pounds of Apples for Boston Food Pantries<div class="photo-and-caption-left"><img height="300" alt="Caroline Codair, Jenna Clemenzi and Cara Stockman harvesting apples with Boston Area Gleaners." width="350" src="~/media/25650603FAEF4E548162BDDDAD8475C0.ashx?h=300&amp;w=350" style="height: 300px; width: 350px;" />Caroline Codair '19, '22DPT, Jenna Clemenzi '19, '20MPP and Cara Stockman '19, '22DPT</div> <h3>About the students</h3> <p><strong>Caroline:</strong> I'm on the <a href="">exercise science/physical therapy 3+3</a> track. I knew I wanted to work alongside people, positively impact my community and focus on wellness, rather than sickness. PT seemed like the perfect fit! And I was fortunate enough to find and be accepted to Simmons&rsquo; accelerated track!</p> <p><strong>Jenna:</strong> I'm in my third year of the <a href="">political science/public policy 3+1</a> program. In high school when I did my Youth Voting Initiative project for my Girl Scout Gold Award I became passionate about politics and civic engagement. This was also around the beginning of the primary elections in 2016, when American political culture was becoming extremely divisive. I wanted to stay involved and I was considering a future career in policy, so I decided to major in political science and apply for the MPP program.</p> <p><strong>Cara:</strong> I'm in my third year of the <a href="">physical therapy</a> program. I&rsquo;m fascinated by the human body&rsquo;s capability to heal through movement. Physical therapy was the perfect fit for me: it was both medicine and behavioral health. Boston is known for its healthcare &mdash; particularly hospitals in the Longwood area. Simmons offered an opportunity to work alongside great minds from these institutions. Simmons also has several organizations on campus centered around my other central interest: sustainability.</p> <div class="photo-and-caption-right"><img height="300" alt="Volunteers picking apples." width="350" src="~/media/775D338A3B0E4DE0A9E634A2599D8605.ashx" />Kaelin Montanez&nbsp;'20 and Sunny Hodge '20</div> <h3>How it began</h3> <p><strong>Jenna:</strong>&nbsp;We're in the Food Systems Learning Community, which is part of our undergraduate core curriculum, <a href="">PLAN</a>, and is made&nbsp;up of 3 classes. In "Food Policy" we discussed food waste, FDA policies and regulations, food insecurity and food deserts, childhood nutrition and school lunches, and policy solutions for these issues. The "Political Economy of Food" class focused on issues at each level of the food system, from the workers in the field to major supermarket chains. In the "Seminar" portion we worked on group projects and looked at community solutions to food issues like urban farming, farm shares and farmers markets.</p> <h3>Developing their project</h3> <p><strong>Caroline:</strong>&nbsp;One Saturday during fall semester 2017, I ventured to the North End to attend the Boston Food Festival on the Rose Kennedy Fitzgerald Greenway. While walking around, I saw a booth titled Boston Area Gleaners. &ldquo;Gleaning? What is gleaning&rdquo; I asked the people at the counter. When they explained their nonprofit&rsquo;s mission, I instantly fell in love. I wanted to be part of their goal to eliminate food waste on the agricultural level AND help feed Massachusetts residents. Conquering two issues at once &mdash; brilliant!&nbsp;</p> <p>Coming up with the project idea, I wanted to increase consumer awareness, specifically at Simmons. I'd never heard of gleaning before, and imagined others must be unaware too. Cara, Jenna and I agreed it would be perfect to educate our campus about the extreme levels of food waste on farms by inviting students and staff on a gleaning trip.</p> <div class="photo-and-caption-left"><img height="300" alt="Jenna Clemenzi and Professor Carole Biewener load apples into bin." width="350" src="~/media/B2F8AA3974A44E8EB00312FFC25C3ED0.ashx?h=300&amp;w=350" style="height: 300px; width: 350px;" />Jenna Clemenzi '19, '20MPP and Professor Carole Biewener load apples into bin.</div> <h3>Partnering with the Gleaners</h3> <p><strong>Cara:</strong>&nbsp;The <a href="" target="_blank">Boston Area Gleaners</a> are the definition of a successful grass-roots group. Their origin story began much the same way our project did: with a concern about food insecurity in America, particularly in Massachusetts. Gleaning is a practice unknown to many in vocabulary, but recognized by almost everyone. It is the act of harvesting unwanted crop from the field and donating to those in need of such food. Often times this food is a bumper crop: something the farmer wouldn&rsquo;t profit off of, or the food is simply &ldquo;ugly&rdquo; not up to consumers&rsquo; high standards.&nbsp;</p> <p> The Gleaners, as we like to call them, bridge the gap between excess food and hungry people &mdash; and they do so with clear commitment and back-to-the-earth style. Simply put, they were fantastic to work with! In fact, they had done events such as ours before and had a &ldquo;corporate outing&rdquo; template to follow, in order to organize all the staff and materials for the event.&nbsp;</p> <h3>Harvesting the apples</h3> <p><strong>Jenna: </strong>We had a group of 31 people, including students, Profs. <a href="">Biewener</a> and <a href="">Nitkin</a>, and one parent. We arrived at the farm around 9:30 and where we learned how to harvest the apples and use the harvesting tools provided. We gleaned for about 2 hours and filled 14 bins of apples &mdash; 11,200 pounds! &mdash; that would be donated to Boston area food pantries. Picking apples was a lot of fun and I got to talk with the gleaning staff and bond with other Simmons students who were taking the same learning community this year!</p> <p>We returned to Simmons with bags full of apples ourselves and a bagged lunch our project purchased from the Daily Table in Dorchester, a not-for-profit, low-income food market we had also learned about. Daily Table is also one of the recipients of the Gleaners&rsquo; rescued food.</p> <div class="photo-and-caption-right"><img height="300" alt="Boston Area Gleaners volunteers on bus." width="350" src="~/media/EE83BDBC17A746DBA1D1B5D9806C5D6D.ashx" />Boston Area Gleaners volunteers on bus.</div> <h3>The feeling of volunteering</h3> <p><strong>Caroline:</strong> Aside from one student, no one had previously heard of gleaning, let alone taken part in it. When the volunteers heard how much we gleaned, their mouths dropped! Many of the students posted pictures of themselves and friends on the trip promoting the mission of BAG, and explained how they helped their community that day. Being able to share our new found passion for gleaning with friends, and then having them be just as excited for more trips is a wonderful feeling. After receiving unanimous love and support on our event, we did apply for grant money for a (hopefully annual) trip this time next year!</p> <p><strong>Cara:</strong> I personally believe there is no greater feeling than working in service. The key to charitable action is to participate in a sustainable, uncorrupted system of giving. The Boston Area Gleaners is a perfect example of well intentioned individuals taking action where it&rsquo;s needed. Most importantly, they contribute to a system of awareness and connection with the food we eat.</p>2018-10-12T00:00:00-04:00{DD6B5FE8-F0B6-4B12-8779-DCB779818CDC} Convocation and Simmons University<p>University <a href="">President Helen Drinan</a> '75MS, '78MBA welcomed members of the Simmons community to "Convocation: A Celebration of University" on Wednesday, September 5. Cheers from the crowd echoed throughout the academic campus as faculty, staff and students celebrated the beginning of this next chapter.&nbsp;</p> <p>Provost and Senior Vice President <a href="">Katie Conboy</a> kicked off the festivities with a presentation of the four newly organized colleges, headed by our&nbsp;<a href="">four inaugural deans</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>Continuing this spirit of welcome and celebration, Associate Provost and Dean of the Undergraduate Program, <a href="">Catherine Paden</a>, congratulated the newest Members of Academy &mdash; Simmons' undergraduate honors society. Paden, along with the four new deans, inducted 26 new members of the Class of 2019 into the Academy.&nbsp;</p> <p>Professor Geoffrey Turner, President of the Faculty Senate, gave an address to the Class of 2019 on behalf of the faculty. As a behavior scientist, Turner urged students to truly engage in their surroundings and foster relationships with peers and professors &mdash;&nbsp;many of whom will become lifelong friends.&nbsp;</p> <p>"Get lost in what you do here at Simmons," said Turner. "Find out what engages you. Find meaning and a higher purpose in your work."</p> <hr /> <h3 style="color: #6e7377; font-size: 20px; line-height: 1.5; padding-top: 15px; padding-bottom: 15px;">"The Simmons story has many more chapters to be written," said Provost Conboy as she concluded her remarks. "Let's write them together!"</h3> <div><hr /> <p>Turner was followed later in the ceremony by Provost Katie Conboy, who gave the Convocation Address. She lauded the current success of the University and the redesign of its academic structure before taking attendees through Simmons' institutional journey.</p> <p>"We shouldn't forget that Simmons has already been many things," Provost Conboy reminded the audience. "In some ways we might consider all of these versions of Simmons as strands of our DNA."</p> <p>Provost Conboy explored where we've been, how far we've come and where we're going &mdash; encouraging the Simmons community to go forward in confidence as we begin the next chapter in the University's history.&nbsp;</p> <p><span>"The Simmons story has many more chapters to be written," said Provost Conboy as she concluded her remarks. "Let's write them together!"</span></p> </div>2018-09-06T00:00:00-04:00{3F52918B-E849-48C3-88F9-DE9C92D9A066} Must Read Tips for the Class of 2022Our <a href="">Orientation Leaders</a>, Delaney Roberson '20, Josephine Tran-Vong '21 and Emily Mills '19, told us what they wish they knew before coming to Simmons. Here are a few tips that will help make your transition to Simmons as easy as possible! <h3><img height="300" alt="Students in dorm room" width="350" src="~/media/F5EA5C28F1A345B39FD9DCCD5A4DDE3A.ashx" />1. Pack wisely!</h3> <p>Packing for college doesn't have to be overwhelming. We've taken the stress out of packing by curating a <a href="">comprehensive checklist</a> for our first years. And when it comes to clothes, be sure to come prepared for our beautiful&mdash;but sometimes unpredictable&mdash;New England weather!</p> <h4 style="color: #6e7377; font-size: 20px; line-height: 1.5; padding-top: 15px;">"I wouldn&rsquo;t have survived my first year if I didn&rsquo;t bring my fan and my rain jacket. And make a mental note of the toiletries you use! Target was ransacked the first week I moved in, so I had to borrow my roommate&rsquo;s shower shoes&mdash;her feet were MUCH smaller than mine."</h4> <h4 style="color: #6e7377; font-size: 20px; line-height: 1.5; padding-top: 15px;">-Josephine Tran-Vong '21</h4> <hr style="clear: both !important;" /> <h3>2. Embrace new friendships.&nbsp;<span class="image-right">&nbsp;<img height="300" alt="Photo of the African and Caribbean Student Union E-Board Members: Kara Walsh '20, Aisha Lawal '18, Ogugua Uchendu '20, Rae&rsquo;Niqua Victorine '20 and Tozoe Marton '18" width="350" src="~/media/C1CF254EC09846CBA85EADFE4B633B3D.ashx" /></span></h3> <p>Ask any alum&mdash;Simmons is where lifelong friendships are made. Although it might seem intimidating in the beginning, meeting new people and making friends is easier than you think. Don't know where to start? With over 70 to choose from, try joining one of our many <a href="">clubs and organizations</a>!&nbsp;</p> <h4 style="color: #6e7377; font-size: 20px; line-height: 1.5; padding-top: 15px;">"Don't put so much pressure on yourself to fit in right away. For some students, it may take a bit of time to adjust to new surroundings. That&rsquo;s totally okay! I promise that you will eventually figure out exactly where you need to be."</h4> <h4 style="color: #6e7377; font-size: 20px; line-height: 1.5; padding-top: 15px;">-Delaney Roberson '20</h4> <hr style="clear: both !important;" /> <h3><img height="300" alt="Green line MBTA train" width="350" src="~/media/4458A410524C4ACD80E1EACAEB98E08B.ashx" />3. Getting around the city is easier than it looks.&nbsp;</h3> <p>Boston is known for being a walking city&mdash;there are so many <a href="">interesting neighborhoods</a> just steps away from our campus. If you don't feel like walking, public transit is affordable and easily accessible. Although the schedules and routes may seem confusing at first, we promise that you'll be a pro in no time.&nbsp;</p> <h4 style="color: #6e7377; font-size: 20px; line-height: 1.5; padding-top: 15px;">"The T is not scary. I was so flustered when we took the T during Orientation and thought I'd have to avoid it. I quickly overcame this fear after just a few trips&mdash;it's so much easier than you think."</h4> <h4 style="color: #6e7377; font-size: 20px; line-height: 1.5; padding-top: 15px;">-Emily Mills '19</h4> <hr style="clear: both !important;" /> <h3>4. Take your time when choosing a major.&nbsp;<span class="image-right"> &nbsp;<img height="300" alt="students studying in Common Grounds" width="350" src="~/media/2E34F0DD3B4A4A548F40B26A05525509.ashx" /></span></h3> <p>Did you know that 25% of our students come to Simmons <a href="" target="_blank">undecided</a>? Undecided is technically our second most popular "major"! We know that it takes time to discover your passion&mdash;that's why you don't need to declare a major until your sophomore year.&nbsp;</p> <h4 style="color: #6e7377; font-size: 20px; line-height: 1.5; padding-top: 15px;">"I wish I knew that I didn&rsquo;t need to pick my major right away. I was so stressed trying to figure out what to do with my life my first year."</h4> <h4 style="color: #6e7377; font-size: 20px; line-height: 1.5; padding-top: 15px;">-Emily Mills '19</h4> <hr style="clear: both !important;" /> <h3><img height="300" alt="Students getting food in Bartol Dining Hall" width="350" src="~/media/36C44471EC234C80BFA4A671598CFF8C.ashx?h=300&amp;&amp;w=350" />5. Stay healthy and get enough rest!</h3> <p>Your first semester will be a big adjustment, so be sure to take care of yourself. Pulling all-nighters and spending all day at a desk will eventually catch-up with you. Not sure how to start? Check out these <a href="">handy tips</a> from Simmons' nutrition experts!</p> <h4 style="color: #6e7377; font-size: 20px; line-height: 1.5; padding-top: 15px;">"Just because Star Market is open 24/7 does NOT mean that you should go on an expedition at 3 a.m. to get ice cream."</h4> <h4 style="color: #6e7377; font-size: 20px; line-height: 1.5; padding-top: 15px;">-Delaney Roberson '20</h4>2018-08-15T00:00:00-04:00{38A7E8CA-C147-417F-99AB-CE269838D94A} Green '19 Studies Journalism in South Africa<p><strong>ON CHOOSING SIMMONS:</strong> Simmons gave me the opportunity to experience living in Boston while also benefiting from a small campus environment, with low student-professor ratios and student-run organizations.&nbsp;</p> <p>The <a href="">public relations and marketing communications</a> major allows me to take courses in everything from <a href="">journalism</a> and <a href="">graphic design</a> to marketing and project management. Besides meeting my interdisciplinary interests, the variety of courses in this major prepare you for life after graduation.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>ON THE HONORS PROGRAM: </strong>While touring Simmons my senior year of high school, I attended an honors course taught by Professor <a href="">Dawna Thomas</a> about the different experiences people with disabilities face throughout diverse communities in the United States. In that class, I saw a group of students who applied introspection and critical thinking to a topic outside a "required" course. After that tour, I knew that in the <a href="">honors program</a> I'd be challenged to be a more engaged, well-rounded person and student during my time at Simmons.&nbsp;<span class="image-right"> &nbsp;&nbsp;<img height="300" alt="Hannah Green and her fellow journalists en route to Pringle Bay" width="350" src="~/media/E5A3320CDF614A869BBD05C1A6D0A836.ashx" /></span></p> <p>One of my favorite aspects of the honors program is that we're constantly learning from one another &mdash; each student brings different lived experiences, interests, majors, etc. Additionally, honors students have access to honors designated courses and the Honors Global Scholars Scholarship, which helped fund my <a href="">study abroad</a> experience.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>ON STUDYING ABROAD:</strong> I studied with the School for International Training (SIT) in South Africa in the spring of 2018. I spent two months studying social and political transformation in Durban, and the remainder of my semester in Cape Town interning at the <a href="" target="_blank">Sunday Times</a>. The semester culminated with an independent study project in journalism. My chosen topic was the private security industry, inequalities of safety and policing in South Africa.</p> <p><strong><img height="300" alt="Hannah Green speaking with veteran South African journalist, Martine Barker. " width="350" src="~/media/FCD39912A6A743F08330BCED1EA42711.ashx" />ON BEING PUBLISHED:</strong> I had five stories published in TimesLIVE, two published on Times Select and one story published in the Sunday Times print edition.&nbsp;</p> <p>These articles were meaningful for me &mdash; the researching, writing and editing I put into them &mdash; and for the numerous South Africans who shared their stories with me hoping they would be heard. Whether I was speaking to the lawyer&rsquo;s of Cape Town&rsquo;s most notorious <a href="" target="_blank">mafiosos</a> or an up-and-coming circus acrobat from the Khayelitsha township, I learned that storytelling, when done accurately and humanely, is a means of democratizing our world.</p> <p><strong>ON HER SIMMONS MOMENT:</strong> Presenting my final paper for my Honors Program Learning Community course on race, meritocracy and education in America is my Simmons moment. I researched how the current system of racism reinforces our capitalistic class structure along racial lines by disproportionately subjecting Black students to an integrative education that ultimately inhibits their social mobility. My professors gave me the resources and freedom to find this topic &mdash; I know that this is an experience I only could have had at Simmons.</p> <hr /> <p><em>Middle Photo: Hannah and some of her fellow journalists take a pit stop en route to Pringle Bay.</em> </p> <p><em><span>Bottom Photo: Hannah discussing her independent study project in journalism with her mentor, veteran South African journalist Martine Barker.&nbsp;</span></em></p>2018-07-17T00:00:00-04:00{635A38F6-40BD-4FAE-8B5B-B2013D5EF163} Boston Spots You Can't Miss<p>We're right in the heart of Boston, and there's so much to do and see in this city. Our <a href="">Orientation Leaders</a>,&nbsp;Delaney Roberson '20, Josephine Tran-Vong '21 and Emily Mills '19,&nbsp;told us their favorite places to visit during the school year. Here are just a few of the many iconic Boston landmarks that you can't afford to miss while you're here.</p> <h3><img height="300" alt="Entrance to Museum of Fine Arts" width="350" src="~/media/C8B6632408B84A0286DA64C38CC047FC.ashx" />1. Museum of Fine Arts</h3> <p>There's tons to do right around the corner from the Simmons campus. Just steps from our front door, you can take in some of the greatest pieces of art in the world at the <a href="">Museum of Fine Arts</a>&nbsp;(MFA). And you won't have to worry about admission &mdash; Simmons students can visit free of charge!</p> <h4 style="color: #6e7377; font-size: 22px; line-height: 1.5; padding-top: 15px;">"I think the MFA is perfect for gloomy days. Whenever I feel overwhelmed or stressed, the calming atmosphere is just what I need."</h4> <h4 style="color: #6e7377; font-size: 22px; line-height: 1.5;">- Delaney Roberson '20</h4> <hr style="clear: both !important;" /> <h3>2. Fenway Area&nbsp; <span class="image-right">&nbsp;&nbsp;<img height="300" alt="Citgo sign by Fenway Park" width="350" src="~/media/24F2681B06974ED793C4B66CEEF64C67.ashx" class="image-right" /></span></h3> <p>Although we love watching the <a href="" target="_blank">Red Sox</a> play at Fenway Park, there's much more to this area than baseball! Just steps away from our Residence campus, there's great shopping and restaurants for Simmons students to enjoy.&nbsp;</p> <h4 style="color: #6e7377; font-size: 22px; line-height: 1.5; padding-top: 15px;">"I love Fenway area. There&rsquo;s a two story Target and a ton of places to eat &mdash; my favorites are El Pel&oacute;n and Thornton&rsquo;s on Peterborough Street!"</h4> <h4 style="color: #6e7377; font-size: 22px; line-height: 1.5;">- Emily Mills '19</h4> <hr style="clear: both !important;" /> <h3><img height="300" alt="People studying in the Boston Public Library" width="350" src="~/media/CD5085C0B6614CB49D180F07D82C2FC3.ashx" />3. Boston Public Library</h3> <p>Founded in 1848, the <a href="http://" target="_blank"></a><a href="">Boston Public Library</a> is the first free municipal library in the United States! Located in Back Bay, this area is known for its architecture&nbsp;&mdash; from the iconic Boston brownstones to <a href="" target="_blank">Trinity Church</a>, you'll find several beautiful buildings just steps away from the library.</p> <h4 style="color: #6e7377; font-size: 22px; line-height: 1.5; padding-top: 15px;">"I love going to the Boston Public Library with my friends. There's always other college students so it&rsquo;s fun to meet new people!"</h4> <h4 style="color: #6e7377; font-size: 22px; line-height: 1.5;">- Josephine Tran-Vong '21</h4> <hr style="clear: both !important;" /> <h3>4. Boston Public Garden&nbsp; <span class="image-right">&nbsp;&nbsp;<img height="300" alt="Boston Public Garden lagoon with skyscrapers in background." width="350" src="~/media/D7B626E812064DCE84B46D81B27BC5D4.ashx" /></span></h3> <p>Established in 1837, the <a href="" target="_blank">Boston Public Garden</a> was the first public botanical garden in America. Enjoy the outdoors while never leaving the heart of the city &mdash; and while you're there,&nbsp; take a ride around the garden's lagoon on a historic <a href="" target="_blank">Swan Boat</a>!</p> <h4 style="color: #6e7377; font-size: 22px; line-height: 1.5; padding-top: 15px;">"I have many places that I would like to explore further in Boston, but I will always be up for a trip to the Boston Public Garden. The Public Garden is especially gorgeous in the warmer months."</h4> <h4 style="color: #6e7377; font-size: 22px; line-height: 1.5;">- Delaney Roberson '20</h4> <hr style="clear: both !important;" /> <h3><img height="300" alt="People walking in Downtown Crossing area." width="350" src="~/media/66644C2667A9464498C6D1F323BD842C.ashx" />5. Downtown Crossing</h3> <p>Have some free time? Check out the <a href="" target="_blank">Downtown Crossing</a> area! Located next to the Boston Common, this section of the city has plenty of shops, restaurants and unique storefronts to keep you entertained.&nbsp;</p> <h4 style="color: #6e7377; font-size: 22px; line-height: 1.5; padding-top: 15px;">"I love the Park Street/Downtown Crossing area. Whether it&rsquo;s hanging out at the Common, or shopping at Primark, there's so much to do."</h4> <h4 style="color: #6e7377; font-size: 22px; line-height: 1.5;">- Emily Mills '19</h4>2018-06-29T00:00:00-04:00{F34D0777-CD31-431D-B250-1A012D822DDB} Your Orientation Leaders<h4>What's your major?</h4> <p><strong>Delaney:</strong> <a href="">Nursing</a>.</p> <p><strong>Josephine:</strong> Nursing.</p> <p><strong>Emily:</strong> <a href="">Political science</a> with a minor in <a href="">communications</a>.</p> <h4>Where are you from?</h4> <p><strong>Delaney:</strong> Highland, New York, a small town 90 miles north of New York City.</p> <p><strong>Josephine:</strong> I was born and raised in Stockton, California, but I currently live on Cape Cod, Massachusetts!</p> <p><strong>Emily:</strong> Bristol, Connecticut.</p> <h4>What residence hall did you live in as a first-year?</h4> <p><strong>Delaney:</strong> I lived in South Hall&rsquo;s Wellness Community. It was the perfect dorm for me to complete my first two years at Simmons! I was able to live with so many awesome students who share my passion of health and fitness.</p> <p><strong>Josephine:</strong> Morse Hall &mdash; on the Arts floor.</p> <p><strong>Emily: </strong>South Hall! (The best hall)</p> <h4>What made you choose Simmons?</h4> <p><strong>Delaney:</strong> When I first visited Simmons almost three years ago, I immediately noticed a profound sense of community. I could tell that fellow students, administrators and professors genuinely wanted me to succeed and grow into the best version of myself.</p> <p><strong>Josephine:</strong> Simmons is well known for its nursing program and it's in a great location. When I went on my tour, I just felt this sense of community and knew this is was it.</p> <p><strong>Emily:</strong> I chose Simmons for a few reasons. I wanted a small school where I could get to know my professors and get involved on campus. Simmons and Boston ended up being the best fit for me!</p> <h4>What made you make the move to become an Orientation Leader?</h4> <p><strong>Delaney: </strong>During my own Orientation two years ago, I remember feeling incredibly nervous and overwhelmed. Transitioning into college life with completely new surroundings and people was not an easy task for me&nbsp;&mdash; I became an Orientation Leader to guide students through this process. Being an Orientation Leader perfectly melds my love of Simmons with student leadership.</p> <p><strong>Josephine:</strong> My Orientation Leaders were a big reason I wanted to become one. They just had this constant positive energy and they really made my transition smooth, and I also wanted to do that for others.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Emily:</strong>&nbsp;I was super homesick when I first came here and had a rough adjustment. I wanted to become an Orientation Leader to help any students who were going through the same thing that I went through.</p> <h4>What are you most excited for at Orientation?</h4> <p><strong>All: </strong>Meeting my orientees!</p> <h4>What's your favorite food at Bartol?</h4> <p><strong>Delaney:</strong> I think a lot of Simmons students will agree that Nugget Night is the best! Bartol serves both vegan and traditional chicken nuggets, so even plant-based students can enjoy these tiny bites of pure deliciousness.</p> <p><strong>Josephine: </strong>The specialty pizza &mdash; my favorite is the ricotta and balsamic one, but really all of them are good. The pizza corner is what I check first when I step into Bartol.</p> <p><strong>Emily:</strong>&nbsp;The Mediterranean orzo dish!&nbsp;</p> <h4>Do you have any tips for first-years?</h4> <p><strong>Delaney:</strong> Don&rsquo;t underestimate the value of sturdy shower shoes and a comfy robe.</p> <p><strong>Josephine:</strong> This will be a confusing time, it&rsquo;s okay to not know what&rsquo;s going on. You probably aren&rsquo;t the only one!</p> <p><strong>Emily: </strong>Besides the typical stuff like don&rsquo;t lose your ID and don&rsquo;t take an 8 a.m. class, my biggest tip is to have fun, but work hard. Your first year is such a great opportunity to explore your interests and try new things. Take a class that sounds interesting &mdash; and get involved!&nbsp;</p> <h4>Tell us one fun fact about yourselves!</h4> <p><strong>Delaney:</strong> I teach yoga for our <a href="">Fit at Simmons</a> program! I absolutely love meeting new students this way, while also using yoga to destress and unwind from my hectic schedule.</p> <p><strong>Josephine:</strong> I'm a first-generation student!</p> <p><strong>Emily:</strong> I've watched the entire Parks and Rec series on Netflix 9 times &mdash; it&rsquo;s my favorite show of all time. I think I know every line from every episode.</p> <h4>What's your Simmons moment?</h4> <p><strong>Delaney: </strong>The day I stepped foot into Boston Medical Center for my first nursing clinical was the most exciting, yet terrifying, day of my college career thus far. Although the nursing faculty do an amazing job of cramming ungodly amounts of knowledge into our brains, clinical is where nursing students truly learn how to excel in their field.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Josephine: </strong>Towards the end of my first year, I became heavily involved in clubs and organizations, and now I hold e-board positions for them. Being in these spaces allowed me to meet amazing people who were just like me that I wouldn&rsquo;t have met elsewhere. My Simmons moment was feeling the sense of community I felt on my first tour, multiplied by ten. It was finding people you&rsquo;ve only known for a few months but being comfortable enough to consider them family.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Emily:</strong> Mine was when I traveled to Dallas, Texas last year for a student government conference with some of my fellow SGA members. I became so close with the people I traveled to Texas with, and we were able to become a more cohesive student government because of it. I've had so many opportunities to get involved and become a leader at Simmons, and every experience has lead me to amazing, lifelong friends.</p> <p><hr /> </p> <p><em>From Left: Josephine Tran-Vong '21, Emily Mills '19 and Delaney Roberson '20</em></p>2018-06-19T00:00:00-04:00{14870956-522B-4065-AB39-B8B6A6FC96B6} College Announces University Designation<p>Simmons College announced today that it will become Simmons University effective September 1, 2018, and will introduce a new academic structure, including four new colleges led by <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=C32D984E4DBD4A5CBBFBB1025C005154&amp;_z=z">four recently appointed deans</a>. The announcement is the culmination of a strategic planning and visioning process begun in 2011.</p> <p>&ldquo;The hard work we've been doing on our academic redesign; on real estate use and opportunities; on improving student services and retention; and on strengthening our academic programs has positioned Simmons very well,&rdquo; said <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=78AE8F7006AD4533BAC27B910E349D57&amp;_z=z">Helen G. Drinan, President of Simmons College</a>. &ldquo;Given the size and scope of our programs, including online graduate programs with national and international reach, &lsquo;university&rsquo; is a more accurate description of who we are and where we are going. We&rsquo;re looking forward to a very exciting future.&rdquo;</p> <p>Founded as a women&rsquo;s college in 1899, Simmons has evolved to become a complex urban university dedicated to innovative teaching and engaged learning in the liberal arts and the professions. In the new structure, Simmons University will continue to offer an <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=90099AF2A5AC467FA9E1CBC3FD2D865C&amp;_z=z">undergraduate program</a>&nbsp;for women and numerous <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=1DF7F3B388E14A6E894FE4F9A04F6DB9&amp;_z=z">graduate programs</a>&nbsp;open to all.&nbsp;</p> <p>Simmons University will consist of the <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=F41202130B524C6DADDF42885C61020A&amp;_z=z">Gwen Ifill College of Media, Arts, and Humanities</a>; the College of Social Sciences, Policy, and Practice; the College of Organizational, Computational, and Information Sciences; and the College of Natural, Behavioral, and Health Sciences. Several of Simmons&rsquo; well-known professional schools&mdash;including the School of Nursing, the School of Social Work, the School of Library and Information Science, and the School of Business&mdash;will retain their identities and live within the colleges alongside other existing departments and programs.</p> <p>&ldquo;The new Colleges each underscore Simmons&rsquo; signature strengths, combining distinct disciplinary preparation with interdisciplinary emphases, inter-professional approaches, and attention to rapidly evolving fields of study and practice,&rdquo; said <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=B88EA184CDCF473A869C5AE2EF4EB236&amp;_z=z">Katie Conboy, Ph.D., Provost and Senior Vice President</a>. &ldquo;Together, the four new Colleges reflect the University&rsquo;s commitment to a culture of inclusive leadership, social justice, global perspective, and civic engagement.&rdquo;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>In the last several years, Simmons has experienced growing enrollments in its undergraduate program; doubled its graduate enrollments; and launched an international version of its successful <a href="" target="_blank">women&rsquo;s leadership conference</a>. Simmons also completed the largest fundraising campaign in the college's history.&nbsp;</p> <p>The new academic structure is the result of an intensive two-year process that involved the entire Simmons community in designing a forward-looking organizational structure that honors Simmons&rsquo; ongoing commitment to women&rsquo;s undergraduate education and serves the entire student population.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;All Simmons University graduates will be equipped with the knowledge and collaborative skills needed to engage the complex challenges of an interconnected world,&rdquo; said President Drinan.</p> <p>The Class of 2019 will be the first graduates under the Simmons University designation. Learn more about our <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=E9390445030646CF85E2029E638CBF57&amp;_z=z">university designation</a>.</p>2018-05-24T00:00:00-04:00{3F046A2C-4F1F-4AC7-8A3E-4B5383D7791D} the 113th Simmons Commencement<p>We're still buzzing with excitement from the <a href="" target="_blank">113th Simmons Commencement</a>! In front of their friends and families, 301 undergraduate and over 1,000 graduate students received their Simmons degrees. This inspiring day included Commencement addresses from bestselling and highly decorated author <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=F0C76F353F364250BA26C10413A600D0&amp;_z=z">Jacqueline Woodson</a> and longtime non-profit leader <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=F0C76F353F364250BA26C10413A600D0&amp;_z=z">Joan Wallace-Benjamin</a>.</p> <p>In our morning undergraduate ceremony, <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=78AE8F7006AD4533BAC27B910E349D57&amp;_z=z">President Helen Drinan</a> welcomed attendees and introduced the student speaker, <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=19381ADD598540F4A2EC58D880654BAF&amp;_z=z">Tozoe Marton '18</a>, whose speech was selected out of a record number of submissions. </p> <p>Marton spoke of her journey from Ghana to Simmons and thanked her father and step-mother for fostering her passion for learning. Marton credited Simmons for <a href="" target="_blank">linking this passion</a> to "a lifelong purpose" and concluded with a call to action for her fellow graduates: "we must use the tools we have gained at Simmons to guide us and create positive change in the world."</p> <p>2018 Class President, <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=D88839BF9DF94FC0919DE9E2EAB3482E&amp;_z=z">Maggie Belfi '18</a> was presented with the Joan Melber Warburg '45, '97HD Leadership Award. This honor is awarded to a Simmons senior who displays commendable leadership abilities and devotes these abilities to making positive change. </p> <p>In her undergraduate Commencement address, Woodson <a href="" target="_blank">challenged</a> the graduates to step out of their comfort zones and to help others whenever they are able. &ldquo;You, my fierce Simmons Class of 2018, have a story to tell," said Woodson. "You have a right now, to do the work you were meant to do."</p> <p>Woodson was presented with an honorary degree along with Frieda Garcia, the founding director of La Alianza Hispana and former executive director of United South End Settlements (USES).</p> <p>A record number of Masters and Doctoral degrees were granted in the afternoon graduate Commencement ceremony.</p> <p>During her graduate Commencement address, <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=F0C76F353F364250BA26C10413A600D0&amp;_z=z">Joan Wallace-Benjamin</a> encouraged graduates to <a href="" target="_blank">become involved</a> and use their abilities to make positive change in their communities:</p> <p>"As you graduate and move into the next phase," said Wallace -Benjamin, "don&rsquo;t just ask yourself what you want to be, but instead what problems you want to solve."</p> <p>Wallace-Benjamin received an honorary degree along with the Honorable Leslie E. Harris, Associate Justice, Suffolk Juvenile Court (Ret.).</p> <p>Congratulations to our 2018 Simmons graduates! For more highlights from Commencement check out <a href="" target="_blank">#Sims18</a> on <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Instagram</a>! </p>2018-05-18T00:00:00-04:00{19381ADD-5985-40F4-A2EC-58D880654BAF} '18: At Simmons, Everyday is a Learning Experience<p><strong>ON PURSUING HER MAJORS:</strong> I was initially an <a href="">international relations</a> major when I came to Simmons, but one day I sat in on a <a href="">sociology</a> class. The social justice aspect of sociology really drew my attention and I became a double major at the end of my sophomore year.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>ON CHOOSING SIMMONS:</strong>&nbsp;I <a href="">transferred</a> to Simmons my second year for financial reasons. However, the reason I decided to stay is because I honestly fell in love with this community.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>ON SPEAKING AT COMMENCEMENT:&nbsp;</strong>I&rsquo;m truly honored to be selected as the student <a href="">Commencement</a> speaker &mdash; I&rsquo;m both excited and nervous! I decided to audition simply because Simmons has given me so much, and I wanted to give back by sharing my own experience with everyone. I want to let everyone know what a great institution this school is, and the speech does that perfectly &mdash; it mixes personal experience with the mission of this institution. <span class="image-right">&nbsp;<img height="300" alt="Photo of the African and Caribbean Student Union E-Board Members: Kara Walsh '20, Aisha Lawal '18, Ogugua Uchendu '20, Rae&rsquo;Niqua Victorine '20 and Tozoe Marton '18" width="350" src="~/media/C1CF254EC09846CBA85EADFE4B633B3D.ashx" /></span></p> <p><strong>ON THE AFRICAN AND CARIBBEAN STUDENT UNION (ACSU):</strong> I&rsquo;m one of the founding members of ACSU, which was established in January 2017. We wanted to create a space for African and Caribbean students to share their cultures with each other, the Simmons community and the <a href="" target="_blank">Colleges of the Fenway</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>As president of ACSU, I've learned several things, but the biggest lesson has been patience. When I started this organization, I had so many amazing events in my head that would allow the community to learn more about African and Caribbean cultures. I realized that while these ideas were great, I needed to take baby steps. ACSU wasn&rsquo;t ready to host the large events that I had in my head, so I needed to be patient with the organization as it grew.&nbsp;<span class="image-right">&nbsp;</span></p> <p><strong>ON HER INTERNSHIP:</strong> My internship with Planned Parenthood consisted of canvassing and staffing the phone bank for the Lydia Edwards for Boston City Council Campaign, and working for the Office of Public Affairs at Planned Parenthood&rsquo;s Commonwealth location.&nbsp;</p> <p>At the beginning, I wasn&rsquo;t really excited about working with politicians because I wanted to learn about sexual and reproductive health. After I started working hands-on with politicians who were endorsed by Planned Parenthood, I began to understand the importance of collaboration between non-profits and local politicians. Organizations like Planned Parenthood rely heavily on the policy made by politicians &mdash; it&rsquo;s crucial for Planned Parenthood to support politicians who are in favor of their mission. I now understand the key role that politicians play in improving health care in their respective areas.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><img height="300" alt="Tozoe Marton playing in the leaves on an autumn day" width="350" src="~/media/1E7CFF33D9A24714A2C65C18C885628F.ashx" />ON THE BOSTON DEBATE LEAGUE (BDL): </strong>BDL exposes Boston Public Schools to debate in a way that prepares the students not only for college, but also teaches them how to interact with the world around them.&nbsp;</p> <p>I became a debater for the BDL in 9th grade when I was at the Boston Latin Academy. At the age of 15, I was challenged to think critically about the world around me. Today, I continue to utilize the analytical skills I gained from BDL in class discussions as well as essays.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>When the BDL asked me to be a middle school debate coach, I didn&rsquo;t hesitate to say yes because I understand the impact that debate can have on a student's performance in school. And interestingly, as a debate coach, I noticed that the content I was teaching my debaters were topics I was also learning in my college classes.&nbsp;</p> <div> <p><strong>ON BEING PREPARED FOR THE FUTURE:</strong> Honestly, how has Simmons not prepared me? Everyday was a learning experience. From this institution, I&rsquo;ve learned to be resilient in the face of hardship&nbsp;&mdash; this is something that I'll have with me wherever life takes me.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>ON HER PLANS AFTER GRADUATION:</strong> I'll be attending Brandeis University for my MA in sustainable international development and my MS in global health policy and management.</p> </div> <p><strong>ON HER SIMMONS MOMENT:</strong> I was in <a href="">Professor Saher Selod&rsquo;s</a>&nbsp;inequalities course when we were discussing gender and inequality. I said something completely wrong regarding gender identity and another student nicely corrected me. Circumstances like this happen very often, where everyone is learning from each other. I love that I&rsquo;m able to feel comfortable enough in class to not be afraid of being wrong. I've learned a lot from the professors, but even more from the students.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <div> <p><span></span></p> <hr /> <em>Pictured above: The African and Caribbean Student Union E-Board Members: Kara Walsh '20, Aisha Lawal '18, Ogugua Uchendu '20, Rae&rsquo;Niqua Victorine '20 and Tozoe Marton '18</em> </div>2018-05-16T00:00:00-04:00{A77DFB49-3483-4B17-A5D7-AC6F9375AAC2} Share: My Simmons Moment<h5><hr /> </h5> <h5>MAKING A DIFFERENCE</h5> <p>While working on homework with one of the second graders at Education Sparks, the student put his pencil down, looked me in the eye and said, "I just really appreciate you being here to help me." It was so touching to see that this program is making a difference in that student's life, and I wouldn't have the opportunity to work with the program if it weren't for Simmons and the Scott/Ross Center.&nbsp;</p> <p>-&nbsp;<a href="">Courtney LeBlanc</a>&nbsp;'18</p> <hr /> <h5>BEING MYSELF</h5> <p>Last semester I received an email from admissions that said, &ldquo;Kayla, it&rsquo;s your time to shine. We need you to be Stormy again." I think this moment perfectly sums up my time here! This community has allowed me to be my goofy self while also respecting me as a person&mdash;as a result, I've never felt out of place at Simmons.&nbsp;</p> <p>-&nbsp;<a href="">Kayla Hummel</a>&nbsp;'18</p> <hr /> <h5>BECOMING A LEADER</h5> <p>Simmons has so many different types of opportunities for developing leadership. I always enjoy hearing about what my classmates are involved in because everyone is always doing something different. Many students have jobs on-campus or off-campus, they volunteer, they tutor, they study abroad, they plan events, they do research, they join clubs, they teach exercise classes, they give tours, they play sports, they do everything! Simmons is full of hard-working students and I love being a part of this unique community.&nbsp;</p> <p>-&nbsp;<a href="">Madeline Uretsky</a>&nbsp;'18</p> <hr /> <h5>BEING INVOLVED</h5> <p>Being an RA this year was my Simmons moment &mdash; it really allowed me to be more involved on campus, grow as a leader and also learn a lot about myself. I've met amazing people along the way!&nbsp;</p> <p>-&nbsp;<a href="">Christina Guerrier</a>&nbsp;'18</p> <hr /> <h5>LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES</h5> <p>I was in&nbsp;<a href="">Professor Saher Selod&rsquo;s</a>&nbsp;inequalities course when we were discussing gender and inequality. I said something completely wrong regarding gender identity and another student nicely corrected me. Circumstances like this happen very often, where everyone is learning from each other. I love that I&rsquo;m able to feel comfortable enough in class to not be afraid of being wrong. I've learned a lot from the professors, but even more from the students.</p> <p>-&nbsp;<a href="">Tozoe Marton</a>&nbsp;'18</p> <hr /> <h5>INSPIRING EVENTS</h5> <p>I have two! My first was last spring when I planned and emceed the Leadership Recognition Ceremony for student leaders and groups on campus. It was truly amazing to be part of an event that celebrates individuals and groups on campus that are accomplishing incredible things. Being surrounded by so many inspiring and hardworking people was a great way to celebrate the end of my first year.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> <br /> My second was volunteering at the Simmons Leadership Conference. I was so proud to be part of this event and to represent Simmons. The people here are doing amazing things with a tremendous impact and this event is just one example of that!&nbsp;</p> <p>-&nbsp;<a href="">Molly McDonald</a>&nbsp;'18</p> <hr /> <h5>THE SIMMONS COMMUNITY</h5> <p>It's been a culmination of thoughts, realizations and appreciation for the Simmons community. I'm proud to be a part of this womens-centered institution that continues to encourage students to surpass any obstacles we might face. Overall, I think that my entire senior year is my "Simmons moment," which makes it that much harder to say goodbye.</p> <p>-&nbsp;<a href="">Kaitlyn Lapeyre</a>&nbsp;'18</p>2018-05-15T00:00:00-04:00{A8EC6985-6547-4DB8-9AD7-D6D29ECA52C0} Barriers & Lack of Access: Christina '18 Talks Health Care<p><strong>ON PURSUING NURSING:</strong> Growing up, I noticed the lack of access to health care in my own neighborhood. The nearest hospital was miles away and there was only one local nurse, so everyone was sent to her. I knew I wanted to be like her so I could help others, educate my patients and bring some much needed changes to the health care systems back home.</p> <p><strong>ON CROSSING CULTURAL BARRIERS:</strong> I'm very passionate about providing culturally appropriate care, which I define as the ability to adequately care for a patient despite language barriers or cultural differences. Although this isn't always easy, because all of us have preconceived notions of people from different cultures, it's important to get to know each patient and individualize their care.&nbsp;</p> <p>Language shouldn't be a barrier to educate your patients and care for them properly. I've always been passionate about learning different languages and cultures. <a href="">French</a>, specifically, has always been a part of my life, so I continued to pursue that passion when I came to Simmons.</p> <p><strong>ON CHOOSING SIMMONS:</strong> Simmons was my top choice because of the <a href="">nursing program</a> and for financial reasons. The scholarships I was awarded made it possible to come to Simmons and have meant the world to me. Because Simmons is a small, women-centered college, I've had so many opportunities to grow, get involved and accomplish many great things. It was one of the best decisions that I&rsquo;ve ever made.</p>2018-05-10T00:00:00-04:00{D2B18525-9F54-4200-B592-2863A7E7F213} Entrepreneurship Class Wins Business Feasibility Competition<p>Simmons students won the&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Colleges of the Fenway</a> (COF) Entrepreneurship Competition in the first COF "Feasibility Faceoff." Eight teams from Emmanuel, Wentworth, MassArt and Simmons competed in the final round.</p> <p>Led by Professor <a href="">Teresa Nelson</a>, Elizabeth Eddy &lsquo;18, Tristen Howell &lsquo;18, Ana Maher '20 and Charlotte Dyer &lsquo;19 (pictured above) took first place for their project &ldquo;SimScenes Stickers,&rdquo; a company they developed for the entrepreneurship class, &ldquo;Let&rsquo;s Start a Business on Campus Right Now!&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re following the process that any of these students would use if they were establishing a business themselves,&rdquo; said Professor Nelson. &ldquo;We&rsquo;re able to do it together and practice as we go along. It&rsquo;s really about starting with &lsquo;what is their passion and interest?&rsquo; and understanding how this connects with who the customers are and how they create value.&rdquo;</p> <p>With $500 of seed money from the <a href="">entrepreneurship program</a>, the class set out to discover what products students were likely to buy. After meticulous research, planning and surveys, the group opted to create stickers depicting campus life and college experiences that people can relate to&mdash;specifically images significant to Simmons.</p> <p>&ldquo;We went through an entire design and brainstorming process and ultimately wanted to increase positivity and community on the Simmons campus,&rdquo; said Ana Maher. &ldquo;We thought that there are some things everyone can relate to as a Simmons student&mdash;if we created stickers that represented those things, people can put them on laptops, phones or anywhere. Then they can create a sense of community while also reminding you of these positive experiences.&rdquo;</p> <p> </p> <div>They designed several Simmons-specific stickers including Bartol Hall&rsquo;s chicken nugget night, Stormy the shark, the Boston skyline and the Canadian geese that frequent campus grounds. They even decided to honor one iconic Simmons professor:&nbsp;<a href="">Bob White</a>.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> </div>2018-04-30T00:00:00-04:00{02926DF9-16B4-468A-B28E-540845275C1A} Change: Julianne Pondelli '18C Takes Nutrition to the Ice<p>To her students, Julianne Pondelli '18C is much more than a skating coach&mdash;she&rsquo;s a source of support and refuge in the rigorous sport of figure skating. On a typical evening, she can be found skating alongside her students at one of the six rinks where she teaches, carefully critiquing their movements with a gentle hand and encouraging word.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;Figure skating has been part of my life since I can remember,&rdquo; said Pondelli. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s my goal to not only teach my skaters the fundamental and solid technique of the sport, but also teach them proper life lessons that will help them once they&rsquo;re away from the arena.&rdquo;</p> <p>From an early age, Pondelli knew that coaching would be in her future. Between the ages of 9 and 22 she worked towards passing her senior level tests&mdash;a feat that only 3% of skaters achieve. Now a gold medalist in Freestyle and Moves in the Field, Pondelli has over 19 years of coaching experience under her belt.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Despite her success, Pondelli noticed a challenge in the figure skating industry&mdash;access to nutritional guidance. In an industry that demands perfection, skaters are often expected to have an ideal, petite frame&mdash;a contributing reason to the prevalence of eating disorders in the figure skating community.&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="image-right"><img height="300" alt="Emily Alberti, Julie Pondelli, Katelyn McCarthy, Abby Flinn and Sammi DeLucca" width="350" src="~/media/A2EB23456CB74E9C9440DBB066F51100.ashx?h=300&amp;w=350" style="height: 300px; width: 350px;" /></span></p> <p>&ldquo;Nutrition education is so important in an athlete&rsquo;s life,&rdquo; Pondelli explained. &ldquo;If I can give my students a positive experience in the nutrition field and show them how to have a positive attitude towards food, that would be great in addition to just teaching them how to skate.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p>Pondelli realized that in order to provide sound advice to her skaters, she would need to become a Registered Dietitian. With support from faculty and advisors at Simmons, Pondelli enrolled in the <a href="">Certificate in the&nbsp;Didactic Program in Dietetics</a> (CDPD) and was able to fit her studies into a hectic, full-time workload and coaching schedule.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;Through the Simmons CDPD program I&rsquo;ve learned how to be encouraging with kids,&rdquo; shared Pondelli. &ldquo;In a consultation or in the rink, I encourage them to follow their dreams and to always stay positive.&rdquo;</p> <p>Pondelli doesn&rsquo;t take her position as a skating instructor lightly&mdash;she knows that a large part of being a successful mentor means leading by example. Between her passion for skating, dedication to nutrition, and value of higher education, Pondelli&rsquo;s students recognize and admire her unique approach to coaching.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Katelyn McCarthy, Abigail Flinn, and Samantha DeLucca are just a few of Pondelli&rsquo;s many students. &ldquo;Julie&rsquo;s a really supportive coach and she&rsquo;s really good at motivating all of her students,&rdquo; said McCarthy. &ldquo;No matter how you performed, she&rsquo;s always finding something to be proud of.&rdquo;</p> <p>DeLucca echoed McCarthy&rsquo;s statements and believes that Pondelli is notably different from any of the other coaches she&rsquo;s met. &ldquo;I would call her one of my best friends at the rink,&rdquo; added Flinn. &ldquo;I love her as a coach because I&rsquo;m able to talk to her about anything, whether it&rsquo;s skating-related or not.&rdquo;</p> <p><img height="300" alt="Sammi DeLucca, Julie Pondelli and Katelyn McCarthy" width="350" src="~/media/0706FBF5E1544832877DE4127FA21316.ashx" />This type of feedback is indicative of Pondelli&rsquo;s coaching style that extends beyond the rink. Whether it&rsquo;s time management or learning to be graceful under pressure, Pondelli works with her students to help them find strength and confidence through their figure skating.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;Figure skating definitely gives the skaters a sense of leadership and empowerment that they can take with them after their skating years,&rdquo; explained Pondelli. &ldquo;An example is being able to take criticism constructively&hellip;you learn that criticism isn&rsquo;t a bad thing, it&rsquo;s just how you get better.&rdquo;</p> <p>In order to illustrate these lessons, Pondelli wanted her students to learn from the elite figure skaters competing at the recent Winter Olympics. Instead of simply watching a beautiful performance, she hoped that her students would try to emulate the confidence these skaters bring to their routines and their lives outside of the rink.&nbsp;</p> <p>While teaching good sportsmanship is central to Pondelli&rsquo;s coaching style, watching her students compete is still her favorite part of the job. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s amazing to see the finished product of everything they&rsquo;ve worked so hard for,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;I&rsquo;m also extremely proud when they have the confidence to get back up after they fall. Being able to keep going until the end and not giving up is a very important quality to carry with you.&rdquo;</p> <p>This mentality is what sets Pondelli apart from her contemporaries. Instead of measuring her success in medals or points scored, Pondelli measures in life lessons and lasting impressions. When students emulate her positive attitude, or tell her that she&rsquo;s inspired them to lead healthier lifestyles, she knows that she&rsquo;s doing her job right&mdash;both on and off the ice.</p> <hr /> <p><em>Main photo: Abigail Flinn, Katelyn McCarthy, Julianne Pondelli '18C and Samantha DeLucca</em></p> <p><em><span>Second photo:&nbsp;E</span>mily Alberti, Julianne Pondelli '<em>18C</em>, Katelyn McCarthy, Abigail Flinn and Samantha DeLucca</em></p> <p><em>Third photo: Samantha DeLucca, Julianne Pondelli '18C and Katelyn McCarthy</em></p>2018-03-29T00:00:00-04:00