Kristin Moccia '15 on Receiving Her Simmons Scholarship

What are you studying at Simmons?

I’m studying public health on the social analysis track! 

What made you choose your major?

After taking a few courses that intertwined sociology and international issues, it became clear the program was a perfect fit for my variety of interests.

What's your favorite part of your program?

It's a tie between the passionate, engaging professors and the interdisciplinary courses. 

Also, being able to study abroad in South Africa and learn about community and health development enhanced my learning within the public health program.

What's your favorite Simmons memory?

Participating in Simmons World Challenge during my sophomore year. It was nearing the end of the ten intensive days of research. We were in crunch time preparing our proposals and no one had slept nearly enough because everyone was giving 110% of their energy into these amazing, creative projects that tackled social issues. I felt really proud of the work, of the people around me, and of Simmons as an institution. It let me know I was in the right place.

What was the best part of the Scholarship Appreciation Brunch?

Seeing Bill and Jane Mosakowski, my scholarship donors. They are such remarkable people and it's great having the opportunity to catch up on everything that happened over the course of the year. The event is always a beautiful celebration of philanthropy to Simmons and it's an opportunity to visualize its impact.

What was the topic of your speech?

I talked about the opportunities that the Mosakowski Scholarship has enabled me in my time at Simmons, and how service to others in the local and international community has truly allowed me transform my passion into purpose.

How did your life change when you received your Simmons scholarship?

I will never forget the moment I received my scholarship to Simmons. It was the day of my senior prom. I opened the letter in my kitchen and my mother and I cried and jumped around my kitchen in my gown. Simmons was my top choice school but there was the reality that tuition just might not be feasible. The scholarship meant everything to myself and my family and it motivated me to make the very most of this immeasurable gift of education and experience I had been given. 

What advice would you give to first-year students at Simmons?

Extend yourself -- and start early. Don’t limit yourself to what might seem the normal track of study. There is so much to be said about having knowledge across variety of subjects. It gives you the ability to view the world and your place in it from multiple perspectives. Also, explore Boston and all it offers for college students -- the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and Boston Public Library are some of my favorites.

What's your favorite thing about Simmons?

The learning atmosphere. The intellectual diversity on campus creates a community where students challenge themselves and each other to be more focused, empowered and passionate about learning. I’m more than lucky to be a part of it.
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