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September 2013 Archives

Our adult students come to Simmons from a variety of backgrounds. Each fall, your Simmons admission counselors criss-cross the country to visit prospective students at their colleges and workplaces . Check out our October visit schedule below to see when we'll be in your area. Then come say hello-- we love to meet our applicants on the road!
Date Time Event Location
Wed. Oct. 2 10am-1pm MassBay Community College Transfer Fair Wellesley Hills Cafeteria
Wed. Oct. 2 11:30am-1:30pm Brigham and Women's Hospital Shop on the Pike (Tower Building, 2nd Floor)
Mon. Oct. 7 10am-1pm Community College of Rhode Island Transfer Fair Newport Cafeteria
Tue. Oct. 15 10:30am-1pm Santa Monica College Transfer Fair Fountain Quad
Thu. Oct. 17 10:30am-1pm Cape Cod Community College Transfer Fair Cafeteria
Tue. Oct. 22 10:30am- 2pm Central Maine Community College Transfer Fair Jalbert Hall
Tue. Oct. 22 10:00am-1pm Bunker Hill Community College Transfer Fair Gymnasium
Wed. Oct. 30 10:30am-1:30pm Three Rivers Community College Transfer Fair Cafeteria
Thu. Oct. 31 10am-1pm Manchester Community College Transfer Fair Learning Resource Center and SBM Charitable Foundation Buildings

Recently, Sightings caught up with Shannon Sullivan '15, a student in the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program at Simmons.  This month, Shannon writes about her classes and professors.  Next month, we'll hear more from Shannon about service learning opportunities in the field.  Can't wait that long to learn more?  Click here to read about our BSW program!

Since I have been in the BSW program, I wake up and am excited to attend class. I enjoy seeing my professors and my peers. Sometimes I am eager to attend because a discussion took place in the previous class that we were unable to finish. I have had the time to process and examine my thoughts and can now add additional information to the discussion.

The social work professors truly are one of a kind. Their passion and care is shown in the way they interact with their students. While they are taking care of themselves and their families, they ensure that their students are taking care of themselves as well. The teaching strategies used have been very effective. BSW students have been given the opportunity to attend movie screenings, conferences, work in groups and listen to guest speakers. I have been encouraged to push myself, but I also feel comfortable expressing my concerns if I need help managing the work-load. Professors are invested in building relationships with students and in creating an environment of flexibility and understanding regarding class outlines and the syllabus.

Communication has played a major role in the success I have experienced with the BSW Program. Being able to understand the meaning of self-reflection is an indescribable feeling. It is amazing how much growth I saw in myself after each semester. At times classes consisted of difficult conversations and topics that may either be new to individuals or have only been spoken about very little throughout our lives. But difficult conversations like these are common in the field of social work, and it was important for us to learn how to work through challenging topics.

Intrigued?  Contact your admission counselor for more information!

We are excited to announce that the Spring, Summer, and Fall 2014 applications for admission are now available!  Apply online and we'll waive the application fee.  Click here to read more about our requirements and deadlines, and don't forget to contact your admission counselor if you have any questions.  We look forward to reading your application!

As a Dix Scholar, you will be taking courses across the breadth of Simmons' offerings.  This means that all of our graduates are prepared to enter or continue in the working world, having challenged their intellectual capacities and explored their interaction with their own culture, their natural environment, and their world.  Although a number of adult students come to Simmons with transfer credit fulfilling the modes, other students take them here at Simmons.

Today, we continue a monthly series on each of the Modes of Inquiry.  In August, you learned about Mode 2, Language, Literature,and Culture. This month, you'll learn about Mode 3, Quantitative Analysis and Reasoning.   In Mode 3 courses, you will enhance your ability to think systemically and logically, as well as gain tools and experience in solving problems that are numerical and logical in nature.  

As admission counselors, we sometimes speak to adult students who have been out of school for awhile and are nervous about taking a math course. Although many math courses can fulfill Mode 3, there are over 15 courses offered!  This flexibility allows you to choose Mode 3 courses that are relevant to your personal and professional interests. Here is a small sampling of them:

Contact your admission counselor if you have questions about our academic programs.  Want to see if your transfer credit fulfills Mode 3?  Just request a Transfer Credit Evaluation!

On Tuesday, September 10th, come visit Simmons to learn how to earn up to 24 college credits for your life and work experience.  Our Credit for Prior Learning workshop will teach you how your experience can be transferred into college credits and significantly reduce the cost of tuition.  Register here!

We have planned this event as a workshop for adult students seeking to complete their first bachelor's degree.  Strong candidates for this program are those who generally have less than 80 college credits and are seeking a bachelor's degree in one of our close to fifty majors.  Please note that due to the specific requirements of the nursing or physical therapy programs, students seeking to pursue these majors are often not candidates for the Credit for Prior Learning option.   If you have specific questions about your potential eligibility, please email: for additional guidance from an admission counselor prior to the event.

Looking to learn more before the event?  Check out our June 2012 Sightings entry!

Although at a humid 80 degrees, it may not feel like fall yet, the Simmons community is busy welcoming our returning and new students to campus for the fall semester!  Convocation is held on Wednesday, September 4th, and classes begin on Thursday, September 5th.  
Starting at a new school can be a big step, especially if you haven't been in class for awhile.  Your admission counselor is here to help with any questions you have about Simmons, from the application process to academic programs to resources for adults.  Next semester, we may be welcoming you to campus!