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Life on the River!

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


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

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

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

The story of my adventure goes as such:

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

 I decided it time for a chance of scenery.


A Quick Bite

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


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

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

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

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Whats up, Clauds? is a new series that chronicles the funny, off wall, and sometimes reflective experiences of Claudia, a Simmons Student just trying to make it to her next class.  

Are you there, Housing Selection Gods?


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

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1.    Explore.  

Do a little research on the different housing options available to you.  What does a suite in Smith look like?  How big is a double in Arnold?  What theme communities are available? Look around at all of the buildings to get a sense of what living there would be like. Also, the site has new features that allow for virtual room tours including photos and video if you don't have the chance to see them in person.

2.    Research.  

Have you heard of the availability spreadsheet? Use this feature of the reslife website to see how many rooms in each building are available.  Speaking of the website, use it!  It offers some really great information about housing selection that would most likely answer your question and also any that you didn't even know you had.

3.    Branchout.  

Don't have a roommate? Don't worry.  Plenty of us experience this, and so Simmons offers many ways to find others looking for a new roomie! Attend Pair Fairs, join the Facebook group, or go to a suite matching fair.  Even if you strike out with these, there is the Meet and Greet area at housing selection night.

4.    Talk.  

Talk to your friends and find out everyone's' plans for next year. See where other people you know are planning on living and maybe make a plan to live in the same building. A feel for where everyone else is living can help you make plans for the upcoming year!

5. Tea.

Drink a cup of tea, listen to music, the point is to relax. Housing selection should not be a stressful time.  Have fun looking forward the next year


Rent V. Housing Costs @ Simmons

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Contributed by: Catherine Winters

Living on campus seems expensive, but have you ever considered what you get for your money? Of course, you're paying for a place to live. A studio apartment in this area of the city is $1,600 a month, which is comparable to what "rent", would be on campus. However, this does not include everything you get on-campus.

Even if your rent includes heat and hot water, you'll still be paying for things like electricity and internet. This would be an additional $70-$100 a month, but could be up to $300 depending on whether you also need to pay for gas or decide to get cable.

Loving-Kindness Meditation @Simmons

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Ahalia Persaud is a Simmons RA. In her short exposé she explores the use of meditation in managing the stress of college life!


Have you ever heard of the Loving-Kindness meditation or metta? This is a specific kind of love that is used in many religious traditions, as a form of love distinguished by acts of kindness. I have encountered this practice through Buddhist teachings when I took the course, Birth and Death with the Chair and Professor of Sociology, Becky Thompson.


My experience with this specific Loving-Kindness exercise may be different than the ones you will find on the Internet, so I want to share it with you.

Giving back is warmer than the snow!

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Contributed by: Marlena Vitali

Alternative Spring Break:

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

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Spring Break is over and the final push of the semester is here! Worried that the break might have slowed you down? Check out my Five Steps to becoming the ultimate Simmon's DIVA!!!

1.     Love yourself.

Don't sit around waiting for other people to love you. Let the love start with you.

Getting Involved on Campus: Simmon's Speaks!

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Contributed by: Marissa Johnson

If you are looking for an opportunity to get involved in the Arts at Simmons and are interested in creative writing, the organization Simmons Speaks might be a great choice! Simmons Speaks is a club on campus that meets every week to write, receive writing prompts, share poetry, or just be around other writers in a creative space. The organization also has a slam poetry team that competes in poetry slams on campus, in Boston, New England, and even at the national level.