Student Story

Catrina Farrell '21 on Finding a Welcoming Community at Simmons

What's your major?

I’m majoring in English literature and minoring in studio art. I have always loved to read and love discussing theories and analyzing literature so I wanted to continue to do what I love. I also find the history of racism to be interesting so I have primarily taken courses with a focus on minority experiences. 

Tell us about your journey from Taiwan to the United States.

I was born and raised in Taipei, Taiwan and lived there until I moved to Seattle, WA for university. I actually got into Emmanuel College but decided to go to Seattle University because I had family and family friends in the area and it seemed like a good idea to have them close by. 

How was it transitioning to Simmons?

My transition to Simmons went quite smoothly, there are a lot of transfer students at Simmons so I felt like I had a nice community of people who understood what it was like to not fit in at their previous school and who were looking for a change and a better community. The admission process was smooth as well, Sara Squeglia, an undergraduate advisor, was an immense help for me along with previous transfer students. 

What do you hope to do with your degree?

With my major in literature, I hope to become a teacher to educate myself and others on the history and everlasting racism that impacts our daily lives. 

What advice would you give to other students thinking about transferring to Simmons?

No school is perfect, but at Simmons, I have found a community with other transfer students and Simmons students who have welcomed me and made my time enjoyable. 

What is your favorite Simmons memory?

During the club fair, I ran into a student who lived in Singapore and went to a sister school of my highschool. It was so much fun getting to know her and talking about our experiences as international students. I ended up joining the club, Multicultural International Student Organization (MISO).

Tell us one fun fact about yourself!

I have an article published on CommonWealth Magazine's English language website. It's titled My Journey Through Bi-Racial, Bi-Cultural Feminism, and it's about my experience in the US.

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