Student Story

Meet Your Orientation Captain: Cori Szabados '21, '22MSW

What's your major and where are you from?

Cori Szabados with Stormy

I am in the 3+1 BSW/MSW program in the School of Social Work at Simmons. I'm originally from Romania, but reside in Illinois with my family.

What residence hall did you live in as a first-year?

My first year at Simmons I lived on the fourth floor of Mesick hall, which is known as the "Foodie Floor".

What made you choose Simmons?

I originally chose to apply to Simmons because of the social work program here, then I did a campus visit and fell in love with the atmosphere on campus, so I knew it was the right place for me. 

What made you make the move to become an Orientation Captain?

I've had a great time both as an orientee and as an orientation leader these past couple years at Simmons, and I wanted to get more involved in the whole process of creating and running orientation. I love seeing the behind the scenes work that goes on to ensure everyone has a great time and is connected to as many resources as needed. 

Cori Szabados with her friends

What are you most excited for at Orientation?

I've been most excited to hear about all the interactions the OLs are having with their orientees. I'm excited to see the ways in which we as the orientation team can connect with incoming students, especially through the virtual format of this year. It has been really great to see it all play out so far. 

Do you have any tips for first-years?

On the theme of connecting, my biggest tip is to not shy away from reaching out to any staff/faculty whether on campus or virtually. You never know what new connections you'll form, and it can help you become more aware of some of the many resources available to students. 

What is your go-to activity for self-care?

Over the past few months, I've been reading a lot more than I normally have time for, which has been an unexpected positive of social distancing/quarantine for me.

Tell us one fun fact about yourself.

My favorite food is actually soup! I will eat almost any kind of soup, even in the Summer months. 

Cori Szabados with gymnastics teammates

What's your Simmons moment?

My Simmons moment is "team dinner" at Bartol right after practice with the Simmons Gymnastics Club. Joining Simmons Gymnastics was one of the best decisions I made my first year, and it's allowed me to make friends I likely wouldn't have met otherwise. Our "team dinners" are special to me because they feel super laid back but at the same time make me feel like I am part of something I love, which can be said about Simmons as a whole.

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