Student Story

Meet Your Orientation Leader: Bella Yee '24

What's your major and where are you from?

I plan to major in public relations and marketing communications, and I’m from South Hadley, Massachusetts!

What made you choose Simmons?

The idea of belonging to such a close-knit community within the greater city of Boston, paired with it being a women-centered institution, is what made me choose Simmons.

As a rising sophomore, you've had the unique experience of a virtual first year. Can you tell us about this experience?

Bella Yee on the academic quad pointing to the Cupola

At the start of the year, like many others, I had no idea what to expect. I found it challenging at times to deal with the feelings of isolation and, of course, Zoom fatigue. By the end, recognizing the significance of the connections I made with others, and feeling genuinely proud of the work I produced, felt like the greatest triumph.

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

I have always loved to get involved and give back to my community, especially through student leadership initiatives. This position provides me an opportunity to do so and connect with others in a meaningful way.

What are you most excited for at Orientation?

I’m most excited to be a part of a team and to meet orientees! This is a very exciting time for many of us, and I can’t wait to be a part of it!

What is something you've learned from the last year that you'll take with you?

Something that has continued to resonate with me is the idea that my Simmons experience is truly what I make of it. What I mean is that by taking the initiative to get involved and actively seek out new opportunities, you can really take advantage of what the institution has to offer. 

Is there anyone at Simmons you've met virtually that you're excited to meet in person?

Absolutely! I'm very excited to meet my amazing friends and professors. 

Do you have any tips for first-years?

My biggest tip is to not be afraid to get involved and try new things! Clubs and organizations are a wonderful way to network and get to know more people.

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