Simmons Academic Mentors (SAMs)

Simmons Academic Mentors (or SAMs) are current Simmons students who assist first-year students with academic acclimation to Simmons University. In this role, SAMs provide peer academic support to first-year students throughout the summer leading up to and during your first year at Simmons University.

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SAMs will hold weekly drop in hours throughout the year to answer any questions you might have. SAMs also facilitate programming to support you throughout your first year at Simmons. If you think you might have something in common with any SAM or have a question about one of their majors, please feel free to reach out.

Are you undecided? The SAMs can help! They can help you narrow down which courses to take and help you fill your PLAN requirements along the way. Please feel free to reach out to any SAM via email or follow them on social media @samsatsimmons! 

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If you have questions about the Simmons Academic Mentor Program, please reach out to [email protected].

NameRolePronounsGraduation YearMajor(s)Minor(s)
Brianna NeptuneSenior SAMshe/her2023Neuroscience and BehaviorPre-Med
Suha ElsheikhSAMshe/her2024NursingPsycholgy
Olivia BeauchesneSAMshe/her2023NursingSociology
Sophia MooreSAMshe/her2024Financial MathematicsSoftware Development, Data Science, and Scientific Computation
Maisy TalbotSAMshe/her2023Social WorkNA
Isa NavarroSAMthey/them2025Global StudiesNA
Saloni Kumar she/her2023Women's and Gender StudiesEconomics, Sociology

Get to know our SAMs

Brianna Neptune

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Brianna is a senior and uses the she series. She is a Neuroscience Major on the Pre-Med track, as well as a Biostatistics minor. Brianna is from Billerica MA, but has moved to about 7 other towns. She is a huge fan of music, and loves to play her guitar or violin in her free time as well as take long walks down the Emerald necklace. When she isn't commuting to and from school, you will often find Brianna at the Fens, Multicultural Center, or the library. Brianna is dedicated to helping first years navigate college and hopes to help students balance their life academically, financially, socially, etc. Always feel free to approach her if you see her walking the hallways, she will be glad to answer any questions you may have!

Suha Elsheikh

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Suha is a junior and uses she/her/hers pronouns. She is originally from Manchester, New Hampshire and is majoring in Nursing with a minor in Psychology. Some of her hobbies include cooking, baking, knitting, reading, and playing sports, specifically field hockey, basketball and lacrosse. She also enjoys exploring new places, especially if those places happen to be restaurants. This will be her second year as a SAM and she is delighted to see what the upcoming year has in store for all of us. She along with the rest of the SAMs are thrilled for all the exciting events that they will be hosting in the 2022-2023 year.

Sophia Moore

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Sophia is a junior and uses she/her pronouns. She is from Las Cruces, New Mexico and is majoring in Financial Math and is in the 3+2 Engineering program. She is also minoring in Data Science, Software Development, and Scientific Computation. Sophia loves to play volleyball and go to the gym, and you can find her at Caffe Nero most Saturdays! On campus, she is involved in the Business Liaison and Beta Alpha Psi. She understands the balance that needs to be stuck between having an academic and a social life, and hopes to help students find that balance! Sophia is very excited to meet new students and help them find their path at Simmons!

Olivia Beauchesne

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Olivia is a senior and uses she/her pronouns. She is a nursing major and sociology minor. Originally she is from Nottigham, New Hampshire. Her hobbies include working out, cooking, scrapbooking, and gardening. Olivia loves to help first year students through the transition to college and offer guidance with all things nursing. As a senior nursing major Olivia has lots of tips and tricks on how to survive and thrive in nursing school. She is always available to meet and answer questions about academics and offer support.

Isa Navarro

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Isa is a sophomore and uses they/them pronouns. They are a global studies major through the OPEN major program. They are originally from Puerto Rico but have moved around a lot. Their hobbies include writing zines, going to shows, shopping at Trader Joe's, and writing songs about geese. Isa considers all aspects of student life as important including mental health, educational background, strengths and passions. They believe that organization is key and will assist students in breaking down assignments, creating reasonable timelines, finding balance, and taking care of yourself along the way! Isa is very excited to make your Simmons journey as successful and enjoyable as possible.

Maisy Talbot

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Maisy she/her is a third year student in the Social Work 3+1 BSW/MSW program. Maisy is originally from the shoreline area of Connecticut. She loves spending time with her younger brother, discovering new music, attending concerts, and hammocking at the Esplanade! Maisy has served with Jumpstart Americorps, interned with an intersectional feminist organization, and is now working as an intern at Boston Children's Hospital. As a 3+1 student, Maisy is excited to help first year students better understand the application process as well as how to maintain the busy course load that comes along with the accelerated programs at Simmons. She is looking forward to helping students navigate studying, choosing a major, interviewing, and balancing work and self care.

Saloni Kumar

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Saloni she/her is a senior Women's and Gender Studies Major. She loves to write, act, sing, and dance. Her favorite way to procrastinate is by rewatching her favorite shows- like Derry Girls, Killing Eve, and The Office. She adores her cat Leela and would love to show you one or several photos. She's passionate about students finding space to learn how to advocate for themselves and claim their education in a way that best fits their needs and desires. Outside of academics, Saloni is one of the co-founders and the president of the South Asian Student Association on campus. She'd love to see you stop by an event!