This past weekend, I had the great opportunity to participate in the Like Minds Retreat at Camp Coby in New Hampshire. Like Minds, an organization on campus lead by student leaders, promotes conversations and discussions for diversity and inclusion. We are surrounded by race, diversity, culture, social dynamics, etc. in our daily lives, yet many times, we are too wrapped up in our own schedules that we forget to have important discussions about these topics. Many of us would like to believe we, as a society, are past the racism times of America; but racism is very much a live.
Simmons is a safe community for dialogue about these controversial subjects, however, often times, I think some people are not aware their word choice or actions and may come off racist. A couple of my friends of color have told me of instances in which they or their ethnic group have been discriminated against. My friend told me that one of her friends commented on her choice of wardrobe and casually said, "you look like a stereotypical black girl". My friend was deeply offended and did not know what to make of this statement. It saddens me that some people can say such hurtful things and not be aware of it.
I came on this retreat because I wanted to meet new friends, but I also wanted to educate myself so I can become more aware of how to have meaningful conversations and act as a support system or allies to my community. I thought it would be valuable to my Simmons experience and contribute to my knowledge as a student leader to be inclusive and help facilitate conversions on sensitive subjects, if the time came. This weekend was absolutely inspiring to me. I met so many new people and I was able to build relationships with people I have worked with in the past and get to know them on a more personal level.
Hi everyone! It's been quite a while since I've blogged! So many things have been going on lately and junior year is stressful but very exciting at the same time! Last spring I managed to land an internship at the Forsyth Institute to participate in dental research. I knew I wanted to explore the dentistry field in more depth so I thought, why not explore it by going to the root of dentistry: research!
I began interning in the summer and I have already learned so many new things about tooth development as well as new lab techniques! I am updating my wiki lab space page from Dr. Richard Gurney's Organic Chemistry courses and putting in new protocols I have learned. Last week I observed a post-doc extract teeth from a wild type mice and analyze teeth development stages. The teeth were so small it made it difficult to believe that it was real!
Right now I am reading a textbook called Oral Histology to educate myself about the research that is going on in the lab. At the end of the semester I will be presenting in the lab meeting about what I have learned for this semester. I am hoping that I can learn quickly so I could do more hands-on experiments. I plan to continue and write my senior thesis here and I have already confirmed with the PI (Primary Investigator) about the continuance of my internship at the Forsyth during this summer; I just need to find a job that will allow me to stay in Boston!
In addition to the lab, there are also many seminars with guest lecturers who come to the Forsyth Institute and speak about their research and recent findings. Not all the presented research is dentistry related but all of them are very interesting. I think this is truly a great and unique opportunity to be a part of the Forsyth Community. I hope that my time here will help me obtain a better understanding of the dentistry field and help increase my lab skills and experience!
This is a website I found online about dental hygiene for kids! I thought it was such a great way to teach the public more about the importance of oral health care! Check it out when you have a chance!
Can you believe it's almost October? It's unbelievable. I don't even know what date it is. Although this semester is off to a full swing, I am quite nervous because all of my big assignments seem to be during one week! Thank goodness for planners! Luckily I landed my second internship at Planned Parenthood & I am absolutely loving it. It does make me really sad that people are protesting outside on most days though, we do so much good work! I wish people understood. Anyway, it is rainy, and freezing all of a sudden, so I'm officially packing the dresses and shorts away for the fall! Time to go grab Panera & read.
Staff from Facilities enjoyed ice cream during an ice cream social held by Class Council 2014 .
Class council meets Junior year! This year feels much different than the last two, though. Why, you may ask? Well, as first-years, class council is responsible for planning Winter Wonderland, described on the college website as: "Before students leave for winter break, Bartol Dining Hall is revamped for a community feast. Faculty and students fill the dining hall, as the College president cuts the turkey. The residence halls are decorated with lights and ribbons by their hall councils to complete the winter wonderland feeling".
As sophomores, class council directs their efforts toward putting together the May Day celebration: "Simmons's oldest annual student tradition, when sophomores serenade the seniors at the break of dawn with pots, pans, and noisemakers. Festivities include a maypole dance at dawn, tree planting, and a strawberry shortcake breakfast".
Senior year is usually filled with the most events, such as "Octoberfest", the "Senior Faculty Toast" and senior week events. However, Junior year does not have any traditional big event, but class council 2014 is thinking about creating one! And even though we do not have a "traditional junior class" event to plan, we are going to have a lot of other events throughout the year.
In fact, we have already hosted our first event of the semester - a welcome back ice cream social for all Simmons students! It was held on Thursday September 13th on the Residence Campus Quad. It was a sunny day, with a high of 82 degrees - the perfect day for ice cream. My favorite part was that not only did Simmons students cool down with ice cream, but so did Simmons staff!
Greetings Senators of the Student Government, my name is Sandy Lor and I stand before you today because I would like to be the Vice President of Student Affairs. As you may or may not know, I was the VP of Student Affairs for this past academic year. I was reelected and I also recently stepped down, resulting in this re-election. Some of you might be questioning why I stand before you...again and I want to share with you why this happened.
In the past month, I went through personal matters that really made me question my ability. I thought to myself, "could I give my all my efforts to the student body while also maintaining a healthy balance of academics and life?" At that moment, I wasn't sure. The only thing I was sure of was that I was feeling the pressure. All I knew was that I needed to do what I had to secure a spot in dental school. There was a voice inside of me screaming that I was going to fail. I was scared of failure and afraid to take a risk. But I have realized that there comes a moment in our college career, where we just need time to reassess everything. You know, I felt like the next steps that I was going to take would be critical to my future. It felt like anything and everything that I did from here on out, would determine my outcome of being accepted to a graduate program.
And you know what I learned from all of this? I've learned that you can't be afraid to take a chance... and I'm sure I've learned this many times in my life and it's a little cliché to mention... but I realized...WE'RE IN COLLEGE. We're in college. (Dramatic pause) Technically speaking, we don't have a boss or supervisor to fire us from being a student! The things we do, the choices we make, shape us to become who we are whether our decisions are good or bad ones. These are the years where we are allowed to make mistakes and be proud of them!
When I ran as the VP of Student Affairs last semester, I made a promise to you all. I made a promise to help make Simmons an inclusive and safe community. I made a promise to try and attend at least one event per organization this year. I made a promise to be a direct line of communication from the student body to the SGA E-board. I knew that once I was reelected into the position, my duty, after my academics, was to serve the student body and see that your voices were heard. I am 100% confident that I can do this job well. Today, I stand before you to I ask you to allow me to keep my promise.
With your approval, I would like to be reelected as the VP of Student Affairs to finish what we started. Thank you.
Summer is over and I have officially started this semester as a junior! What did I spend my summer doing in preparation for junior year? I think I photo tour will help summarize my productive, yet fun summer! Take a look!
First stop: New York City over Memorial Day weekend for my cousin's wedding!
Above is a picture of my family with my cousin (in the center) who made a lovely bride! The wedding festivities in New York City lasted three days and my relatives from all over the United States and the world drove/flew in for the occasion!
Second stop: Newton North High School for my sister's graduation!
Above is a picture of my younger sister, Sarah, all ready to graduate. It was so special watching my sister graduate, and I am so proud of everything that she has accomplished. I am excited to see all the amazing things she will do in college! To celebrate Sarah's achievements and hard work over the years, our family threw her a graduation party which more than 250 family and friends attended!
Third stop: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, MA for my research internship!
Above is a picture of thin slices of mouse brain tissue that I sliced and arranged in order before mounting them on slides. I had such an amazing time at the Neurology Lab I was working in at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. I learned so much and got to work with brain tissue of mice, rats, and monkeys!
Fourth stop: Simmons College for summer orientation!
Here is a picture of the Orientation Leaders who are part of the class of 2014. I took about a week and a half off from the lab to welcome the Class of 2016 to Simmons for summer orientation. It was a lot of hard work, but the orientation leaders had lots of fun and bonded throughout. I even got to go kayaking for the first time in my life as part of OL bonding!
Fifth stop: London!
Above is a picture of my cousins, sister, and I on our way to the Olympic Park! My entire family went to London for about 5 days in August and took in all kinds of sights, including those of the Olympics!
Sixth Stop: Italy!
Above is a picture of my sister, brother, and I inside the Colosseum in Rome. My family spent about a week in a half in Italy exploring Rome and Milan. It was scorching hot every day - 95 degrees sunny and humid - but totally worth it! Even my 3 year old brother picked up some Italian!
Seventh and last stop: Simmons College!
Above is a picture of me with my orientation group at Boston Commons! I had a great time with my orientees and fellow orientation leaders during fall orientation before classes started.
It is the first full week of classes of my fall semester! Five classes, four which are English is a bit intimidating but I think I got this! Lots of friends are in my classes, and I'm so glad my girls are back on campus finally! I enjoyed how quiet the campus was this summer, but I missed everyone! I already have a lot of deadlines for assignments, and books to read. Butttt I'm most excited for my interview this Friday with Planned Parenthood! Hopefully it goes well, because it seems like the perfect place for me to work!
So many international students have been running around the residence campus, from Spain and France I think! It's been interesting to see younger students on campus! Besides that, I've been enjoying Whale Watching cruises, speed boats, Cirque Du Soleil and lots of quality time with friends. I'm balancing working two jobs and an English class as well, so this summer is certainly going by fast!
It is officially the first day of summer!
The weather is finally looking up after months of absolute nonsense weather! I took my first trip to Revere Beach, and although when I went it was a bit chilly, it was still beautiful. My a.c. is cranked up, I'm witnessing the Red Sox win 15-5! Life is good right now.
Summer has officially begun for me! I'm working both of my jobs, and taking a summer class to stay on track with graduating a year early. I had an amazing weekend at the Pride Parade, and was able to finally get a tan! The weather seems to be looking up, finally! Most importantly though, I'm going to a concert this Friday with one of my best friends, that we've been planning for months! Then next week my cousin is coming to visit, and then the week after my sister is coming to visit and we're going on a whale watching trip at sunset! I miss my family so much, so hopefully the mini-doses of my friends and family will keep me energized for the summer!