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A Quick Bite

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Mary is here to take you around the Fenway Area that surrounds the Simmons College campus. Her adventures in the city of Boston show that as a Simmons Student, greatness is your backyard!

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With Spring Break come and gone, it seems like the nothing is left but the home stretch until the end of the school year.

I can't even recount where the first half of spring semester went seeing as it pretty much flew by in the blink of an eye!
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Nonetheless, in a last ditch effort to get the most out of my time left here in Boston, I have renewed my initiative to get out and explore more of the surrounding neighborhood.

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Whats up, Clauds? is a new series that chronicles the funny, off wall, and sometimes reflective experiences of Claudia, a Simmons Student just trying to make it to her next class.  


Are you there, Housing Selection Gods?

 

It's me, Claudia, just one of the many first-years counting down the days until Housing Selection with an equal mix of delight and dread (8 days for rising sophomores at the time of writing, in case you were wondering).

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1.    Explore.  

Do a little research on the different housing options available to you.  What does a suite in Smith look like?  How big is a double in Arnold?  What theme communities are available? Look around at all of the buildings to get a sense of what living there would be like. Also, the simmons.edu/reslife site has new features that allow for virtual room tours including photos and video if you don't have the chance to see them in person.

2.    Research.  

Have you heard of the availability spreadsheet? Use this feature of the reslife website to see how many rooms in each building are available.  Speaking of the website, use it!  It offers some really great information about housing selection that would most likely answer your question and also any that you didn't even know you had.

3.    Branchout.  

Don't have a roommate? Don't worry.  Plenty of us experience this, and so Simmons offers many ways to find others looking for a new roomie! Attend Pair Fairs, join the Facebook group, or go to a suite matching fair.  Even if you strike out with these, there is the Meet and Greet area at housing selection night.

4.    Talk.  

Talk to your friends and find out everyone's' plans for next year. See where other people you know are planning on living and maybe make a plan to live in the same building. A feel for where everyone else is living can help you make plans for the upcoming year!

5. Tea.

Drink a cup of tea, listen to music, the point is to relax. Housing selection should not be a stressful time.  Have fun looking forward the next year

 

Rent V. Housing Costs @ Simmons

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Contributed by: Catherine Winters

Living on campus seems expensive, but have you ever considered what you get for your money? Of course, you're paying for a place to live. A studio apartment in this area of the city is $1,600 a month, which is comparable to what "rent", would be on campus. However, this does not include everything you get on-campus.

Even if your rent includes heat and hot water, you'll still be paying for things like electricity and internet. This would be an additional $70-$100 a month, but could be up to $300 depending on whether you also need to pay for gas or decide to get cable.

Loving-Kindness Meditation @Simmons

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Ahalia Persaud is a Simmons RA. In her short exposé she explores the use of meditation in managing the stress of college life!

 

Have you ever heard of the Loving-Kindness meditation or metta? This is a specific kind of love that is used in many religious traditions, as a form of love distinguished by acts of kindness. I have encountered this practice through Buddhist teachings when I took the course, Birth and Death with the Chair and Professor of Sociology, Becky Thompson.

 

My experience with this specific Loving-Kindness exercise may be different than the ones you will find on the Internet, so I want to share it with you.

Giving back is warmer than the snow!

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Contributed by: Marlena Vitali


Alternative Spring Break:

Simmons Builds is a organization here on campus which allows students the opportunity to spend their spring break doing something against the norm. Instead of going to a beach or on a road trip with friends, 13 Simmons students and 2 faculty members spent the week in Kent County, Michigan. Here they spent Monday through Friday working with the local habitat for humanity to help build homes for three different deserving families.

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Spring Break is over and the final push of the semester is here! Worried that the break might have slowed you down? Check out my Five Steps to becoming the ultimate Simmon's DIVA!!!

1.     Love yourself.

Don't sit around waiting for other people to love you. Let the love start with you.

Getting Involved on Campus: Simmon's Speaks!

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Contributed by: Marissa Johnson


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If you are looking for an opportunity to get involved in the Arts at Simmons and are interested in creative writing, the organization Simmons Speaks might be a great choice! Simmons Speaks is a club on campus that meets every week to write, receive writing prompts, share poetry, or just be around other writers in a creative space. The organization also has a slam poetry team that competes in poetry slams on campus, in Boston, New England, and even at the national level.

How to have a VERY AWESOME Boston Spring Break!

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Contributed by: Kelsey Mills

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On March 7th Simmons' students will depart campus for a much awaited spring break! As a student who will remain in the great city of Boston for the week I have compiled a list for a week full of great adventure for other students to engage in while enjoying their time off!


Monday, March 10th Art and Architecture Tour-

The Boston Public Library will be hosting a FREE tour of Boston Public Library's McKim Building, a  National Historic Landmark. The work of architect Charles Follen McKim and murals by John Singer Sargent, Pierre Puvis de Chavannes, and Edwin Austin Abbey will be displayed. Interested? Meet at the entrance of the Central Library in Copley Square on Dartmouth Street at2:30. 

Vagina Monologues at Simmons College

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Contributed by: Priyal Goyal


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The Simmons College student organization, SWAG (Sexuality, Women and Gender) puts on the Vagina Monologues every year in the month of March in honor of the Women's History Month. This years performances stretched from February 13th- February 15th and as always did not disappoint!

 

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