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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. 

 

Happy September and start of a new school year, dear readers! As much as I enjoyed relaxing (and working) this summer, I'm certainly glad to be back at Simmons for round two and I hope you are too!

 

Calling myself a sophomore feels, for lack of a better word, weird. Theoretically, this means I have some idea as to what I'm doing with the rest of my college career and/or my life. That's definitely not the case (note: you don't have to have it all figured out by 19 or even 22, seriously), but with a year under my belt I can offer up some sage advice on the hard-hitting issues that somehow manage to take a backseat amidst a sea of case studies, lab reports, and papers.

 

Yes, I'm talking about interior decorating.

 

How to Make it Work With Your Roommate

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Contributed by: Megan Swedeen

 

  • *Take the roommate contract seriously:

Don't be silly and write simple statements on your roommate contract, be thorough! Answer all of the prompts on the back of the contract and be detailed. Don't write statements like, "Just be respectful" describe what that means to you. For some being respectful is turning off the lights when someone goes to bed, for others this means keeping the lights on for the person studying.  Take the time to really talk with your roommate and get everything out in the open that you want to discuss.  

New Year, New You - 10 Ways to Love Yourself Better This Year

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Contributed by: Marissa Johnson

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RA Marissa Johnson offers 10 tips to be the most flawless you possibile this 2014-2015 school year.

 

  1.  Stop apologizing for things that aren't your fault or that you are not actually sorry for.

  2. Don't be afraid to say no! 

    Some of us find ourselves constantly doing things for other people, despite our own busy schedules, long to do lists, and personal needs. If someone asks you to do something for them, you are not obligated to say yes. When they ask, there are two possible answers: yes or no. So, if they're offended or expect only the first answer, kindly remind them that you have every right to go with the latter option.

  3. Get off campus.

    Don't feel constricted to your dorm room. We're paying a lot of money to live in Boston, so take advantage of it! Take the T to the Harbor; go for a walk at the Arnold Arboretum; roam the Boston Commons and public gardens; go on an adventure and find your favorite city spot.

  4. Cut out people who just don't fit into your life anymore.

    Stop wasting your time on toxic relationships and unfulfilling experiences.

  5. Be kinder to yourself.

    Avoid phrases like "I'm so stupid" or "I was so bad, I ate two desserts at Bartol tonight." Negativity only breeds negativity; it doesn't change or better the situation.

  6.  Allow yourself time.

    Need to take a nap? Get that sleep. Need to take a deep breath? Breathe. Need to take a break from people for a bit? Find an empty room. Need to take some time to think about something? Don't feel pressured or rushed just to please other people.

  7. Do at least one thing for yourself a week.

    It could be anything - catching up on a favorite show, buying yourself a burrito, reading a book that's not for class, going to church, painting your nails, etc. TREAT YO SELF.

  8. Know your limits and stick to them.

  9. Reframe mistakes or failures as learning opportunities.

    You can't be perfect at everything, so don't be so hard on yourself! No experience is a wasted one. Try to find the good.

  10. Wake up every day and tell yourself you're gonna kill it.

    And then kill it, you flawless human being.

Classes, Meetings, Work, and Friends? How do I Fit It All In?

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Contributed by: Kelsey Mills

Classes are now in full swing and the semester is taking off full speed ahead. With work piling up you may be wondering - will I have the time to participate in all the extracurricular activities I signed up for? Should I just halt my job search now? No worries, there is time for it all! Take a minute to relax and read the tips below for an organized, stress-free, busy semester!

  •  Utilize a planner/calendar to mark important dates i.e. exams, meetings, birthdays
  • Make and prioritize to-do lists-be sure the most important and upcoming tasks are at the top
  • Don't be afraid to say no. Only take on as much as you can handle and know your personal limit.
  • Take time for yourself and schedule in that time! It is important to relax and unwind with a good book, friend, or maybe even a nap in order to stay energized.
  •  Hold yourself accountable to stick only to the allotted time you give yourself
  • Ask for help! If you begin to feel overwhelmed there are a number of campus resources for you to take advantage of. Talk to your RA, visit the Counseling Center, or visit the Office of Student Life.

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Flawless Mentality

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Contributed by: Chanel Thomal

Beyonce said it best in her video and hit song "Flawless", she wakes up flawless and looks good tonight. Beyonce, to some, is an ideal role model because of her takeover in pop culture and her indestructible image. Whether you are a fan of Beyonce or not, you can commend her "flawless" mentality she portrays throughout her musical career. Beyonce is confident, witty, and all about her business. Why not have that same mentality when it comes to school? What if we took the same approach to our academic careers? Could we be as successful as Beyonce and strive for excellence and greatness within ourselves? I believe that we can. As this school year is beginning, approach each situation you face and each new day with a flawless mentality. However, what does being flawless entail, let alone having a flawless mentality?

 

Urban Dictionary describes flawless as being without flaws, perfection. Good thing Urban Dictionary is not reliable, because if  they were they would understand that perfection is not humanly possible. Perfection is based on the eyes of each and every person, so definitions of perfection can vary. Taking a more plausible approach, flawless can mean taking your best foot forward, in order to better yourself, in order to become closer to your goals and aspirations. You may not be perfect, but you are unique, different and better yet yourself. Being flawless and having a flawless mentality comes down to building confidence within yourself to know that you will succeed, despite all the obstacles that you may face along the way. Beyonce would be proud to know students of Simmons College have taken a new perspective on her single "Flawless" and have applied it to our everyday lives.

2014-2015 Welcome!

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The Summer is over and Fall is coming. Must be time for school!

 

The Simmons Life Blog is excited to kick off the 2014-2015 school year with all new contributors, articles, and posts that showcase all the ins and outs of Simmons Life.

 

Heres to a great year!

 

2013-2014 Wrap Up!

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Now that finals are over and the campus is going into summer mode, the Simmons Life Blog will be taking a short break! Thank you so much for reading and following this year's amazing journey! NEVER FEAR! The Simmons Life Blog will be back in September as we gear up for the amazing 2014-2015 year! It's gonna be BIG!

The Magic of First

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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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There's something magical about the first time you do something.

The first time you taste a new food. The first time you visit a different state, see a new landscape or travel to a foreign country. Your first kiss. Your first friend.

Your first year of college.

More Love Letters Campaign @ Simmons College

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Contributed by: Matoaka Kipp

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Have you ever written a love letter to a complete stranger?

This past month of April, Simmons students gathered together to do just this. Inspired by The More Love Letters Campaign, started by Hannah Brencher back in the early 2000's. The More Love Letters Campaign's mission embodies ideas of self worth, pride in ourselves and each other, as well as the joy of recognizing our humanity. From what started out as a few love letters left around the city of New York, turned into a nationwide movement dedicated to spreading love and affirmations through letter writing.

Tying the Present and the Past

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Contributed By: Maria Cervantes Gonzalez

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If you were to time travel back to May 1st sometime in the 1950s, the Simmons campus would look entirely different. There would be women dressed in full medieval costumes and long tables on the quad, covered with strawberries, would be laid across the lawn.

It is hard to believe, but this is what May Day looked like over 50 years ago. Now, there are no costumes and the tables are now kept indoors. However, May Day has been kept alive at Simmons since 1912, making it the longest running tradition in the college's history.

In the past 102 years, May Day was originally held on May 1st, but is now celebrated at Simmons on the last Sunday of April. The Simmons sophomore class traditionally puts on May Day every year.

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