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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.

Time to get Moving!

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Its about that time! Closing time! Time to pack up your belongings and get ready for a fun filled summer!

Do you know what you need to do to get ready to move?

If you have questions we have answers! Click the link to get get a few answers to our most commonly asked questions.

Boston as our classroom.

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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!

 

Spring is here and (ideally) beautiful weather has arrived, which means prime time for exploring the surrounding city! I've been appreciating more and more of how much of Boston I have access to by virtue of living on campus. Just a few weeks ago, a couple friends and I decided to take a trek down to Faneuil Hall to see the recent BodyWorlds Vital exhibit. 

We tucked our wallets, Charlie cards and all, into our bags and grabbed a ride on the green line one Sunday afternoon, all the way to Haymarket, where we then promptly jumped off the train and began our journey.

Before heading right over the the exhibit though, we first paid a visit to the well-cherished Thinking Cup, located on Hanover street in the North end, in order to grab something for lunch.

 

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A slice of delicious bacon-potato-cheese quiche aside some fresh arugula.

Life on the River!

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Contributed by: Cory Carlson
Cory is an RA and an explorer. Here are some of her tips for an exciting experience for the upcoming Summer Break!

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For me, summer is a break from school, a time to make some money at my hometown job, and a time for an annual rafting trip. In mid-July I pack my bathing suit and water shoes, fill up the gas tank, pile in the car with friends and plenty of snacks, and head north to Maine. We raft through a company called Northern Outdoors. This is a great company which offers a variety of rivers throughout Maine and New Hampshire, each with varying difficulty and rapid levels.

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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I'm about to share with you all a hidden treasure that I "discovered" back in the middle of January. I say, "discover" because it was not really hidden to begin with. In fact, it's found right next door to our academic campus. Yes, I am going to write about the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum--once a mystery to me, with its regally gated parameters and white marble lions guarding its doors, but now a favorite haunt of mine anytime I am seeking a little peace and quiet in the middle of the city.


The story of my adventure goes as such:

The weather in Boston had been pretty brutal, with temperatures dropping into the single digits and nasty wind-chills pushing them only further below zero.

 I decided it time for a chance of scenery.

 

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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