Elise Dunham

Hello! I am in my second semester at Simmons College pursuing the Archives Management concentration. I am originally from St. Louis, Missouri. I graduated from Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri in May 2011 with a BA in History. I moved to Boston the day before my first class at Simmons College-taking with me only what I could fit into two checked bags and a carry-on-and it's been quite a whirlwind ever since!

When I'm not busy with school, I work part-time in the Patron Services Department at the Social Law Library, play my ukulele, and, of course, do all that I can to get out and explore Boston so that I can truly experience all that the city has to offer.

I have to say that I'm really excited to be blogging for GSLIS Admissions. I hope my posts are helpful to prospective students, especially those of you who might have concerns about moving long distances to go to school in Boston. I can't wait to see where this goes!


Entries by Elise Dunham

  • "Hello!"
    http://youtu.be/NWyMIJZGebA As we at GSLIS welcome autumn and enjoy our first “official” pumpkin spiced lattes and cinnamon-rimmed adult beverages of the season, we also find ourselves already in the thick of Fall Semester 2012. For many of us, including myself,...
  • A Report on My Summer Classes
    I’ve been absent from the blogosphere for quite some time now--it doesn’t feel at all like over a month has gone by, but that seems to be the case! Last you heard from me, I was finishing up my summer...
  • AALL Annual Meeting & Conference, 2012
    You know what makes the end of a summer semester even more insane and difficult to manage? Attending a professional conference! Even though I knew it was a decision that would perhaps cause friends of mine to question my sanity,...
  • Adventures in the Social Law Library Archives
    My unplanned foray into the world of law librarianship has taken yet another unexpected turn: I’m working in an archives at a law library! A few weeks ago, my supervisor at the Social Law Library told me that, if I...
  • To Tweet or Not to Tweet?: Using Social Media in the Professional World
    The title of this post is pretentious and misleading. I’m sure I’m breaking a cardinal rule of blogging by using a title that’s pretentious and misleading. But please bear with me anyway as, rather than producing the manifesto my title...
  • Bringing Back the Music
    One of the things I’ve struggled the most with since moving to Boston is the fact that, for the first time in my life, musical instruments haven’t been immediately accessible to me. Wherever I’ve lived up until now, I’ve...
  • Vacation
    After I finished up my classes a few weeks ago, I found myself in somewhat of a depressing predicament: I didn’t know how to spend my time without having homework to do. I would find myself sitting at home bored...
  • 10 Things I Learned in Library School: Year 1
      Today, I turned in my last assignment of the semester, and I can officially state that the term is over. I tend to get self-reflective in moments like this, so I thought I’d make a list of 10...
  • Getting Involved
    I know, I know. It’s annoying to talk about how important it is to get involved in extracurricular activities. We’ve been hearing about it in every stage of education since we were old enough to make our own decisions about...
  • Marathon Monday
    When you move to Massachusetts, they give you a free holiday!  The third Monday of April is Patriots’ Day, the Massachusetts state holiday commemorating the Battles of Lexington and Concord.  There were battle reenactments, parades, and ceremonies all over the...
  • Experience, Experience, and More Experience
    Internships are very important to the Simmons GSLIS experience. Many programs have internship requirements built into their curriculums. The Archives Management concentration, which is the only one I can speak to with any kind of authority, features a 60-hour internship...
  • Program Change
    For the second week in a row, Danielle’s post has provided a great springboard for mine. She discussed how many of her friends/colleagues in the program have been questioning their concentrations in GSLIS. I began my career at Simmons GSLIS...
  • DIY Archives: NEA Spring 2012 Meeting
    As Danielle kindly mentioned in her last post, she and I recently shared a blog-worthy experience; this past Saturday, we attended the New England Archivists (NEA) Spring 2012 Meeting. Running the risk of blog redundancy, I’m going to spend a...
  • Embracing Technology
    On the first day of my Introduction to Archives class, my professor made certain to emphasize the fact that, while the archival field certainly involves a great deal of work with “old stuff,” it’s also very much concerned with and...
  • An Archives Kid behind the Circ Desk?: Gaining Meaningful Experience at the Social Law Library
    Today marks six months that I’ve been a Patron Services Assistant at the Social Law Library.  I have to say, I’m still surprised at the fact that my venture to Boston led me behind the circulation desk of a law...
  • The Big Move (Part 2)
    To continue my account of my move to Boston, I’m here this week with the second installment of “The Big Move.”  I left off last week setting myself up for quite a task, which is to tell my stories and...
  • The Big Move (Part 1)
    I want to take some time this week to tell the story of my move to Boston and hopefully offer some advice to anyone who is thinking about attending Simmons College but is a little worried about arranging to come...
  • Friends From All Over
    It’s pretty standard practice in the Simmons College GSLIS program for professors to have students go around the room and say a bit about themselves on the first day of class.  The questions they ask vary--What interests you about this...
  • Why I Chose Simmons College GSLIS: Archives Management/History
    I’ve been in somewhat of a self-reflective mood lately, which is convenient since it’s time for my first post on the GSLIS Admissions Blog!  With the hustle and bustle of everyday life, I have not had much of an opportunity...