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Emma Hayden

Hello friends! My name is Emma Hayden and I just started my second semester as a dual History and Library & Information Science student at Simmons. For undergrad, I attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo where I got a degree in History with a minor in Religious Studies. I just moved to the Boston area in the fall from Southern California with my cat Phoebe. Phoebe (also known as Pheebs) loves going on walks around Boston in her backpack! I have taken her with me on many adventures but I think our favorite spot so far is Fenway Park or the Boston Public Garden. In my spare time I enjoy reading romance books, crocheting, and line dancing!

I am new to the SLIS program, however I have really enjoyed the classes I have taken so far and am looking forward to my classes this semester. Last semester I got my first taste of basic coding and markup languages in LIS 488: Technology for Information Professionals, which was a lot more fun than I had anticipated. I ended up using basic HTML and CSS to create a personal webpage that is a living version of my resume! This semester I am taking some very interesting courses like a history seminar called Decolonizing the Archive. I am also taking LIS 438: Introduction to Archival Theory and Practice, which is a requirement for the archives concentration. I am looking forward to learning more about working in archives and getting actual experience with a collection! I can’t wait to share my adventures in Boston with everyone!!

Entries by Emma Hayden

St. Patrick’s Day in Boston

One of the best parts of being in Boston during March is the city’s St. Patrick’s Day festivities, which took place this past weekend (March 17th)! Everyone gets into the holiday spirit, and people from all over the greater Boston area come into the city to celebrate. A highlight of the holiday weekend is a yearly visit from Irish rock band the Dropkick Murphys at MGM Fenway, and “I’m Shipping Up to Boston” can be heard in every neighborhood’s bars and pubs which are usually decked out in green decorations and Irish flags.  While some like to get out of the city to avoid the crowds, I was really excited this year to see the annual South Boston St. Patrick’s Day/Evacuation Day parade. If you want to learn more about the parade’s history you can check out the website! As a dual degree student at Simmons, I am currently taking a public history course where we have been visiting and interacting with a lot of Boston’s history. Inspired by this class and conversations I have…

Life in Boston: Beginning of Spring Semester

Happy beginning of Spring semester!  As I begin my 4th semester here at Simmons, I have really been reflecting on the past year and a half I have spent in Boston and everything I have learned both inside and outside of the classroom. Since moving from California I have had to adapt and learn the many parts that come with living on the East Coast, and I have to continue learning as I go! Recently a large portion of the Green Line trains have been down, which at first really freaked me out. I live close to the Green Line and use it to get almost everywhere in my life, so I was concerned with getting to work and the places I meet my friends regularly. Luckily for me, this has pushed me to become familiar with my local buses, which I had been nervous to use in the past because of their schedules. Now I can easily make it to everything I need to without having to use the Green Line so I will…

Wrapping up the Semester

It has been a chaotic semester for me, but this week marks the end of my first year as a graduate student at Simmons! It is hard to believe that just eight months ago I packed up my life and moved almost 3,000 miles away from home, but I wouldn’t change a single thing about my first year at Simmons. While I am filled with stress in finishing up my last project and papers, I cannot wait for the fun activities we have planned in class this week. I am about to submit my final LibGuide for LIS 407: Information Sources and Services, where I created a research guide intended for anyone looking to plan a trip to my home area of California’s Central Coast! Last week in that class we had a huge potluck where everyone in the class contributed so we had so many wonderful treats for our last session. This week, for LIS 438: Introduction to Archival Theory and Practice, we get to take a trip to visit the Massachusetts Historical Society…