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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

  • 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…