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Ashley Jackson

Hi guys, I'm Ashley, and I am brand new to grad school and Massachusetts! I am in the MA for Children's Literature, and I could not be more excited to have the opportunity to study at Simmons. I expect to learn a lot here and network to meet people. I am truly stoked to have the chance to focus on Children's Literature and see where that takes me (publishing hopefully!).

I was born and raised in Texas and have lived there my whole life. So, this is quite the experience for me. I have spent quite a bit of time in England, so I'm not 100% in culture shock, but Boston is different than Austin; in a good way (hello snow)! I cannot wait to explore the city more and see what New England is all about. I am married to the coolest guy, and we have two dogs. Besides sweeping up fur in my spare time, I enjoy taking the dogs to the park or for a hike, swimming, and baking vegan treats. And of course, reading. My favorite genre currently is fantasy.


Entries by Ashley Jackson

  • House Hunting
    This summer I decided to stay in Boston and look for a house to move into for the next couple of years. I can only compare this experience to my time I looked for homes and apartments in Austin, so...
  • Bookshops
    It is toasty outside guys! I took a rare day off last week to go visit a few bookshops in the Boston area and cool down out of the heat as my apartment does not have air conditioning. Who needs...
  • Our Neighbors at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
    Hi guys! This week I took the opportunity, as a fairly new resident to the Boston area, to explore our neighbors at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. I have heard a lot about this museum and have been itching to...
  • Books and Adaptations
    Hello again! I am back in Boston as of late last night (early this morning) and they weather is gorgeous. I read many great books while abroad including a thriller/mystery series. My sister-in-law had obtained a collection of books from...
  • E-Readers, Tree Books, Libraries & Traveling
    Currently I am in Manchester England. The UK is a place I visit often as my husband is from England. I was never much of the E-reader type. I like to hold my books, collect them, smell them, all the...
  • Simmons Connect
    I wanted to mention how helpful Simmons Connect has been for me this semester. It was my first web-based experience with Simmons (other than simmons.edu). This is where you find out your registration start date and times, how you register...
  • Everyone's Talking About It...Wrap up + Career Fair Tidbits
    Yep. How can we not talk about it? One more semester (or the first as it is in my case) almost in the bag! One step closer to graduation and that coveted degree for us all. I finally got into...
  • The Boston Marathon!
    The Boston Marathon was yesterday and what a day for it! Being a new resident of the Northeast, I was not too keen on how big of a deal this was for the residents of Boston. Of course, I have...
  • Comprehensive Reading List and Learning to Love Old Genres
    Are you an avid reader and stuck in a genre? I certainly was before I attended Simmons. I have my preferred genre's and have difficulty convincing myself to read something different. Especially when it comes down to books I read...
  • An Apprehensive Baseball Fan
    Baseball Season is upon on. Opening games were just last week! I was never one to really watch baseball on television (so long!), but I did enjoy watching the World Series last year (ASTROS!). I do enjoy going to games...
  • New Student Orientation and Meeting People- Make Friends!
    If you get the chance to attend Simmons, try and go to the new student orientation. It's a great opportunity not only to see the campus and introduce yourself but to meet fellow students who are new to the program...
  • Free Books and SLIS Resources
    One thing I am really enjoying about the Children's Literature program here at Simmons is the ample opportunity for free books. The SLIS classrooms are in the same building as The Horn Book Magazine, which is a bimonthly literature magazine...
  • Why I Chose Simmons
    I came across Simmons when reading a snippet on Kristin Cashore's blog. She mentioned she got her M.A. at the Center for the Study of Children's Literature at Simmons College and I thought, "Any school that incubated and turned out...