Meet a Wildcat: Leya

In this post, Leya, a sophomore at Wheelock, discusses the benefits of being a part of the Colleges of the Fenway. 

There are so many amazing opportunities here at Wheelock but, one of the greatest opportunities is the close relationship the school has with the other five Colleges of the Fenway (COF): Emmanuel College, Simmons College, Wentworth Institute of Technology, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, and Massachusetts College of Art and Design.   All of these schools are in close proximity to each other and allow students to branch off of our Wheelock campus and engage with students from other schools.  The six schools share a lot.  Wheelock shares Simmons’ gym, which is close by.  You can eat at any of the other school’s dining halls (when you use your Colleges of the Fenway card) and the rumor is that Emmanuel has delicious food.  The biggest opportunity that COF offers is cross-registering for classes and clubs.

As a Wheelock student you can cross-register at any of the other COF schools.  This is a great way to take some classes that Wheelock does not offer.  You get to meet new people and make new friends at other schools.  A large number of students from the other five schools come to Wheelock to take American Sign Language.  Students here go to Mass Art to take more art classes.  If a class at Wheelock is full and you really wanted to take it, there is a possibility that another school has something similar.  The opportunity of branching out and taking classes at another school is a great option.

For me personally, my favorite part is that you can participate in clubs and organizations through the COF.  I have been dancing for the past eleven years and coming to school that was something I really wanted to continue.  The COF offers dance classes with a show wrapping up each semester.  There are a handful of classes offered by instructors that you can sign up for.  You can also join student pieces.  Students choreograph their own dances, which is always a lot of fun to join in on.  The COF also has a theater project, an orchestra, a jazz band, and a chorus.  If there is something you want to do you can always find it somehow at Wheelock or in the community.

If you want to explore more about the COF and what they offer check out their website. The opportunities at Wheelock are endless!