After four years of serving at Simmons she’s set to leave

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By Jessie Kuenzel
Staff Writer

Our sports editor, Nafeesa Connolly, will be graduating alongside the four other seniors leaving the Voice’s editorial staff this year.

Connolly is graduating with a B.A. in Communications with a focus on Public Relations and Marketing, and a minor in business. Although she has been involved with many clubs and organizations throughout her years here, Connolly managed to find time in her busy schedule to work for the Voice since her sophomore year (2011-2012).

“I love sports, and wanted to learn more about journalism and sports writing,” said Connolly about her reasons for initially joining the Voice. She was prompted to begin writing for the paper by her volleyball teammate, and sports editor at the time, Morgan Powell, class of 2012. Connolly acquired her position as editor as she entered into her junior year, and continued the role through this year.

“I appreciate every moment, including the ‘bad’ with the Voice. It was a major learning experience, portfolio builder, and a way to meet awesome folks on campus I wouldn’t have otherwise interacted with,” said Connolly.

Connolly has worn many hats through her time at Simmons; in addition to her work on the Voice, she has been the vice-chair of the NCAA Division III National Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, involved with the Public Relations Student Society of America, a Student Government Association senator, a member of Vision 2020, and is currently completing her public relations internship with the Simmons Marketing Communications Department.
Whether she’s cheering in the stands at a Bruins or Red Sox game or cheering on her Simmons teammates, Connolly has always been a passionate supporter of sports. She was a member of the volleyball team for her four years at Simmons, and her love and support of the Simmons sports community has always been apparent to anyone who meets her.

After graduation, she will begin a one-year paid internship with the NCAA in Indianapolis. She will be a Governance intern, working with Divisions I, II, and III, and their decision-making bodies. “Alhabdulillah (thank god), I got my dream post-grad job and couldn’t be happier.”

A Boston girl born and bred, Connolly grew up just a short way from the city, in Natick, Mass. “I’m nervous for the job, but I’m excited for the experience and for being in a new city. And I’m excited to be representing the Patriots in a Colts city,” she said of her feelings about leaving Boston.

She has contributed greatly to the community in her time here, through her work, her writing, and her vibrant personality. Although she will be greatly missed here at Simmons, Connolly is headed off to share her talents with the rest of the world, and everyone here at the Voice wishes her all the best.