“As a student leader, I discovered that leadership is the art of inspiring others to strive for their goals, to become better people, and to live beyond expectations. As a certified Zumba fitness instructor on campus, I lead my choreographed dances every week that motivate, energize and inspire people to achieve their health goals while having fun. Ramapo has been such a rewarding and transformative experience for me academically, mentally and physically. I immediately accepted the role of student ambassador I was granted by the SSHGS convening group members because I knew I wanted to give back to the Ramapo community after all the school has done for me. Holding leadership positions at Ramapo has inspired me to reach my full potential every day. I have gained higher-level training on the difficult aspects of leadership, such as conflict resolution, motivation and teamwork. I never lose focus on the academic portion of my life, on giving back to the community, and especially giving back to Ramapo. Ramapo is teaching me to be a better student, a better learner and, most importantly, a better person, so that when I graduate, I will represent the school well.” – Francesca Simone ’16 graduated with a degree in History and a minor in Italian. While at Ramapo, she was actively involved on campus as a History Ambassador for SSHGS, the President of the Italian Club, Secretary of the History Club, and a Ceremony Liaison for Phi Alpha Theta Honor Society. She was a member of the You’re Not Alone Anti-Bullying Club and Yoga Club. Francesca was also a Research Assistant for Stacie Taranto, Associate Professor of History. Accomplishments included Frances K. Hackett Scholarship, Dominic Palazzotto Scholarship, Provost Academic Scholarship, Omicron Delta Kappa, Phi Alpha Theta Honor Society, Theresa Inserra Memorial Scholarship, Golden Key International Honor Society, National Society of Collegiate Scholars and Alpha Lambda Delta.