“My studies at Ramapo College allowed me to grow both personally and professionally. The visual arts program provided me with the opportunities I needed to explore various careers in the arts, and ultimately laid the foundation for my work as an art therapist. The knowledge of art materials and techniques I learned at Ramapo has been essential in my work as an art therapist in that it has allowed me to understand the different emotions different materials may elicit while also allowing me to confidently teach clients how to use various media. At Ramapo, I made lasting connections with peers and professors who were essential in shaping my path. They always pushed me to do the best that I could and to be the best that I can be which is something I still strive toward today.” – Melanie Peters ’14 graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Visual Arts with a concentration in Drawing and Painting and a minor in Psychology. While at Ramapo, Melanie was a recipient of Trillium Faculty Award 2014, and a member of National Society of Collegiate Scholars and Golden Key International Honours Society. She received her M.A. in Mental Health Counseling with a specialization in Art Therapy from Caldwell University in the fall of 2017. Melanie is currently a Therapist with Family Crisis Intervention Unity at Hunterdon Medical Center and an Art Therapy Group Facilitator at Warren County Correctional Center.