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Student Profile Simone Robinson

Student Profile: Simone Robinson, '19, Psychology


Morristown, N.J. (November 6, 2018) – Simone Robinson, '19, moved 1,575 miles away from home after recognizing the value of an education from Saint Elizabeth University. Originally from the island of Jamaica, Simone was enamored by SEU's reputation for academic success and commitment to inclusivity.

"I always speak about my love for the diversity at SEU," remarks Simone, who is an ambassador for the University and frequently gives tours to prospective students and their parents. "I make sure everyone knows that if they attend SEU, then they will be accepted regardless of class, color or creed."

Embracing all people has always been an integral part of SEU's history. In October, SEU earned a ranking of "Best Ethnic Diversity" colleges by U.S. News & World Report. The annual "Best Colleges" list includes SEU as one of the top 15 most ethnically diverse in the "Regional Universities – North", making it one of only three private New Jersey schools in that category.

Most recently, Simone joined The Solidarity Project: DiverSEU. This program, based on Everyday Democracy's publication "Facing Racism in a Diverse Nation", fosters conversations about racism, stereotypes, prejudice and colorism.

"It's important to broaden one's awareness about these issues and strive to always meet the highest level of dignity and respect for everyone involved," says Simone.

In addition to DiverSEU, Simone is deeply involved in just about every facet of the University. She's a member of the tennis team, works as a writing tutor in SEU's Academic Success Center, as a student assistant in the Office of Health Services and is a mentor for students in both the Honors Program and FASTRAK. Comparable to an educational boot camp, FASTRAK begins prior to SEU's formal Orientation and aims to better prepare freshmen for the rigors of college.

This semester, Simone also became an Independent College Fund of New Jersey (ICFNJ) scholar and was awarded a grant to conduct research.

As a first-generation college student, Simone truly understands the value of a liberal arts education. She firmly believes that this type of education enables students to communicate effectively, challenge antiquated thoughts patterns and stimulate a love for learning.

"Coming from a little island, it is easy to lose hope with regards to finding a sound career," says Simone. "But studying at SEU has opened my eyes to unlimited possibilities."

Upon graduating Simone plans to earn her master's in counseling psychology from SEU.