I've done everything from manage (more than) 100 different students at a time between Admissions and the Etownian to dancing in front of hundreds of my peers in a pink sequin dress for Mr. E-town. I think I can comfortably say Elizabethtown has helped me come out of my shell. -- Ross Benincasa
Bylines, business and books: Ross Benincasa is one busy young man. When he’s not assigning and editing stories as editor-in-chief of the Etownian, he’s hard at work in Leffler House, where, for the Office of Admissions, he supervises the Jay Walkers—the student tour guides. Top that off with a rigorous academic schedule—he’s a double major in English Education and Business Administration. The Newton, N.J.,native was attracted to the College for its well-known education program, but it was during an overnight visit that he made his decision to attend E-town.
“I really enjoyed the overall vibe of the campus community. Everyone is extremely friendly here and, unlike larger schools, E-town definitely prepares you and pushes you to take over leadership roles in projects and organizations that you may be interested in,” he said.
Ross loves writing and working with children, so English Education was a natural choice. He often gets questioned, though, about how he plans to combine his two very different majors.
“For me, it's so I can eventually open a charter school focusing on writing, the arts and teaching an entrepreneurial mindset for underprivileged youths,” he said, adding that, directly after graduation, he would like to teach at Milton Hershey School or pursue his MBA.
Ross’s role with the student newspaper has given him a unique perspective: Knowing so much about the College, its events and the research and publications of the faculty helps him appreciate the work they do and, in his eyes, makes their dedication to E-town students even stronger. He also has branched out and met people he otherwise would not have met.
“I've interviewed people from a variety of backgrounds, everyone from Nobel Peace Prize winners, company presidents and even the Gym Class Heroes; each interview has helped me learn a great deal about different cultures and the people within them,” said Ross.
He’s surprised himself in many ways at E-town, but he says what is most noticeable is how comfortable he has been in opening up to people on campus, and how his leadership attitude has taken place of his once shy personality.
“I've done everything from manage (more than) 100 different students at a time between Admissions and the Etownian to dancing in front of hundreds of my peers in a pink sequin dress for Mr. E-town. I think I can comfortably say Elizabethtown has helped me come out of my shell,” he says.