Office of Alumni Engagement

Simone Boos

Some of my most meaningful and rewarding opportunities since graduating have appeared in part because of connections with other Alma alumni. I’ve been fortunate to work for several Alma alums, to return to guest teach in the Dance Department at Alma as a visiting instructor, and to photograph many Alma couples on their wedding days.  I find myself almost constantly relying on my critical thinking skills (it’s not just a buzzword!) and looking for opportunities that expand my horizons and expose me to new things.  I formed many lasting friendships while at Alma, and those relationships have also been a source of support and encouragement at each new turn.  

My hometown when I was a student was

Indianapolis, IN

I graduated in

2012

I studied

english and dance.

I currently live in

Orlando, FL

I am now

A professional dancer (Surfscape Contemporary Dance Theatre and Third Wave Dance Company); dance teacher and Barre3 Instructor; professional photographer/small business owner (Simone Boos Photography).

Since graduating from Alma

I’ve grown to more deeply appreciate my time at Alma. As a student I was so busy with classes and rehearsals and everything else that I rarely had time to stop and consider just how many opportunities and unique experiences were at my fingertips.  Alma fostered my curiosity, broadened my worldview, honed my critical thinking skills, and cemented my love of travel – elements which have enriched my life and propelled both my career and personal life since I left Alma. 

My Alma education

is invaluable not because of what I learned in the classroom, though that was significant, but because of everything else that makes up an Alma experience.  My Alma education, my Alma experience, extended beyond exams and GPA to the friendships and mentorships I formed, the clubs and organizations I participated in, the speakers and performances I watched, the organizations I volunteered with, and so much more.  There are many models for education especially at the collegiate level, but I truly believe that Alma offers something unique and defining. 

My favorite place(s) on campus included

the dance studio because it was home, and we spent so much time there every week; the Chapel late in the evening because it was always so peaceful; the quad during the first snow fall of the year because there is nothing quite so beautiful; and the study rooms in the Library because long hours studying are better when shared with friends. 

My favorite professors(s) included

Dr. Aspinall, Dr. Hulme,  Professor Murray Borrello, Dr. Chen, Dr. Bender, Dr. Blanchard … there are far too many to name them all.  

My most vivid/best memory of my time at Alma is

Though it’s hard to choose, my most vivid memories of my time at Alma are all of the incredible out of the classroom experiences.  From volunteering on Alternative Break trips, to seeing Shakespeare performed at the Globe during Spring Term in London, to dancing in Taiwan with the Alma College Dance Company, my time at Alma left me with so many wonderful memories and friendships.