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Dana Ranney, Leading the Way

Anyone who has been a part of a team or organization knows that leadership and experience is crucial to success.  From leading the Advertising Club to Student Government, Dana Ranney’s motivation and success is contagious. She is one of the nicest the girls you will meet at Scranton and is bound to achieve her dreams. Dana is sure to light up your day with her smile and shock you with her accomplishments. Read on to learn more about Dana’s involvement. 

Name: Dana S. RanneyMajor: Strategic Communications – Public RelationsMinor: General BusinessYear: 2015Hometown: Morristown, NJ

What activities are you involved in?

  • Student Government Director of Communications
  • Advertising Club President
  • PRSSA Active Member

What made you want to become President of the Advertising Club?Although I am focusing on the area of public relations, the Advertising Club happened to be the first club I joined at the University of Scranton. At the time, I was unsure whether I wanted to go into PR or advertising, so becoming a member allowed me to get my feet wet as a first-year student. Through the years, the upperclassmen in Ad Club left admirable impressions upon club members – that really motivated me to get involved, fill a leadership position and aim to continue that tradition. I can remember wishing to be on the Executive Board by my senior year, and here I am!

How do you think this experience will prepare you for the future?This experience will prepare me for the future in several ways – as will almost every experience I’ve been apart of at the University of Scranton. Each of the positions I hold constantly challenge me in ways I can’t ever predict. And for that, I am extremely thankful. As Advertising Club President, I am constantly fine-tuning my leadership skills, managing my time, and establishing and maintaining new and old relationships of all kinds.

Why did you choose to attend Scranton?I chose to attend the University of Scranton because, honestly, it was the only school I visited that felt like home. Three years later and it still feels like home. The students, faculty, staff – everyone – that constitutes the University of Scranton work to make it a truly special and wonderful place to live and grow. There’s so much more that goes into this answer, I feel like I could go on forever!

What was the most shocking thing about Scranton when you first moved here? That Pennsylvanians are WAY different than New Jersians.

What is your favorite thing about Scranton?The amazing people I’ve met and continue to meet with each new day.

What are your plans for the future?My dream job would be to work in the corporate office at Bloomingdales. However, I would also really enjoy working for a small – mid-sized full-service communications firm. Eventually, I’d love to test my entrepreneurial skills and start my own business – preferably and hopefully a coffee shop!

Most memorable moment at Scranton?I have too many to count! But to name just one – walking into my very first college class – Philosophy I with Father Mohr at 10:00 a.m. MWF.

Most embarrassing moment?Slipping/face-planting/falling in every almost every single location within in a one-mile radius of campus…

The best piece of advice you can offer someone?Smile – a lot. Be confident. Always step outside of your comfort zone. Remember the person next to you is just as intimidated of you as you are of them.

Who is your biggest inspiration?Undoubtedly, my mother.

Samantha is an East Coast girl from Pennsylvania with a New York City attitude and a Florida mindset. Her shopping habits are contagious; she has inherited them from her mom (they say mother knows best, right?). Samantha is a University of Scranton senior majoring in Strategic Communication with a minor in Business. She is the Campus Correspondent of Her Campus Scranton, which she co-founded in September 2014 with her best friend, Elise. She is also the captain for Scranton Love Your Melon and secretary of the University of Scranton's Business Club. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter, @samanthaamilazzo @samanthaliza_
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