Simona moved to the UK from Italy in 2009. She holds a Diploma in Business and International Studies, however, after taking cello lessons in her hometown she realised that her true calling was pursuing a career in music.

She worked in a pub for a few years, joined a folk band and immersed herself in the local music scene, collaborating with musicians and singer-songwriters and performing with orchestras in a wide variety of festivals across the country.

In 2014 she received a scholarship to purchase a new musical instrument and enrolled to study a BA in Music Performance in one of the country's leading conservatoires. After completing her studies, Simona would like to carry on working in the music industry, either in a performing or teaching role.

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I cried when I found out about the result of the referendum, for me it was a sign of regression more than progression. I think the idea of controlling people’s movement between countries is quite unnatural and unnecessary. Sometimes we forget how much we are all part of the same land and I actually do really admire people who are brave enough to start a new live in a different cultural surrounding.
I love the idea of multiculturalism and having the diversity of many different communities. I don’t think Brexit will seriously threaten that. Even if life in the UK is going to be slightly more difficult for Europeans from now on, multiculturalism is still too strong for Brexit to actually stop it or harm it in a serious way.

I don’t think it would be in the best interests of this country to lose so many workers and students, as these people coming along make many different contributions that need to be taken into account as well.
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I have friends who supported Leave and their reasons were more financial than related to immigration. They are hoping for a beneficial change to come from Brexit and, even though I personally can’t see the advantages of such a choice, that doesn’t mean there aren’t any.

Irrespective of how people voted, I think we have to see past our differences and try to work together somehow. I’d like to believe that things will work out for everyone and in the less divisible way possible.