#PROFspective Spanish; Secondary Education; Modern Languages and Linguistics Major Christina Terry

student outside international building

Today we speak with Christina Terry, a senior Spanish, secondary education and modern languages and linguistics triple major from Voorhees, Camden County, who lives on campus as an resident assistant in the International House. She will share her #PROFspective with us on what it’s like to be a Rowan University student and how she’s getting the most out of her college experience as a Rowan Prof.

Name: Christina Terrystudent outside Bunce
Majors: Spanish; Secondary Education; Modern Languages and Linguistics
Minors/concentrations: French (minor); International Studies (concentration)
Year: Senior

Transfer Student: Yes, Camden County College

Hometown and County: Voorhees, NJ (Camden County)

Resident: Yes, International House

Academic clubs: Sigma Iota Rho (International Studies Honors Society) Kappa Delta Pi (Education Honors Society) New Jersey Student Education Association (NJSEA)

Do you work on campus? Yes Peer Referral and Orientation Staff; Graduation Division of the Registrar’s Office; Education Abroad; RLUH Resident Assistant

Why did you choose your majors?

I love languages! It makes me so happy to be able to communicate with others; and I love to help others increase their personal power by increasing their knowledge.

One reason why you chose Rowan?

Honestly, Rowan to me is like an arranged marriage where love came later. It was my last choice school that I chose for costs, but I couldn’t imagine being anywhere else. I love that they have so many opportunities for you to grow personally and professionally by just reaching out and grabbing it. You don’t have to fight for leadership like other schools, Rowan just throws opportunities at you left and right if you keep your hands and mind open.

student inside Bunce Hall_

My Typical Day as a Rowan Student

In a typical day here for me at RU, I’m running to work at the Graduation Office at 7:45 a.m. in the morning cause I can’t get out of bed easily. I work there answering emails and phone calls. It is always a great feeling when I can help someone achieve their goals.

Afterwards, it’s off to Bunce Hall where I go to a class on French literature. That professor is also my advisor, so I can’t slack off. She is not only my mentor, but she is also the person who has changed my life for the better, so I always work hard for her. Then I always catch some lunch at Sono with my friend from class in the food court (if I can, it can be really popular sometimes!). I don’t have class for a while after that, so I go to my favorite building on campus – the library – to get some work done.

Following that, I’m due into my World Dance Forms class, which is the most fun elective that I have ever taken. My professor is constantly making student in international housing buildingus more aware of ourselves and our world through different dances from around the world. Getting in a bit of exercise through our weekly master classes makes me feel way less guilty about not taking advantage of the Rec Center. In addition, it counts for an International Studies elective; what more could you ask for?!

By the end of a movement class, I’m absolutely exhausted, so it’s back to the International House to spend some time with my residents watching Netflix or Hulu and checking that all of my homework for my passion linguistics is completed before I head out at 6:00 p.m. In linguistics class, we usually have a debate of some kind over the nature of language itself which is mental gymnastics.

But if there is a slammin’ Rowan After Hours event like Think Fast or Bingo, I usually try to make it and have some free food at the midnight bar and I’ve caught no less than three massages this way. My day full and being a super happy Prof, I fall into bed  around 12:30 a super happy Prof happy in my decision to come to RU.

We are #RowanPROUD and we are Rowan Profs! Not exactly sure what a Prof is? It’s our owl mascot, Whoo RU. Read about him here

Story organized and photography by:
Jen Green, senior public relations major