#PROFspective: Environmental Studies Major Meghin Rollins

Today, we speak with Meghin Rollins, a senior environmental studies major from Carney’s Point, NJ (Salem County) who commutes. Meghin 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: Meghin Rollins Meghin Rollins posing in front of Rowan's Prof statue outside of Robinson Hall.
Major: Environmental Studies
Year: Senior
Transfer: Yes, from Cumberland County College
Hometown and County: Carney’s Point, NJ (Salem County)
Commuter: Yes
First generation college student: Yes
Off-Campus resident: Yes, I live in an apartment in Carney’s Point.
Social clubs: Member of Rowan Environmental Action League (REAL) and GeoClub. 

Do you work on campus? I am a student worker for Rowan’s Environmental Health & Safety.

Share an “a ha!” moment you’ve had within your major that made you feel passionate about your intended field: I realize this probably sounds cheesy, but every day in class feels like an “a ha!” moment. I honestly feel like I learn so much, especially in Dr. Jordan Howell’s Social Perspectives course. There are so many things to learn about environmental policy and management – I had a similar feeling in Environmental Ethics. Those two courses really get me to think about all of the people who are impacted in environmental decisions and issues.

Meghin Rollins picking up litter from Rowan's pond.Describe for us an on-campus experience in which you felt that your future goals are supported: Although I have not spent that much time with Rowan’s EHS department, I was given the opportunity to plan a clean up around the stream that runs through Rowan’s main campus. Planning this event gave me insight on the amount of work it takes to get things done. This also assured me that I am in the right career field.  

What’s your favorite thing about your typical Monday at Rowan: I work for EHS Monday through Wednesday and I think that it is one of the best opportunities I have had at Rowan. They encourage students to take initiative and work towards their career goals through communicating with other groups on campus and raising awareness with students and staff. The staff is truly passionate about the work they’re doing, and it’s really inspiring to witness.

On your busiest day, what academic, non-academic and social responsibilities are you juggling: Throughout my entire college career I’ve had two jobs every semester. This semester my busiest days would be Monday and Wednesday. In the mornings, I work with EHS and then I have class until the afternoon. I have another class until 5pm, and then I go to the gym. I think personal health is just as important as environmental health.

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Story and photography by:
Alyssa Bauer, junior public relations major