#PROFspective: History Education Major Amiel Holliday

Amiel posing in front of James Hall's "Knowledge is Power" statue.

Today, we speak with Amiel Holliday, a senior history education major from Burlington, NJ (Burlington County) who lives on campus in Edgewood Park Apartments. Amiel will share his #PROFspective with us on what it’s like to be a Rowan University student and how he’s getting the most out of his college experience as a Rowan Prof.

Name: Amiel Holliday
Major: History Education Major
Minors or concentrations: Africana Studies
Year: Senior
Transfer Student: Yes, I transferred from Rowan College at Burlington County
Hometown and County: Burlington, NJ (Burlington County)
Resident: Yes, I live in Edgewood Park Apartments
Academic clubs: IMPACT (Increasing Male Practitioners And Classroom Teachers)

Do you work off campus?: Yes, I’m a waiter at Bob Evans in Mount Laurel, NJ

Share an “a ha!” moment you’ve had within your major that made you feel passionate about your intended field. I’ve had a few of these moments throughout my education journey. However, my most recent moment occurred last week while performing classroom observations. I was being introduced to the 7th grade humanities class at Rosa International Middle School and naturally clicked with the students and had great conversations with them. My level of comfort grew from this experience and left me feeling excited and content with what I want to do with the rest of my life.

Amiel sitting on James Hall's lounge chairs.Describe for us an on-campus experience (academic or non-academic) in which you felt that your future goals are supported. Every first Saturday of each month I’m reassured my future goals are supported. On this day, I meet with different educators, principals, and superintendents throughout New Jersey and neighboring states, who mentor me, and other IMPACT members. They always give us encouragement, experience, and support.

Why did you choose Rowan? I chose Rowan because of its new developing program, IMPACT. This program supports minorities with the intentions of going into the education field on a mental, emotional, and financial level.

On your busiest day, what academic, non-academic and social responsibilities are you juggling? My busiest day of Amiel sitting on James Hall's steps.the week is Thursday. On Thursdays, I wake up around 7 am to prepare for my Foundations of Schools and Society course at 8am-10:45am. Directly after this class, I walk to my 11 am Civil Rights and Black Power movements class. I head back to Edgewood to eat my (very) late breakfast and relax for a little before heading to my 2 pm-3:15 pm African American History To 1865 class. Immediately after class is over, I rush to the Enterprise Center for my 3:30 pm-4:45 pm Western Civilizations class. On this day I am in such a working mood due to having four classes in one day. With this positive attitude I usually leave after this class and head to the library where I meet up with one of my friends to conduct about 3-4 hours of studying and work. Finally, after all the classes and studying I like to end the day with some good ole Thursday Night Football. If I’m lucky my Minnesota Vikings might be playing that night!

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