Being a Part of the ASCEND Community

three ASCEND students having a conversation

Glassboro, NJ (Gloucester County) native Dyone Payne, a junior public relations major with minors in journalism and strategic communication, shares her experience with the ASCEND program.

Transitioning from high school to college isn’t always as easy as everyone thinks it is. Thankfully, entering Rowan through the ASCEND program provided me the confidence say goodbye to my family and start school.

As students, our parents wave bye to us as we step foot into a new journey that college has set out for us. During the ASCEND six week program, we live in dorms, take classes, and get to know one another as we grow to be brothers and sisters. After the program is over, we are then admitted into the university!

A Rowan University staff member mentors a student in the Camden location.

A day in the life of an ASCEND student includes meeting with your advisors, both academic and ASCEND. This is to keep constant maintenance and balance within our new campus lifestyle. A key aspect in remaining an ASCEND student is grades. Without the proper grades to pursue the education you need, how do expect to possibly get ahead in life?

Everyone from advisors, to secretaries, to students create a welcoming and inclusive environment for everyone to enjoy. The community often hosts workshops that assist with tutoring, scholarships, FAFSA, and entrepreneurship. We also attend a meeting for all classes within the community to understand that everyone is on the same page. To go along with this, we have our own class meetings to catch everyone up on what’s going on within the class.

Dyone Payne jumps for joy with two friends outside the Student Center
Dyone (center) jumps with two fellow volunteers helping new freshmen coming to campus for the first time.

The ASCEND community is not only welcoming, they’re family. Everyone you come across is not only a networking opportunity but they’re also extremely genuine. We have fun, outgoing students on campus and we even host an annual barbecue to wrap up the end of the school year!

Being an ASCEND student has been the best experience because of the connections I’ve made with so many wonderful people. This is a community that sets you up for success while taking the time to prepare you for every opportunity.  They even told me to remember, “to be early is to be on time, to be on time is to be late, and to be late is unacceptable.”

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