Senior Reflects: Biological Sciences Major Brenden Finley on the Outdoors Club, Fossils and His Future

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Today we feature Brenden Finley from Glassboro, NJ (Gloucester County) who recently graduated with a degree in Biological Sciences. Here, Brenden shares his favorite Rowan memories and his plans for the future. 

Could you please tell us about your favorite moment with a faculty member or a favorite experience in one of your classes?

A favorite moment of mine happened in the course Edelman Fossil Park Experience with Dr. Voegele. Having the opportunity to uncover fossils in the research pit was incredible. I’ll never forget the first fossil I unearthed. It was especially memorable when I was able to record and map my finds in the log book.

What was your favorite or most meaningful personal moment at Rowan? 

I couldn’t pick just one moment at Rowan, so I have to say sitting around the campfire on every camping trip with the Rowan Outdoors Club. Serving on the e-board of the outdoors club has been a favorite part of my Rowan experience by far. Giving Rowan students a chance to escape and enjoy nature is incredibly rewarding. The friends I’ve met through the club will surely be lifelong.

Outdoors Club Franklin Parker Preserve Day Hike

What are your career aspirations and how did the people or programs at Rowan help to support you with those aspirations?

I plan on becoming a surgical technician first, then going to physician’s assistant school. Dr. Supplee and Dr. Grinias helped me when I was having second thoughts about my original plan and helped me see that plans can change. This allowed me to rethink and make a new plan about my future. 

Do you want to give a thank you shout out to your family, friends, advisors or mentors? 

I want to thank my family and friends for always supporting my decisions and for keeping me grounded, Katie Huber and Kristin Henderson at the Rec Center for always being there to help and listen, and Dr. Grinias and Dr. Jonnalagadda for inspiring me to continue when I felt like giving up.

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20 Classes at Rowan to Further Education on Race & Social Justice

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As the Division of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion stated earlier this month, “Universities are not exempt from facing issues that plague our society and threaten our democracy.” It is extremely important to recognize these issues and take the necessary steps to educate ourselves and those around us on the dangers of racism, to start making the changes the world needs to see.

These courses* are available to Rowan students, focusing on the history of race, the dangers that racism instills in society, and ways that we can prevent racism as a community. 

  1. Black Lives Matter: An Ethnographic Perspective of The Movement (AFST 11350)

Oppression, injustice, and violence has plagued black and brown lives through a history of colonization in the United States. Beyond the black nationalist movements of the 19th and 20th centuries, the New Jim Crow has given rise to the #BlackLivesMatter movement. The #BLM Movement has erupted as a platform that has fueled social media activism and creates space for grassroots organizing that emboldens narratives of rupture and resilience and asserts the voices and dignity of all.

This course will cover topics related to the socio-cultural, political, legal, and education foundational aspects of the Black Lives Matter Movement. Students will gain real-life perspectives on the impact of the BLM Movement on America’s current social justice landscape as well as their own personal assumptions. Students will engage in critical reflection, in-class discussion and debates, as well as an analysis of the constructs of culture, race, and class in order to gain a better understanding of their identity and social categorizations in America’s established systems of oppression.

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  1. Anthropology of Race and Ethnicity (ANTH 02275)

This course focuses on the historical development and current status of the race concept, a purported descriptor of human diversity and potential. Using the perspectives of four-field anthropology, this course covers the historical development of the race concept as well as current scholarship, controversies and consequences of race. Students will read relevant texts from biological anthropology, linguistics, cultural anthropology and archaeology.

  1. Examining Intersectionality in Critical Theories of Race, Class, Gender, Sexuality & Citizenship (CASE 90512)

This course provides an overview of intersectionality and selected theoretical lineages which intersectionality often draws from including feminism, critical theory, critical race theory, ethnic studies, queer studies, nationalism, and de/post-colonialism. Beyond studying and summarizing relevant work, the course challenges students to critically synthesize and apply these frameworks to the study of urban education and communities.

  1. Race, Ethnicity, Class & Justice (CJ 09532)

This course will include an in-depth study of race, ethnicity and class, and their evolving impact upon the U.S. criminal justice system, as well as the system’s impact on minorities, the poor, and their communities. A major focus of this course will be a critical examination and analysis of how race, ethnicity, and class have impacted the nature, content, and quality of justice that is rendered within the nation. One major purpose of our study is to provide students with an opportunity to gain sophisticated understanding of the inequities that minorities experience within our system of justice and in the wider community. Students will learn to critically assess significant research concerning race, ethnicity and class and the criminal justice system, and understand the practical applications of this research.

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  1. African American Literature I (ENGL 02354)

This upper-level survey course examines African American literature from its beginnings in the colonial period through the Harlem Renaissance. We will engage in close readings of seminar vernacular, autobiographical, poetic, creative, and critical tests, exploring the relationship between literary expression and the highly charged American social, cultural, and political histories that form its context.

  1. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in U.S. Literature (ENGL 02530)

This class explores the ways literary texts enforce, subvert, or otherwise complicate constructions of race, ethnicity, class, gender, age, physical ability, religion, and/or sexual orientation. The course will address topics such as the formation of identity, both personal and cultural; privilege and exclusion; assimilation and the myth of the melting pot; immigration; geographical and metaphorical borderlands; and the complexities of ethnic, religious, and political nationalism.

  1. Hip Hop Culture: Music, Lifestyle, Fashion and Politics (MUS 40344)

The main objectives of this course are to discuss the origins of Hip Hop culture and study its influence around the world. Students will explore the key elements of Hip Hop, understand the importance and necessity of entrepreneurship and analyze how the Hip Hop Culture has evolved into a dominant force over the years. Students will examine the impact that Hip Hop has on fashion by helping to catapult the sales and positioning of major fashion and sneaker brands as well as creating independent clothing lines by way of entrepreneurship. The course will discuss and analyze the unprecedented effects and influence that Hip Hop has on global lifestyles, language, and politics.

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  1. History of American Education (FNDS 21150)

This course provides an in-depth study of American education from 1600 to the present, covering preschool through post-secondary education. It focuses on the social forces, sources of conflict, major educational figures and patterns of schooling during each period. In addition, the course will highlight the ways in which diversity has been accommodated, marginalized, or rejected in American education. Students will be able to identify and discuss ways in which diversity has been accommodated, marginalized, or rejected in American education.

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  1. Songs Of Praise/Protest (INTR 01172)

This course will examine the ways in which music has served as an instrument for social change. African-American music in the form of Spirituals and Blackface Minstrelsy will provide a mechanism for exploring social change, tensions between races, confused dynamics of racial identity, and stereotypes. Hymns of the late 18th and early 19th century will demonstrate how women used song as a means of self-expression denied them in other spheres. Finally, the civil rights and protest songs of the 60s and 70s will provide a backdrop for exploring issues of race and social culture.

  1. Minorities, Crime And Criminal Justice (LAWJ 05205)

In this course students critically examine the involvement of minorities with crime in the U.S. both as perpetrators and victims. Additionally, they will be afforded the opportunity to understand, critically examine, and apply significant theoretical perspectives for the study of minority criminality. They will develop an understanding of the impact of race and class within the law-making process, the content of the law, and the quality of justice afforded minorities within the American criminal justice system.

  1. Philosophy and Race – WI (PHIL 09327)

This course will explore philosophical issues related to “race,” including the role of modern European philosophers in the development of the concept of ‘race’ and historical and contemporary critical examinations of ‘race’ and racism.

  1. The Politics of Race in American Society (POSC 07324)

This course examines the central role of race in American political culture and American politics at large. We will examine concepts through the use of interdisciplinary resources including film, biography and scholarly materials. The course will approach the study of race through an intersectional lens.

  1. Psychology Of Racism And Ethnocentrism: Causes, Development, Consequences, Solutions (PSY 01310)

This course provides an opportunity for students to develop critical understanding of psychological perspectives regarding the root causes, complex patterns, and the individual, group, and societal consequences of racism and ethnocentrism in the United States of America. The course will draw upon comparative data regarding the psychological factors involved in historic or contemporary race and ethnic relations within selected international contexts to explore parallel and unique cross-cultural phenomena.

  1. Environmental Justice: Race, Class, and Gender (SOC 08442)

This course examines issues of environmental equity and social justice. It examines the rights of people to live in a clean environment free from hazardous pollution or contamination and to access the natural resources necessary to sustain health, safety, and livelihoods. A primary focus of this course will be the topics of race, class, and gender as they relate to environmental disputes.

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   15. Critical Race Theory: Social Justice, Advocacy and Intervention (SOC 08488)

Students will explore the social construction of race and the subsequent implications this phenomenon has for particular members of this society. Building upon the origins of the Critical Legal Studies Movement and Critical Race Theory (CRT), students will examine their own dispositions for significant issues from the centrality of race to better understand the need for becoming social justice advocates while learning a variety of social justice intervention strategies.

  1. Critical Race Theory: Application and Intervention (SOC 08578)

Students will explore the social construction of race and the subsequent implications this phenomenon has for particular members of society. Building upon the origins of the Critical Legal Studies Movement and Critical Race Theory (CRT), students will examine their own dispositions for significant issues from the centrality of race, class and gender to better understand the need for becoming social justice advocates while learning a variety of social justice intervention strategies. Specific attention will be focused on the medical/clinical setting where issues of race, class and gender can pose barriers to culturally competent care for clients.

  1. Black Americans and American Politics (POSC 07324)

This course examines the role of Black Americans in the political system, the forms and changing nature of their participation and a review of judicial and administrative decisions affecting the political and social status of Black Americans. This course may not be offered annually.

  1. African American History to 1865 (HIST 05376)

This course surveys the major social, economic and cultural developments of the black community from Africa to the Civil War. It emphasizes a comparison of the transition from Africa to slave culture and studies the contribution of blacks to the making of America.

  1. African American History Since 1865 (HIST 05377)

This course studies the development of the black community from emancipation to contemporary America, tracing such major themes as the pattern of migration and the various methods of black protest developed and employed in the 20th century.

  1. Sociology of Minority Groups (SOC 08230)

This course analyzes the nature of the relationships among ethnic, racial and other groupings in our society. It examines and tests sociological theories by the study of specific past and present minority group situations.

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*Disclaimer: Not all of these courses are offered this fall, and some may already be full; check for availability when it is time to register. 

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Cook with Me: Brioche French Toast

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Welcome to our new series to give you a glimpse into Rowan University, our campus culture, and the lives of our students, while we’re practicing social distancing to protect society from the spread of COVID-19. Today’s video is from Bianca Torres, a senior Music Industry major isolating from her home in Long Valley, NJ (Morris County).

Step into Bianca’s kitchen as she whips up a delicious breakfast treat, Brioche French Toast, from home. 

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Meet #Rowan2024: Biological Sciences Major AnneMarie Dominique

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Today we feature incoming freshman and Biological Sciences major AnneMarie Dominique. She is from Newport, NJ (Cumberland County) and will be commuting to campus in the fall. 

What is something you’re looking forward to next year at Rowan?
I really look forward to learning at Rowan University and starting college!
AnnMarie pictured on the tennis court.

What is one activity, club, sport or hobby that you did in high school that you’d like to continue with at Rowan?

I played tennis in high school and I really want to continue this in college. I hope to be on the Rowan tennis team.

How or why did you choose your major?​

I chose to major in Biological Sciences because I want to be in the medical field. I want to be an oncologist and I’m very excited.

How did you get to know campus?

I didn’t take a tour but I did have a virtual tour of the campus and it was great.

What music do you like?
I love classical music because I play piano but I also love pop music as well!
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Night owl or morning person?

I am a morning person all of the way! I love being up bright and early.

Why Rowan?​​

Rowan is a great campus! It’s close to home and I’ve heard really great things about the facility and all of the people there!

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#PROFspective: Nutrition, Exercise Science Major and Aspiring Business Owner Tyler Weiss

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Today we feature Tyler Weiss, a Nutrition major with a specialization in Exercise Science. Tyler, a junior from Winfield Park, NJ (Union County), lives on campus. 

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Why did you choose Rowan?

I chose Rowan because of its size. I felt the community wasn’t too small, so I’d have a lot of opportunities to meet new people, but I wasn’t too big.

How did you know Rowan was the right choice for you?

It was a mix of things. I always knew I wanted to be a personal trainer and eventually own a gym. My friends would always ask me for fitness advice. In high school, I talked to my gym teacher about my passion for fitness and she suggested her alma mater, Rowan University.

What clubs and activities are you involved in on campus?

I work as a personal trainer for the Rec Center. Unfortunately, we aren’t able to train anyone [right now], but typically, I’d be working with a client 2-3 times per week. I’ve also conducted body scans, gym tours, and routine obligations.

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What is a topic you learned in class that you applied in your industry?

An important lesson we learn in the program is communicating with clients. Students are used to anatomy and physiology terms, but most people aren’t. I’ve learned methods to explain certain exercises in a way they’ll understand.

How are you keeping in touch with your Rowan friends while at home?

Since being at home, my Rowan friends and I keep in touch by texting.

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TRANSFERmation Tuesday: Writing Arts Major Makenzie Forrest

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Meet Makenzie Forrest, a Writing Arts major from Collingswood, New Jersey (Camden County). She will be graduating with the Rowan class of 2023.

What are a few things you are looking forward to next year at Rowan?

I’m looking forward to having small classes (a big plus), living on campus, and going to events/being in clubs.

How or why did you choose your major?

I chose Writing Arts because I love writing.

Why did you choose a university that is close to home?

It’s more familiar to me. I’ve been visiting Rowan’s campus for homecoming with my family every year since I was 5. It’s also only 20 minutes from my house.

What is one activity, club, sport or hobby that you did in high school that you’d like to continue with at Rowan?

Makenzie Forrest: future transferBeing part of a writing organization (the college I’m transferring from didn’t have one, but my high school did!).

Why Rowan?

To me, Rowan can still offer the full college experience, while many other schools are stripping away everything besides classes. Rowan has character. People are friendly, and there are things to do on campus. It’s more than just a few hundred acres or buildings. The people make it what it is.

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Meet #Rowan2024: Law and Justice Studies Major Brianna Carr

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Today we feature Law and Justice Studies major Brianna Carr from Marlton, NJ (Burlington County). Brianna is a first-generation college student and will be living on Rowan’s campus this fall. 

What is something you’re looking forward to next year at Rowan?

I can’t wait to meet new people at Rowan, and I’m excited to study criminal justice.

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What is one activity, club, sport or hobby that you did in high school that you’d like to continue with at Rowan?

In high school I participated in many clubs and activities that I would like to continue at Rowan, and I can’t wait to explore what else Rowan has to offer.

 How or why did you choose your major?​

I chose to major in Law & Justice Studies because I have always been passionate in learning about crime and the justice system.

 How did you get to know campus?

Due to COVID-19, I wasn’t able to visit campus in person, but I have learned so many things from Rowan’s website and I can’t wait to be there in person.

What music do you like?

I listen to all kinds of music but I mostly listen to R&B and rap.

Night owl or morning person?

I am definitely a night owl over a morning person. 

Why Rowan?​​

I chose Rowan because it is a great school with a lot to offer and it is close to my family and friends. 

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Aspiring Attorney Carl Watkins Shares His Experience in the 3+3 Program

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Meet Carl Watkins, a junior Law and Justice major from Chicago, IL who transferred to Rowan University from DeVry University. 

Carl Watkins in a Law & Justice t-shirt.Favorite faculty moment: I had a Public Speaking professor who had a different philosophy than every other teacher. He wanted to ensure students in college enjoyed their time and did not stress about everything. He taught that, in the business world, it is essential to be able to socialize and communicate with your peers. This teacher would set up activities for us in class to enable networking with each other so we would feel comfortable interacting in real-world situations. 

Is there anyone who is a visionary in your field who inspires you? I am truly inspired by Professor Stanley Yeldell; he was one of the first professors to join the Law & Justice Studies department when Rowan was known as Glassboro State College. For me personally, he has been a true mentor and has inspired me to excel and be an example for the next generation of those that seek to also be great.

What is the most amazing or interesting thing you’ve learned in your major this year? Having an internship at a law firm really showed me the ins and outs of how an attorney Carl Watkins with his son.works. I have the joy of actually visiting courtrooms and seeing attorneys in action in a legal setting. Though there are so many aspects to the law, being at Hoffman DiMuzio gave me options and avenues that I didn’t know existed.

What pre-professional experiences are helping to support your growth? I am currently a junior in the 3+3 program with aspirations of attending Rutgers Law in the Fall of 2021. I am also the treasurer of the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity. I am an active member of the Pre-Law Society and entering into my second-semester internship at Hoffman DiMuzio.

I love being involved and active in campus life as it lets you explore and network with people from all walks of life.

I got a late start on college. I served in the U.S. Army, got married, had two children: one who graduated from Widener University and one entering into his second year at Rowan College of South Jersey. I’m amazed at what I have accomplished so far. 

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First Year Voices: English Language Program Student Steve Ngo

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Today we speak to Steve Ngo, who recently completed his freshman year in the English Language Program. He lives in Egg Harbor Township (Atlantic County). Before the university closed due to COVID-19, Steve lived on campus at Holly Pointe Commons. Steve is a first-generation college student.

Bunce Hall, a building that dates back to Rowan's origins.

What is one way you made friends this year? 

I met my friends when I stayed in my dorm and when I started my first classes at Rowan.

What is something you’re looking forward to at Rowan next year? 

Next year, I want to make more new friends and have more experiences.

The Rowan owl statue outside of Robinson Hall.

What would you tell a future student who is interested in coming to Rowan? 

Find a mentor who can lead you to the field you are interested in. Set a target for your path, then do it step by step and you’ll reach what you want!

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Meet #Rowan2024: Lindenwold’s Maiyah, Law and Justice Major, Ready to Explore College Life

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Today we feature incoming freshman Maiyah from Lindenwold, NJ (Camden County). Maiyah will be entering Rowan University as a Law and Justice Studies major. 

What is one activity, club, sport or hobby that you did in high school that you’d like to continue with at Rowan?

In high school, I played softball and I hope to play at Rowan also. 

How or why did you chose your major?

I am fascinated with anything that has to do with law and I love to see what they go through, so that’s why I picked law and justice as my major.

What is something you’re looking forward to next year at Rowan? 

Next year I hope to meet new people and explore college life.

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Why Rowan? 

I got to know the campus from an overnight program called A Day in the Life of A College Student. In that program I was shown what is it like to be a student at Rowan, and I got tips on how to make it a better experience for me. When I went on the tour, all the people there seemed to enjoy the environment and the people that I got to know really made me feel like this was a good choice for me.

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Public Relations and Advertising Double Major Olivia Clinkscale Shares Her Perspective on the Black Lives Matter Movement

Today we feature Olivia Clinkscale, a Public Relations and Advertising double major with a minor in Sports Communication and Media from Galloway, NJ (Atlantic County). Olivia is an on-campus resident. 

What is the most amazing or interesting thing you’ve learned in your major this year?

The most interesting thing I’ve learned in public relations and advertising is that it branches out in so many different ways. I learned that PR can be media relations, government relations, investor relations, and used in crisis communication. Basically, the skills that I use in everyday life. Also learning what type of impact advertisements have on people and how the world perceives something has been interesting.

What would you share with a future student interested in your major? 

I would share that in the public relations/advertising field you will learn about all different things. It’s not just about PR, because this connects with plenty of other majors. You will learn about how to define the story and then make the story compelling to a broader audience. Learning along the way life skills that are useful not just for public relations.

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How have you gotten involved at Rowan? How has your involvement impacted your Rowan experience?

Being a volleyball player here at Rowan has really gotten me involved on campus. It has ultimately given me an outlet and a break from the stresses of schoolwork. Volleyball also keeps me active and keeps me informed on other activities Rowan provides. This involvement in sports has definitely made my time here at Rowan more enjoyable!    

What does the Black Lives Matter movement mean to you?

The Black Lives Matter movement is people stepping up and fighting against racial injustice. People are waking up and seeing problems that need to be fixed, such as police reform and systemic racism. 

Have you attended any Black Lives Matter rallies, protests or vigils?

I attended one in Egg Harbor Township. It was more of a rally, but there was also a protest. The rally was filled with people citing poems, stating facts and speaking about what we are fighting for. The rally was organized by four moms. There were also some little boys that spoke. I am also planning to go to the one in Glassboro on Juneteenth. 

Do you think that the demonstrations are effective?

Yes, I think the recent demonstrations are effective. There are bigger audiences than before, so they cannot be ignored. We have support from all around the world, which helps a lot. 

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What do you think that Rowan can do to better serve the BLM movement?

Rowan should educate everyone. There should be more of a class to inform students. We have Africana Studies, but … [W]e should have a course that reflects the fact that racism is still an issue today.

Is there anything you want your fellow Rowan students to know?

It all starts with our generation. We need to educate ourselves in order to educate our children and their children and also the people around us. We need to do better so that the world can change. 

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Meet #Rowan2024: Computer Science Major, Musician Hunter Gareau

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Today we feature Computer Science major Hunter Gareau. Hunter, from Shamong, NJ (Burlington County), is the first of his siblings to attend college. 

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What is something you’re looking forward to next year at Rowan?

I’m looking forward to the college experience: staying in a dormitory, making new friends, and participating in different activities.

What is one activity, club, sport or hobby that you did in high school that you’d like to continue with at Rowan?

I’ve done band since fourth grade, specifically I play trumpet. I’d like to continue playing trumpet in college.

How or why did you choose your major?​

I wanted to design games for a while, but I decided to broaden that with computer science. I like being creative, and I’m good at math, so this is my ideal field.

How did you get to know campus?

I visited the campus last summer while looking at colleges. I don’t know it too well, but I think I’ll know much better once I attend the virtual orientation.

What music do you like?

I enjoy most music genres, but my favorites are rock and indie.

Night owl or morning person?

I’m definitely a night owl.

Why Rowan?​​

Rowan is close to home, I have friends going to Rowan, and I was given a good offer to go to Rowan, it just made the most sense.

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#PROFspective: Double Major Gloria Sanckon, President of the African Student Association

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Today we feature Gloria Sanckon, a junior Psychology and Sociology double major from Burlington Township, NJ (Burlington County). She transferred to Rowan from Burlington County College and is a first-generation college student. This year, Gloria lived on campus at the 114 Victoria Street apartments.

A portrait of Gloria wearing a purple one-sleeved shirt.Tell us about one club, organization or group of friends that make you feel like Rowan is home. 

I used to be the president for the Residence Hall Association, but now I am the president for African Student Association. What made Rowan feel like home was the group of friends I made through my organization. Everyone was extremely welcoming and supportive. There’s never a boring time at programs and meetings, and you can make great friends. For instance, when we don’t have a program coming up, we spend time outside of the club playing games, cooking, and chatting at a member spot. 

What’s your favorite thing about your typical Monday at Rowan?

African Student Association (ASA) general meetings have to be one of the greatest things on Mondays at Rowan. As an e-board member, I have to go to general meetings and bring Rowan ASA together. We all meet up and do activities to educate African students.

What is one thing about Rowan that was a happy surprise for you?

One thing that was a happy surprise to me about Rowan is that there’s always something to do. For instance, Rowan After Hours (RAH) hosts events every Thursday, Friday and Saturday for students on and off-campus. Before coming to Rowan, I was a homebody, but the events on campus are interesting and it forces me to come out and meet new people.

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Describe for us an experience you’ve shared with a professor or staff member in which you felt like they truly cared about your well-being. ​

During my first semester, I struggled horribly to stay on top of my work due to being a first-generation student with no support from home. Not because I was not hardworking, but because my memory was almost nonexistent. It did not imply if I went to class because I couldn’t concentrate. Not like, “Oh! I am just distracted,” but like, “Did I even go to class today? What did we talk about?” “How are my siblings back home?” “Who’s helping my mom?” It was scary and frustrating. But reaching out to my professors and communicating with them cleared my mind off a little.

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20 Minute Radius: 10 Local Ice Cream Places

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School is out and summer vacation is in! What sweet treat goes hand-in-hand with the summer time? Ice cream! Hanging out in the Glassboro area? Check out these ice cream shops that are within 20 miles from campus!

1. Alaura Kitchen, Pitman, NJ

Whether you’re looking for a meal or just a sweet treat, Alaura’s is the place to stop in downtown Pitman. They change their menu weekly, so there’s tons of flavors to choose from, even dietary options! The Belgian fries are a must. 

2. Dippy’s, Mantua. NJ

The best homemade ice cream in town! Dippy’s is great and has a variety of flavors to choose from! Their blueberry flavor is a jersey iconic. Blueberry will make your mouth water with delight and feel reminiscent of the South Jersey native fruit. 

3. Scoopy’s Ice Cream and Water Ice, Sewell, NJ

Looking for your carnival favorites? Scoopy’s offers more than just your classic scoop. From Dole Whip to their arctic swirl to a classic sundae, you won’t be disappointed!

4. Cono’s Pizza and Ice Cream, Glassboro, NJ

Walking back from class? Grab a slice and scoop on your way back! Located behind Rowan Boulevard, this shop will have you visiting every day! And did we mention their pizzas come in cones?

5. Yogo Factory, Glassboro, NJ

Not completely feeling ice cream today? Stop by the Yogo Factory for some sweet frozen yogurt on Rowan Boulevard. Add your own toppings and pay with your Rowan Bucks! Yogo Factory is definitely a Prof’s favorite!

6. Bruster’s Real Ice Cream, Sewell, NJ

Bruster’s is the place to hang out with your friends where everyone can get what they want! Their ice cream pies are truly one of a kind and to die for!

7. Reggina Gelato and Espresso Bar, Mullica Hill, NJ

Reggina’s is the best place to stop for some Italian sweets. They have all your favorites, gelato, cannolis and more! Make sure you try their strawberry lemonade and mascarpone! 

8. Stio’s Water Ice and Ice Cream, Washington Township, NJ

Who doesn’t love family owned businesses? You’ll feel a part of the family after the first bite! Skip the line and order online! You’ll need to take your time picking from their delicious hand dipped flavors!

9. Twin Kiss Drive In, Clayton, NJ

Looking for both salty and sweet? Stop by Twin Kiss to grab a pretzel and some ice cream! You’ll love their outdoor seating area!

10. Mueller’s Ice Cream and Fruit Freezz, Deptford Township, NJ

A hand holding a cup of ice cream You’ll feel transported to the Jersey shore boardwalk the second you lay eyes on the menu. Order funnel cake, ice cream floats, and choose from 24 flavors of soft serve. They’re known for their Fruit Freezz drinks. They are formulated with fresh fruit juice and the pulp will definitely get stuck in your teeth in the best way possible. 

Due to COVID-19, these shops are all currently available for take-out only. Got more suggestions? Share a picture of your favorite place using #IceCreamforRowan!

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Camryn Hadley, junior
Kailey Bertelsen, senior

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TRANSFERmation Tuesday: Computing and Informatics Major Saad Khalid

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Today’s TRANSFERmation Tuesday features Saad Khalid, a computing and informatics major. He commutes from his home in Gloucester County. He transferred to Rowan from the Rowan College of South Jersey, Gloucester Campus.

What is one moment that made you feel inspired or confident that you’re in the right field for you?

Honestly, it would have to be my interest in technology. I enjoy learning new things, and my program makes me feel inspired and confident.

What is the most interesting thing you’ve learned in your major this year?

Networking. It’s interesting to see what really happens behind the scenes!

A selfie of Khalid, crouching while resting his arm on his knee.

Why did you choose Rowan?

I chose Rowan because it is close to my house, and it seemed like an amazing place to go to school.

What are you most looking forward to at Rowan next year?

I am looking forward to taking new classes and learning from new professors!

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Meet #Rowan2024: Union County’s Chelsea Joseph Has Pre-Med Aspirations

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Today we feature Biological Sciences major Chelsea Joseph. Chelsea was born in Brooklyn, NY but moved to and will be commuting to Rowan from Union, NJ (Union County). 

Selfie of Chelsea.

What is something you’re looking forward to next year at Rowan?

Some things I look forward to next year at Rowan are learning many different and complex subjects, making new friendships and exploring the area.

What is one activity, club, sport or hobby that you did in high school that you’d like to continue with at Rowan?

I played volleyball all four years in high school so I would love to continue playing in college. I don’t think I’ll compete, but it’s always an option.

How or why did you choose your major?​                                                        

I chose my major because my mom is a registered nurse. She’s been a registered nurse for over 25 years and she has been in every department possible. Now she is a school nurse.

Growing up, she was always talking about what happened at work, what happens when you don’t take care of yourself, and what drugs can do to the human body. So I kind of ran with it and tested it out when I took Human Anatomy And Physiology in high school. When I realized I enjoyed the class and it was easy for me, I decided that I wanted to go into the medical field. Since I love children, I thought why not combine the two and be a pediatrician. That’s how I chose my major.

How did you get to know campus?                                                                         

I joined the Rowan family right when everything was closing because of COVID-19 so everything that I know is from online. Since everything is changing I’m curious as to what the in-person experience will be like but I’m excited to see what it holds. 

Selfie of Chelsea.

What music do you like?                                                                                        
As far as music, I am in love with music and I love variety. Old, new, throwbacks, R&B, Rap, Hip-Hop, Socca, Pop, etc. I’m always willing to try new music so the list just keeps expanding.

Night owl or morning person?                                                                               
I am 1000% a night owl. I’m -1000% a morning person. Everyone that knows me knows better than to wake me up in the morning without food and coffee or juice.

Why Rowan?​​                                                                                                              
I chose Rowan because I heard it’s a great school and I recently moved to the area. But, before choosing Rowan I drove through the campus a little and I liked it. It was alive and I wanted to be a part of it. I feel like that is how you should start the next chapter of your life — finding something that seduces you to want more.

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Julia’s Corner: How Athletic Involvement Helped Me

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Headshot of Julia, who is smiling and has long blond hair.Recent grad Julia McAleavey shares guidance through this advice column for incoming students. A student with well-rounded experience, Julia earned a bachelor’s in advertising this spring. She transferred to Rowan her sophomore year, after another school wasn’t a great fit. While at Rowan she started as an exploratory studies major, unsure of what to major in. She’s lived both on campus and off campus, held student worker jobs and internships, and participated in clubs and sports.

Okay, I understand that athletics are not for everyone. As someone who originally started college as a varsity athlete, I completely understand that. When I transferred to Rowan, I knew that the NCAA was not for me, but I still wanted some kind of sport in my life. They are a great option for those who are interested, but as other options Rowan also has many club sports and intramural sports for students to choose from. I had been a competitive swimmer for my whole life, so I decided to try out the club swim team. Joining the team was one the best decisions I have ever made, and there are several reasons as to why that is. 

Me getting ready to race backstroke.It kept me busy: Having practice twice a week at night was the perfect way to occupy my time. It was a good amount of practice to still have time for school and a job, and it kept me moving and socializing instead of just laying in bed by myself. It was also the perfect workout before bed, I would always fall right asleep. Additionally, on weekends we had meets, it gave me something to do for that entire day. As a senior, I became an officer for the club. Fulfilling my duties kept me busy, and it also helped with my professional development. It may not seem like it now, but you will have times in college where you are bored. Joining a club or intramural sport will definitely solve that problem. 

Kept me active: I was always an athlete growing up. Fitness and athletics have always had a huge impact on my life. Even though I didn’t want the full commitment of the NCAA, I still wanted some kind of fit, competitive lifestyle. After attending the first practice, I knew club swim would help with that no problem. Even though it is a club sport, we still compete and practice hard, and almost always get in a good workout. Most other club sports have the same type of dynamic. Intramurals, even though they are seasonal and only compete at Rowan, also helps to keep students active. 

Gave me friends: My favorite part of course! In my eyes, a good social environment in club swim was just as important as the athletic aspect.

Me (right) with some club swim friends
Me (right) with some club swim friends.

Although many varsity athletes make lifelong friendships on their teams, the social interaction is the main reason why many students join sports clubs and intramurals to begin with. I have made some of my forever friends from club swim, and I know many other athletes that have done the same. It is one of the best ways to make friends. 

Like I said, athletics aren’t everyone’s thing, but getting involved in any kind of sport on campus is a positive thing. Rowan has several NCAA teams if you’re interested in competing on that level. You can explore these teams. A lot of people have great experiences on these teams, but if you don’t want that commitment, club sports and intramurals are great options. They are the perfect thing to keep you busy, active, and of course, give you some of the best friends you’ll ever have. 

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How the Volunteer Club Impacts My Rowan Experience

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Today’s story is from Devon Graf, a recent communications studies graduate self-distancing from her house in Camden County, NJ. Devon joined the Rowan Blog team to wrap up her remaining internship hours, after her internship with Enchanted Celebrations was cut short prematurely due to COVID-19 affecting business.

Volunteering at Rowan University has been such a wonderful and rewarding experience. Are you looking to make friends? Help out the community? Feel good about yourself? I would recommend joining the Volunteer Club at Rowan.

Rowan students volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House South Jersey

It’s also important in other ways. Volunteering is important as it offers essential help to worthwhile causes, people in need and the wider community. Indeed, many organizations and charities rely on the generosity of volunteers as often they’re only partially-funded through government or local councils and cannot afford to pay salaries for all their staff. In fact, many companies depend almost solely upon teams of volunteers (like you!) to help them thrive and do their work.

If you’re feeling bored, isolated or simply want to widen your social circle, volunteering for Rowan is an important – and often fun – way to meet new people. In fact, one of the best ways to make new friends and strengthen existing relationships is to commit to a shared activity together, and volunteering lets you do just that.

Rowan student volunteers at animal shelter

What kind of volunteer options does Rowan offer? Many! Some of my favorites have been playing bingo at our local senior citizens center, helping out the local ASPCA animal shelter, and even taking a bus over to Camden to help serve food to the homeless and less fortunate at Cathedral Soup Kitchen. I even volunteered to be a tutor at South Woods State Prison.

Every volunteer event is meaningful and impacted my life positively. The look on the senior citizens’ faces to have someone young sitting next to them to play bingo is priceless. The animals I got to walk for a couple hours at the animal shelter felt loved. The prisoners I got to teach mathematics to and socialize with felt important. The greatest reward I have ever felt is donating at the soup kitchen and passing out hot cooked meals to families in need. 

Rowan students volunteer at Food Bank of South Jersey

Doing good for others and our community helps to create a sense of accomplishment. And working as a volunteer can also gave me a sense of pride and identity, helping to boost my self-confidence further by taking me out of my natural comfort zone and environment. It was also an escape from the typical school day. I was able to wake up and volunteer in the mornings for a couple of hours and then go to my classes. The volunteer event schedule has numerous days and times to apply yourself. I noticed that volunteering boosted my mental health simply because it made me happier: the so-called “helper’s high.” 

So next semester, try it out. Volunteering is a win-win situation all around. Reach out to the Volunteer Club and Rowan University if you have any questions or would like to learn more. 

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Devon Graf, Communication Studies graduate
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Study with Me: Sound Design [VIDEO]

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Watch Adam Clark, a senior Radio/TV/Film major, as he takes you through the final project in his Sound for Film & Video class. For this project, he created a sound design for a Playstation game. See Adam rebuild the game trailer’s audio “from scratch.” 

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#Rowan2020 Instagram Contest Winner Jodi Heady

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Meet #Rowan2020 Instagram Contest winner and recent graduate, Jodi Heady! Jodi graduated in Literacy Studies under Subject-matter Education with two minors in Education and Psychology. Jodi commuted to Rowan during her last semester from her home in Mantua, NJ (Gloucester County). She’s a first-generation college student who transferred to Rowan University from Rowan College of South Jersey. She reflects on her time at Rowan and tells us where she’s headed next.

How does it feel to be an official college graduate?

It feels great! I am a first-generation college student, so to be able to have this accomplishment for not only myself but for my family as well is a great achievement. I worked very hard to graduate, and although I loved my time at Rowan, I am excited to see what is next for me.

What was your most memorable experience at Rowan?

My most memorable experiences at Rowan are the times I was able to work with the amazing students and staff in the Reading Clinic and the Rowan University Early Childhood Demonstration Center. The Reading Clinic is where I had my classes School Reading Problems and Supervised Clinical Practice in Reading. In those classes, I was able to tutor children with reading comprehension, fluency, writing and word study. I loved seeing how much the children’s literacy skills grew by the end of each semester.

In this class, I worked with amazing people who guided me in my journey to become a teacher. Those people include my classmates, Kelly the secretary, and my professor the amazing Dr. Valarie Lee. I also loved my time at the Rowan University Early Childhood Demonstration Center. The children and staff there were all so sweet, and it was the best way to either start or end my school day! I loved seeing how creative the children could be. And I loved having little dance parties with the children. I do not think I ever had a day there where I was not laughing or smiling.

What are the things you will miss the most about Rowan?

I will definitely miss the staff and students at Rowan University Early Childhood Demonstration Center. I will also miss my advisor (April Ellerbe), and my professors I had throughout my years here at Rowan. I will also miss HollyBash, it was always something I looked forward to during the Spring semester.

What’s next for you?

I have been applying to many daycares to become a teacher lead, and I am just waiting to hear back from them. I heard back from one daycare, and they told me when they are open again they will get in touch with me!

Any advice for those who are graduating next year?

Be proud of this accomplishment no matter how long it took you. I am graduating with my bachelor’s in Literacy Studies after six years of college, and I am very proud of myself. No matter if you graduate in four years or six years or more than that, what you have done is amazing and I want you to celebrate this milestone. You deserve it!

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Behind the Scenes with #Rowan2020 Contest Winner Edgar Aquino Huerta, Creator of the Viral Graduation Video

Meet recent graduate and #Rowan2020 Social Media contest winner, Edgar Aquino HuertaEdgar, from Bridgeton, NJ (Cumberland County), earned a bachelor’s degree in Radio/TV/Film. His virtual commencement video became a viral sensation and caught the attention of national media outlets. Read more about Edgar and his plans after Rowan. 

Edgar Aquino Huerta wants to be famous for creating videos and films, but he never expected popularity to come so soon.

His 15-second video has racked up over 600,000 views on TikTok, over 34,000 views on Instagram, and over 3,500 views on Facebook.

Edgar working inside Lucas Greenhouse, where he shot the viral graduation video

Edgar’s video features him celebrating his graduation at the farm where he works. In it, he watches Rowan’s “virtual commencement,” and then walks down the center aisle of a greenhouse as his coworkers applaud. This is set to the tune of Glenn Miller’s “In the Mood,” a song that makes Edgar think of the Golden Age of Hollywood — fitting, since he dreams of making it big as a screenwriter and director.

When Rowan announced a social media contest, Edgar started brainstorming. The best five posts from graduating Profs would win $100 Target gift cards, and Edgar thought that “sounded good.” At first, he struggled to come up with an original idea. Then, his boss made a joke about holding commencement at the farm.

Edgar ran with that idea and drew up storyboards. He says, “Although my video was 15 seconds, I still wanted to use my skills to make it cinematic.” He learned a lot as a Radio/TV/Film major at Rowan, and wanted to make the best contest entry possible.

Edgar says that two of his coworkers, Maria and Jose, were especially important to the video’s production. Maria helped organize everyone by telling the other workers where to stand. Jose assumed the role of cameraman — despite having never used an iPhone before! Edgar taught him on the fly and was impressed with how quickly Jose caught on.

At first, Edgar says his coworkers didn’t understand the video they were making. He says, “It wasn’t until they saw the final picture that they understood the purpose of the video.” That said, they were always enthusiastic to help celebrate his achievement. And later on, some coworkers “even made their kids download TikTok so they could show their families.”

Edgar in the greenhouse in the graduation filmEdgar also received support from his mother, who has been in Mexico for the past 10 years. She got “sentimental because she couldn’t be with [him] during that little ceremony.” The image on Edgar’s cap is actually a picture he drew of his mother. He included that as a way to recognize all she’s done for him over the years.

Edgar’s video got very popular overnight, and only got more buzz from there. He says, “The next morning, I noticed the video was going viral.” His phone was going off constantly with notifications. It wasn’t before long that news stations caught wind of the sensation. He has now been featured on several platforms, including Good Morning America, Un Nuevo Dia (Telemundo), and Despierta America (Univision). Edgar says, “I was making headlines for one week straight, and getting to talk to people I never thought I would meet.” He was even contacted about a few work opportunities in Los Angeles.

Edgar in a scene from the viral graduation videoEdgar attributes the video’s viral success to a couple different factors. For one, it was uploaded at just the right time. With the COVID-19 pandemic ruining gatherings of all kinds, these are unprecedented times. Edgar’s uniquely safe way of celebrating acts as a much-needed ray of hope. Edgar says, “I turned a bad situation into something great.” Additionally, the video encourages pride in underappreciated workers. Greenhouses are places of hard manual labor, but Edgar chose to celebrate its beauty instead. Edgar says, “I was aiming at inspiring my community into being proud of where they come from, and to never feel ashamed of our own people.”

In the future, Edgar plans to move to Los Angeles and write screenplays. He credits Rowan’s Professor Keir Politz with helping him decide to pursue this path. Edgar wants to expose his “audience to these worlds that are being ignored.” For now, Edgar and his friends are working on projects to show appreciation for farm workers in their community. They do this though organizing caravans and collecting donations to meet the workers’ needs. Edgar wants everyone to know that farm workers are essential.

You can hear about Edgar’s immigration story in this audio documentary from Rowan Radio.

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#Rowan2020 Instagram Contest Winner Megan Miller

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Today we feature #Rowan2020 Instagram contest winner Megan Miller. Megan is a recent graduate with a bachelor of fine arts in Biomedical Art and Visualization from Cherry Hill, NJ (Camden County). Megan lived on campus during her freshman and sophomore years and lived off-campus during her junior and senior years. 

Please tell us about your favorite moment with a faculty member or a favorite experience in one of your classes? 

My favorite experience in a class was my Surgical Illustration class. Being able to go into surgery and stand right next to the doctor was incredible, especially being able to see what happens during a surgery first-hand.

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What was your favorite or most meaningful personal moment at Rowan? 

My favorite personal moment from Rowan was being on the Rowan University Swim Team and winning our fourth straight NJAC title and third straight Metropolitan Conference Championship!

How did being a student-athlete enhance your Rowan experience?

Being a student-athlete was the best decision I could have ever made when coming to Rowan. It took up a lot of time and was a lot of hard work, but all the amazing memories and friends that were made along the way made it all worth it. I would do it all again in a heartbeat. Rowan Athletics just feels like a giant family, and I can’t wait to come back and continue to support them as an alum!

Megan poses in her graduation cap and gown.

What are your career aspirations and how did the people or programs at Rowan help to support you with those aspirations? 

I aspire to be a medical illustrator. Being a medical illustrator will allow me to see and experience things I would never have the opportunity of seeing while being able to draw. I’ve always found the medical world very interesting but loved drawing and wanted to go to school for it. I was lucky enough to find out that Rowan has the Biomedical Art and Visualization program, which combines the medical world with drawing. 

Do you want to give a thank you shout out to your family, friends, advisors, or mentors?

I would like to shout of my parents for always being my # 1 supporters. I also want to thank my friends, I wouldn’t have been able to make it through the past four years without them!

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#Rowan2020 Instagram Contest Winner Gianna Floria

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Today we feature #Rowan2020 Instagram contest winner Gianna Floria. Gianna is a recent graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Lakewood, NJ (Ocean County). Gianna lived on campus during her time at Rowan.

Please tell us about your favorite moment with a faculty member or a favorite experience in one of your classes. 

My favorite experience with a faculty member was going to New Orleans with Dr. Chelsie Young and two of the other research assistants in my lab for the Society of Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP) research conference this past February. It was my first time at a research conference and in New Orleans so it was thrilling!

Gianna presents her research poster with her professor.

What was your favorite or most meaningful personal moment at Rowan?

My favorite personal moment at Rowan was giving my first lecture as a learning assistant this past fall. In preparation for this class, I was so anxious and I asked my roommates to sit through my lecture to rehearse at least four times. Each time they gave me feedback and empowered me to be the best I could be. The morning of, my roommate Jenna made me coffee and each of my roommates made sure to do something to wish me luck. The lecture went better than I could’ve ever expected, and seeing the students’ reactions as well as the reaction of the professor I was assisting, was incredible. I will never forget that feeling and each person that contributed to it. 

What are your career aspirations and how did the people or programs at Rowan help to support you with those aspirations? 

After Rowan, I plan to go to graduate school to get a Ph.D. in research social psychology with a research emphasis in human sexuality studies. I want to use this research to eventually curate a more progressive, comprehensive, and inclusive sex education program in America. Rowan’s incredible psychology department introduced me to the broad spectrum of psychological studies and I’m forever grateful for it.

Dr. Lisa Farkas teaches the best Psychology as a Professions and Practice course and because of her, I had my curriculum vitae and personal statement ready for grad school! Kristine Sietz’s Psychology of Human Sexuality class opened my eyes to the enticing academic world of human sexuality and how truly awful the state of sex education is in America, which gave me my drive to change it. Dr. Chelsie Young introduced me to the world of social psychology when I became a student in her class during her first semester here at Rowan. After a couple of meetings with Dr. Young, she had helped me figure out my entire career path. I then became a learning assistant in her social psychology classes, discovered my love for teaching, joined her Rowan Emotions, Alcohol, and College Health  (R.E.A.C.H.) Lab and discovered my love for research.

Gianna sits in front of Robinson Hall wearing her graduation gown and holding her cap.

How did the clubs and organizations you joined at Rowan enhance your experience?

I didn’t join many clubs throughout my time at Rowan and that is the one thing I do regret. I was in the Animal Advocacy club for a short period of time, which introduced me to many friends. Joining the R.E.A.C.H. lab was probably one of the best things I have done at Rowan, as I met amazing peers and was able to learn so much from them. I also got vital research experience and career development skills through our weekly labs, and through this, I was able to submit research for and go to the SPSP research conference.

Do you want to give a thank you shout out to your family, friends, advisors, or mentors? 

I’d love to thank my parents and family of course, for supporting me unconditionally throughout my college career. I’d like to thank my three roommates, Rachel, Jenna, and Elena, for not only being my friends and roommates, but for being the brilliant, ambitious, and admirable women they are. They have always pushed me to be the best I can be, and I’m so grateful for it. I’d like to thank my group of best friends in my hometown for being a safe haven of love and laughter when being on-campus became way too stressful for me. I’d like to also thank Dr. Chelsie Young for taking a chance on me. I had no idea what I was going to do with my degree when I met Dr. Young, and through her guidance, I know exactly what I want and how to get it. I aspire to one day be the patient and incredible mentor that she is.

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#Rowan2020 Instagram Contest Winner Enzo Ronchi

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Meet recent graduate and #Rowan2020 Instagram Contest winner, Enzo Ronchi! Enzo graduated with a degree in Public Relations and is originally from Ventnor, NJ (Atlantic County). He transferred from Atlantic Cape Community College and has spent the past two years at Rowan University. He reflects on the past two years of his Rowan University journey!

Tell us about your favorite moment with a faculty member or a favorite experience in one of your classes.

One of my favorite moments during my time at Rowan was with a faculty member was taking Ad Copywriting with Professor Rodolico. We had to do various PowerPoint presentations, and he makes every student feel very comfortable and confident during a presentation and gives great constructive criticism. I took this class fall 2019. I also really enjoyed my experience in Intro to PR with Cristin Farney! She made me feel super at home when I first transferred here. That was during fall 2018.

What was your favorite or most meaningful personal moment at Rowan?

My most meaningful and personal moments were performing at Rowan Alt Music’s and 4333 Collective shows with my band Transfer Post. Ever since quarantine started, the one thing I miss the most is playing and attending live music shows go any kind.

What are your career aspirations, and how did the people or programs at Rowan help to support you with those aspirations?

I think my career aspirations lie within PR/social media in the music industry. That would be my ideal career after college. But working with any form of social media marketing management would be great! I can say almost all of my classes I took between 2018 and 2020 really shaped me and gave me the resources to make myself a better student of PR. This past semester, I interned at 4333 Collective as its social media marketing manager, and I had an amazing experience doing that.

Shout outs:

My family, my friends, The Hamilton House, 4333, Rowan Alt, Jersey Mike’s Italian Subs, Transfer Post, RowanBlog, RoBo, Wilson Hall Studio 1, Pizza Hut, 301 High Street, Rowan PRSSAPRaction, Rodolico, Farney, Schoenstein, Novak, Fitzgerald.

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Meet #Rowan2024: Exploratory Studies Major Amanda McNally Furthers Her Athletic Career at Rowan

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Today we feature Exploratory Studies major Amanda McNally from Tabernacle, NJ (Burlington County). Amanda is excited to be living on campus this fall and competing on two of Rowan’s athletic teams.

What is something you’re looking forward to next year at Rowan? 

I’m looking forward to being on campus and all of the student events. I’m super excited to meet so many new people and make new friends! I’m even looking forward to my classes and exploring career opportunities.

What is one activity, club, sport or hobby that you did in high school that you’d like to continue with at Rowan? 

Photo of Amanda running track while in high school

I will be running cross country and track & field at Rowan, and I couldn’t be more excited and grateful to be continuing my athletic career as I further my studies!

I’m also excited to get involved with community service on campus as that is something that I enjoyed very much throughout high school. I love helping people and have had many volunteer opportunities so I’m looking forward to the ways that Rowan will help me delve deeper and continue to make an impact on the lives of others! While I’m at it, here is the link to my service project!

How or why did you chose your major? Selfie of Amanda.

I am currently undecided, but that’s okay! I have always been the type of person who needs to have a plan for everything, but deciding my major and choosing my career are two things I don’t have one for.

It’s a little stressful right now, but I have great confidence in the Exploratory Studies program and I know that my major will work itself out! Currently I am interested in majoring in mathematics, health and exercise science, or secondary education, but I am looking forward to the opportunities the program offers to try different classes and learn about my options before I decide! 

How did you get to know campus? 

I have been to Rowan many many times in the past but I did attend a tour last summer and Accepted Students Day before the campus closed. I have also used the online resources to help me learn more about the university’s programs during Covid-19.

What music do you like?

I listen to many different types of music but my favorite is alternative pop. I mostly listen to bands like Coin, Smallpools, Wallows, and AJR. My taste runs the gamut from Sabrina Carpenter to Linkin Park.

Night owl or morning person?

Is both an answer? I love waking up for early morning practices, runs and breakfast, but I also love those late nights with friends toasting marshmallows for s’mores, swimming or watching movies. It depends on the day!

Why Rowan? 

Whether it was for fall festivals for piano, field hockey camps, or activities for family members who are now alums, I have been on campus many times in the past! I took some time to check out some other universities before making my decision, but I always knew that I would be attending Rowan because it is like home! Everything from the location to the academic programs to the community is why I chose Rowan, and I am so excited and proud to become a Prof this fall. 

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Meet Rowan #2024: Commuter Yasmien Farhat Looks Forward to Club Involvement

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Today we feature incoming freshman Yasmien Farhat, an elementary education major from South Jersey.

What is one activity, club, sport or hobby that you did in high school Yasmien poses for a selfie in a Rowan t-shirt.that you’d like to continue with at Rowan?

Throughout my high school career, I fell in love with volleyball. Being on the court with my teammates and feeling my opponents’ competitive energy made my drive for the game even stronger.

Even though I love the game, I want to focus on my education but still play when I am able to, and so hopefully I will be playing club volleyball when campus reopens. Also, I want to join many clubs that Rowan offers to broaden my network throughout the school. 

How or why did you choose your major?

I chose to go into elementary education because I have always found myself drawn to young kids, I love how fun and clueless they find themselves to be. I want to influence the change that the new generations to come have to offer to the world. And so, I want to pass down my knowledge to younger kids and be part of that change even though it’s on such a smaller scale.

What is something you’re looking forward to next year at Rowan?

I look forward to the new opportunities that I will have at Rowan. I cannot wait to be part of the great programs that they have to offer to further my education. 

A portrait of Yasmien standing in front of a stone buildingWhy did you choose a university that is in-state for you?

I chose to go to an in-state university because of my financial situation. I can’t afford to dorm and attend an out-of-state school. Although it may seem like a saddening moment, I find some joy in being close to home. I still get to be a part of my little siblings’ life and get to help out with things at home.

Why Rowan?

Out of all the schools that I applied to, Rowan intrigued me the most because of its education program. In addition, my sister, who is now a sophomore at Rowan, told me great things about the campus. And so I look forward to going there.

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#PROFspective: Pre-Med Junior Andrea Owens on the Biological Sciences Major, Making Change in Healthcare

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Today we feature Andrea Owens, a junior Biological Sciences major with a Chemistry minor and concentration in pre-medicine. Andrea is a transfer and a first-generation college student. She commuted from home before COVID-19 shut down campus. Andrea will share with us her #PROFspective 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.

On campus Andrea is a member of the Minority Association of Pre-medical Students (MAPS), The Tau Sigma National Honor Society, and the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated (AKA). Off campus she works in retail at New York & Company. Andrea representing her sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha.

What inspired you to choose your major?

Since I was 5 years old, I always knew that I wanted to become a doctor. So, once I got to high school, I mastered biology and chemistry and decided to major and minor in them.

What would you share with a future student interested in your major?

My first advice to any transfer students who are majoring in Biology is to make friends who are within your major. The beginning of my first semester at Rowan, I did not have any friends in my major. I studied alone for everything, which caused a lot of stress. Once I made friends with people in my major, we formed many study groups and I found the biggest support system. The friends I have made are truly amazing, and I could not thank them enough.

Andrea pictured in in a medical lab coat.

How does your field impact the world? What impact would you like to have on the world in your field? 

The importance of the healthcare field is that the conditions of life are always changing, and as long as there are health care providers who are specifically trained in medicine, there will always be help. An impact that I would love to have in my field is to make minorities feel heard and important. In the medical field, there are thousands of stories on how African Americans do not feel as though they are getting the proper treatment when they are being treated or examined by health care professionals. I am going to make that change.

Describe for us an experience you’ve shared with a Rowan professor in which you felt like you were working with a visionary in your field? 

Dr. Kristen Barrett was my professor for Organic Chemistry I and II. She is a young African-American woman in her field, and she provided superb detail in everything she did while I took her courses. Her path of excellence inspires all her students, including me. 

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Meet #Rowan2024: Civil and Environmental Engineering Major Bridget McDevitt

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Today we feature Civil and Environmental Engineering major Bridget McDevitt. She is from Logan Township, NJ (Gloucester County) and will be commuting to Rowan in the fall.   

Photo of Bridget on the beach at sunset.

What is something you’re looking forward to next year at Rowan?

Something that I’m looking forward to next year at Rowan is finally beginning to trek forward on developing my career. I’m beyond excited to be taught by incredibly educated professors, and to dive headfirst into knowledge, as cliche as it sounds. I’m also excited to be learning in a new environment that’s more tailored to the individual student as opposed to high school.

What is one activity, club, sport or hobby that you did in high school that you’d like to continue with at Rowan?  

I didn’t participate too much in high school, and it really wasn’t until my junior or senior year where I came out of my shell and developed my hobby of gardening! It’s so rewarding giving back to the planet meanwhile channeling your creativity in the aesthetics of landscaping. So, I’d like to join some gardening and environmental clubs. Also, writing and fashion are secret diversions of mine, so I would join some clubs geared towards that as well. 

How or why did you choose your major?​                                                            

I chose my major because growing up, my dad used gardening as his release from the world and as I got older, I really recognized the significance in that. Plus, through his gardening lessons, we created a bond. I want to protect the land and the soil that he cultivates, and on a broader scheme I would like to preserve the ecosystems within various communities. So, I thought environmental engineering would fit right in. Also, I intended on double majoring in community health and perhaps minoring in English. 

How did you get to know campus?                                                                  

Living in Logan Township, I’ve had family members who attended Rowan and the university is pretty much a household name. I’ve driven by the campus plenty of times, but it wasn’t until I went on a tour where it really struck me as a place where I’d want to further my education. It’s quaint, but still a vibrant little campus. 

What music do you like?                                                                                            

I love all types of music! But to name a few genres, I prefer indie, rock, alternative, and punk. My diverse concert list ranges from Taylor Swift, to KISS (not by choice), all the way to Warped Tour.  

Night owl or morning person?                                                                         

Most certainly I am a night owl. My creativity seems to ignite anytime past 11 p.m., which was a good excuse to hand in assignments late 🙂 mornings are only attractive when you’re at the beach. 

Why Rowan?​​                                                                                                                 

I was attracted to the proximity of Rowan, and of course the affordability. I plan on furthering my education for a long time coming, hopefully eventually getting my doctorates. That being said, cost efficacy was a big factor. Not only is it affordable, but you also acquire a quality education, which of course is my number one priority. Plus, my mom is my best friend. Leaving her is a thought I cannot handle!!

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#PROFspective: Sophomore Health Promotion & Wellness Management Major Hajah Carpenter

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Today we feature sophomore Health Promotion & Wellness Management major Hajah Carpenter. She is a first-generation college student from Somerdale, NJ (Camden County). Before campus closed due to COVID-19, Hajah lived in the Rowan Boulevard Apartments.

How are you getting the most out of your college experience? 

I’m getting the most out of my experience at Rowan by trying to participate, get involved and take walks on beautiful days. I really appreciate Rowan’s campus and how beautiful it is. 

Hajah leaning up against a tree

What are you learning socially and academically about yourself?

I am learning about how much I love to work and communicate with people! I love to help others, whether it’s with schoolwork or being someone to talk to!

How have you grown as a person since coming to Rowan? 

Rowan has helped prepare me for the outside world and has made me very excited for my future! My ideas for the future have grown and I’m excited to continue in my education! My major has inspired me to hopefully open up my own gym one day!

What experiences have you enjoyed the most at Rowan?

I love all the events Rowan runs in the Student Center!

Hajah walks around campus.

How do you get involved on campus?

I get involved by attending events on campus, and being a part of the Club Lacrosse team!

How have you made friends and continue to make friends?

I have many many friends at Rowan who I love dearly. I have met some friends from Willow Hall, where I lived my freshman year! I also like to keep in contact with people I have done group projects or been in classes with! I have made a good amount of my friends in study groups I join for my classes too.

How do you create that “away” at school experience while close to home?

My friends have become my family here at Rowan, so I feel at home here.

Why Rowan?

Rowan has always had a good reputation while I was growing up! My family is from Glassboro, and watching the ‘boro be built up to what it is now has been amazing!

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Meet #Rowan2024: Computer Science Major Joe Talucci

Today we feature Joe Talucci, a Computer Science major from Haddon Township, NJ (Camden County). Joe will be commuting to Rowan this fall as an incoming freshman. 

What is something you’re looking forward to next year at Rowan?

I am looking forward to meeting my classmates and the faculty. 

Joe and the Prof mascot Whoo RU.

What is one activity, club, sport or hobby that you did in high school that you’d like to continue with at Rowan?

I’d love to continue with performing arts like acting, playing the violin, and helping out backstage. 

How or why did you choose your major?​

I chose Computer Science because I love working with computers. Coding is a great outlet for creativity that uses my skillset.

How did you get to know campus?

I took a tour earlier this year and revisited on Accepted Students Day. Joe visiting Rowan's Science Building.

What music do you like?

 I like Jazz, especially by Jimmy Rushing. 

Night owl or morning person?

Night owl, but it depends on my sleep schedule. 

Why Rowan?​​

I know several upperclassmen who went here and had great experiences with the faculty, and I’m excited to meet them. 

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TRANSFERmation Tuesday: Early Childhood Education Major Jordyn Briner

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Today’s TRANSFERmation Tuesday features Jordyn Briner, a transfer from Rowan College at Burlington County. Jordyn is a junior early childhood education major who commutes to campus from her home in Burlington Township, NJ (Burlington County).

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One moment that made you feel inspired or confident that you’re in the right field for you? 

In high school, I always wanted to be a Special Education Teacher, when I went off to college I wasn’t 100% confident in my choice. So I decided to major in 3 different programs for an associate degree. I began working in a Special Services school my sophomore year of college. I loved the job, coworkers and the children. Seeing the strides the children would make and seeing how you made a difference in their lives really helped me see I chose the right path all along. 

Why did you choose Rowan?

My mother attended Rowan when it was called Glassboro State. She loved it when she attended, and I thought I would too. Since working full- and part-time, the commute is much easier. 45 minutes to commute is long due to traffic but I really couldn’t see myself going anywhere other than Rowan. Its education program was highly spoken of and was known for having one of the best education programs. 

What are you most looking forward to at Rowan next year?​

I’m looking forward to my last couple of field placements and eventually my clinical practice. Next year, will be my last year at Rowan (as an undergrad, will be attending for graduate). I also look forward to their on-campus workshops, activities, and events. 

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Meet #Rowan2024: Law and Justice Major Haley Flores “Super Excited to Start New Beginnings”

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Today we feature Law and Justice major Haley Flores from Sussex, NJ (Sussex County). 

What is one activity, club, sport or hobby that you did in high school that you’d like to continue with at Rowan?

A couple activities I would like to continue at Rowan are joining the softball and volleyball clubs.Portrait of Haley Flores looking down with sun casting in the frame

How or why did you choose your major?

I chose Law and Justice as my major because I’ve always been interested in being a police officer. When I was younger I lived on two military bases. The military police officers were always around making sure we were safe while we played outside. I want to continue to keep communities safe.

What is something you’re looking forward to next year at Rowan?

I’m really looking forward to meeting many people at Rowan. Along with that I’m super excited to start new beginnings and begin learning more about my major.

Have you noticed any differences yet between northern New Jersey and southern New Jersey?

What I noticed the most is that in Northern Jersey we say “Taylor ham” but in Southern Jersey many say “pork roll.” Everyone gets very political about a piece of meat.

Why Rowan?

I chose Rowan because when I first toured the school I absolutely loved everything about it and I felt like it was the best choice for me. It’s not too far away from home and Rowan has a small town felling to it. All of the staff members already are super understanding and helpful with everything and Rowan provides  great programs so I can further my education quicker by enrolling in the Degree in 3 program.

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Meet #Rowan2024: Inclusive Education Major Lexi Davis

Today we feature Inclusive Education major Lexi Davis from Riverside, NJ (Burlington County). 

What is something you’re looking forward to next year at Rowan?Selfie of Inclusive Education major Lexi Davis 

Going to Rowan, I’m looking the most forward to being able to gain knowledge on things I actually find interest in. I’m also looking forward to meeting new people outside of my small hometown.

What is one activity, club, sport or hobby that you did in high school that you’d like to continue with at Rowan?

I wasn’t a very active person in high school, I only did color guard for marching band from 7th grade until my junior year. However, when I start at Rowan, I want to be more active, particularly dancing. I’ve always wanted to take a dance class but I was always too nervous and shy. I feel like at Rowan, I can finally be myself and try new things.

How or why did you choose your major?​ 

Growing up, I’ve been surrounded by teachers. I have multiple aunts and uncles who are teachers. Teaching has also interested me in the fact that I would be helping kids learn and give them valuable knowledge to use in their lives. I’ve also always had a soft spot for the special education department in schools. I feel all kids should be able to get a good quality education with a disability or not.

I chose Inclusive Education as my major because I would be able to give both Gen Ed students and Special Ed students the same opportunity at a good quality education. 

How did you get to know campus?

Ever since I started telling my teachers in school that I wanted to study teaching, 99% of them have told me to look into Rowan. In the spring of my junior year, I started looking into Rowan and I really liked everything about it. In November of my senior year, I took a tour and went to a seminar on Inclusive Education and I fell in love with the school and everything about it! I saw myself spending the next four years of my life there, and I still do!

What music do you like? 

Personally, I am a fan of all types of music, but I mostly listen to alternative music or pop music. My favorite artists are Twenty One Pilots, Panic! At The Disco, Taylor Swift, Harry Styles, and Ariana Grande.

Why Rowan?​​ 

Well, I love everything about the school. The faculty and other students are really nice, the campus is beautiful, the opportunities never end, the major selection is expansive, and the departments are extremely helpful and useful to each of the students, making everything easy and accessible. I’m so excited that this is where I’m going to spend the next four years of my life!! Go Profs!!

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Meet #Rowan2024: Exploratory Studies Major DJ Hickman

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Today we feature Exploratory Studies major DJ Hickman from Northfield, NJ (Atlantic County). 

What is something you’re looking forward to next year at Rowan?

I’m very much looking forward to meeting the people who will soon become my friends for my lifetime. Selfie of DJ.

What is one activity, club, sport or hobby that you did in high school that you’d like to continue with at Rowan?

I did musical theatre, vocal, and marching band in high school. I would love to join the school’s musical and band! 

How or why did you choose your major?​

I chose my major because I’m still very conflicted on what I want to do as a career, so leaving it open with this major is very helpful. Photo of DJ with an ice cream cone.

How did you get to know campus?

I went to a couple of campus tours and did MARCAs [Mid-Atlantic Regional College Theatre and Dance Auditions] there for musical theatre. My brother, Jesse Hickman, is also a student at Rowan, so I’ve hung out with him during the year. 

What music do you like?

I really like indie, alternative and rock music. Musicians including Beabadoobee, 1975 and more. 

Night owl or morning person?

It depends! I’m usually a morning person but ever since this pandemic I haven’t gone to sleep until 3 a.m.

Why Rowan?​​

It’s the one college that I felt comfortable and safe in, which is my deal breaker. It feels like a second home to me. 

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Julia’s Corner: Finding Friends

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Headshot of Julia, who is smiling and has long blond hair.Recent grad Julia McAleavey shares guidance through this advice column for incoming students. A student with well-rounded experience, Julia earned a bachelor’s in advertising. She transferred to Rowan her sophomore year, after another school wasn’t a great fit. While at Rowan she started as an exploratory studies major, unsure of what to major in. She’s lived both on campus and off campus, held student worker jobs and internships, and participated in clubs and sports.

There are a lot of things about starting college that can be absolutely terrifying. One of those things is worrying about finding friends. I’ve got some good news for you: you are not the only person anxious about this. Every college first year or new transfer is worried about not making any friends. Here are some ways to help you come out of your comfort zone and break that fear of never finding friends.

Get out of your room.

When first moving in, you might not know what to really do with yourself besides sit in your room and watch television. Or, if you commute, you might just drive to campus and back home after class. I know this is a crazy time for you and it’s so easy to get stuck inside, but do not do this! Friends are not just going to magically appear at your door. Sure, you might have been friends with your roommate already, but you both need other friends so you do not get sick of living with each other.

A good start would be to go to the events that your resident assistant sets up at the beginning of the semester, or make a point to go to the September organization fair, where there are tons of tables of people representing their clubs and organizations. This way, you get out of your room (or car), and get to know some of the people. 

Students on Bunce Green.
Go to first-year student events.

At the beginning of the semester, there will be some events to attend for new students to get to know each other. Rowan After Hours (RAH) has a lot of fun, late-night events to get students to interact with one another. They might sound lame at first, but don’t let that keep you from going. You might even meet your best friends there. Plus, there is usually free food of some kind, and it’s hard to say no to that, right? 

First year students outside Holly Pointe.

Two words: Get. Involved.

This is HUGE! Many first year and new transfers go into college not wanting to get involved because they are afraid they will fall behind on school work or won’t fit in. Yes, it is true you are at Rowan for a degree, but getting involved in something will help you to make friends and professional connections. I joined the Swim Club and it introduced me to my best friends. 

There are a lot of activity fairs at the beginning of each semester to share information about different clubs and organizations. Look out for these dates so you can find the perfect fit for you.

I’m going to be completely honest with you — college can sometimes feel like a lonely place. You might feel sad and overwhelmed and might even just want to go home. But once you find a great group of friends everything will fall into place. 

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Senior Reflects: From Military to Music Industry, Travis Keiser Thanks Faculty, Family, Friends

Travis on stage playing in a band.

Today we feature Travis Keiser, a Music Industry: Technology major from Washington, NJ (Warren County). He transferred and was commuting to Rowan before COVID-19 shut down campus. 

Selfie of Travis Keiser in the Chamberlain Student CenterCould you please tell us about your favorite moment with a faculty member or a favorite experience in one of your classes?

One of my favorite moments was when my professor Barb Adams told me that I looked exhausted and I joked saying, “It must be from all the exhaustion I’ve been getting.” We both chuckled. She pulled me aside after and asked if I was okay and was genuinely concerned about my lack of sleep due to school. It’s that level of caring that is truly amazing.

What was your favorite or most meaningful personal moment at Rowan? 

During Public Speaking, I was giving my first speech and completely froze up in the middle of my speech. Instead of the class quietly giggling, I was greeted with “You’ve got this” and “It’s all good dude!” [There was] a lot of positivity that I was not used to.

What are your career aspirations and how did the people or programs at Rowan help to support you with those aspirations? 

I would love to work in post-production for a music/movie studio, as well as become a movie/tv show score composer. The Music Industry department faculty have really given me the expertise and knowledge that I need to pursue these careers.

Do you want to give a thank you shout out to your family, friends, advisors or mentors? 

I want to give a huge thank you to Beth and Connie at the Military Service office for all of their help during my time at Rowan. Transitioning from military to college life was difficult, but they made it easy. They seriously are the best and deserve a raise!

Also a HUUUUUUGE thank you to Jeff Hiatt, Barb Adams, Jeff Otto, and Mat Gendreau for all of their mentoring and teaching. And one last shoutout to Matt, Emma, Stella, Mike, my mom, sister and my girlfriend Katie for all of their amazing support and love throughout this journey!

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#PROFspective: Javelin Thrower Daniel McAleavey

#PROFspective: Daniel McAleavey

Meet Daniel McAleavey, a junior community and environmental major from Howell, NJ (Monmouth County) who lived in Rowan Boulevard Apartments this past school year. Daniel throws javelin for men’s track and field.

Daniel throwing javelin in action

Take us to one typical day at Rowan for you: A typical Rowan day consists of me waking up in the morning to go to lift (as an athletic requirement), then class after, then afternoon javelin practice, and if I don’t have another class after practice I would go lift again. I usually do my homework at night.

Daniel (second on right) with some teammates and coach after winning the NJAC title
Daniel (second on right) with teammates and coach after winning the NJAC title.

Why did you choose your major: I choose environmental planning as a major because I liked civil engineering but it was too much material. I found out that planning was a very similar field and they often work with civil engineers, so I thought it’d be a good fit for me. 

What is the most interesting thing you learned in one of your classes this year: The most interesting thing I learned in my class is about transportation planning in urban areas.

Daniel (right) with one of his close friends from Rowan
Daniel (right) with one of his close friends from Rowan.

Tell us one moment that made Rowan feel like home for you: Rowan made me feel like it was the right fit for me is when i first visited the school and met all the nice people, especially my friends on the track team. It also helped that a lot of my friends from home went to Rowan too.

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Meet #Rowan2024: Mechanical Engineering Major Emma Redmond

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Today we feature Mechanical Engineering major Emma Redmond. She is from Mantua, NJ (Gloucester County) and will commute to Rowan in the fall. 

What is something you’re looking forward to next year at Rowan? I am looking forward to meeting all of the new people at Rowan, and making some new friends! Selfie of Emma.

What is one activity, club, sport or hobby that you did in high school that you’d like to continue with at Rowan? I would love to continue playing my flute when I am at Rowan. 

How or why did you choose your major?​ I chose my major because I went to a vocational-technical high school on an engineering track, and I have really discovered how much I love solving problems in my own way!

How did you get to know campus? I came to a tour my junior year with my Gloucester County Institute of Technology class, and attended a STEM workshop at Rowan as well which was a blast! 

What music do you like? I enjoy alternative rock, classic rock, and K-pop mostly. Selfie of Emma in Rowan attire.

Night owl or morning person? Morning person, my puppy gets me up early. 🙂 

Why Rowan?​​ I chose Rowan because not only do in-state students get great tuition prices, but the engineering program is fantastic. I feel like I will be challenged, will gain real-world work experience, and it being very close to home is another plus.  

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Meet Rowan #2024: Theatre Major Looks Forward to Acting and Dancing on Campus

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Today we feature Shayla Moon, an incoming theatre major with a concentration in acting and a minor in communication studies, from Pennington, NJ (Mercer County).

Shayla stands in a grassy field wearing a gray Rowan t-shirt.What is one activity, club, sport or hobby that you did in high school that you’d like to continue with at Rowan?

“I did dance, and I would love to continue that at Rowan. I’m possibly looking into trying out for the dance team and taking dance classes.”

How and why did you choose your major?

“I chose acting because I have always had a passion for theatre, and I know that that is what I want to do with my life, whether it’s teaching, being onstage or being a part of a company.”

What is something you’re looking forward to next year at Rowan?

“I am looking forward to meeting new friends and experiencing college life in general. I also hope to join clubs and possibly rush!”

Why did you choose Rowan?

“I chose Rowan because I loved the theatre program and the school in general. I came for an open house and just fell in love with the vibe at Rowan!”

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5 Benefits of Going to College Close to Home

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Today’s story is from Devon Graf, a graduating senior communications studies major self-distancing from her house in Camden County, NJ. Devon joined the Rowan Blog team to wrap up her remaining internship hours, after her internship with Enchanted Celebrations was cut short prematurely due to COVID-19 affecting business. 

Devon adjusts her sunglasses while looking right.As an on-campus student for all four years at Rowan University, I got to experience more than I could ask for. Yet … I only live 20 minutes away. But why? Why didn’t I chose a university hours away? Sometimes I wish I did, but nothing beats surprising your family any time of the day whenever you please. 

It was a difficult decision. I wanted to get out of my hometown more than ever. I looked at University of Florida, University of Arizona, and even Coastal Carolina. I was set on having a marine biology degree, but my senior year of high school … it just wasn’t me. Things change. 

I toured Rowan University and fell in love. I was undecided for a major, and they offered an “exploratory studies” major, I had my heart set. So I applied, and I got in! It was so exciting for me.

I found my freshman year roommate, and we were assigned Holly Pointe — which was awesome as a freshman, it was the newest dorm on campus.

I started my freshman year only 20 minutes away from home, and boy, did it have its benefits. If I needed one thing, I could call my mom. If my roommate or my friend needed anything, I could help them. Whether it be snacks, laundry, whatever, my house was right there. It was nice, I appreciated it.

Devon sits on a blanket with Bunce Hall in the background.Not only were the essentials quickly available, but my friend group was, too. Everyone says don’t mix your college friends with your hometown friends, but that was the BEST! We all had so many things in common, it was like an extended friend group. I enjoyed the fact my “college friends” acquired a relationship with my hometown friends. I got the best of both worlds.

I also loved the fact if anything were to happen to me on campus, it wouldn’t take a parent to have to get a plane ticket to come to me. It was a quick drive. Thankfully, I have never experienced anything where such a thing would happen. But, it was nice to know my mom was right around the corner.  

Another benefit: home cooked meals!!! Sunday dinners are amazing, at home, not the café. By living close to home and I was feeling like a nice home cooked meal, I could have it! Even the fact my mom wouldn’t have to travel far to drop me off some left overs. Even now as a senior, I’m extremely grateful for her home cooked chicken cutlets. YUM!

Another thing I found very beneficial in my four years of college living close to home is that sometimes it’s nice to just get away. Sometimes school work, friend groups, the whole environment gets very stressful. Being home is a great way to alleviate that stress. Even if it’s one night or a whole weekend. 

Not only is it just home cooked meals, friends, and a get away, but traveling. A lot of friends I know have to get on a plane to go home. Plane travel = money. Money and limited options to go home.  I have a friend who went to University of California and she came home once every 6 months. Even when it comes to driving I couldn’t imagine driving 10+ hours to go home for a weekend or even just having my things sent through mail.

Devon poses with two friends.Which brings me to my last benefit. Moving in. I had the best time moving in because I could make multiple trips. I didn’t have to pack a single suitcase and carry on, or load one single car up with my belongings. I could literally take multiple trips in multiple days to bring what I needed or what I forgot. Could you imagine flying a couple hours to your dorm and forgetting something? Shout out to all you students that do, I give you major points.

5 benefits living at home. 5 benefits living at home. 5 benefits living at home.

Here are just a couple screenshots of my mom and I when she couldn’t wait for any chance to come to Rowan to see me.

Whether you want to live close or live far, it’s 100% up to you. There are factors you need to weigh in, but either experience will be worth a life time. College is your time to make the best experience and succeed. 

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Devon Graf, Senior Communication Studies Major

Meet #Rowan2024: Africana Studies Major Makyia J. Green

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Today we feature Makyia J. Green, an Africana Studies major. Makyia is a future freshman from Camden, NJ (Camden County). 

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What is one activity, club, sport or hobby that you did in high school that you’d like to continue with at Rowan? 

I would like to continue with music, cheerleading, and dance while attending Rowan. 

How or why did you choose your major?

I chose my major because it’s something I feel is important to learn more about. 

What is something you’re looking forward to next year at Rowan?

I am looking forward to the campus experience.

Why Rowan?

I chose Rowan because of the environment. The people are friendly and everything is close by. Rowan is the best choice for me to further my education. 

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Meet #Rowan2024: Future Math and STEM Educator Rachel Bonhomme

Meet Rachel Bonhomme, a future Math and STEM Education major from Brick, NJ (Ocean County). She is excited to be an on-campus resident and part of the Rowan community. She tells us more about why she chose Rowan University! 

Rachel Bonhomme is wearing a #RowanPROUD T-shirt and is holding up her acceptance letter.

What is one activity, club, sport or hobby that you did in high school that you’d like to continue with at Rowan? 

One activity I’ve always done in the past is choir! It’s always been a part of my life and I’d love to join at least one of Rowan’s choirs.”

How or why did you choose your major?

I’ve always wanted to teach because my mom is a teacher and I’ve been impacted positively by so many teachers, so I thought it was a good choice! I learned about the 4+1 Math and STEM Education pathway, and I thought it was an amazing opportunity to get what I need.”

Why did you choose a university close to home?

Choosing a university close to home has always been one of my top priorities, and Rowan is a perfect distance away from home! It’s close enough that if anything happens, I’m not a long distance from home, but it’s far enough that I get the freedom I need. “

Why Rowan?

The moment I stepped onto Rowan’s campus, I knew that I wanted to go here. The environment was exactly what I was looking for, and every interaction I’ve had with staff has been a great one! There are amazing programs and opportunities, and it’s just a great fit for me.”

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Quarantine at Home Workouts

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Today we feature sophomore Lynzie Morgan, a Public Relations major with a minor in Marketing. She is from Hamilton, NJ (Mercer County) and lived in 230 Victoria before COVID-19 shut down campus. 

Welcome to Rowan at Home workouts! This is a great opportunity to get your heartbeat pumping and inherit a new great beginning in a rough time like this.

Getting a good workout can help lower cholesterol, burn fat cells, improve heart health and decrease chances of mental health issues.

Among these issues that we try to prevent by working out, there are several unknown positives to working out and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. The science behind it in a nutshell has to do with adrenaline. This is a hormone released that helps your body react in a faster manner, causing the body to make sugar to use for fuel.

Lynzie doing a "HIIT" workout in her driveway.
Lynzie sets up her HIIT workout with a yoga mat and a jump rope.

With gyms being closed, it’s difficult to find motivation to continue working out at home. However, there are specific workouts titled “HIIT” that make it super easy to get moving and burn a lot of calories. “HIIT” stands for high intensity interval training, which consists of short, 45 seconds to one minute intervals with complete cardio and then usually a shorter interval of a rest period.

These workouts can be done so easily outside and they don’t require any equipment, making it super convenient to do. No money is needed, which makes this also very convenient. “HITT” is located on YouTube for free access whenever you want.

Lynzie and her friend Maria.
Author Lynzie and her friend Maria on a socially distant walk.

My friend Maria and I have been working out together, at the local park or in her driveway six feet apart. Our workout includes a 3-mile run, “HIIT” and driveway circuits we make up with the equipment we already have. We use 8 lb. weights, resistance bands, jump rope and a yoga mat. From there we make up a circuit and rotate to each station after one minute.

Being stuck in the house all day has resulted in us trying new things and working out outside has been keeping us busy. It’s something everyone should try and do, even if it’s for a short amount of time a few days a week!

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Graduating College at 19

Tom Copsetta on the riverfront

Earning a college degree at 19, and earning an associate degree while still in high school, is not something we hear about very often. I asked Tom Copsetta, a 2020 graduate of the radio/TV/film program at Rowan, and previously ambassador for the High School Option Program (HSOP), a few questions about his experience.

Tom earned his associate degree in radio/TV/film from Rowan College of Gloucester County (now RCSJ) before even graduating high school.  

Radio/TV/film major Tom Copsetta stands in front of a river and cityscape

When I asked Tom about what it was like to balance high school and college work, he said it was most difficult to maintain a healthy mental state. There was no break from school during the process; even his high school summer and winter breaks were filled with college work. He went on to say that his high school career consisted of challenging honors courses, so “stacking college on top of it was really rough at times.” On the bright side, he said the college work consisted mostly of general education courses, which he found not to be so difficult.

Although the workload was stressful, Tom said that it taught him how not to crack under pressure. “Many people would say I was crazy for doing this, which I probably am, but I tend to just be an all-around workaholic,” he added. 

I asked Tom if he had any advice for students thinking of getting into the program and he said, “Try your best to manage your time and get things done so you can sleep at night.” Honest advice like that is what some students need to hear when thinking about entering a program that can be so time consuming.

He recommends taking all online classes because they can be done at your own pace. However, if you are not one that can handle online courses, HSOP will be a tough challenge. Tom also says to take advantage of CLEP tests. These are exams that you pay to take instead of taking the actual college course. By taking these exams he was able to pass English 101 and 102 as well as math 101 and 102. He saved thousands of dollars and earned 12 credits.

He says the spotlight that he gained from HSOP is now great because it is a great resume builder and a way to “quickly build an impressive image” of himself to new people. However, the spotlight back when everything first took off was definitely overwhelming. It felt great to have his hard work recognized, but also overbearing at times because it was a lot of attention he didn’t ask for. The main reason why he gained so much attention is because he made a video promoting the program that took off, making him an ambassador for two years. 

I asked what got him interested in radio/TV/film as a major and he said, “This is just the closest major I could find to what I love, which is video production as a whole including motion design, visual effects, cinematography and more.”

Radio/TV/film major Tom Copsetta stands in front of a river and cityscape

Tom began making videos with his friends at just 9 years old and always loved cameras and capturing moments. Marty Bouchard, who started the Washington Township High School television production course 34 years ago, was and still is a big inspiration to him.

“Marty is an absolute legend,” says Tom. “He was the man who solidified my interest in the field, and taught me many techniques in making professional content.” Tom said that Marty made the classroom a fun and enjoyable experience for all of his students because he cared about their progress. 

The most important thing Tom learned through this whole experience is to push yourself. Although it can be hard to get going and make progress, it will lead you to success and many other great opportunities. Experiencing stress and the side effects of it and learning how to deal with it is a very important thing to go through as well. Tom says that even though the program showed him how important time management is, he is still convinced that he “holds the world record for most assignments submitted at 11:59 p.m.” 

Radio/TV/film major Tom Copsetta stands in front of a river and cityscape

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Meet #Rowan 2024: Computer Science Major Dean Julien Joins Freshmen Class From Haiti

Dean and friends.

Today we feature Dean Julien, a Computer Science major from Montrouis Le Maire, Haiti and a first-generation college student.Computer science major Dean Julien in his native Haiti

What are a few things you are looking forward to next year at Rowan?

I am looking forward to meeting a lot of people, seeing old friends, and being the proudest basketball player on the Rowan team

How or why did you choose your major? 

I chose computer science because I love messing with my computer and I want to learn more out of it.

What is one activity, club, sport, or hobby that you did in high school that you’d like to continue with at Rowan?

I loved playing basketball in high school and I would like to continue playing at Rowan.

Dean Julien and friends in his native Haiti.

Why Rowan? 

Because from what I heard it’s a good college and it’s close to where I am going to be staying. 

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Melanie Sbaraglio, public relations and advertising graduate

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Meet #Rowan2024: Biochemistry Major from Nigeria, Damilola Bukola Babalola

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Today we feature Damilola Bukola Babalola, a Biochemistry major from Nigeria, Africa. 

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What are a few things you are looking forward to next year at Rowan?

I look forward to greatness, more knowledge, achieving my goals, socializing, and much more.

How or why did you choose your major?

I chose my major because my goal has always been to help and save lives and to understand living organisms at the smallest unit.

What is one activity, club, sport or hobby that you did in high school that you’d like to continue with at Rowan?

Movie acting. 

Why Rowan?

With my comparison to other universities of my options, I noticed Rowan University is among the top best universities in the US. It will also groom me more academically and help achieve my life goals. 

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Meet #Rowan2024: Psychology Major, Maryland Native Bri Broadwater Headed to Glassboro

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Today we feature future freshman Bri Broadwater from Bel Air, Maryland. Bri is a Psychology major and the first in her family to attend college. 

What is one activity, club, sport or hobby that you did in high school that you’d like to continue with at Rowan?

Bri cheerleading in high school.

In high school I was involved in a lot of extracurricular activities. Most of them were based around choir and the Creative Writing Club, which I founded.

In my junior year I decided to try out for cheerleading. At first, I was not sure if it was the right choice. How was a visually impaired girl who had never cheered before going to learn all of the complexities of this hands on sport? It was not easy, and I made a lot of mistakes. But I loved it! I learned to tumble, stunt, and smile, even when I’m tired. Not only has it made me a better athlete, I am also a better person because of it. I will not be trying out for cheer at Rowan during my first year, but that does not mean that I won’t cheer again. 

How or why did you choose your major?

Have you ever wondered why people are the way they are? Why addicts stay addicted even though it damages them? How mothers can look at the children they birthed and hurt them in the same ways they were hurt,  children repeating the same mistakes they saw their parents make? Have you ever wondered any of those things? I have, and the field of psychology is a great place to start looking for answers to questions like that. It also puts people in a position to help others who are searching for the same answers. 

What is something you’re looking forward to next year at Rowan?

Like most freshmen, going to college will be the first time I am on my own. When I visited Rowan, there were a multitude of things that interested me — from the theatre program to taking a dance class. There are so many things that I cannot wait to become a part of.  

Why did you choose a university that is out-of-state or out-of-country for you?

I have always been an adventurous person. As a child, I moved around a lot. I got to learn about different cultures and people, and I stayed in interesting places. Because of this, I like to explore and see new places and people. 

Why Rowan?  

Bri pictured with a photo of a Prof she made out of brail.

I visited 7 colleges over the past two years — from South Carolina to Ohio, and even two colleges in my home state, Maryland. Visiting Rowan was different from any of them. The atmosphere was so fun and inviting, and I could see myself being in classes at Rowan as well as extracurriculars.

I felt like Rowan pulled me out of my shell. College is going to be a new experience, and Rowan is where I feel most comfortable having that new experience.

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TRANSFERmation Tuesday: Human Resources Management Major Vanessa Finnan

Today’s TRANSFERmation Tuesday features Vanessa Finnan, a junior Human Resources Management major and transfer from Rowan College at Burlington County. Vanessa is from Cinnaminson, NJ (Burlington County), and lived on-campus in Townhouses prior to campus closure due to COVID-19.

Vanessa Finnan smiles in front of a wall of string lights.Could you share with us one moment that made you feel inspired or confident that you’re in the right field for you?

A moment where I felt inspired and confident that I was in the right field for me is taking specific classes that enlightened me and bettered my understanding of what my career path is going to be. Taking required classes for your major and enjoying them and benefiting from them is a great feeling. 

Photo of transfer student Vanessa Finnan on the beachWhy did you choose Rowan?

Honestly, I chose Rowan because it was more affordable than some other schools and because it was still close enough to home. The campus is easy to navigate and the housing is above average in my opinion, compared to most colleges. I knew I could get a good education that was within my means. 

What are you most looking forward to at Rowan next year?​

Next year, I am looking forward to taking more major specific classes, and getting involved as much as possible for my senior year!

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Meet #Rowan2024: Future Student-Athlete, Engineering Major Matt Gandy

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Today we meet incoming freshman Electrical and Computer Engineering major Matt Gandy from Stratford, NJ (Camden County). Matt will be living on campus in the fall. 

What are a few things you’re looking forward to at Rowan next year?

I Matt playing ice hockey.am looking forward to all the new people I will meet in my first year at Rowan. I hope to form friendships that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.

How or why did you choose your major?

I chose Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) because of how the times are changing. I wanted to pick a major that would allow me to make an impact on the world, and ECE seems to be a great fit for me. I always strive to do great things and I want to solve problems. The ECE major at Rowan was a perfect choice.

Matt is wearing Rowan gear outside of his home.
Matt holds his #Rowan2024 admissions acceptance packet.

Why did you choose a university close to home?

I have always been successful with my family’s support. They have always been there for me, and I want to be close to them. Rowan also has one of the greatest ECE programs in the nation. I could not pass up the opportunity.

Why Rowan?

I chose Rowan because of the many opportunities they have to offer. I am able to continue playing hockey while being able to pursue a great education. I am looking forward to the next chapter of my life at Rowan.

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Rachel Rumsby, freshman communication studies and public relations double major

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Meet Rowan #2024: Student Prepares to Thrive in Double Major for Music

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Today we feature Antonietta DiDonato, an incoming Music Education major who plans on adding a Music Performance major to her studies. Antonietta is from New Egypt, NJ (Ocean County), and although neither of her parents went to college, she is “excited to follow in [her] older sister’s footsteps.”

a portrait of Antonietta sitting in front of a brick wall and holding her clarinet.What is one activity, club, sport or hobby that you did in high school that you’d like to continue with at Rowan?

“In high school, I was the drum major of our school’s marching band, in addition to being a member of the South Jersey Regional and All-State bands; I will be continuing my musical career at Rowan.”

How and why did you choose your major?

“I chose my major because I have always looked up to the music educators in my life. I want to give my students a positive outlet and be the educator that makes the difference.”

What is something you’re looking forward to next year at Rowan?

“Next year, I’m looking forward to being involved with new ensembles, learning more music theory, and of course, making new friends.”

Why did you choose Rowan?

“I chose Rowan because I felt like everyone I spoke to was very genuine, helpful, and wanted the best for their students. Rowan University also supported my plans for a double major, which will be advantageous to my future career.”

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Meet Rowan #2024: Alex Micharski Prepares for a Strong Start at Rowan

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Today we feature incoming freshman Alex Micharski, a Computer Science major with a Math minor from Hamilton, NJ (Mercer County).

A photo of Alex holding his Rowan admissions package and wearing a gray Rowan sweatshirt.What is one activity, club, sport or hobby that you did in high school that you’d like to continue with at Rowan? Or something new you’d like to try?

I spent a lot of my time in high school in FIRST Robotics and spent four years on the football team: two years as a player, and due to academic constraints and an internship in my junior and senior years, I became a student manager on the football team, filming games and occasionally calling plays. Although I wasn’t too happy when I had to step down from being a player, I will be graduating high school with 61 college credits with the decision that I madeWhile I was at the STEM Academy, I had a debut on the morning announcements starting from my freshman year lasting until my junior year, where I cracked jokes over the loudspeaker and laughed harder at my jokes than anybody else. 

How/why did you choose your major?

I chose Computer Science to be my major because I have been into programming and information technology since I was 11 years old.

Alex reclines in a desk chair next to a desk with a laptop and scattered papers.What is something you’re looking forward to next year at Rowan?

Next year at Rowan, I am looking forward to doing many new things. This might surprise you, but I am a boater. My family just bought a new boat and we named it “Unsinkable II.” The best thing about Unsinkable II is the glass bottom, which allows us to see Unsinkable I every time we’re out on the water. I am also hoping to try out some intramural sports like football and lacrosse (I also played lacrosse in high school for a year and spent more time in the penalty box and on the bench for slashes than I did playing). Another thing that I am looking forward to doing at Rowan is looking to run a morning podcast where I talk about life, Rowan events, and stuff going on around us. I also heard about open mic nights on campus, and I might give one a shot.

Why did you choose Rowan?

I chose Rowan University for a few reasons. The first reason is the low tuition. The second reason is because their Computer Science program is about to explode in size. The third reason is because of its location. Rowan is far enough where I can live on my own, but also not too far where if something happened, I could go back home without a problem. And the last reason, which is certainly not the least, is because it’s close to Philadelphia, which is where the Eagles play (sorry Giants fans). I am hoping to meet a lot of new people, learn new things, and see where life takes me.

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First Year Voices: Abigail Riehman Reflects on Normal Days at Rowan

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Today’s (FRESH)man Voices features Abigail Riehman, a psychology major from Norristown, PA who lived in Mimosa Hall until COVID-19 shut down the campus. 

Abby posing with her friend.What did you most enjoy your freshman year at Rowan? I enjoyed meeting new people and making new friends. Also experiencing living on my own for the first time and doing it with everyone who is also in it for the first time. 

Could you share with one happy moment you had with friends, professors, or other members of the Rowan community that made you realize Rowan felt like “home”? One of the first times I realized Rowan was my home was during the first month of school, I had a completely normal day, went to class, went to lacrosse practice, did some homework, but I also ate dinner with friends and hung out in one of our dorm rooms. At the end of the day I was going to bed and I realized, I just had the most normal day and I could not have been more happy. I felt content, safe, and at home. 

Abby posing with her teammates.What advice do you have for future freshmen looking at colleges right now? My advice would be to trust your gut and listen to others. No matter if you’re stuck between two schools, different majors, etc… Ask for other opinions, take it in and then listen to yourself.

What are you most looking forward to next year at Rowan? I am so excited for new classes and I am looking forward to getting more involved. I am a part of the Women’s Lacrosse team and I plan on joining more clubs and programs Rowan has to offer. 

Abby posing with her friend at a football game.

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