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

Photo of Brenden and friends.

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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Header photo: Brenden Finley (left) with friends