How to Adapt To Being Away From Home: Advice From Sophomore Jordan Perkins

Jordan poses outside.

Today’s story is written by sophomore Advertising major Jordan Perkins. Jordan is from Mount Olive, NJ (Morris County), and lives on campus at 114 Victoria Street. Jordan is a first-generation college student.

August is coming to an end and it hits you that you are moving away from home in just a couple of days. You are worried about all the possibilities, being alone, not knowing where to go and how to feel comfortable away from home. Although you may think you are the only one feeling this way, just know you aren’t because so is everyone else whether they say it or not! Below I will be listing 5 important tips to help you adjust to the college lifestyle and to help get rid of homesickness.

Jordan poses, sitting in front of a building.

Know Your Resources

It is important to learn and have an understanding of the resources around you. Rowan University offers a Wellness Center on campus where you can go online and easily make an appointment. If a student is dealing with any sort of mental health issues, Rowan has counselors on hand ready to talk to you when you need it. A library, computer rooms, study rooms, lounges, and tutoring are also available all year round to help you stay on top of your work.

Explore Campus

One easy way to become comfortable with where you are living is to understand and know everything around you. Taking a walk around campus, signing up for events, reaching out to your dorm neighbors, and connecting with your professors are great ways to help you feel more at home while being away. Rowan offers many clubs and activities all year around campus and either joining a club or attending activities allows you to personally connect with campus.

Jordan poses outside.


Stay On Top of Work

Getting into the hang of a study routine and making sure you lineup your responsibilities are very important.  Although there is the idea that college is all about going out, parties, and staying out all night, there are times you need to give that up to study for a test. Many students struggle with managing their time and finding the time in their day to sit down and complete homework but you should make a set schedule for when you need to do so. It is the student’s own responsibility to figure out what they need to prioritize. Finding a quiet place, such as the library, or setting up a homework group can help you a ton with adjusting to the college environment.

Take Care of Yourself

While making sure all your work is completed and handed in, it’s also important to make sure you make time to take care of yourself. Balance is very important when coming into college since stress and work can become overwhelming so take some time to sit back and recharge or even meet up with some friends. Rowan University has many sports games so on a Friday night if you need to get out of your same old boring room, maybe think about attending a football game with a group of people!

Jordan poses in front of a building.

Make Friends and Stay in Touch

Creating new friendships can be hard when you are pushed into an unknown setting. You are not sure how to find people, how to form a bond, or how to even come about starting a conversation. What helps the most is joining a club because you automatically meet new people right off the bat. Another way is knocking on your dorm neighbors’ door and getting to know them. Every freshman around you is feeling the same way about making friends so everyone you talk to will be more than happy to get your number, text you and hang out with you throughout the week. Creating these friendships helps keep your mind off the fact that you are far from home and away from the people you grew up with, and the relationships you form in college are super important and make campus feel like home. Remember to also keep in touch and update your friends and family back in your home town but keep in mind it’s best if you don’t make frequent trips home and stay on campus for one to two months straight before you decide to take a trip home.

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Jordan Perkins, sophomore advertising major

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First Year Voices: Exploratory Studies Major Christopher Maestoso

Christopher standing in front of Chestnut Hall. There is green and white shrubbery around him. Trees with green and orange leaves.

Today we feature Chris Maestoso, who has adjusted well so far with living away from home as well as learning remotely. Chris is from Fairfield, NJ (Essex County) and currently residing in Chestnut Hall.

Chris poses in front of Chestnut Hall wearing a blue mask. Green and white shrubbery around him. Tree branch above him.

How do you like living in Chestnut?

It’s been good so far. The beginning was tough because it was really hot but now the temperature cooled down.

Have you thought about joining any clubs or organizations on campus?

I have been looking at fraternities but I haven’t looked at any other groups or organizations on campus. 

Are your classes remote or hybrid, and how has that adjustment been?

All my classes are remote right now [for fall 2020] and the adjustment really hasn’t been that bad, still getting used to it a little bit.

Chris poses in front of green and orange trees while holding mask.

What are you looking forward to for the rest of this semester?

The cold weather coming up. 

Any advice to other freshmen?

You should submit your homework early. 

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Luke Garcia, junior music industry major

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Rachel Rumsby, sophomore communication studies and public relations double major

First Year Voices: Chestnut Hall, Adjusting to College – Griffin Roughgarden

Griffin poses in a backwards hat in front of orange and green trees.

Today we feature freshman and Chestnut resident Griffin Roughgarden. Griffin is a Business Entrepreneurship major from West Caldwell, NJ (Essex County.)

How do you like living in Chestnut?
It’s really good, actually. It’s pretty quiet, it’s not really a loud place, there’s lots of amenities. It’s kind of the perfect location on campus. 

Have you thought about joining any clubs or organizations on campus
Yeah I plan on joining a fraternity and maybe some clubs but the club fair I don’t think happened this year because of COVID. So hopefully next year I’ll look into a lot of those things.

Griffin gives a thumbs up with a backwards hat in front of Chestnut.

Are your classes remote or hybrid and how has that adjustment been?They’re hybrid. I like the fact that I can choose whether or not I go in or if I’m tired one day I don’t have to go in. It’s kind of nice being able to do it remote if I want to go home.

Griffin gives a double thumbs up wearing a black mask and a black backwards hat. Chestnut hall is in the background.

What are you looking forward to for the rest of this year?
I’m still just meeting new people, creating my schedule for next year, figuring out who I’m living with, stuff like that. 

Any advice to other freshmen?
It was stressful coming into college but don’t stress about it. It’s nothing crazy, it’s like doing high school just not at home. 

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Luke Garcia, junior music industry major

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Rachel Rumsby, sophomore public relations major

PROFFAMILY: An Inclusive & Welcoming Group Of First Years

PROFFAMILY members stand amongst the trees during fall foliage.

Story header photo, from left: Tara Long, Brandon Sagbo, Jada Johnson, Poku, Aaron Brown, Dianna Schreidl, Jayshalie Jennings Today we speak with PROFFAMILY. Freshman founder Poku and first members of the group share how it began and how it has helped them transition into being college students. Creator and visionary, freshman Samuel Poku (who prefers […]

First Year Voices: Music Industry Major Nick Merritt

Nick stands on Rowan Boulevard

Today, we speak to freshman Music Industry major Nick Merritt from Toms River, NJ (Ocean County). Nick currently resides on campus in Holly Pointe Commons. He tells us a little more about living on campus and why he chose Rowan.

Nick posing by 114 Victoria wearing a rainbow jacket.

How’s living in Holly Pointe?

I like it! I just moved there from Chestnut! I live by myself. It‘s so nice. I got the whole set up. 

Have you joined any clubs yet?

I’m navigating right now. I eventually do want to join clubs, but I’m just starting to figure things out. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing what options I have here music-wise because I do sing!

Why did you choose Rowan?

Honestly, I had a lot of friends who came here pre-COVID, so I would always visit last year. It’s close enough where I can go home if I need to. I like the vibes here too. Everyone’s really friendly, and I like the set up of the campus!

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Bianca Torres, senior music industry major

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How to Apply for Scholarships at Rowan University

Admissions counselor Amanda Marcks explains how scholarships work at Rowan and shares how prospective students can earn more money for college. Are you a continuing Rowan student? Check out our other story on scholarships for current students here

Reviewed for accuracy and updated October 2023. 

You’re probably asking yourself, “Why can’t I find a scholarship application for Rowan?!” At Rowan, we do not have a separate scholarship application. 

If you apply to Rowan before January 31, you will be reviewed for both admission and for a potential scholarship at the same time. We are test optional, meaning we are not going to be using SAT or ACT to determine merit scholarship eligibility. Instead, we will be taking a close look at your high school transcript and evaluating courses taken, grades received for those courses, and your overall GPA to determine if you are eligible for a merit scholarship.

A student works on his laptop in the Student Center.

Our merit scholarships range from $3,500 to $9,000, and they are annual as long as you maintain a 2.5 GPA while here at Rowan. When reviewing different packages from other colleges and universities, you always want to read the fine print to see if a scholarship is annual or a one-time transaction. 

Along with merit scholarships, we are also on RaiseMe, which is a microscholarship platform that awards students for their achievements. If you are a high school freshman, sophomore or junior, I encourage you to check the site out and put a profile together! By doing the things you’re already doing, you can earn scholarship money for taking an honors course, getting an A in a college prep class, volunteering, visiting Rowan, and many more. 

Two students walk on campus.

Merit scholarships and RaiseMe scholarships are not stackable; it is one or the other. At Rowan, we will always award you the most amount of money. So, if you earned a $9,000 merit scholarship, and you are getting $5,000 from RaiseMe, you will not get a total of $14,000, you will get $9,000 since that is the highest amount. 

Scholarships are a great way to help reduce the cost of attending Rowan. Read more about the scholarships and awards we offer here. If you have any questions regarding scholarships, please feel free to contact our office at admissions@rowan.edu.

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Author Amanda Marcks, Assistant Director of Admissions

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7 First Years Share What They Like About Living On Campus

People walk in front of a residence hall.

What’s it like to live on campus? Freshmen from four Rowan residence halls tell us what they like most about their home away from home.  

1. The freedom. Matt Gandy, a resident of Holly Pointe, likes the freedom of being away from home and living on campus. 

Matt Gandy poses at Rowan.

2. The community in her dorm. Nya Ritch, another resident of Holly Pointe, says that whenever anyone has a problem, everyone wants to pitch in and help. She says it is a very loving environment.

Nya Ritch and Julianne Ferraro pose for a photo together.
Nya Ritch, left, and Julianne Ferraro, right, pose for a photo together.

3. The atmosphere. Julianne Ferraro, another resident of Holly Pointe, says that she loves the atmosphere of the school. She says that she feels that she can walk up to anyone in the student center and talk to them.

4. The food. Tamir Reed, also from Holly Pointe, loves that there is always food around, whether you use your meal plan or you go to Pizza Hut or 7-Eleven or somewhere else on Rowan Boulevard. 

Tamir Reed poses for a photo.

5. Exploring. Iliana Pineda, a resident of Evergreen Hall, says she loves getting the chance to meet new people and explore the campus. 

Illiana poses in front of Evergreen.

6. Having roommates. Rachel Rheinhardt, another resident of Mimosa Hall, says that likes having roommates so she has people to talk to during this time. 

Rachel poses in front of Willow Hall.

7. The college experience. Kevin Duffy, a resident of Chestnut Hall, says that you get the real college feel when you live on campus. 

Kevin poses by a tree outside of Chestnut Hall.

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I’m Not Sure What to Major in, is That Normal?

Outside shot of Welcome Center.

Admissions counselor Amanda Marcks dispels a myth about majors and details a unique Rowan program called Exploratory Studies that’s designed for undecided students. 

Deciding on a college major can be really intimidating, especially when there are so many options to choose from! At Rowan we have more than 80 different majors ranging from all areas of interest.

Student studies outside on campus.

Some students who apply to college know exactly what they want to study and what they want to pursue as a career, and others don’t, which is totally normal.

There is a misconception out there that applying to college undecided will hurt their chances of being admitted, make them ineligible for scholarship and financial aid, and just look bad on a college application — which is all untrue. 

As I am writing this, I am reflecting on my own college experience and as a 17 year old, applying to college, I had no idea what I wanted to study! I was afraid to admit that to my parents because I didn’t know how they would react to me saying “I know college is for me, but I’m not sure what my path looks like.” I remember them being so supportive in my decision and talked through all of my options. 

At Rowan, we have an AMAZING program called Exploratory Studies (ES), which is our undeclared major here at Rowan. What makes this program unique and different from other undecided programs out there is that it is structured and there is a layer of support.

Students talk inside the Student Center.

Every ES student will meet with an academic advisor, who kind of acts like a high school counselor, and they will sit down and go over their interests. The advisor will then put a schedule together that gives the student an opportunity to take courses in different areas so they can see if it is something they want to pursue further as a possible major. 

Students who start off as an ES major will not graduate with an ES major. At the end of their first semester, sophomore year, they will decide what major they wish to pursue. Applying for Exploratory Studies is not frowned upon in admission, we don’t look at an ES applicant any differently than a student applying for Biological Sciences or Law and Justice Studies for example. It will not affect any potential merit scholarship or financial aid eligibility. 

Two students in denim jackets talk and walk on campus.

So, if you are unsure of what major you want to pursue, you’re not alone and it is ok not to know! You have time, support, and resources available to you here at Rowan. If you have any questions about majors, feel free to contact the Admissions office at admissions@rowan.edu.

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Author and Admissions Assistant Director Amanda Marcks

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First Year Voices: Musical Theatre Major Lennon Heitz and Acting Major Shayla Hermann

Today, we speak to Musical Theatre major Lennon Heitz and Acting major Shayla Hermann! These first years both reside on campus in Magnolia Hall and Holly Pointe Commons. Lennon is from Middletown, DE and Shayla is from Pennington, NJ (Mercer County). They tell us a little more about living on campus and why they chose Rowan.

Lennon and Shayla posing together.
Lennon (right) and Shayla (left) hanging out on Rowan Boulevard.

How did you two meet?

Shayla: We met each other through a Theatre Snapchat group chat!

How are your dorms? Have you met your RA? 

Lennon: I live in Magnolia! I’ve met my RA and I’ve met a few of the girls, we’ve said “Hi!” The courtyard is super pretty.

Shayla: I live in Holly Pointe. I love it there! AC is great. The dining hall and Starbucks are really convienient too. My roommate and I have met some people in our pod too. One of our friends is on the same floor as us!

Lennon wearing a purple mask.
Lennon on Rowan Boulevard.

Looking to join any clubs?

Shayla: Definitely! I need to look into it some more. I was just waiting to get settled in and stuff, but I definitely want to check it out.

Lennon: I don’t know yet! I haven’t delved into any clubs yet, but I really want to join the musicals.

Why Rowan? 

Lennon: Rowan is actually the only school that I visited, and I ended up loving it! I felt like everyone was very friendly. I felt like it had hometown feels. That was a big thing for me.

Shayla: I really loved their theatre program here. Everyone seemed really nice and encouraging and not that sense of competition that I got with other schools. Also, I just fell in love with the campus here. My cousin also went here!

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Music To Listen To While Studying, According to 7 Music Majors

Study area with earphones, laptop and notebook.

Need some study music recommendations? Let students from Rowan’s music majors give you some suggestions.

A selfie of Mia.

I really enjoy listening to NCT and Day6 when I study.

They have both nice songs for background music (ballads calm songs) and songs that are upbeat and fun to keep you awake and feel more energized.

How It Was Discovered: I’ve been listening to the K-Pop genre since 2011 so I knew about NCT since they debuted as a group and Day6 was one of the first groups I listened to when I got into the genre.

– Mia Visconti, Freshman, Music Therapy major, Williamstown, NJ (Gloucester County)

The Chopin "Ballade no.1 in g minor Op.23" album cover.

Ballade no.1 in g minor Op. 23 by Chopin

Chopin was an amazing romantic composer and pianist whose pieces are very emotional and well written. It is great background music for studying or doing something important. I use it for tests all the time.

How It Was Discovered: From the movie “The Pianist”

– Anthony Jimenez, Freshman, Music Education and Music Performance major, Vineland, NJ (Cumberland County)

Samuel smiling for a photo on the Bunce Hall steps.

I suggest listening to Aladdin – Not3s.

This song has a very soothing vibe to help you vibe but still focus, with a little bit of Afro-beat tunes to groove to, very nice to study with.

How It Was Discovered: I discovered this song through the music streaming app AudioMack.

Samuel Poku, Freshman, Music Industry major, Old Bridge, NJ (Middlesex County)

The album cover for "Locket" by Crumb.

Plants – Crumb

It’s not too distracting and it’s soothing to listen to even when you aren’t doing homework.

How It Was Discovered: On my recommended songs in Spotify.

– Katie Alvarez, Sophomore, Music Education major, Passaic, NJ (Passaic County)

Nayyirah smiling for a selfie.

Darlin’ – Tobi Lou

It’s slow and I like his voice.

How It Was Discovered: From a friend

– Nayyirah Wood, Freshman, Music Education major, Philadelphia, Pa

The single cover for "walk but in the garden" by LLusion.

“walk but in the garden” – LLusion

Off the bat, you can recognize the chord progression remains in a major key. The melody has aspects of suspense and resolution, making it pleasing to the ear. A unique aspect about this song is that the melody and chord progression repeat consistently throughout the piece, easily making it uplifting background noise.

How It Was Discovered: I was editing a Spotify playlist of mine, and this song popped up in the recommended songs section. I find a lot of new music through this feature of Spotify’s playlists.

– Arianna Granda, Freshman, Vocal Music Education major, Bantiviglio Honors Concentration, Rockaway, NJ (Morris County)

The Nelson Rangell album cover "Blue."

Sweetest Somebody I Know – Nelson Rangell

The song just has a really chill vibe to it that you can just listen to in the background while doing other things.

– Tyler O’Shaughnessy, Sophomore, Music Education – Instrumental major, Atco, NJ (Camden County)

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Today I am Grateful for…

With the holiday season upon us, we spoke to Rowan students about what they are thankful and grateful for this year. This is what they had to say.

Jenna Fischer, a senior Public Relations major, says she is thankful for her family who supports her in every phase of her life. She says that no matter what dream and goal she has, she knows they will always stand by her side.

Jenna poses with her family.
Jenna (center) and her family.

Chase Shebey, a junior Marketing major, says that he is grateful for all the opportunities that Rowan University has given him.

Chase poses on the intramural field with a rugby ball.

Jessica Newell, a junior Communication Studies major, is grateful for her roommates who remind her that every accomplishment, no matter how small, is to be celebrated and that every problem can be somewhat improved by ordering pizza.

Jessica poses on the side of 301 High Street building.

Mya Calderon, a junior Journalism major, is grateful that she didn’t have to work on Thanksgiving again this year.

Mya sits next to flowers in front of the student center.

Jasmin Jones, a junior Law and Justice Studies and Sociology double major, is grateful for her loved ones and for all the opportunities she has been given. 

Jasmin poses outside of the Rowan Boulevard Apartments.

John McCleery, a sophomore Civil Engineering major, is thankful for his siblings and how close they have become during COVID.

John poses in front of a waterfall wearing a Rowan shirt.

Lianna Johnson, a sophomore Vocal Music Performance major, is thankful to have been able to live on campus so far this semester. She is grateful to see old friends, make some new ones and even have an in-person class!

Lianna poses in front of Mimosa Hall.

Erwin Lopez, a sophomore Health and Exercise Science major, says that he is thankful for his family and the support they give him, especially during these uncertain times. He is also thankful for all of his friends that give him moral support.

Erwin poses in front of some trees.

Nickvens Delva, a freshman Psychology major, is thankful for many things, but he is most thankful for both his family and his health. He says that the most important thing to him is his family, so the health of his family and him during these unusual times is truly the biggest blessing to him.

Nickvens poses in front of Mimosa Hall.

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Story and photos of Chase, Jessica, Mya, Jasmin, Lianna and Nickvens by:
Rachel Rumsby, sophomore communication studies and public relations double major

Photo of Erwin by:
Stephanie Batista, sophomore music industry major

Photo of Jenna provided by:
Jenna Fischer, senior public relations major

Photo of John provided by:
John McCleery, sophomore civil engineering major

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First Year Voices: Spanish Major Jenna Rech and Biology Major Maria Mousa

Roommates pose together outside on campus.

Today, we speak to freshmen roommates Jenna Rech and Maria Mousa! Jenna is a Spanish major from Cherry Hill, NJ (Camden County) and Maria is a pre-med Biology major. They live on campus in Magnolia Hall. They tell us more about their experience at Rowan so far and what they’re looking forward to in the future.

Maria and Jenna posing together while wearing masks.
Maria (left) hanging out with roommate Jenna (right)

How do you like Rowan?

Jenna: I like it! It’s actually really fun. They’re offering more stuff than I thought they were going to. We went to some of the activities right here on the intramural field.

Maria: I love that they’re still doing activities for everyone here. I also feel like they’re taking a lot of precautions, and it makes me feel a lot safer.

How are you meeting new people and making friends?

Jenna: I met most of my friends from people on our floor. There are only eight of us on the floor, but we all have each other and our group-chat so we all hang out with each other! 

How do you like living in a dorm?

Maria: I love living in a dorm. It’s actually a lot of fun. I was nervous at first, to have the responsibility of living on my own, but I’m actually having a lot of fun. 

What are you looking forward to at Rowan?

Jenna: I’m looking forward to actually having in-person classes and meeting our professors.

Maria: I’m looking forward to having more in-person classes and meeting my classmates!

Maria and Jenna smiling together.

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Bianca Torres, senior music industry major

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First Year Voices: Marketing Major Lili Solimando

Lili poses in front of yellow and orange bushes. There is a brick building in the background and a tree with green leaves.

Today we speak with Lili Solimando, a Marketing major within the Rohrer College of Business who is enjoying life at Chestnut Hall so far. Lily plans to get more involved once things open back up on campus.

Lili poses in front of a brick building with a tree with green leaves on the right hand side.

How do you like living in Chestnut?

It’s pretty good. I don’t really have any problems with the people on my floor, and my roommate’s pretty nice also. 

Have you thought about joining any clubs or organizations on campus?

I was going to do the Tennis Club, but they aren’t meeting I guess because of COVID, so I guess I’ll do that next year. 

Are your classes remote or hybrid, and how has that adjustment been?

I’ve had a mix of some online and some hybrid. 

Lili poses in a purple mask in front of a brick building.

What are you looking forward to for the rest of this semester?

I’m hoping that more of my classes will be in person and there will be more events.

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Luke Garcia, junior music industry major

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First Year Voices: Roommates Chris Voyantzis and Bekim Krkuti

Today, we speak to roommates Chris Voyantzis and Bekim Krkuti, who live on campus in Chestnut Hall. Chris is an Engineering Entrepreneurship major and Bekim is a Supply Chain and Logistics major. They’re both from Freehold, NJ (Monmouth County). They tell us more about why they chose their majors and what it’s like living on campus.

Bekim and Chris standing next to each other with their masks on.
Bekim (left) with Chris (right)

How did you two meet each other? 

Bekim: We’ve been friends for a while. We went to the same high school together!

Why did you choose Rowan?

Chris: It was close to home. There are things that are appealing to me. The campus looks nice the student center is cool and there’s a lot of things to do here.

Why did you choose your major?

Chris: I was just looking for something that gives me a problem solving aspect of learning. Also, a more traditional education at the same time.

Bekim: I chose my major because my dad was into it and he explained some things to me and decided to put my foot into it too.

What do you like about living in Chestnut?

Chris: Its gonna be warm inside in the winter!

Chris with a blue mask on.

How’s campus been for you so far?

Chris: It’s been good! It’s been fun meeting new people, walking around and doing what you want to do.

What do you like about campus?

Bekim: I like how there’s a lot of people out and about … having fun, playing basketball and stuff like that!

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Bianca Torres, senior music industry major

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9 Radio/TV/Film Majors Share How Their Major Supports Their Professional Goals

Today, we speak with 9 Radio/TV/Film (RTF) majors on how their major will advance their future careers. 

Lauren smiling and posing for a photo.

“This major supports my professional goals because it helps me succeed in my field and prepared me for when I go into the professional scene.” – Lauren Kilroy, senior, transfer, RTF major from Cinnaminson, NJ (Burlington County)

Jabreeah posing for a selfie.

“It teaches me all about the behind the scenes work in movies.” – Jabreeah Holmes, senior, RTF major from Camden, NJ (Camden County)

Emily smiling and posing for a selfie.

“It supports my professional goals because I already know hands-down I want to be a part of the television industry. I’ve already started floating possible job ideas in my head once I graduate Rowan. I am also taking a minor in advertising just in case I want to apply my RTF skills in a more commercial type of way. The fact is there are so many job opportunities with this major it’s still hard to know which one you will wind up taking once you graduate!” – Emily Sayles, sophomore, RTF major, Advertising minor from Somerdale, NJ (Camden County)

Jerry posing for a picture while wearing sunglasses.

“It teaches me a lot about the industry and how to get my foot in the door.” – Jerry Libert, junior, transfer, first-generation college student, RTF major and Creative Writing minor from Beachwood, NJ (Ocean County)

Corey posing for a selfie.

“It teaches me about the process of making films, television, and radio which allows me to see what things I like about each. It gives me access to equipment I can use to make my own projects.” – Corey Peoples, senior, transfer from RCGC, RTF major from Williamstown, NJ (Gloucester County)

Julia smiling and posing for a selfie in front of a world map.

“This major teaches me the skills I will need to get into the industry. By educating us on Radio, Tv, and Film, we are able to get our foot in the door easier because we have so many skill sets.” – Julia Faupel, junior, transfer, RTF major, Theatre minor from Collingswood, NJ (Camden County)

Ally smiling and hugging an orange cat.

“It helps me to get into NASCAR or the NFL to pursue the career I want.” –  Ally Bruce, freshman, RTF major from Woolwich Twp., NJ (Gloucester County)

Gary smiling for a photo while wearing headphones.

“I learn from a lot of people who i respect and are professionals in my desired fields.” – Gary Erdelyi, senior, first-generation college student, RTF and Journalism major from Brick, NJ (Ocean County)

A picture of a flyer of a production written by Joe.

“I want to be a screenwriter, and the classes have helped me learn more about the craft while Cinema Workshop has given me real life experience in writing for the screen.” – Joe Pidgeon, junior, transfer, RTF major and Creative Writing minor from Swedesboro, NJ (Gloucester County)

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First Year Voices: Chemistry Major Spencer Feldman

Spencer wearing a hat and standing outside on campus.

Today, we speak to freshman Chemistry major Spencer Feldman from Livingston, NJ (Essex County). Spencer is currently residing on campus in Holly Pointe Commons. He tells us a little more about why he chose Rowan and what he likes to do on campus.

Spencer outside Mimosa Hall.

Why Rowan?

I chose Rowan because of the location. Also, when I came here I felt that this was a true college campus. It felt easy and simple here. It’s not a huge campus, it’s not a small campus. It’s just enough!

What do you like to do on campus?

Whenever the courts are open, I run around and play basketball. If Holly Pointe To-Go is open, I’ll get food or I’ll go get food at Grill Nation. Other than that, I hang out with my friends outside, walk around campus and go to the Gazebo. We’re always hanging outside because of [Covid-19], we can’t really go indoors together too often. We also go to [Rowan] Boulevard and there’s outdoor dining so there’s a lot to do!

Spencer outside Mimosa Hall.

How’s living in Holly Pointe?

It’s nice living on the first floor. The ceilings are higher and the food is really close too, so that’s always nice!

What do you like about Rowan so far?

I actually like how it’s still alive on campus right now. There’s a lot of other colleges that are kind of empty right now. At Rowan, there’s still a lot of things happening, and we can still get the college experience.

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Bianca Torres, senior music industry major

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Beyond the Classroom: Biomedical Art and Visualization Major Emerson Harman on Starting Queer Voices Project

Emerson wears a rainbow mask outside.

Today’s “Beyond the Classroom” features Emerson Harman, a freshman who has already joined numerous on-campus organizations. They also launched the “Queer Voices” Project, aimed at spreading awareness and showing the presence of the LGBTQIA+ community at Rowan.

Emerson poses outside on campus.

Freshman Wisconsin native Emerson Harman has not hesitated to get involved on campus in this first couple of months of the semester. They’ve already joined Rowan’s Wind Ensemble, the Biology Club, the Biomedical Art and Visualization club and PRISM. Being part of all these organizations already is a huge head start for a freshman, and the crazy part is that none of these is even Emerson’s most impressive accomplishment at Rowan so far. 

Emerson started “Queer Voices,” which involves interviewing (and photographing) Rowan faculty and students who are a part of the LGBTQ+ community and uploading the content to the Queer Voices website. Emerson meets with students, faculty and alumni to ask various questions relating to Rowan’s LGBTQIA+ community and other related topics. 

Emerson stands outside, looks to the side on campus.

Emerson says the “whole goal of [the project] is to raise awareness and presence of the LGBT community on campus.” 

Emerson is hoping that word of mouth will help grow Queer Voices into something bigger. It is only November, and they already have content on the website from seven faculty members, nine students and two alumni. 

“It started off with just faculty … and then it grew, and other students heard about it and were like, ‘Hey, can I get involved too?’” Emerson explains.

With the current state of the pandemic and social distancing still being enforced, it is not an easy time to make new friends in a new place. When Emerson was asked about how difficult this is, they did not act like it was a huge issue. 

“I think there has been a lot of good programming from the university itself for new freshmen. Even though most things are virtual, I’ve still been able to meet a lot of people both in my dorm and in classes,” Emerson says.

Emerson wears a mask on campus.

Emerson decided to go to Rowan all the way from Wisconsin because of their major. Emerson is a Biomedical Art and Visualization major, which is only offered at three schools in the country, Rowan being one of them. It is likely that the atmosphere and culture in Glassboro is much different than that of Dodgeville, Wisconsin, but Emerson has seemingly adjusted quickly. 

“It feels like a small university but at the same time it’s obviously not. It’s really close to a lot of major cities too which is nice,” Emerson says.

Click here to visit Queer Voices. 

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Luke Garcia, junior music industry major

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Quintin Stinney, sophomore radio/TV/film major

First Year Voices: Biology Major Analiz Santana and Exercise Science Major Mia Guerra

Today, we speak with freshmen Analiz Santana and Mia Guerra. Analiz is a Biology major from Pennsauken, NJ (Camden County) who is currently residing in Mimosa and Mia is an Exercise Science major currently residing in Holly Pointe from Hasbrouck Heights, NJ (Bergen County). They tell us more about why they chose Rowan and how it is being a freshmen in college during a pandemic.

Analiz and Mia hanging out on campus.
Analiz (left) and Mia (right) hanging out outside!

How did you two meet each other?

Mia: They were just walking by one of my friend’s dorms and we had the door open and they just said “Hi,” and that’s how we met.

Why did you choose Rowan?

Analiz: My sister goes here too! She’s a sophomore. Last year, she would always invite me onto campus last year and she’s also a basketball player and I would always go to her games. I had to choose between here and TCNJ, and I chose here because I ended up really loving it here.

Analiz and Mia talking outside on campus.

Mia: I’m on the cross-country track team. I like the program here. I like the campus in general in comparison to other colleges as well. I was supposed to choose a campus in Indiana, but I ended up choosing here!

How has it been being freshmen at college during pandemic?

Analiz: It was helpful having that first week where we didn’t have to worry about classes. It was good to actually figure out where we need to put our masks on and figure out the rules around here. It was actually really helpful.

Mia: Just learning the campus in general, too. Walking around and learning where our classes are and stuff was helpful, too!

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Bianca Torres, senior music industry major

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(FRESH)man Voices: Radio/TV/Film Major Vicky Stein & Geology Major Sammy Mason

Sammy and Vicky walk together on campus.

Today, we speak to freshmen Vicky Stein and Sammy Mason from Lewes, Delaware who live on campus in Chestnut Hall. Vicky is a Radio/TV/Film major and Sammy is a Geology major. They tell us more about their favorite spots on campus and give some advice for incoming students.

Sammy and Vicky walking together side by side.
Sammy (left) and Vicky (right) walking together on campus.

How did you two meet each other?

Sammy: It’s kind of a funny story actually! I was originally from New Jersey, which is pretty funny. We went to the same high school. She was friends with one of my friends. She originally thought I was annoying … but three years later, we became friends and now we’re here!

How is living in Chestnut? Have you met your RA?

Vicky: Chestnut is fine! I really like my RA, she’s really nice!

Are you interested in joining any clubs?

Sammy: I really wanted to do Crew Club but then [Covid-19] hit us, and I don’t know how that would work!

Vicky: I’m not sure about any of the clubs here yet!

Sammy wearing a pink mask and an orange "Danny Devito" shirt.

What’s your favorite spot on-campus so far?

Vicky: I really like the Rec Center.

Sammy: I mainly just hang out at the Student Center. I like it there!

Any advice for incoming freshmen?

Vicky: Rowan’s a really nice community to come to. If you’re looking for a place to talk and interact with people, Rowan’s a great place.

Sammy and Vicky posing together.

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Bianca Torres, senior music industry major

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Loredonna Fiore, junior public relations major

First Year Voices: Journalism Major Austin Ahart

Today, we speak to Austin Ahart, a freshman Journalism major who currently resides on campus in Holly Pointe Commons. Austin tells us more about his on-campus experience.

Austin posing for a picture.

How is living in Holly Pointe? 

I love Holly Pointe, it’s beautiful! 

Have you met your RA?

I have! My RA is super supportive. He’s been really awesome, to be honest. He’s helped me a lot throughout the move-in process, and he’s made me feel very welcome.

Austin posing for a picture.

What’s your favorite on-campus spot to eat?

I love eating at Chef Jet! The food is great, and to be honest, the people working there are pretty great too.

Any advice to incoming freshmen? 

Take it patiently. In terms of trying to absorb everything, I really recommend just being patient.

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Bianca Torres, senior music industry major

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Loredonna Fiore, junior public relations and advertising major

First Year Voices: Physical Education Major Jalen Baptiste

Today, we speak to Jalen Baptiste, a freshman Physical Education major currently residing on-campus in Chestnut Hall from Hackettstown, NJ (Warren County). Jalen tells us about living on campus and more about his first year so far.

Jalen sitting and smiling on the edge of Mimosa hall.

How do you like on-campus housing?

I’m living in Chestnut. Chestnut’s not bad, though, because I live by myself in a double.

Are your classes completely online or hybrid?

Right now, all my classes are online, but I think some of my classes will switch to in-person hybrid hopefully soon!

Jaylen posing while wearing his mask.

Thinking about joining any clubs?

I’m thinking about joining a fraternity in the spring.

Any advice to incoming freshmen?

If you do come to Rowan, try to get into Holly Pointe! It’s really nice there.

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Bianca Torres, senior music industry major

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Loredonna Fiore, junior public relations and advertising major

Julia’s Corner: How to Get the Most Out of College

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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.

College might just be some of the best four years of your life. You’re living on your own for the first time, you’re not stuck in one building for several hours, and your best friends are within walking distance from where you live.

Like anything, though, college is what you make of it. All of these great things aren’t just going to knock on your door. You have to put yourself out there and get them yourself. Here are some things you should do to make your experience at Rowan the absolute best it can be. 

Marketing professor with students in classroom.

Get to know the people in your classes: This goes for other students as well as professors. Even if you’re undecided at first (which I recommend), getting to know your classmates is important. You might just meet your best friend by doing so. One of the reasons why Rowan is so great is because of the small-to-medium class sizes, allowing you to get to know your classmates and professors. It is not uncommon for Rowan professors to know your name.

Professor leads a dance class.

I’ve had classes that have been like family, and professors that I look up to as role models. Plus, the professor with whom you make an effort to get to know may write you a letter of recommendation one day. Also, don’t be shy in the classroom. College is about coming out of your comfort zone. You’re probably not the only one to speak up in class, so why not take the first step?

Student speaks with a career representative in the student center.

Go to career fairs: Rowan offers several career fairs. There is one each semester for all majors, and usually each school holds one once per year. Even if you’re a freshman, it doesn’t hurt to put yourself out there. Often, professors give you extra credit for attending, which never hurts. This is how I went to my first one as a sophomore. It motivated me to go, and it was good practice and experience for interviews and networking events I attended as an upperclassman. You might make a great connection, so it’s definitely worth going. 

Member of the Equestrian Team.
Rowan Equestrian Club

Get Involved: I cannot say this enough! Obviously, you are at Rowan to get a degree, but that is not all college is about. In order to get the full experience, you have to get involved in something. Sitting in your room doing homework and going home every weekend is not making the most of it. Whether it’s an academic club for your major, a club sport, an on-campus job or Greek life, getting involved in something on campus will change your life. Between becoming an officer for the Swim Team and working in aquatics at the Rec Center, I not only kept myself busy at Rowan, but made some amazing friendships that will last a lifetime. Look out for dates for all of the organization and activities fairs held at the beginning of the semester. 

Rowan Motorsports team
Rowan Motorsports Club

It is no lie that getting good grades is a vital part of the college experience. However, although they’ll look at GPA, a future employer is not going to care about the A+ you got in English 101. Trust me, you don’t want to look back on college full of regret. That is one of the reasons why I transferred to Rowan, and I am so grateful that I did.

College of Business New Venture Expo.

Making connections with professors, other students and people at career fairs is an important part of the college experience. You might discover you have something in common with someone, like if you both played the same sport or were in the same fraternity or sorority. These things are part of what will make your experience at Rowan memorable. 

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Sophomore Reflects: Musical Theatre and Public Relations Double Major Erica Gerold

Erica sitting with friends on the Bunce Steps

Meet sophomore Erica Gerold, a Musical Theatre and Public Relations double major from Philadelphia. She’s also an on-campus resident who resided in Magnolia Hall this past year. Erica tells us more about what she enjoyed most about her first year at Rowan and shares advice for future freshmen.

Erica sitting with friends on the Bunce Hall steps.
Erica sitting with her roommates (from left to right: Mattie Millet, Hannah Kittrell, Erica Gerold and Emilia Weiss).

What did you most enjoy your freshman year at Rowan?Erica taking a selfie.

Something I enjoyed most here at Rowan were the amount of on-campus artistic opportunities I was able to have as a freshman! This past year I have been in directing scenes, written/done voiceover work at the art exhibit, “The Sister Chapel,” performed in our annual Holiday Celebration, “The Vagina Monologues,” devised cabaret “(di$) conn3cT*d” and “Urinetown: The Musical.” I have made amazing friends through our college and learned so much through its chances to create. I truly do not think I would be happier anywhere else.

Could you share with us one happy moment you had with friends, professors or other members of the Rowan community that made you realize Rowan felt like “home”?

Among many things I am beyond grateful to have been involved in this school year, the first that made me feel at home was rehearsing “(di$) conn3cT*d.” I was cast within my first month of moving to college when unfamiliarity was around every corner. Right away not only were the cast/creative team eager to hear the ideas of us freshmen, they were eager to make us feel welcome. I became so close with the people involved with that production, including my new best friend Elliot Colahan. The support the people of Rowan (my profs and classmates alike) have for us is nothing like I have seen anywhere else. Especially as a freshman, their care for me and the rest of my peers filled me with motivation and happiness. They make me feel lucky to be a part of this community.

Erica alongside the cast of a production called The Vagina Monologues.
Erica alongside the cast of The Vagina Monologues (directed by Robin Purtell and Chelsea Sharp, 2020).

What advice do you have for future freshmen looking at colleges right now?

Shadow! Leading up to College Decision Day, I actually had my mind set on committing to a different school. Once your choices are narrowed down, seeing a day in the life of your options really puts things into perspective. Once I shadowed my now dear friend Marisa Pelikan, the decision could not have been clearer that Rowan was the right fit for me (note: If you cannot shadow due to COVID-19, research schools to the best of your online abilities. Also, do not be afraid to reach out to their current students/profs!).

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

I am most looking forward to honing my skills as a double major! I currently combine my passions of PR and theatre as a member of the social media team for RUTD, a publicity officer for our Lab Theatre organization and the creator/writer for my school blog highlighting the Rowan University Department of Theatre & Dance, RUTDInsider. All of that being said, Public Relations students typically do not start taking major-based classes until their sophomore year. This fall I will be taking three of those classes and I am super excited to put all forthcoming knowledge into my current projects. I will be the first to admit learning/creating in the upcoming school year will be difficult due to the coronavirus, but I hope to push forward in making it happen any way I can.

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Julia’s Corner: Avoiding the Freshman 15

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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.

In high school, you probably could eat anything you wanted and not gain weight. However, you also had your parents cooking well-balanced meals for you every day, if you were lucky. Once you get to college, it’s all on you to manage your own nutrition. I gained the horrifying ‘freshman 15’, because I lost control of my nutrition. Thankfully, I began to practice good habits, and was able to lose it all. Here are some tips to avoid gaining the terrifying freshmen 15 so you won’t have to worry about losing it later.  

Explore your options: Between the Marketplace and the Holly Point Cafe, there are tons of healthy options for dining on campus. It’s not all fried Marketplacefoods and pizza. You can get a fresh salad or a whole wheat wrap and many other healthy options. 

Color your plate: This is a basic, elementary school health strategy, but it really works! Keeping your plate colorful with fruits and vegetables will help you to maintain a healthy diet. The Holly Pointe Cafe has a salad station, as well as fresh fruit, with tons of options to choose from. 

Protein>Carbs: Okay, it is important to have some carbohydrates in your diet, but try to stick to healthy carbs most of the time. That slice of pizza and mac n cheese is okay once a week, but try to keep your fruit and whole wheat breads and pastas as your main carb sources. Proteins are substantial and will help you to stay lean and healthy. Have yogurt instead of a bagel at breakfast, and chicken with veggies instead of pizza for dinner. Trust me, you won’t regret it. 

Keep away from the dessert table: I know, that dessert table is super tempting. It is just sitting there, staring at you, calling your name, but you are strong. Like I said, it’s okay to have it in moderation, but not every day. Assign yourself one day per week to take something from the dessert table. Your body will thank you later. 

Use the gym: Rowan has not one, but two gyms on campus with tons of equipment. It is true that abs are made in the kitchen, but working out regularly will still help you to stay healthy and fit. Keeping your body moving is so important to a healthy lifestyle. Fitness Center

Avoid snacking: When you move in, your parents will probably stock you up with snacks to keep in your dorm. This is all good fun, but try to keep it to healthy snacks. I usually keep one unhealthy snack that I treat myself to on the weekends. That way, I am only consuming it in moderation, and avoid gaining that weight again. 

Do not eat past 8 p.m. Try to keep it earlier if you can, but sometimes classes run late. Eating later makes it easier to gain weight, so it is best to avoid doing so as much as possible. The best thing to do is to not eat in bed. If you’re up late studying and need a pick-me-up, keep some trail mix in your room in Ziplock bags. That way, you’re not overindulging. Holly Point Cafe employee

While eating on campus, it is important to keep in mind that moderation is key to a balanced diet. Depriving yourself of your favorite junk foods will only lead to overindulging later. Giving yourself reward days during the week to avoid this. It’s all about balance, and if you practice these habits, you’ll have nothing to worry about. 

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20 Minute Radius: Fun Off-Campus Things New Transfers and Freshmen Should Check Out

External shot of Angelo's Diner and Main St.

Today’s story is from Melanie Sbaraglio, a recent Public Relations and Advertising graduate from Nutley, NJ (Essex County). Melanie joined the Rowan Blog team to wrap up her remaining internship hours, after her internship with Ace Screen Printing in Glassboro was cut short due to COVID-19 affecting business. 

If you are an incoming freshman or transfer student to Rowan University, you might be wondering what there is to do around Glassboro and nearby surrounding areas. Luckily, if you have been asking yourself these questions, you’ve come to the right place.

When I was a freshman, there weren’t as many things to do on campus like there are now. Walking down Rowan Boulevard is a lot more exciting today than it was four years ago. 

Since freshmen can’t have cars, getting places can be tricky; but services like Uber and Lyft always come in handy. Splitting the cost between a few friends to get places ends up being very cheap and worth it.

Without further delay, here are a few fun things to do off campus within a 20-minute radius. 

Exterior photo of Angelo's Diner taken from Main St.

Angelo’s Diner, located on North Main St. right next to campus, is a great breakfast or lunch spot in the area. The food is always really good, and the prices are very cheap. 

Monarch Diner on Delsea Drive opened up last winter. The food is amazing, fairly priced, and it’s even close enough to walk from campus.

Another great find is the Regal United Arts Theater in Washington Township. This spacious movie theater is clean, easy to get to, and has reclining leather seats making the experience that much more enjoyable. There are also many restaurants in the same area as the theater to grab dinner before or after seeing a movie.

The Deptford Mall and Gloucester Premium Outlets are great shopping options close by as well. My friends and I used to go all the time freshman year even just to walk around and window shop.

Maggie Paige Boutique in downtown Pitman.
Located in downtown Pitman and less than 10 minutes away from campus, Maggie Paige Boutique is another shopping destination worth visiting.

Finally, Duffield’s Farm is a fun seasonal place to visit. During the fall months, you can pick pumpkins and get yourself a fresh, warm apple cider donut. It’s a great place to take photos and just enjoy being outdoors for the day.

Discovering new places off campus can be beneficial for getting to know the area as well. Take these suggestions into consideration because even though there are plenty of on-campus things to do and get involved in, exploring off campus is definitely worth your time.  

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Angelo’s Diner photos by:
Anthony Raisley

Maggie Paige Boutique photo by:
Jenna Fischer

Julia’s Corner: How to Connect with your Professors

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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.

College professors. Some are great, some are not so great. Your relationship with professors will likely be different than it was with teachers growing up. Think of it this way, have you ever texted any of your teachers from high school? My guess is probably not. Believe it or not, texting professors, among other things, are pretty normal in a college environment. Some connections you build with your professors might last you a lifetime, and might get you that connection that lands you a job. Here are some ways to connect with the professors that you will have in college. student and professor

Speak up in class: As you likely already know, hiding in the back of the class, not saying a word the entire time, is not going to get you noticed by anybody. Participating in class is the first step to getting noticed by a professor. The good thing about Rowan is that since classes are somewhat small, professors will learn your name quickly. However, you have to speak up, or they will forget all about you. 

Ask for advice: This could be before or after class, or during their office hours (which I highly recommend taking advantage of). If you have questions on the lecture or an assignment, seeing the professor on extra hours is a given. However, you may even have questions about how to fix your resume, or how you should dress for a networking event. These are all things professors want to help you with, and ultimately, this is how you will build that relationship with them. Faculty and student laugh together.

Go to extra events they may have: Whether it be extra study sessions or club meetings they’re in charge of, they are more than likely to have some kind of extra meeting throughout the semester. Going to these events will help you to get to know the professor on a more professional level, rather than just as a student. You may learn about some real-world connections they have that might interest you. Plus, it is something to help build your resume up. Student puts his hand on his professor's shoulder.

College is a time where all kinds of connections and relationships are made. However, having a good relationship with a professor can go a long way. They might be the one to write you that letter of recommendation that lands you your dream job. Getting close with professors is definitely worth it, and Rowan makes it easy with smaller class sizes. Don’t be shy if you have a question about something. Staying after to talk to the professor might just be the start of that professional relationship. 

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Meet #Rowan2024: Shahadah Samuels, Setting a Career Path for Change

Photo of Shahadah, incoming law and justice major

Meet Law and Justice major Shahadah Samuels from Camden, NJ (Camden County). She is excited to get involved on campus during her first semester as a commuter. 

What is something you’re looking forward to at Rowan?
Photo of Shahadah.
I’m looking forward to trying new things and meeting new people. I also cannot wait to get involved in activities and/or sports. 

What is one activity, club, sport or hobby that you did in high school that you’d like to continue with at Rowan?
While attending Rowan, I would love to participate in a step and/or dance team. I didn’t participate in this activity in high school, but I would love to for college. 

How or why did you choose your major?
My major has been determined by my life. I’ve been through things that have a lot to do with justice, and I figured that the only way I can change the ways of things that have happened is to join the criminal justice field and not make the same mistakes that people have made in the past.

How did you get to know the campus? 
Unfortunately, I did not get to tour the school and I have learned everything about the school online because of COVID-19. However, I cannot wait until the pandemic is over so I can finally get a tour and the full experience. 

What music do you like?
My favorite music is Hip-Hop and R&B.

Night owl or morning person?
I am a night owl; however I love to do things in the morning so that way I can get things done and over with.

Why Rowan?
I’ve chosen Rowan because after research, I decided that Rowan is the right school for me and very convenient for me.

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Photos contributed by:
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4 Tips To Adjust to Living with Roommates

Two roommates hanging out in their dorm.

Today’s post is from Bianca Torres, a senior Music Industry major with a minor in Marketing from Morris County, NJ. She lives on-campus in Whitney Center. Bianca writes: “Going to college has helped me get out of my comfort zone and has helped me become a much more well-rounded individual! I know that adjusting to college can be tough — especially if you’re living with other people who you’ve never lived with before.”

A big part of college life is living with roommates. At times, it can be great! Other times, it can be hard, especially when you’re new to college life and living with someone else in the same room! Here are some tips to help you adjust to living with a roommate.

Two roommates create music in their living space

(1) Communication is key.

When it comes to our living habits, everybody’s “comfortable” looks different. When living with someone in close quarters, it’s really important to communicate with each other! Make sure you set some ground rules and figure out compromises. Make sure you’re on the same page as your roommate. If something is bothering you, bring it up in a civil way and try to work it out! Most of the time, roommate issues can be solved by good communication. 

Three roommates hang out and study together

(2) Be considerate of each other’s space/belongings.

It’s important to remember that you’re living with another person. Whether  it’s in the same room or in the same apartment, it’s a good idea to share the space equally! Keep it tidy so you don’t start intruding on their side of the room or the common area. It’s also a good idea to ask your roommate before using something of theirs or when you are thinking of bringing guests over. Don’t assume just because you’re living in the same room or apartment that it’s ok. Always ask!

Three roommates play a game of UNO

(3) Know each other’s schedules.

It’s always good to know each other’s schedules. This is because you don’t want to bother or wake each other up if you have an early class or call them if they’re busy, in class or at a club meeting. Knowing schedules will help in being considerate and respectful of each other.

Two roommates enjoy at-home facials

(4) Get to know your roommate.

Of course, try to talk to your roommate! It’s important not to write someone off right away. Especially if it’s the first time either of you is living with each other. They could be just as nervous as you are! Getting to know your roommate can lead to a better relationship and you might even make a really great friend! 

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Meet #Rowan2024: Growing as a Writer, Padmini Rao

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Meet Writing Arts major Padmini Rao. She is a first-generation college student and is excited to explore new writing opportunities at Rowan. 

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

I’m looking forward to all the new experiences Rowan holds for me. I look forward to creating new bonds, extending my knowledge and growing as a writer. 

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

I was the president of my school’s poetry club, Young Poet’s Society. From the time I was a freshman I’ve seen it grow from a small club to publishing school magazines. I’m excited to see what Rowan University offers and the range it comes with! I’d [also] love to indulge in swimming! 

How or why did you choose your major? 

I had been awfully torn between choosing a major for my passion or career and my passion won! Creative writing is what I’ve grown up with and what has grown with me. I look forward to enhance my skills as a writer. 

How did you get to know campus? 

I have friends that go to Rowan, I’ve visited them and taken a tour individually. I have also toured with a guide so I’m pretty familiar with the campus!

What music do you like?

Hip-hop/R&B soul, but I’ve got a soft spot for pop and rock. In fact I’ve made some songs myself.

Night owl or morning person?

Weirdly both, I honestly prefer naps in the middle of the day. 

Why Rowan?

Its writing program intrigued me, and I wanted to explore more! 

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Julia’s Corner: Finding the Right Major

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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.

College is that pathway to the career of your dreams. For many people the hardest part is figuring out what you want to study and what field you want to work in. There are few students who know what they want to study when they are first-year students, and many who think they know end up changing it later. Don’t stress, there are resources to help you find out what you want to do. education major standing in front of a powerpoint.

Do not worry about it freshman year: You may think it is now or never as an incoming freshman, but you actually have a lot of time to choose. I did not declare a major until the second half of sophomore year and I am scheduled to graduate on time. Plus, I got all of my general education requirements out of the way early on and since I took my time choosing a major, I ended up finding something I really like. Going in as undecided is nothing to be ashamed of. It will give you the chance to get the general requirements over with, as well as figure out what you’re truly passionate about. 

Eliminate what you do not like: General class requirements cover a variety of topics. As a result, you gain a better understanding of what you like and do not like. For example, after taking college level math and science, I knew those subjects were not for me. Therefore, I knew that majors that were heavy in those topics would probably not be a good fit for me. Figuring out what you don’t like is a great step to finding what you want to study. 

Make a list of what you do like: Once you eliminate what you don’t like, science majoryou should make a list of subjects you do like. Try to imagine yourself doing certain things with those subjects. I When I chose to major in advertising, it was because I knew I wanted a career where I could make a good living and be creative all in one. I knew I wanted something business-like too. Being that math is not my strong suit and advertising is instead part of the College of Communication & Creative Arts, I knew it was the right fit for me. Process of elimination really works, but you do not have to rush into it as a freshman. Take your time figuring it out and see everything Rowan has to offer. 

Talk to your advisor for guidance: Advisors are here to help you succeed! Use your resources around you. Academic advisors and professors can tell you about all of the programs Rowan has so you can pick the best major suited for you. Additionally, and I know this sounds cliche, but talk to your parents and peers. My dad advised me to go into advertising from the beginning of my college career. At first, I thought it was a stupid idea, but he ended up being right! 

Choosing what to study in college is a big decision. It will determine your career path for the rest of your life. Just remember that you have time! Only declare a major once you looked into it enough that you know it what you’re most passionate about.

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Julia’s Corner: Time Management: How to Stick to a Schedule in College

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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.

Adjusting to life as a college student is a big change. Unlike high school, you are not in the same building for seven hours of the day with a structured schedule laid out for you. It is much easier to break habits in college since your day is typically not as structured. Here are my tips for sticking to a schedule so you can be successful .

Go to class! It seems obvious, but it is much more tempting in college to skip class every now and then. First of all, your family aren’t here to wake you up and make you go, it’s all on you. It is going to be hard get up for that 8 a.m. you thought wouldn’t be so bad. Even later classes can be tempting to skip. However, it is  so important to go. You do not want to miss students working outside the students center.class material and miss out on networking opportunities. Professors have attendance policies, so it is best to save yourself the easy points there. I try to keep in mind that skipping a class is wasting my own tuition money. It is a good technique to get me to go when I really am not in the mood, so I highly recommend it. 

Do things at the same time daily: You won’t have classes at the same time every day, but classes usually match every other day. For example, if you have class at 8 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday, you can use that to work around whatever else you have to do during the day. Have a times when you eat, exercise, do homework, and relax on those days, and A close up of one students calendar.do them at the same time every day. This practices good time management, and will get you into good habits for the rest of college. 

Have a planner! This is huge! Writing everything down in my planner is how I got through college. If you don’t like hard copies, set reminders in your phone. I always set mine up for the week so I have a plan of which assignments and what else I have going on each day. I also write what is due on certain dates as soon as I find out, that way, I won’t forget about it later.

Four years into college and I’m good at managing and prioritizing my time. I saw many of my peers struggle with time management and they were always going crazy trying to finish assignments at the last minute, pulling all-nighters on the regular. Take care of yourself, prioritize your time and too, will be successful. 

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#MeetRowan2024: Sports Communication and Media Major Danny Collins

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Meet #Rowan2024, Danny Collins! Danny is an incoming Sports Communications and Media major. He can’t wait to start his journey at Rowan. He tells us more about himself and why he chose Rowan.

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

I am looking forward to meeting new friends, working hard in my classes and living on campus.

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 working with the television crew and being a cameraman for sporting events.

Danny in front of the Rowan Prof statue on campus.

How or why did you choose your major?​

I chose Sports Communication and Media because I am a huge sports fan and I like doing camera work. I aspire to be an NFL cameraman one day.

How did you get to know campus?

I got to know campus by attending several open houses, some sporting events, and accepted students’ events.

What music do you like?

l like Elton John, Elvis, Billy Joel, 80s, and Hip Hop.

Night owl or morning person?

I am a morning person. I am looking forward to early morning campus walks to start off my day.

Why Rowan?

I chose Rowan because they have an excellent sports communication program and fantastic support with a tutoring center, writing center and support groups. It has the components for me to become a successful college student.

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Julia’s Corner: Taking Advantage of On-Campus Resources

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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.

New beginnings – you are starting at Rowan University. This is one of the biggest changes you will have in your life, either as a new freshman or a transfer student. You may think you are ready to be free and get away from home, and maybe you are. However, even if you are ready, you will probably still struggle with adjusting to your new life at Rowan. No matter what that struggle may be, Rowan wants you to succeed and be happy. That being said, there are several resources on campus to help with whatever you may be struggling.

Tutors: You may have been in the top ranks of your class in high school, but college is a whole different ball game. School might become more challenging for you. There is nothing wrong with that. Rowan offers free tutoring services to help you get out of that slump and be the best you can be. To sign up for a tutor, you can go to the Rowan website under Student Success Programs. You will matched with a tutor to help you in whatever class you need. 

freshmen on Bunce greenFinancial Aid: You may be paying for college on your own. Even if you aren’t you still may need some help. Have no fear, financial aid is here! They want to help make paying for college as stress-free as possible. Visit them in Savitz Hall so they can help set up a payment plan for you. 

The SHOP: Located in the Rowan Boulevard apartments near the Rowan Boulevard end of campus, The SHOP is a small food pantry that people make donations to. The donations consist of food and other necessities for students in need to take. It helps students with financial struggles to get things they need without them having to worry about paying for it. You just have to show your student ID to get inside. 

The Wellness Center: Whether you are physically ill or are having some mental health struggles, the Wellness Center is here to help you. I have gone for both of these, and they were super helpful. It is a great resource and being seen by someone is free, so I highly recommend it. Plus, everything you tell your counselor is confidential, so you won’t have to worry about being exposed. There are plenty of nurses and mental health counselors available that want to help you get better. You can make an appointment online or call them. 

Friends sit and chat in the cold, bundled up with jackets holding coffee. All in all, there are tons of resources on campus to help students live a healthy life. Take advantage of them. You’ll be glad you did in the long run. Just remember that there is nothing to be embarrassed about! It may be hard to take the step to get help, but you should be proud. Most likely, you are not the only one who needs it, and you will be a role model for those who are nervous about it. Everyone at Rowan wants you to be happy, and getting help from these resources will help with that. 

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Meet #Rowan2024: Domenic Martino

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Today we feature Domenic Martino from Runnemede, NJ (Camden County). Domenic is currently undecided on his major. He is the first in his family to attend college. 

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

I’m really looking forward to not having to live at home.  

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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 used to do all the plays and musicals and I would like to continue doing that at Rowan.

How did you get to know campus?

I was able to take a tour of the campus before COVID-19.

What music do you like?

I’ll listen to anything really, but if I had to choose a favorite genre, it would be pop punk.

Photo of Domenic at prom in high school.

Night owl or morning person?

I’m so much of a night-owl that I could probably be considered a morning person too.

Why Rowan?​

I chose Rowan honestly because I got a scholarship for going there. 

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How I Made Friends At Rowan, Bianca’s Experience

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Hi! My name is Bianca Torres. I’m a senior Music Industry major with a minor in Marketing from Morris County, NJ who has lived on campus all four years. Going to college has helped me get out of my comfort zone and has helped me become a much more well-rounded individual! I know that adjusting to college can be tough – especially when it comes to meeting new people. 

Going to Rowan was an easy decision for me. My sister had gone here before me so I already knew a lot about the school. It’s about two hours away from where I live so it was the perfect distance for me, and Rowan has a really great Music Industry program. So I was pretty confident in my decision to go there.

The one thing that I was a little nervous about: meeting new people. I was excited about being independent and on my own for the first time in college. However, it was hard for me at first to find people who I really enjoyed being with. I quickly realized that I was going to have to put myself out there more. Here’s what I did to make some new friends.

Reached Out to People I Already Knew.

My first friend in college is actually someone I went to high school with! Although we never talked in high school, I figured it would be a good start to talk to someone I related with at least a little bit! I came up to him one day in the Holly Pointe dining hall and we started eating together almost every day! We instantly became friends. Then he introduced me to Racquetball Club.

Joined Clubs and Sports Teams.

Through Racquetball Club, I’ve found a sport that I’ve never tried but ended up really liking and found some of my best friends! Being a part of a team is a great way to meet people with the same interests and makes you feel like you are a part of something. Without Racquetball, I would have never found my friends.

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Talked to My Classmates.

One of my best friends is someone who was sitting right next to me in class. The first day of classes is nerve wracking enough for a lot of us and finding the right seat is crucial. When I first walked in, I found a seat that I thought would be a good spot in the classroom. I never thought I would have ended up sitting next to my now best friend and roommate! We started doing class projects together, and I realized that we liked the same things and had the same sense of humor. Finally, I decided to ask if she wanted to get lunch with me one day. The rest is history. 

Got To Know My Co-Workers.

I made some great friends through my on-campus job for the Rowan Blog! The great thing about on-campus jobs is that your co-workers are also usually students too. From going on shoots together, talking in the office, and getting lunch in between, it’s almost hard to not know a lot about the people I work with! I’m so grateful for the Rowan Blog and for all the great friends that I’ve made from the blog too. 

There are so many ways to get involved on campus and to put yourself out there. It’s difficult adjusting to an entirely new environment and situation but one of the best things about going to a university is meeting all kinds of different and exciting people! Luckily, I found my people at Rowan!

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Meet #Rowan2024: Radio/TV/Film Major Allison Bruce

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Meet future freshman Radio/ TV/Film major Allison Bruce. Allison is excited to become a Rowan student and hopes to get involved in a music program. 

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

I am looking forward to meeting new people and all of my professors. 

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 find a way to continue being a part of the music program. I was in percussion ensemble in high school and I would love to continue that! 

How or why did you choose your major?

I was honestly not sure what I was going to major in until last summer when my sister got me an internship with her friend at Bridgeport Speedway. I was assisting him in filming the races there, and it was so much fun so I decided to be a Radio/TV/Film major! 

Photo of Allison sitting in a velvet chairHow did you get to know campus?

I attended an open house to get to know campus, I have friends that have taken me to a few places around campus. I am excited to keep learning about Rowan. 

What music do you like?

I really like music and I listen to just about everything. The only genre that I don’t like as much would be heavy metal. 

Night owl or morning person?

I am such a night owl. I stay up way too late way too often!

Why Rowan? 

I chose Rowan because I have a few friends here already, but the program and atmosphere seemed really helpful and accommodating. I can’t wait to start this fall! 

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Julia’s Corner: My Favorite Microwavable Foods

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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.

Rowan offers plenty of dining options for first-year students and beyond. Between all of the stations at the Holly Pointe Cafe, the eight or so restaurants in the Marketplace, and everywhere you can use your Rowan Bucks and Dining Dollars at, the options seem endless.

Soon, however, you will become tired of eating the same five things in the cafe, and you probably used all of your Rowan Bucks three weeks in. With all of the studying and activities you’re involved in, eating may even seem impossible. As a freshman, you unfortunately do not have your own kitchen, but as a new transfer you might. In either case, you have this magical device called a microwave that you can cook plenty of substantial foods in (I know, I couldn’t believe it either).

Here are some of my favorite foods that I made in my microwave freshman year.A double room set up in Willow Hall at Rowan University.

Kraft Easy Mac n Cheese: If you don’t make this in your microwave during college, did you even go? Kraft Mac n Cheese cups are the best microwavable dish. The best part about them is that they’re so easy to make, a toddler can do it. The directions are right on the cup and your food is ready in minutes! They are also inexpensive, come in bulk, and are easy to store in your room. (Editor note: remember to put water in your Easy Mac – not doing so is one of the leading causes of fire alarms in the dorms. Yes, really.)

Chicken Nuggets: Since you have the mini fridge right under your microwave, you can absolutely keep some chicken nuggets in there. They are quick, easy, and a classic that never gets old. Just make sure to read how long to cook them for so you don’t undercook them. 

Pizza rolls/Bagel Bites: Another classic, childhood favorite item. They can easily be stored in the mini fridge and are ready to eat in minutes. Pizza rolls and Bagel Bites make the perfect snack or light lunch when you need something fast. 

Duncan Hines Cake in a Mug: Perfect for when you need a little comfort food. It is like baking a fresh cake at home, but you have the convenience of making it in your microwave (just don’t forget to pack a mug!) They come in so many different flavors, it makes it almost impossible to choose! My favorite is the banana bread, just to make it a little easier for you. Duncan Hines Cake in a Mug

In all honesty, I highly suggest utilizing the cuisine Rowan provides for you most of the time. There are times though, where you are busy studying or need to rush around from work to class, and that just isn’t possible. These microwavable foods are great options and are super easy to make. Enjoy them!

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Julia’s Corner: My Favorite Healthy Snacks for Busy Students

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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.

College is an extremely busy time for all of us. Whether you are rushing from class to a job or up all night studying, you barely have time to breathe, let alone thinking about what to eat. Having a few quick, healthy snacks in your room and your backpack, is the best way to get you fueled up and going strong. Here are some of my favorite snacks to keep around that will keep your mind and your body healthy, and keep you energized throughout the day.

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Veggies and dip: You will probably have a mini-fridge in your room at Rowan, so keeping these is definitely possible. Carrot sticks with a low fat dip are the perfect homework snack when you’re sitting at your desk. 

Apples: You can even buy them in slices, but they’re a little bit pricier. You can never go wrong with an apple a day! They also pair nicely with some peanut butter, if you want to add something a little more filling.

String Cheese: Snack on these in your room or on your way out the door to class. They are a great source of protein and will hold you over for a whole class.

Protein bars: A classic snack and super easy to store and carry around. Protein bars are a substantial snack to keep in your backpack for anytime you might need it. Just make sure you read the labels in the store to see the actual number of grams of protein. Find the best fit one for you. 

Trail mix: My personal favorite snack ever! Keep a big container of trail mix with zip lock bags in your room and make a bag for on the go.Grab and go food store on campus

Don’t stress about food in college. Make time to eat and stay healthy to avoid the freshman fifteen. Hopefully, these energizing, filling, and best of all, guilt-free snacks will treat you well throughout your college career! 

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Meet #Rowan2024: Musical Theatre Major Lexie Miller

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Meet Musical Theatre major Lexie Miller from Hampton, NJ (Hunterdon County). Lexie is looking forward to meeting new people and living on campus this fall!

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

I’m looking forward to living on campus and getting to meet new people! There are so many exciting things to do on campus, I can’t wait to start in the fall!

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

I would like to play in a club women’s soccer team. I’ve played soccer since I was seven up until my sophomore year of high school and I’d like to pick it back up for fun!

How or why did you choose your major?

I chose my major, Musical Theatre, because I can’t imagine myself doing anything else. I love performing and telling stories, which is why I also want to minor in Creative Writing. When I researched Rowan’s theatre program and auditioned in January, it automatically felt like home and the place I’d want to spend the next four years.

How did you get to know campus?

When I came to campus in January to audition for the Theatre program, it was the first time I saw anything about the campus. I was taken by surprise how much like home the campus felt just by riding through in my car. After I got accepted to the school and program, I took a tour and fell even more in love with the school and all it has to offer!

What music do you like?

I have a wide range of music I like, from Queen to Billie Eilish to Bruno Mars. I’m pretty much down to listen to any music!

Night owl or morning person?

I’m definitely a night owl, I can stay up late and feel fine, but if I have to wake up early It’s a struggle!

Why Rowan?

Rowan is and was my first choice because as soon as I stepped foot on campus I got a feeling that this was the place I wanted to be. It’s so welcoming and has so much to offer from the amazing programs to the fun atmosphere of Rowan Boulevard. I can’t wait for my freshman year to start and to begin my journey as a Rowan student!

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Meet #Rowan2024: Graphic Design Major Emma Stanley

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Meet incoming freshman Emma Stanley! Emma is a Graphic Design major from Woolwich, NJ (Gloucester County) and is going to be an on-campus resident. Today, she tells us a little bit about herself and why she chose Rowan University.

Emma poses outside her home wearing a #RowanPROUD t-shirt and holding her acceptance letter.

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

I’m looking forward to joining clubs, meeting new people and getting to enjoy the college life!

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

I will definitely be continuing to draw, but I hope to get into new clubs such as the D&D club! Other hobbies I also love is to play games like Minecraft or JackBox. I hope to join any game nights.

How or why did you choose your major?Emma sketching with colored pencils.

I chose to major in Graphic Design because I have always been passionate about creating; I have already done jobs in graphic design and know that it is the career for me!

How did you get to know campus?

I have gone on a few Rowan University tours in the past year and have attended the Accepted Students Day.

What music do you like?

I love music of most kinds! I listen to artists varying from Foo Fighters and Green Day to Twenty One Pilots, AJR or Taylor Swift.

Night owl or morning person?

I am more of a night owl.

Why Rowan?

Rowan had amazing opportunities for my career, had a strong sense of community, and lots of club options and ways to get involved!

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Julia’s Corner: Handling the Emotions on Move-in Day

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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.

The day you’ve been waiting for since you committed to Rowan is almost here: move-in day! In short, this day is filled with a mix of emotions.

You’re excited to start college to move away for the first time. You might also be overwhelmed because of all of the stuff you have to move and the hustle and bustle happening around you. Of course, you also might be a little sad to be leaving your family, even if you don’t want to admit it.

You cannot necessarily prevent these emotions, but here are some ways to prevent stress and anxiety on move-in day.


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Take your time setting up your room: You do not have to organize every single thing before your family leaves you. Have them help you bring stuff up and set up the things that you definitely will need help with. You can do the rest on your own. You are moving in a few days early, so you will still have time to adjust your room to the way you like it before classes start.

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Everyone else is in the same boat as you: This goes for your roommate, their family, everyone on your floor, the building, and every freshmen on campus. This is a brand-new experience for everyone! You are all probably overwhelmed with setting up your space. You will all miss your families and they will all miss you. 

Breathe! This is an exciting an overwhelming time for you. You might be emotionally overwhelmed, and that is okay! You will be okay! Don’t forget to pause, take a breath and remember that everything is going to be okay. 

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Like I said, move-in day is a crazy time for everyone involved. There are so many mixed feelings about leaving home for the first time. Your journey as a Prof is about to begin! It’s a lot to take in, but keeping these things in mind will help you get through move-in day. 

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Julia’s Corner: What to Pack and What to Leave Home

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Move-in day is approaching quickly, and you are home making your pack list. Packing for college is an exciting time! You’re probably thinking about how you are going to decorate your room, and what color schemes you’ll want to use. It is likely though, however, that you will pack way more than you need. Remember, your living space is smaller and you may be sharing space. Here are some things that are absolutely worth packing, and some things you can probably do without. 

What to pack

Your favorite plate/bowl:  For when you want to use the microwave, these are really all you’ll need. You do not have a kitchen though, so don’t bring more than one or two.

One set of silverware: To go with the bowl and plate.

Mug: For coffee or that late night hot chocolate.

Dish soap and sponge: To clean all your things!

First aid kit: Anything can happen in college, you never know when you might need a Band Aid.

Extra set of sheets: News flash, you have to clean those. Do yourself a favor and bring an extra set so you can swap them out.

Small tool kit: Just in case something breaks or a screw needs to be tightened. 

Desk Lamp: Not all dorm rooms have overhead lighting. While window light is great, you’ll definitely need one of these. 

Command strips: To hang decor, as well as to use as hangers for clothes, towels, etc. 

Bike: Use a bike, skateboard, or roller blades to get in some outdoor time. They make it super easy to get to class easy too. 

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Most of your t-shirts: You’ll get free ones at campus events. Plus, you’ll find yourself wearing the same ones over and over again.

Curtains, tapestries and candles: These go against the Rowan fire code. Resident assistants will make you take them down, so leave them home.

Winter clothes: You won’t need those for a few more months. Bring your favorite jacket and a couple extra layers. If you’re close to home, you can always run back and swap winter/summer clothes.

Kitchen appliances (like a blender): Your living space is too small for these types of things. If you want a smoothie, there are places on campus you can go and use your meal plan at. Save the kitchen stuff for next year when you have a kitchen.

Excessive decorations: They’re a pain to put up and take down. You aren’t living their forever. Just pick two or three of your favorite. 

All in all, make the most of your space your first year of college. There really is no room for clutter, especially when sharing a room. Pack was it absolutely necessary, and you won’t have anything to worry about.

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Julia’s Corner: How to do Laundry

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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.

It’s no secret that you become responsible for a lot of things when you move away to college. You’re living on your own. Mom and Dad aren’t there to help you with every little thing. One thing that many college freshmen have to learn to do when they move away is, you guessed it, laundry. It sounds scary and easy to mess up, but it is actually a very simple process. Here are some easy steps to successfully do your laundry. Laundry Room- Rowan Housing

Separate your clothes: By this, I mean by whites, colors, and delicates. You do not want your white clothes being stained by that one neon pink shirt you have, and you do not want your silk blouse to be ruined because it wasn’t on the delicate cycle. Separating your clothes makes a stress-free laundry process, and the machine settings are very simple to use, making the process even easier. 

Use one or two pods per load: I highly recommend starting with laundry pods over liquid detergent. All you do is throw it in with your clothes and it does all the work. You don’t need more than one or two, depending on the load size, so they last a few months. I switched to liquid detergent once I got the hang of it since it is usually cheaper. You can do the same, but for the first few times, the pods are perfect. 

One or two dryer sheets per load: This is similar to the pods. You do not need more than one or two dryer sheets, but be sure to use them. If you don’t throw one in, your clothes will not feel the same when you take them out of the dryer, and will be very uncomfortable to wear. Rowan mascot sitting in a Rowan laundry room.

Set a timer for when your laundry will be done: I beg you, please DO NOT be that person the forgets (or is too lazy), that their laundry is in the machine. There have been times where I couldn’t use a machine for hours or had to go to another floor because people left their laundry sitting in there. Set a timer so you do not forget about it, and try not to leave the building until your laundry is finished. 

Doing your own laundry might sound scary at first if you’ve never done it before. I remember being so scared of destroying all of my clothes, but don’t be scared. It really is not a hard process at all. It’ll be like clockwork once you get used to it. Just follow these steps and you’ll be a pro in no time. 

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Meet #Rowan2024: From First Open House, Rowan Felt Like Home For Music Education Major Morgan Blake

Meet Music Education major Morgan Blake from Riverside, NJ (Burlington County). Morgan is excited for new experiences and to be living on campus this coming fall.

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

I’m looking forward to meeting new friends and trying out new clubs! I would love to step away from my comfort zone and join something I never would have thought of!

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

I’ve participated in Drama Club all four years of high school, and I’m looking forward to auditioning for Rowan’s plays and musicals!

How did you choose your major? 

Freshman year I found my passion for music and performing. I wish I had realized this when I was younger, so naturally I decided to become a music education major.

My goal is to have the impact on upcoming generations to be true to who they are and what they love.

How did you get to know campus? 

I visited a Rowan open house my junior year.

What music do you like?

I’m a huge Grateful Dead fan! I also love Broadway soundtracks and even have a taste in classical music. 

Night owl or morning person?

I am definitely a morning person. I hate waking up late, so I usually go to bed quite early. 

Why Rowan? 

After my first open house, I realized Rowan’s community made me feel like I’m at home!

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Meet #Rowan2024: Accounting Major Lily Fuchs

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Meet incoming freshman Accounting major Lily Fuchs. Lily will commute to Rowan from Mullica Hill, NJ (Gloucester County). Today, she tells us a little more about herself and why she chose Rowan University.

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

When I get to campus, I am looking forward to making new friends and building connections within the Rowan community, as well as getting involved in clubs and activities!

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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? (Or, something new you’d like to try?)

In high school, I was part of my school’s tennis team, and I would really like to continue playing tennis when I come to Rowan!

How or why did you choose your major?​

I chose accounting as my major because I have always loved working with numbers and I feel like it would be a good fit for my personality as someone who is very organized and detail-oriented.

How did you get to know campus?

I live close to campus, so I have already been somewhat familiar with it, but to get to know it better, I attended a tour, an admitted students’ day and virtual sessions.

What kind of music do you like?

I listen to all different types of music, but mostly pop.

Night owl or morning person?

I am definitely more of a morning person, as I am excited to start each day!

Why Rowan?

I chose Rowan because I have seen it change over the years and I am very impressed with how it has grown. It’s in the perfect location and is the right size for me. I cannot wait to start in the fall!

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Julia’s Corner: Getting Along with a Roommate

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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.

Ahhh, roommates. In the wise words of Forest Gump, they’re like a box of chocolates: you never know what you’re going to get. They are probably the first person you will ever live with that isn’t a family member. Not to mention the fact that a lot of you have probably never shared a room before, and your freshman year living space is rather tight. Here are some tips on living with a roommate and how to handle certain situations.

Do not stress too much about choosing your first-year roommate. college dorm room Chances are, you will be placed in a Facebook group created by Rowan so you can meet your fellow future Profs. A lot of the time, people use this opportunity to choose a roommate. I did this, and my roommate and I were great friends. However, a lot of other students go into this thinking their roommate will be their best friend since they chose each other, and it ends up being the complete opposite. You can end up spending too much time together and not branching out, among other things, which will ultimately cause you to get annoyed with each other. At the end of the day, whether you choose them or not, they’re still a stranger and you won’t know what they’re really like until you live with them. Going in random may sound skeptical, but that’s how it was always done before technology! I’ve heard some great stories about random roommates, so I would keep that option in mind. Student studying at a desk under a top bunk bed.

Respect each ether’s space: Okay, this sounds a little challenging because you do not have much space to begin with. It’s easy to feel claustrophobic and get in each other’s way every so often. However, once you move all of your stuff in, divide the room evenly so that you each have your own areas for homework, sleeping, etc. One person leaving their stuff on the other person’s side of the room can get frustrating after a while, so stick to your side. 

freshmen dorm roomBorrowing items is okay, but always ask! There may be times that you and your roommate need to borrow things from each other. You might need to borrow a calculator for a test because yours broke, or your roommate might have run out of water bottles and needs to take one of yours to work. Even borrowing outfits for an interview or a party from each other is a common thing. Think about this though: if you were all of a sudden missing a calculator, or came home and saw your roommate in your shirt without any warning, how would you feel? Probably pretty frustrated. To avoid an argument, always ask permission to borrow items. Your future roommate will likely say yes 99% of the time. 

Respect each other’s sleep and study schedules! This is probably the one that causes the most conflict between roommates. Picture this: It is after midnight, you have an eight A.M. class in the morning, and your roommate comes in with people. It could be just one friend, but it could also be multiple. Either way, it is disrespectful to you and your schedule. To avoid situations like this, go over each other’s schedules before the semester begins. That way, your roommate can hang out in one of their friends’ rooms or the student center (it’s open till one A.M!) on those nights. This also goes for when you have to study for a big exam or have a project to finish and need your space. Ask them to hang out somewhere else, or go to the library, which is also open pretty late with tons of study space. 

A Rowan dorm room, focused on the "Home" wall hanging with the O as a Rowan owl.Overall, living in a dorm with a complete stranger is an adjustment. If you’ve never shared a room before, this is the first time you do not truly have your own space. Your first year roommate doesn’t have to be your best friend at Rowan, but following these suggestions will at least help you to get along in your living space. If you have issues that won’t get better, or your roommate is doing things in your room that make you feel unsafe or uncomfortable, don’t be afraid to talk to your resident assistant. They are there to help you work things out. Right now, try not to worry so much about it. Go into your new living space with an open mind and positive attitude. With that mindset, you and your new roommate will be off to a great start. 

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Rising Sophomore Advice: Law and Justice Major Dynasty Suarez

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Meet rising sophomore, Dynasty Suarez. Dynasty is a Law and Justice major with a minor in Psychology from Woodbridge, NJ (Middlesex County). She is planning on living on campus this upcoming year and is proudly a part of the Rowan Dance team, where she met some of her best friends. Here, she shares advice on how to adjust to living with new roommates and how to make friends on campus.

Any advice on living with a new roommate?

I was so fortunate to have an amazing roommate, we instantly became best friends and never had any issues regarding anything. We did everything together, and still do, even though we aren’t on campus as of right now. One major thing is communication between the both of you and things will go smoothly. I can’t wait for the next three years to live with my roomie!

How did you go about making new friends at Rowan?

By joining the Dance Team, I met my first set of lifetime friends that I can share on and off the dance floor. I also started engaging in conversations with people in class and furthering that to meeting up and then meeting their friends. It starts great friendships! 

Being active on campus and going to different events that Rowan has to offer is also a great start. Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. Find a group of people that make you feel like yourself. You may not meet them on the first day, but explore different people because eventually you will find the best group of people. I sure did!

Any advice for incoming freshman or transfer students?

Last thing I can say to incoming freshman is to not take the time you have at Rowan for granted. As you know, our [2019-2020 academic] year got cut short because of COVID-19, and we didn’t get to experience a full spring semester. All I could think about was how much I missed the environment at Rowan and all the amazing people I’ve met there. I can’t wait to return back to campus for another year.

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Julia’s Corner: The Benefits of Working On Campus

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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.

Let’s be real, college is expensive. Whether you are paying your own tuition or just have other expenses, you will likely run out of money at some point during the year. You might’ve tried to find a job, but the hours were too much to handle and you fell behind in school. It may sound like there is no solution to this problem, but there most certainly is one.

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When I first transferred to Rowan as a second semester sophomore, I was broke because I didn’t have a job at my other school. However, since I am a certified lifeguard and swim instructor, I decided to apply to the Recreation Center, one of the largest on-campus employers of student workers. I was hired right away and was getting money in every other week. Having an on-campus job saved me, and it can do the same for you. Here are some benefits of working on campus. 

Convenience: No car, no problem! Having an on-campus job means you can walk to work in minutes. If you’re scheduled for an early opening shift, you can wake up 20 minutes before your shift starts and still be on time. If you have class right after work, you can make it on time without having to worry about traffic. Plus, your money doesn’t have to go toward gas since you aren’t driving anywhere. 

Flexibility: When you work on campus, your supervisor understands that you and all of your coworkers are students. At the beginning of each semester, my supervisor had us all send us our class schedules to her so we wouldn’t have work during class. All departments in the recreation center, as well as all other on campus jobs, have this same policy. Therefore, you won’t have to worry about having to prioritize work over school.Alejandra works in Enterprise Center on a desktop computer.

Short shifts and hours: Rowan has a policy that students who work on campus can not work more than 20 hours per week during the school year. Most shifts only last around two to four hours also, so your job wouldn’t take up too much of your time. You would still have plenty of time to focus on school, enjoy your college experience, and still make a decent amount of cash without having to work around the clock. 

More friends! I have made some great friendships working in aquatics at the recreation center. I know people who work in other departments, at the student center, in admissions, etc, who have developed tons of great relationships as well. It is a great way to get out of your room and talk to people. Additionally, you can make professional connections with supervisors and get letters of recommendation for the future. student center employees

Money is a stressful subject, but working on campus makes dealing with it a little bit easier. You are set up with a walking commute and flexible schedule with light hours and still making enough money to get by. What more can you ask for? If interested, you can apply even before moving in!

Check out Prof Jobs for some on-campus employment opportunities. 

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Julia’s Corner: Advice for Freshmen Moving Away From Home for the First Time

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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.

You did it! You graduated. Take a second to appreciate this moment.  In a short time, you will leave your home to attend Rowan University. It is an exciting time, and you probably can’t wait to get away and live on your own. Whether you live 15 minutes up the road or three hours away in North Jersey, moving away for the first time can be exciting and nerve-wracking. Here are my tips for adjusting to this new experience: Three students standing in the hallway of Holly Pointe Commons.

You are moving from a house with the people who raised you, to a small college dorm with a new person(s). You may not have had to worry about space before, but for on-campus living–pack only the essentials. There isn’t much room, and you don’t want to take up too much room for your stuff. Sharing space and being mindful of items can help prevent disagreements with the people you’ll be living with for the next nine months. Personal space is also very important. Make sure to discuss space with your roommates and consider scheduling time out of the room. To avoid this, I would usually do my homework in our on-campus library or Barnes & Noble. I also like to take walks and go to the gym on campus for outdoor time and mental breaks. It might seem strange for you at first, but it’ll become normal in no time. 

Homesickness is a thing. Right now, you are probably more than An outside shot of Magnolia Hall.ready to move away from home. The freedom is great, I won’t deny that, but you will definitely miss your family more than you think you will. Do not be embarrassed by this, it happens to everyone. It is okay to go home for a weekend or schedule video chats to spend time with them. After all, closeness to home is probably one of the reasons why you chose an in-state school. If you happen to be out-of-state, however, FaceTime and other video chat options are super helpful. Plus, the Philadelphia airport is only about a half hour away, making it convenient to go home for the holidays. Weekends at Rowan are great, especially once you get involved and get to know people, but there is nothing as refreshing as a weekend home with the people you’ve known your whole life.  

Laundry! Once you’re away from your parents, there are some things you will have to do yourself that you may have relied on them for in the past. One of those things is laundry. It piles up fast, and if you don’t learn how to do it, you will run out of clothes fast! I suggest learning to do laundry before moving in. Chances are, the machines at school are much simpler to use than the ones you have at home, so it’ll be a piece of cake once you get there. The best part is, the Rowan machines take debit cards now, so you don’t have to worry about having quarters like I did as a freshman. 

Take advantage of on-campus resources. This is a very new experience for you. It’s absolutely okay if you need some guidance along the way. Do not be afraid to ask for help. If you get involved in an activity or club, which I suggest, ask an upperclassmen for help or advice. They are usually more than happy to help! If you want mental health support, our wellness center has counselors who are available to help. It might be a little uncomfortable to ask for help at first, but college is all about coming out of your comfort zone. Don’t be shy! They’re happy to help you!

Moving away from home for the first time is a big step in life. It’s a scary and exciting experience all at the same time. In no time, you’ll be proud to call Rowan home. 

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Meet #Rowan2024: Mechanical Engineering Major, Car Enthusiast AJ Marchev

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Today we feature incoming freshman and Mechanical Engineering major AJ Marchev from East Brunswick, NJ (Middlesex County).

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

One of the biggest things I’m looking forward to is meeting new people and spending time on campus. I visited a couple times, and I have a feeling the next four years are going to be pretty good. 

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

I’m excited to try the SAE [International, formerly the Society of Automotive Engineers], especially the Baja racing. 

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How or why did you choose your major?

I chose my major because I have always loved cars and I hope to play some part in the future of the car industry. 

How did you get to know the campus?

I went to an open house last summer. 

What music do you like?

I love rap music, especially Eminem, Travis Scott and J. Cole.

Why Rowan?

I chose Rowan because when I visited the campus, everyone seemed so much happier than everywhere else I went to. It seemed like a place where I could accomplish my goals while also making friends and having a good time. 

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Meet #Rowan2024: Mechanical Engineering Major Kenny Lieur

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Today we feature incoming freshman and mechanical engineering major Kenny Lieur. He is a first-generation college student from Pennsauken, NJ, (Camden County) and will be commuting to campus in the fall. 

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

I am very excited about meeting new people with diverse skills and interesting backstories.

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 on a FIRST robotics team in which we built robots to compete in competitions. I would like to continue something like this by joining the AIAA or even the Society of Automotive Engineers.

How or why did you choose your major?

I chose Mechanical Engineering as my major because I love designing and building things that serve purposes that benefit society in profound ways.

How did you get to know the campus? 

I took a tour of the entire campus in the spring of 2019 with my classmates who also wanted to see what Rowan was like.

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What music do you like?

I really like R&B and pop music.

Night owl or morning person?

I am more of a night owl since all the best ideas come to me at 3 a.m.

Why Rowan?

Rowan is the most affordable university near where I live. Not only that, but all of my duel enrollment credits would be accepted by Rowan, which would give me a leg up once I attend. Additionally, I heard that Rowan is a great school for engineering that is ABET-accredited.

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#MeetRowan2024: Multi-talented Marketing Major Megan Steckler

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Today we feature future freshman and Marketing major Megan Steckler from Mullica Hill, NJ (Gloucester County). Megan is excited to be commuting to Rowan in the fall. 

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

Although this may sound cliche, I am looking forward to taking classes, meeting new people and experiencing the college life.

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 field hockey, lacrosse, and I swam. Hopefully, I will continue to play lacrosse. I also want to continue participating in Key Club, or another volunteer-oriented club, and Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) at Rowan.

How or why did you choose your major?​

In high school, I was part of a specialized program called the Business Leadership Academy (BLA). It is a business-oriented curriculum that I found challenging and a lot of fun!

I like business because it is such a versatile subject. One of my favorite classes in the BLA at Kingsway High School was my marketing class. I love the creative side of business, and I want to continue to explore that part specifically in college.

How did you get to know campus?

I live close to Rowan, I attended Rowan’s Think Like an Entrepreneur camp last summer, and my older sister attends Rowan now. So, even though I have never received an “official” tour, I am already very familiar with the campus.

What music do you like?

I love pop, rock and alternative music. 

Night owl or morning person?

I am definitely a night owl!

Why Rowan?​​

Rowan is a really good school, it is close to home, and I was fortunate to receive a Merit Scholarship. Also, the school is still growing, the campus is expanding, and I can’t wait to get started! I am excited about all of the opportunities at Rowan! Go Profs!

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Julia’s Corner: It is Okay to Not Know Your Major

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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.

As a kid, we all have a point where we think we know what we want to be when we grow up. Then, a few weeks, or maybe days, later, we change our minds. This pattern often continues all the way through high school. Then you graduate high school, and the pressure’s on. There’s so much outside pressure to grow up and ‘figure out what you want to be,’ but college is the time to explore your options and learn what is a good fit for you.

Kayla commentates on a Rowan Athletics game.Many freshmen come in panicked if they don’t know what they do yet. You might think that if you do not have a major, you are doomed for all eternity. Quite frankly, I’ve learned that it is just the opposite. Not deciding on a major in the beginning can actually be a really positive thing for your academic career. Going in as an undecided major, called exploratory studies at Rowan, forces you to get your general education requirements out of the way first. You’ll likely have them all complete by the end of your second year, and by then, you’ll probably know what major you want. Then, you can finally start taking classes that you know you will enjoy, and not be stuck finishing a gen-ed class as a senior. This is what I did and I became an advertising major, and haven’t taken a gen-ed since sophomore year. I am very happy with the major that I chose, and glad I don’t have to worry about gen-eds anymore. 

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Rowan’s exploratory studies major connects you with campus resources and advisors who can help guide you toward a major that’s right for you. Many people have a general idea of what fields they are drawn to, but they want a closer look before committing to a major. Exploratory studies workshops provide an insider’s look at each specific College within the University.

Choosing a major is a big decision and should not be taken lightly. Going into your first year as undecided is nothing to be embarrassed about. It is a much smarter decision than scrambling to choose a major that you’ll end up not enjoying. Don’t panic about it, because eventually, things will click and you will find your passion. 

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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!
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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 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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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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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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Story by:
Rachel Rumsby, rising sophomore communication studies and public relations double major

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.

Selfie of Maiyah wearing a red and black-checked shirt

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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Melanie Sbaraglio, public relations and advertising graduate

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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. 

Portrait of Hunter in rubber duck patterned shirt and shorts at home

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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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

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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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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?  

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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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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.

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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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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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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. 

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Meet #Rowan2024: Biological Sciences Major Joins Rowan from Nigeria

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Today we feature TitobiOluwa “Tito” Alademehin, an incoming Biological Sciences major from Nigeria, Africa who will start at Rowan this fall.

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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? 

While in high school, I participated in student leadership. As much as I would love to explore other clubs, I would really like to participate in student leadership clubs at Rowan.

How or why did you choose your major?

Growing up, I have always had a burning passion for health and physical wellbeing of everyone around me. In my quest to feed my curiosity I discovered that biological sciences would be a perfect foundation for my medical career.

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

I really look forward to meeting new people, honing my academic skills, making the best of the new environment and most importantly making the best of the experience. 

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

To know how if feels to study in an entirely new environment.

Why Rowan?

Based on research, academic opportunities and extracurricular activities, Rowan University just seems to be the perfect place for me! Besides the vast array of extracurricular activities and and academic opportunities, Rowan just seems to have a conducive environment for learning and student wellbeing. 

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Meet #Rowan2024: Music Education Major Christopher Cinkutis

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Today, we speak to incoming freshman Christopher Cinkutis, a Music Education major from Little Egg Harbor, NJ (Ocean County). He will be an on-campus resident and is looking forward to starting his college experience at Rowan University and spending time on campus.

What are a few things you are looking forward to next year at Rowan?
I look forward to the social aspect of meeting new people and playing with amazing musicians.”

How or why did you choose your major?
I chose my major Music Education based on my love of music, helping others, and performing.”

What is one activity, club, sport or hobby that you did in high school that you’d like to continue with at Rowan? (Or a new one you’d like to try?)
I’m not exactly sure, but I’m excited to see what new things Rowan will have to offer!”

Why Rowan?
I chose Rowan for the outstanding performing arts program. It is an honor to study under Bryan Appleby-Wineberg. I am confident a degree from Rowan will get me prepared for a carer in music education.”

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Meet Rowan #2024: From Rowan Youth Orchestra to English Education for New Prof Daniel Marquez

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Today we feature Daniel Marquez, an incoming freshman and first-generation English Education major from Bridgeton, NJ (Cumberland County). He tells us more about what he’s looking forward to at Rowan University and why he chose Rowan! 

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

“I am looking forward to making new friends, learning more things, and growing as a student and a person through classes and extracurricular activities.”

How or why did you choose your major?

I always knew I wanted to be a teacher, but was never too sure what subject I wanted to teach. My senior year I realized how much I enjoy writing, so I decided to major in English Education. I am excited to see how I may grow at Rowan and who I will become thanks to 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 want to continue with some type of a cultural club. I love dancing Mexican folklore so I would love to do that through a cultural club, or create a dancing group through a club.”

Why Rowan?

I chose Rowan because when I attended the Rowan Youth Orchestra throughout high school, I would get to interact with some staff and even some of the older students, and they really looked like they loved Rowan and were proud to attend/work there, and I wanted to be a part of that environment.”

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Meet #Rowan2024: Commuter, Business Major Paige Bathurst

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Today we feature future freshman Paige Bathurst. Paige is from Mantua, NJ (Gloucester County) and will commute to Rowan in the fall as a Supply Chain and Logistics major. Paige was recently awarded the John Green Memorial Service Award for 2020 for incoming students.

Why Rowan?
Why Rowan? There are so many reasons. I have grown up living 15 minutes from the campus. I have seen it grow and expand into what it is now over my 18 years of life. I used to have my dance recitals in Pfleeger Hall, I attended pre-college summer programs on the campus, and I visit the Edelman Planetarium with my family. For so many reasons I always knew that Rowan was going to be where I spent my college years. Even during the application process when I applied to multiple schools, I knew they couldn’t compare to the experience I would have at Rowan. Another major factor that played into my college decision was the affordability aspect. As a commuter student, I will be pay almost 1/10 of what some of my peers will be paying to go to other out of state schools for an experience and education I am sure will be equivalent. I look forward to walking down Rowan Boulevard and stopping in the local businesses. I anticipate becoming a member of many clubs. I am eager to be learning in a building that I feel connected to. Most of all, I am excited to begin my journey as a Prof. Selfie of Paige in front of Bunce Hall.

What is on activity, club, sport, or hobby that you did in high school that you’d like to continue with at Rowan? 
I spent most of my time involved in student government at my school. I enjoyed helping plan our homecoming and prom dances with the class advisors. An event that I always looked forward to was our Hoagies 4 Hope fundraiser on Superbowl Sunday. It was a great way to see all of the members of our community come together for a cause greater than just ourselves. I also spent a lot of time doing community service projects with other students. I helped run 3 blood drives during my time and organizing and encouraging my fellow students and teachers to donate blood, especially when there were blood shortages, was very meaningful to me. I look forward to hopefully continuing my work with student government and finding ways to serve the Rowan community on campus next year!

How or why did you choose your major?
I’ve known for a while that I wanted to be a business major. I spent time deciding which major or business I wanted to go into. I heavily considered the popular majors such as Accounting and Marketing but ultimately decided on Supply Chain & Logistics. When researching the major, I liked that it was almost a mixture of all of the disciplines of business. I also have learned about myself over the past few years that I am someone who focuses a lot on logistical issues. Another important part for me is that the job opportunities are endless and they are necessary in many different industries. Being a Supply Chain & Logistics major ultimately for me is where I see myself excelling and I am excited for where it will bring me. 

What is something you’re looking forward to next year at Rowan? 
Next year I am looking forward to officially becoming a Prof and seeing all that it has to bring for me! The opportunities that Rowan will offer me seem to be endless. I think if I had to name one thing to say I am looking forward to is immersing myself into a new area and growing as a person. A few things I am looking forward to are joining clubs, attending social gatherings, and viewing sporting events. Along with those I am excited to meet the professors and faculty that I will learn so much from over the next few years and taking advantage of all of the academic experiences I will be able to. 

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First Year Voices: Juleigh VanDyke Reflects & Looks Forward to Sophomore Year

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Today’s (FRESH)man Voices features Juliegh VanDyke, a Theatre Arts major from Williamstown, NJ (Gloucester County), who commutes from home.

Juliegh posing for a portrait.What did you most enjoy your freshman year at Rowan? I think the one thing I enjoyed most about my freshman year was getting to know the people I have become close with and finding my place on campus. I am surround by such a great community of people at Rowan and they have made me feel so welcomed and loved. 

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”? I do live only 15 minutes away from campus so I commute. It was hard making friends the first semester I won’t lie about that, but after I found my place on campus I was never home. I was always out hanging with friends, grabbing food, doing homework with people, and kept busy on campus. I even would sometimes stay on campus with my friends when I just didn’t want to be at home! Also commuting will not stop you from finding your home on campus. 

Juleigh and her theatre arts friends.What clubs or activities are you involved in on campus? I am a theatre arts major so I help out with the shows a lot and maybe next season I’ll be in one who knows! So I really enjoy doing that, but this semester I rushed for a Sorority and got a bid for Alpha Sigma Tau. Being a part of Greek Life has definitely made my college experience ten times better. I love all my sisters to death and I am in such an amazing community on campus. They are all so loving and supporting, I couldn’t imagine not being apart of Greek Life. It does suck a little because corona had postponed our initiation until the fall, but we all stay very close in touch and are so excited for next semester. We Zoom a lot too.

What advice do you have for future freshmen looking at colleges right now? Looking at colleges is going to be really hard right now due to everything going on in the world. It’s hard to visit campus’s and get a tour, I also know that it matters to you. Don’t stress about where you’re going too hard, I know that it is a very stressful process. I say keep your options open because you never know, you could fall in love with a school you didn’t even give a second thought. I can say this from my stand point of being a commuter, It’s so close to my house I didn’t even want to go here until I gave it a chance. I got into my #1 school and still chose Rowan because I ended up falling in love with it. Don’t be scared if you plan on commuting either, it won’t stop you from doing anything! Just keep up the grades you having going for you now and focus on what you’re looking for. The process is worth it I promise. 

What are you most looking forward to next year at Rowan? The biggest thing I am looking forward to next year is definitely seeing all my friends again and having them come back home to Rowan. I miss them so much and online classes kind of suck but the world is going through a tough time right now. I also cannot wait for my classes in the fall! I am taking some cool classes like Singing for the Actor and Fundamentals of Tap. I cannot wait to learn to tap dance. I also am so excited for fall and spring recruitment, I can’t wait to be apart of that. Next semester can’t come any sooner. 

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Meet #Rowan 2024: Future Music Educator Anthony Demateis

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Music Education major and incoming freshman Anthony Demateis poses with his acceptance letter.

Today, we speak to incoming freshman Anthony Demateis, a Music Education major from Jackson, NJ (Ocean County). He will be an on-campus resident and is looking forward to starting his college experience at Rowan University and spending time on campus.

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

“Next year, I am looking forward to starting my college career and further studying my major as well as making new friends.”

How or why did you choose your major?

“I chose my major because it was the place I excelled the most and I felt the most compelled to pursue.”

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

“I definitely want to be in the Rowan Jazz Band as this was one of my favorite activities in high school, and I can’t wait to go to the college level.”

 Why Rowan?

“Rowan is a perfect match for me, it is close and well suited for my major.”

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Meet #Rowan2024: Wisconsin’s Emerson Harman Majors in Biomedical Art & Visualization

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Today we feature incoming freshman Emerson Harman from Dodgeville, Wisconsin. Emerson is a Biomedical Art and Visualization major with minors in Biology and Technical/Professional Writing. 

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

Emerson playing the cello.

I am really looking forward to joining Rowan’s fencing team!!! I’ve never fenced before but I’ve always wanted to. For something I’m continuing, I’m looking forward to participating in some of the music ensembles.

How or why did you choose your major?

I chose Biomedical Art and Visualization because it perfectly combines my passion for both art and science by allowing me to visualize scientific topics.

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

I am really looking forward to both the academic and social aspect of college. I’m very excited to be educated in something I’m passionate about, but I’m also looking forward to joining organizations and ensembles, and everything else that college has to offer. College is a time where I’ll have the most freedom and resources to help me out, and I am excited to utilize those.

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

Initially, I chose Rowan purely because it has my major, Biomedical Art. There are about three colleges in the country that have this, and I when I visited it felt the most like home.

Why Rowan?

Recently,  I’ve really gotten to know the campus and appreciate everything that Rowan does for its students.

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Meet #Rowan2024: Music Industry Major Ryan Whitworth

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Today, we speak to incoming Freshman Ryan Whitworth, a Music Industry major from Clifton, NJ (Passaic County). He will be an on-campus resident and is looking forward to starting his college experience at Rowan University and spending time on campus.

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

I can’t wait to live on campus and begin the full college experience!”

How or why did you choose your major??

“I am a Music Industry major. I’m passionate about music and plan to become a music producer one day.”

Why did you choose a university relatively close to home?

Even though Rowan is “in state” it actually feels out-of-state to me. I live 11 miles west of New York City, and Rowan feels completely different from where I grew up. I’m excited to live in a part of New Jersey I have never been to before.”

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

I was always a competitive swimmer so I would like to join some sort of club swimming or at least keep swimming as a form of physical fitness.  I’m open to trying anything new that sparks my interest once I start college life.”

Why Rowan?

I spent my last summer at Rowan in a Music Industry program and was so impressed with the professors and students. I also love how the campus is enclosed and mapped out. Rowan feels like a classic college campus with a close knit community. I can’t wait to start my college journey at Rowan!”

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Meet #Rowan2024: Biological Sciences Major Serena Amuzu on the Pre-Med Track, Staying Close to Home

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Today we feature Serena Amuzu, an incoming Biological Sciences major who will commute from Wenonah, NJ (Gloucester County) when she begins at Rowan this fall. 

Selfie of Serena. 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 various clubs and activities. As I embark on my journey through Rowan, I want to try to be a part of the African Students Association (ASA). This will help me build relationships with other students being that I will be commuting rather than staying on campus.

How or why did you choose your major? 
I chose this major because I intend to have a pre-med track. Therefore, there are a wide range of majors that I could choose that have a correlation to biology or will prepare me for my future endeavors of applying into medical school. With this being said, after conducting research, I found that the biological sciences will define my focus on the type of biology I want to study and utilize later on down the road.

Why did you choose a university close to home?
I chose a university close to home because I have a single mother who isn’t in such great health, so to be of assistance and have a peace of mind that I’ll be close enough anytime she may need it I chose a university closer to home. Financially too, a university closer to home is a better option that opens a way to work while studying.

Why Rowan? 
Rowan has always been my top school to attend because it is well known to set up its students for future endeavors career wise and graduate education wise. This university is one that is also known to be really good in aspects of STEM and premed. 

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Meet #Rowan2024: From VA to NJ, Musical Theatre Major Benjamin Helbert

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Today we feature incoming freshman and Musical Theatre major Benjamin Helbert from Williamsburg, Virginia, who will live on campus. 

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

While in high school I participated in our theatre productions as well as being a part of our choir department. I will for sure be pursuing the theatrical aspects since it is my major but I also want to see if I can do some choral activities. I also want to see if I can pick up some tennis while at Rowan.

How or why did you choose your major?

I chose my major because it is something that interests me and something that I am good at. Musical theatre has been a very recent dream of mine but performing has always been something I wanted to partake in.

Benjamin on stage in a play.

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

I’m really excited to meet my new friends that I have met through a performing arts Snapchat group and I am thrilled to hopefully experience Hollybash. Benjamin and one of his friends.

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

I decided that I wanted to go out of state because I had felt I exhausted all of Virginia. I had experienced basically all of it and wanted to explore new, foreign places to me. I also felt that I would get a better education in theatre outside of Virginia.

Why Rowan? 

At first I wasn’t even planning to apply to Rowan because I had not heard of it. All I knew was that my friend was in the musical theatre program. While at a theatre conference I did college auditions and I got contacted by Rowan. After looking into the school I got excited and decided to apply. After going through all of my rejections and acceptances I looked through all of my options and decided that Rowan was the best choice for me and would give me the ability to learn with other artists but also grow as a performer.

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Meet #Rowan2024: Early Childhood Education Major Casey Tettemer

Today, we talk to incoming freshman Casey Tettemer, an Early Childhood Education major from Hunterdon County, NJ. She will be an on-campus resident and is looking forward to starting her college experience at Rowan University and spending time on campus.

Casey posing with Rowan University's mascot owl, Whoo R U.

What are a few things you are looking forward to next year at Rowan?
I am looking forward to being in a new environment as well as making new friends.”

How or why did you choose your major?
I chose my major because I love to teach. Ever since I was little I knew I wanted to be a teacher. I love to teach and I love working with young children.”

What is one activity, club, sport or hobby that you did in high school that you’d like to continue with at Rowan? (Or a new one you’d like to try?)
I played Field Hockey in high school and I would like to continue playing for the Rowan Club Field Hockey team.”

Why Rowan?
I chose Rowan because when I first stepped on campus it felt like home. I feel comfortable at Rowan and it’s not too far away from home, but also just far enough.”

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Meet Rowan #2024: Athletic Training Major, Firefighter Chooses Rowan To Be Close to Hometown

Logan poses with Rowan University's mascot.

Today we feature Logan Robenolt, an incoming Athletic Training major from Barrington, NJ (Camden County). He tells us more about what he’s looking forward to at Rowan University and why he chose Rowan. 

Logan poses with Rowan University 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 did stage crew in high school, and I would like to continue to help with productions that take place at Rowan.

How or why did you choose your major?

I chose athletic training since I would like to become a physical therapist and this is a start to that profession. But the reason why I want to become one is that I was in physical therapy for about three years when I broke my arm and I just grew a liking to it. 

Why did you choose a university close to home?

I chose a university close to home since my twin brother wanted to go to an out-of-state college, and I wasn’t trying to create a lot of debt. However, I am a firefighter in my hometown so when I’m home I can still run fire calls when the time permits. 

Why Rowan?

I’ve had many teachers and mentors who were in Rowan for my major and other topics. They encouraged me to go to Rowan since it’s the same education — if not better than — other schools for a much, much cheaper price. 

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First Year Voices: Shahir Mollah Talks Cars & Mechanical Engineering

Shahir poses with his motorbike.

Today’s (FRESH)man Voices features Shahir Mollah, a mechanical engineering from Galloway, NJ (Atlantic County) who lived in Mullica Hall until COVID-19 shut down the campus. 

Shahir Mollah stands outside of the Campbell Library.

What inspired you to choose your major? I’ve always been a big car guy. Junior year of high school I wanted to build a car, which inspired my decision to become a mechanical engineer and add an automotive engineering concentration.

How does your involvement with SAE/Motorsports help you professionally? In SAE/Motorsports, we get hands-on experience Shahir poses with his motorbike.designing a motorsport vehicle, then travel to compete the car in a bunch of races. This process prepares me for my future in automotive engineering and allows me to meet like-minded people.

Dream car company you’d work for? Mazda or Ferrari!

What’s the best decision you’ve made since you got to college? Applying for a specialization in automotive engineering because my senior year I’ll be able to take courses specifically about how to engineer and manufacture cars. 

What advice would you give your high school self about choosing a college? Choose an affordable and quality program that best fits your major.

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First Year Voices: Casey Hofacker Reflects On Her Year

Today we feature freshman (soon-to-be sophomore) Casey Hofacker, a psychology major from Lindenwold, NJ (Camden County), who lived in Holly Pointe Commons until COVID-19 shut down the campus. 

Casey poses for a selfie.What did you most enjoy your freshman year at Rowan? What I enjoyed most about my freshman year was meeting my awesome friends and exploring my major.

How do you create the “away at school” feeling if your home is close to Rowan? The way I create the away at school feeling at home is by acting as if I were still at school and sitting at my desk to do my homework or when we could still go out is going to a local coffee shop to sit and do my work.

What clubs or activities are you involved in on campus? I play club field hockey and I love my team. It’s awesome they are amazing people who are accepting of everybody.

Casey with her field hockey team.

What advice do you have for future freshmen looking at colleges right now? Some advice that I have for incoming freshmen is to make sure that you manage your time wisely but also make sure to relax and have fun and to get involved on campus.

What are you most looking forward to next year at Rowan? I’m going to start taking classes for my minor and also take a sign language class – I have always wanted to learn it. 

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Q&A: Nebraska Freshman Disaster Preparedness & Emergency Management Major

Troy Becker in a tree on campus.

Today we feature Blaire, Nebraska resident Troy Becker, a Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (DPEM) major with a Certificate of Undergraduate Study (CUGS) in Counterterrorism and Emergency Response Operations. Until COVID-19 closed campus, Troy lived in Mimosa Hall.

Troy Becker sitting in a tree on campus.How did you hear about Rowan, and what made you want to come here? I searched online for schools with emergency management majors and I found Rowan. I chose this university due to it being one of the best schools in the nation for the Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management major, as well as having a counterterrorism minor, and being an Air Force ROTC Crosstown University.

Troy in front of a blurred background of Mimosa Hall.What makes Rowan your home away from home? Rowan has a great community, good selection of food, awesome facilities that non-major specify students can use, such as Studio 231 (an experiential learning lab and makerspace in the Rohrer Business Hall), and absolutely outstanding professors for my major.

Can you tell me a little bit about the field and major Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management? The classes being taught give both in-depth and practical information relating to DPEM. The information we are given … we are also given real-world scenarios and I have found it to perfectly find my methods of problem-solving and critical thinking in a disaster scenario.

What might you want to do with your degree? I’m planning and working toward going into go into the Air Force as an Emergency Management Specialist, and aim toward a position in FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) after that. 

Troy Becker sitting in a tree on campus.

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First Year Voices: Hannah Catherine Kittrell Reflects

Hannah and friend sit outside on-campus.

Today’s (FRESH)man Voices features Hannah Catherine Kittrell, a theatre arts major from Williamsburg, VA, who lived in Holly Pointe Commons until COVID-19 shut down the campus. 

Portrait of Hannah.What did you most enjoy your freshman year at Rowan? My first semester was challenging, and I often doubted my talent and strength, but this semester I can already see some growth in my artistry. It makes me really excited for the next three years.

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”? My birthday is in November. I was really missing my friends and family. My new friend at Rowan, Mattie Millet, had helped plan a surprise dinner with all of my closest peers at Rowan and my best friend from home. I felt incredibly cared for and supported within this community that was so new to me.

What advice do you have for future freshmen looking at colleges right now? I would tell incoming freshmen to look for schools where both the students and professors’ beliefs can coalesce with your own. I decided on Rowan because I felt really comfortable shadowing. The students spoke like me, we had a shared sense of humor etc. It sounds cliche but it really felt like home.

Hannah posing on her bed in her Holly Pointe Commons dorm.What are you most looking forward to next year at Rowan? I’m looking forward to rooming with three other talented, empowered women that I’m proud to call my friends, and I’m really excited for Rowan’s upcoming main stage season.

Hannah poses with her friends.

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First Year Voices: Biomedical Art & Visualization Major Doug Jones

a swirly line drawing by Doug Jones, a Biomedical Art and Visualization student at Rowan University.

Today’s we feature Doug Jones, a Biomedical Art & Visualization major who commuted from home in Monroeville, NJ (Gloucester County) until COVID-19 shut down the campus. 

Doug smiles at home wearing a brown Rowan t-shirt.How do you create the “away at school” feeling if your home is close to Rowan?
I create the “away at school” feeling through planning my day around my schoolwork. 

What advice do you have for future freshmen looking at colleges right now?
Don’t overwhelm yourself. The bigger and more well-known school may be appealing, but the smaller and lesser-known school will make the transition to college life much easier. 

What are you most looking forward to next year at Rowan?
The thing I am looking forward to the most would be getting back to more art classes.

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