#PROFspective: Mathematics and Education Major Lawrance Stephenson

Student outside Wilson Hall on bridge

Today, we speak with Lawrance Stephenson-Mosley, a freshmen Mathematics and Education major from Bridgeton, NJ, who lives on campus in Holly Pointe Commons. Lawrance will share his #PROFspective with us on what it’s like to be a Rowan University student and how he got the most out of his college experience as a Rowan Prof.

Lawrance outside education statue at James Hall

Name: Lawrance Stephenson-Mosle

Majors: Mathematics and Education

Minor: Theatre

Year: Freshmen

Hometown and County: Bridgeton, New Jersey (Cumberland County)

On Campus Resident: Yes, Holly Pointe Commons

Lawrance in #ROWANproud shirt sitting on the steps inside James Hall Academic clubs: Student Government Association (Freshmen Senator), ASCEND, IMPACT

Social clubs: New Life Gospel Choir, Harley E. Flack Mentorship Program, Mentor @ Glassboro High School

Do you work on campus? Campus Recreational Center, Main Office Assistant

Why did you choose your major? I chose my major, mathematics/education, because I didn’t have a great teacher when I was in high school. I believe every child deserves–not only a good teacher–but a mentor. Also, I believe we need more minorities in the classroom—particularly men. There is a lack of diversity in teaching in U.S. schools and we as the people need fix that. 82% of public school teachers are white but 52% of students are of color. Project IMPACT (Increasing Male Practitioners and Classroom Teachers) is a movement to increase the representation of males from racially and ethnically diverse backgrounds in the field of teaching. I am proud to be actively involved in this project and plan to break down the negative stereotypes about us men of color.Lawrance in suit and tie outside brick wall

One reason why you chose Rowan? I chose Rowan University because of its teaching program and the other resources that they offer; such as ASCEND, IMPACT, mentorship programs, work-study, networking/internship opportunities, etc.

My typical day as a Rowan student:

To be a freshmen, I am very busy. I start my mornings off very early (8AM on Mondays and Wednesdays, and 9:30AM on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays). I am currently enrolled in 16 credits and have some pretty tough courses. After classes I usually go to the library to study/do homework or go to work, at the Recreational Center, our on campus gym.

Lawrance plays a keyboard in Wilson Music Hall

I work 20 hours a week; 3-4 days a week. I am a Main Office Assistant and have a lot of responsibility. I monitor member/guest entrance to the facility, sell memberships, locker rentals and program registration, conducts facility tours, answer the phone, and enforces center policies and procedures.
During the evenings, I attend the Praxis Lab in James Hall. This lab prepares me for the Praxis Core Exam that I need to pass in order to be certified to teach in New Jersey.

Lawrance wearing a suite sitting outside Wilson Music Hall

Additionally, all throughout the week, I attend meetings, workshops, leadership conferences, entrepreneurship lectures, club gatherings, and etc.
On the weekends, I either go home to relax with my family or stay on campus to work.

 

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Story organized and photography by: Vanessa Vause,
senior public relations and advertising major

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