Today, we speak with Molly Moore, a junior art and secondary education major from Robbinsville, NJ (Mercer County), who rents a house off campus. Molly will share her #PROFspective with us on what it’s like to be a Rowan University student and how she’s getting the most out of her college experience as a Rowan Prof.
Name: Molly Brooke Moore
Major(s): Art and Secondary Education
Minors: Theatre Design/Technology
Hometown: Robbinsville, NJ (Mercer County)
Off-Campus resident: Yes, I live in a house
Academic clubs: Secretary of Alpha Psi Omega (Theatre Honor Society), Technical Director of Lab Theatre, and Secretary of USITT (United States Institute of Theatre Technology), active member of Campus Players
Share an “a ha!” moment you’ve had within your major that made you feel passionate about your intended field. I was previously just a Theatre Design/Tech major concentrating in Set Design. I decided I wanted to be an art teacher after working as a Theatre Tech counselor at a theatre summer camp, where I had the opportunity to teach kids how to build and paint theatre sets. Not many people know about all the behind-the-scenes work, and even less have any interest in it, so I only had five campers (there were about 200 in the performance part of the camp). I also had the opportunity to teach a scenic painting workshop to all of the kids in the camp. This is what really made me realize I want to teach art and be involved in theatre, where I can inspire kids to go into technical theatre. The five kids I worked with learned from me, but I learned so much more just being able to teach them.
Describe an on-campus experience (academic or non-academic) in which you felt that your future goals are supported. After changing my major to Art Education, I feel more confident and excited for my future career.
Share a moment you’ve experienced in which you have felt that Rowan is a welcoming environment for you? I always love the events we do for Alpha Psi Omega, from service projects to Induction night.
Why did you choose Rowan? I chose Rowan because they had a recruitment table set up at New Jersey Thespian Festival, where I talked to a theatre professor and apply for the program on the spot.
What’s your favorite thing about your typical Monday at Rowan? Well on Mondays, I have a sculpting class at 8 am, where we work with wood and metal, so sometimes I’ll be half asleep with a welding helmet on that makes everything dark and a torch in my hand trying to stay awake.
On your busiest day, what academic, non-academic and social responsibilities are you juggling? I’m the set designer for all 3 Lab Theatre shows this year, which are fully student-produced shows in the black box (Bunce 159). So a busy day would be getting out of class at 7:45 and going to work on my set, sometimes until as late as 4 am.
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Alyssa Bauer, junior public relations major