Today, we speak with Rachel Barton, a senior English and Writing Arts double major from Camden County who lives off campus in a house with friends. Rachel 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: Rachel Barton
Majors: English, Writing Arts
Minors or Concentrations: Women’s & Gender Studies, Creative Writing (Minors), New Media & Publishing, Honors (concentrations)
Hometown and County: I moved around a lot, so I’m not sure what counts as my hometown. I’ve actually been to eleven different schools. I’m definitely from Camden County though. I graduated from Camden Catholic High School in Cherry Hill, NJ.
Off campus resident: I lived on campus freshman and sophomore year (Evergreen Hall, Whitney Center), but my friends and I moved off-campus for junior and senior year.
First generation college student: Yes.
Academic clubs: Avant Literary Magazine, senior editor … I’ve been a part of Avant since my freshman year. I’ve been senior editor now for two years now. In Avant’s weekly meetings, we review anonymous submissions and elect to submit or resubmit each piece. We don’t reject pieces, but rather provide a bundle of feedback and suggestions to help the writer improve not only the piece, but also their writing as a whole.
Her Campus Rowan: President/EIC
I started writing for Her Campus (HC) as a freshman. Here at Rowan we have an installment of Her Campus, a national online magazine for college-aged women. Although I entered Rowan leaning heavily toward creative writing, HC (along with the Writing Arts department) helped me branch out and recognize the pleasure of writing reportage and blogs. As a junior, I became the president/EIC. I maintain contact with HC headquarters and organize our postings each week. Since I’m graduating, we’ll be looking for people to replace myself and other writers on the team.
Share an “a ha!” moment you’ve had within your major that made you feel passionate about your intended field.
Describe for us an experience you’ve shared with a professor in which you felt like you were working with a visionary in your field.
Although all of my professors have shared their insight and experience, I would have to say I’ve most experienced this with Megan Atwood. Megan has worked in publishing for almost two decades and has published an incredible number of her own books. At Rowan, she’s leading the efforts to launch a nonprofit publishing house to ultimately be led by students. She commands a resource of knowledge about the industry as well as story-telling in general.
Why did you choose Rowan?
What’s your favorite thing about your typical Monday at Rowan?
My Mondays on campus are incredibly busy. I have classes at 8, 11, and 5. Then, I have meetings at 9:30 and 6:30 as well as work from 12:30 to 4:30. My favorite thing about Monday, as I’m bustling around talking to students and faculty, is walking from place to place. I know it sounds weird, but I feel most “in college” when I’m moving around campus. As I walk between Evergreen Hall and the Hollybush Mansion, I’m surrounded by trees, fall air, and Rowan’s history. It makes me feel like I’m part of something. It reminds me of the students that were here before as well as all the students that will attend after I’m long gone. I think Rowan quite intentionally incorporates alumni and history into our everyday going ons.
On your busiest day, what academic, non-academic and social responsibilities are you juggling?
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