#PROFspective: Transfer Student Iridian Gonzalez

Iridian Gonzalez sits on a bench outside of Bunce Hall

Today we speak with Iridian Gonzalez, a senior commuter from Somers Point, NJ (Atlantic County) who majors in journalism. Iridian will share her #PROFspective with us about transferring from community college and how she gets the most of her college experience as a Rowan Prof.

Name: Iridian Gonzalez
Major: Journalism
Minor: Strategic Communication
Year: Senior
Transfer Student?: Yes! I just completed my second semester here at Rowan. I transferred from Atlantic Cape Community College in Mays Landing, NJ.
Where do you live?: Somers Point, NJ (Atlantic County)
Commuter?: Yes, I travel approximately an hour and ten minutes to campus

Iridian sits on a rock wall at Rowan University, holding a camera to take a picture Iridian laughs, head turned to the side, at Rowan University

Academic or social clubs: I work for The Whit, Rowan’s newspaper, as a copyeditor.

Do you work on campus?: I am one of the summer interns for the Rowan Student Affairs blog! The internship primarily takes place in the Office of Admissions in Savitz Hall.

Why did you choose Rowan?: I chose Rowan University because of our phenomenal journalism program and I knew the schools closer to where I live couldn’t provide me with the experience I was looking for.

On your busiest day, what academic, non-academic and social responsibilities are you juggling?: Apart from being a full-time student, I am taking phone calls, drafting contracts, and going on site to evaluate the work that needs to be done. My family and I own a landscaping company, on top of my school work I am constantly booked and busy with my family’s company.

Did you ever have a moment of uncertainty within your major? How did you get through the challenge?: Journalism is so broad, I had no idea until I transferred here. I felt so lost and confused with all new information being thrown at me. However, I knew I had to stay positive and keep my goals in mind. The Rowan staff was so accommodating and helpful, it made it almost impossible to fall behind.

Tell us about one moment that made you feel like Rowan was the right fit for you: Coming here I knew immediately this was the place for me. Everyone was so welcoming and driven. They really want to see you succeed.

Iridian sits on stone ledge at Rowan University, legs cross while holding a camera for Rowan Blog

Tell us about your transition into college and how you pushed through any challenges: My transition was very hard. Going from high school to community college was a breeze, but the real challenge was transferring from a community college to a university. Especially transferring into a program as a junior, I knew I was going to face some difficulties. The biggest challenge of them all though, the parking. I did what I had to do though. I buckled down and studied hard and made sure I left a little early to find a parking spot!

What advice would you give your high school self about choosing a college?: There is nothing wrong with going to a community college and transferring to a larger university. And look for the school with the best opportunities for you, fortunately for me that was Rowan.

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Story and photography by:
Chad Wittmann, senior journalism major

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