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

Selfie of Benjamin.

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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