Meet #Rowan2024: Exploratory Studies Major Amanda McNally Furthers Her Athletic Career at Rowan

Photo of future Prof Amanda visiting Rowan.

Today we feature Exploratory Studies major Amanda McNally from Tabernacle, NJ (Burlington County). Amanda is excited to be living on campus this fall and competing on two of Rowan’s athletic teams.

What is something you’re looking forward to next year at Rowan? 

I’m looking forward to being on campus and all of the student events. I’m super excited to meet so many new people and make new friends! I’m even looking forward to my classes and exploring career opportunities.

What is one activity, club, sport or hobby that you did in high school that you’d like to continue with at Rowan? 

Photo of Amanda running track while in high school

I will be running cross country and track & field at Rowan, and I couldn’t be more excited and grateful to be continuing my athletic career as I further my studies!

I’m also excited to get involved with community service on campus as that is something that I enjoyed very much throughout high school. I love helping people and have had many volunteer opportunities so I’m looking forward to the ways that Rowan will help me delve deeper and continue to make an impact on the lives of others! While I’m at it, here is the link to my service project!

How or why did you chose your major? Selfie of Amanda.

I am currently undecided, but that’s okay! I have always been the type of person who needs to have a plan for everything, but deciding my major and choosing my career are two things I don’t have one for.

It’s a little stressful right now, but I have great confidence in the Exploratory Studies program and I know that my major will work itself out! Currently I am interested in majoring in mathematics, health and exercise science, or secondary education, but I am looking forward to the opportunities the program offers to try different classes and learn about my options before I decide! 

How did you get to know campus? 

I have been to Rowan many many times in the past but I did attend a tour last summer and Accepted Students Day before the campus closed. I have also used the online resources to help me learn more about the university’s programs during Covid-19.

What music do you like?

I listen to many different types of music but my favorite is alternative pop. I mostly listen to bands like Coin, Smallpools, Wallows, and AJR. My taste runs the gamut from Sabrina Carpenter to Linkin Park.

Night owl or morning person?

Is both an answer? I love waking up for early morning practices, runs and breakfast, but I also love those late nights with friends toasting marshmallows for s’mores, swimming or watching movies. It depends on the day!

Why Rowan? 

Whether it was for fall festivals for piano, field hockey camps, or activities for family members who are now alums, I have been on campus many times in the past! I took some time to check out some other universities before making my decision, but I always knew that I would be attending Rowan because it is like home! Everything from the location to the academic programs to the community is why I chose Rowan, and I am so excited and proud to become a Prof this fall. 

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