Meet #Rowan2025: Communication Studies and Dance Major Paige Nixson

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Meet #Rowan2025 student Paige Nixson! Paige is an incoming freshman Communication Studies and Dance major from Bel Air, Maryland. She tells us what she’s looking forward to in college and shares some advice to high schoolers who haven’t committed to a school yet.

A portrait of Paige smiling and holding a pink flower.

Welcome to Rowan! Could you share with us one thing you are looking forward in college?

I am looking forward to meeting new friends and really experiencing what it’s like to be on my own! I think college is such a big step in anyone’s life, and I can’t wait to see where it takes me!

What is one hobby, activity, sport or club you were a part of in high school that you’d like to continue in college?

I plan on continuing to dance as I did in high school on a competition dance team by majoring in dance and participating in mainstage dance productions.

Paige in her ballet gear posing in front of an ornate building.

Is there anything you’re hoping to discover about yourself in college? Grow a new skill? Try a new interest? Starting a new activity, sport or club?

I really am open to anything! I would love to join a club where I can meet people of similar interests. I hope to discover people of all backgrounds and beliefs and really grow as a person and educate myself.

What majors are you considering and why?

I plan on double majoring with Communication Studies and Dance. I am majoring in Communication Studies to grow my skills of writing and understand how people react to certain advertisements and ways of communication. I think it is all around really interesting! I’m also majoring in Dance because it it such an important piece of my life, and I would love to continue my education in college to hopefully perform or choreograph professionally after college.

Did you tour Rowan or attend any virtual events? If so, which ones, and what did you think?

I plan on attending the audio tour in February. My family and I did drive up to the campus over the summer to just drive around and get an idea of the campus, and I loved it! I loved that it felt like a real college campus, with aspects of “real life” surrounding it with many options for food, studying areas and entertainment.

Paige smiling for a photo with her hands on her hips.

Do you have advice for other high school seniors who haven’t committed to a school yet?

Pick the place that feels like home! If you haven’t visited or don’t have the chance to visit, I suggest looking up the campus on Google Earth. It can give you a good idea what the campus looks like and feels like without physically being there. Also, take the time to look up what kind of classes you may take with your major. If it interests you, look deeper into that school. Make a pros and cons list of every school to help you narrow down your options.

Where are you going to live next year?

On campus.

What is one thing about Rowan itself that you liked?

I loved the small class sizes while still having a large amount of majors and classes to pick from. I also love the Theatre and Dance department. When I met with the professors for the first time over a Zoom call, I felt so comfortable and felt like I could be myself without any judgement.

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Story by: Bianca Torres, senior music industry major

Header photo courtesy of: Anthony Raisley, senior history major

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