Meet #Rowan2026: Incoming College of Engineering Students From Near and Far

College of Engineering building.

Today we feature incoming first year students Pedro Geraldes (he/him), Ella Pennington (she/her), and Alex Ballou. Pedro is from Newark, NJ (Essex County) and will be living on campus as a Chemical Engineering major. Ella is from Elkton, MD and will be living on campus as a Biomedical Engineering major. Alex is from Mililani, HI and will be living on campus as a Civil Engineering major. 

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

Pedro: I’m looking forward to really feeling like an adult, living by myself, and taking care of my own things.

Ella: Getting into the content of my major and learning new things.

Alex: I am looking forward to creating new friendships with other students in my classes and dorm.

Pedro Geraldes leaning against a building.
Pedro Geraldes (above)

What clubs, intramural sports, student activities, etc. are you most looking forward to at Rowan?

Pedro: I’m looking forward to the Student Center activities.

Ella: The swim team and possibly the Biomedical Engineering club.

Alex: I want to try and play for either the school’s club ice hockey team or a local men’s league team for fun.

Please share a few likes or interests that you have!

Pedro: I like to fish occasionally, work out, and explore new places such as hiking or going for drives. 

Ella: Reading, painting the walls of my basement, and running.

Alex: In the past few years I have started to enjoy music more and discover genres I never knew I liked. I also started reading more regularly. 

Ella Pennington at a swim meet.
Ella Pennington (above)

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

Pedro: Visit each school you are interested in — if you know your major, try to get a tour that relates to your specific major and you will know which school feels right for you. 

Ella: Take your time and do your research! 

Alex: I don’t have that much experience on campus yet, but it seems like Rowan has things for everyone to get involved in that they would enjoy.

Alex Ballou giving a thumbs up.
Alex Ballou (above)

What is one thing about Rowan itself that you liked that encouraged you to enroll?

Pedro: One thing I loved were the Engineering Clinics, it fascinated me how much a student can do while still in college.

Ella: The size and feel of the campus. It was small without feeling cramped and it just felt very comfortable. 

Alex: The way that the engineering program was described to me as very hands-on just sounded perfect to me. Also, the facilities and campus look very nice.

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Story by:
Skyla Everwine, senior English and writing arts major

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