Passing the Torch: International Student Gives Advice

Ahmad Kindawi stands with his family at Rowan University graduation

Ahmad Kindawi jots notes after graduation with family looking on holding a bouquet of flowers at Rowan University“Participating in social activities is the best way to make friends,” says Ahmad Kindawi, a first generation college student (now graduate!) from Syria, who rents a house off-campus, within walking distance of campus. Ahmad graduated with a master’s degree in history from the College of Humanities & Social Sciences

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Passing the Torch: Law & Justice Grad Gives Advice

Christian stands with two friends, wearing his graduation gown from Rowan University

“On campus I’ve worked with Tutoring, Housing, and as a Public Safety intern. Networking is everything!” says law and justice graduate Christian Grund, from Verona, NJ (Essex County.) He says that having a job while going to school makes college more fun and manageable.

His best advice to freshmen on time management is, “Do it early or suffer later. Don’t procrastinate – just do it!” 

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Passing the Torch: History Grads Share Insight

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“I’m really proud of you,” were Professor Glenn McDorman’s parting words to two of his graduates. “Please reach out if you need anything.”

Graduating with degrees in history and humanities, Cory Gibson (right) from Wall, NJ (Monmouth County) says that the best advice he would give his high school senior self about how to make the most out of college is, “Take advantage of all of the opportunities.” His friend, history major Jeff Fitzpatrick (left), a commuter from Marlton, NJ (Burlington County) agrees, adding, “Just try your best.” Jeff found that the best way to make friends on campus was through classes. 

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Passing the Torch: Commuter Grad’s Advice to New Students

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Cheyenne stands in front of owl statue at Rowan University, wearing an open graduation gown and holding a brown diploma holderCommuter and first generation college student (now graduate!) Cheyenne Rickabaugh of Cape May, NJ (Cape May County) says the best way to make friends at college is, “Show up to things! Talk in class! Not during lecture, though.” She also says that the best way to get the most out of your college experience is to, “Just get out there and do things! Have fun.” Congrats, Cheyenne, on earning your geography degree from the School of Earth & Environment!

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Aspiring Counselor Started As Exploratory Studies Major

Autumn sits on a bench outside of Savitz Hall at Rowan University

Sophomore Autumn Vilches-Cruz, who commutes from Cherry Hill, NJ (Camden County) shares her insight with prospective students every day in her role as an Admissions Ambassador who gives tours of campus. Today she shares one snippet of insight, as a former exploratory studies major (commonly known as an undeclared or undecided major.)

Autumn stands in front of Savitz Hall at Rowan University, with her hands clasped in front of her.Coming in as an exploratory studies major really helped me to solidify what I wanted to do as a career.

When I was a freshman, my Rowan 101 seminar required me to attend at least two information sessions about different majors provided at Rowan. I have always had a fascination with people and why we do the things that we do, and think the things that we think. I came in knowing that psychology was the major for me, and once I was finally declared a psychology major, I could not have been happier!

I’m aspiring to become a counselor, and I’m actually thinking about working at Rowan’s Wellness Center when I’m done with my schooling.

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(FRESH)man Voices: Joey Coyle

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“Being part of the track and field team is a plus – the more people you know on campus, the more you get involved in activities. Being a part of the track team was the best decision I have ever made. I was shaky about joining but glad I made the right decision in joining such a close-knit organization that has that winning mentality. Everyone looks out for each other – it’s a great feeling.”

“Rowan has been absolutely amazing so far, as my first year comes to a close. All of the great things I heard about this university were true – everyone is like one big family.”

Joey Coyle, freshman Chestnut Hall resident and Human Performance in Clinical Settings major from East Brunswick, NJ (Middlesex County.)

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Story and photography by:
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TRANSFERmation Tuesday: Francis Terry

Francis Terry stands in front of a tree for a portrait, wearing a black Rowan zip up

Meet Francis Terry, a law and justice junior who commutes from Laurel Springs, NJ (Camden County) and is captain of the track and field team. Francis is a first generation college student and transferred to Rowan last fall from Neumann University in Aston, PA. 

Francis Terry stands in front of a tree for a portrait, wearing a black Rowan zip up

“Just knowing that I’m one of the first in my family to go to college and pursue my dreams of getting a degree is what gets me out of bed. The work that I have put in and my family that are now looking up to me telling me that they’re proud of me. It just gives me the confidence I need to get up in to morning and do what I have to do. 

“I chose Rowan because of how familiar I was with it. I just knew coming back home to Rowan was the best choice for me. I also chose Rowan because of how dominant our sports teams are. Being able to do what I love, while being able to be around great individuals all around campus, just makes the decision I made to come to Rowan even better.”

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Story and photography by:
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