Paige Ward’s Home Away From Home, Rowan Chi Alpha

Rowan’s Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship focuses on helping people connect to God and each other. The meetings are where Paige Ward, a junior Spanish major, vocal music and international studies minor from Marlton, NJ (Burlington county) feels most at home.

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Video by: Edris, junior writing arts major
Live Music by: Chi Alpha 

Roommates Reflect: Seth, Kerry & Nicole in 230 Victoria [VIDEO]

Kerry Seth and Nicole sitting in 230 Victoria st.

Classmates, roommates and now best friends … Get a glimpse of what it’s like living in 230 Victoria St. with Seth Jackson, Kerry Jules and Nicole Cummings.

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Video by: Vanessa Vause, senior public relations and advertising major &
Dean Powers, freshmen radio/TV/film major
Music by: Joseph Murphy, junior music industry major 

Jasmin Brown’s Home Away From Home: Rowan’s Rec Center [VIDEO]

Woman leaning on counter inside with multiple gym machines in the background

Jasmin Brown, a senior radio, television, and film major feels most at home on campus at her student worker job with Rowan’s Rec Center. The Roselle Park, NJ (Union County) native rents an apartment just off campus, making her school and work “commute” an easy one. Jasmin assists Rec Center patrons by making sure everyone’s properly using all the equipment and all weights are returned. Take a peak at a typical day for Jasmin.

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Video production by: Alexander Belli, senior public relations and advertising major
Music by: Don Dewitt, junior music industry major

(FRESH)man Voices: Zenon Yanez

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a student stands with his longboard in front of Chestnut Pond.

“Living in Holly Pointe is really nice because it’s like living in a suite your first year. Everyone is so close in the buildings there’s always chances to meet new friends.”

Zenon Yanez, freshman electrical and computer engineering major from South Amboy, NJ (Middlesex County) who lives in Holly Pointe Commons

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Photography by:
Jelani James, senior journalism major

#PROFspective: International Student Gatha Adhikari

Today, we speak with Gatha Adhikari, a sophomore biomedical engineering major from Begnas Tal, Pokhara (Nepal), who lives at Holly Pointe Commons as a Resident Assistant. Gatha will share her #PROFspective with us on what it’s like to be an international Rowan University student and how she’s getting the most out of her college experience as a Rowan Prof.

How is Rowan welcoming to you? During the Flying First Symposium by Rowan’s Flying First Task Force for first generation college students, I was invited to speak on the panel to Gatha Adhikari posing in front of her Resident Assistant sign in Holly Pointe Commons.share my journey. To see the first generation alums and get their support made me feel welcomed and a sense of belonging.

Could you tell us a little bit about being a first generation college student? My family is back home in a small village in Nepal and were supportive to let me come here for my studies. Being first-gen is a point of pride in itself, but is also a big struggle. As a first-gen student, I am able to accomplish the dreams of my parents and inspire my community. I affirm for the young ones that they can live their dreams and achieve immense opportunities. Gatha Adhikari mixing a solution in the Science Hall.

Tell us a little bit about the sacrifice that you and your family has made in order to make college a reality for you.  My family and community have made a big emotional sacrifice to let me come to this foreign land and study while my other friends got married without finishing their education. While my family could have kept me home to assist them with their agriculture, they decided to let me fly away and be independent, which means a lot to me. I have left behind my friends and family who are very close to my heart, my traditions and festivities behind and work days and nights to make college a reality.

How do you feel your family will feel when they watch you walkGatha Adhikari posing in the first floor in Engineering Hall. across that graduation stage? I can imagine the tears of joy in the eyes of both my parents and brother when I finish my degree and graduate. They have dedicated their love and sacrificed so much to make it happen. My parents’ goal in life will be fulfilled when they see my accomplishments. My graduation ceremony will mean a lot.

What organization is most meaningful to you on campus? I work as a Resident Assistant (RA) for the Residential Learning and University Housing which means a lot to me. As a team, we strive to build communities within Rowan’s campus to provide the best possible residential life experience to Rowan students so they can find a home away from home here. The residents I lead are a part of an engineering learning community in Holly Pointe Commons

Gatha Adhikari handing a beaker to her professor in Science Hall.

Tell us about your transition into college and how you pushed through any challenges. Leaving everyone I knew and my home country behind when coming to Rowan has been a challenging journey. I have faced numerous obstacles along the way including financial difficulty, as I don’t get any financial aid for being an international student and it is hard to find scholarships I am eligible to apply for. I still have this problem, but I work hard, work on-campus and apply to every scholarship I can.

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Story and photography by: Alyssa Bauer, junior public relations major

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