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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(FRESH)man Voices: Dean Powers

Dean Powers taking a photo on the bridge outside of Wilson Hall at Rowan University.

When you wake up in the morning, what are you most looking forward to that day? “I look forward to my photography class, taking photos or making art in some way.”

Were you nervous starting at Rowan? How did you overcome it? “Yeah, I was definitely nervous but then I kind of just stopped stressing about it.”

What advice would you give your high school self about choosing a college? “It matters more what you do at your college than what college you choose.”

Dean Powers, Radio/TV/Film major, who commutes from Mantua, New Jersey (Gloucester County).

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

Passing the Torch: Grad Says “Just Do It”

Allyson stands in her cap and gown on the Bunce Green
Allyson in her cap and gown standing on the Bunce Green.

“The best way to make friends is to ask for help and reach out to others,” says public relations graduate Allyson McDonough of Spring Lake Heights, NJ (Monmouth County.)

As a first generation college student and commuter who rents off campus, she shares her best advice to, “Go straight to Rowan and put yourself out there. Stop being scared and just do it.”

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Passing the Torch: History Grads Share Insight

history grads pose with professor, wearing graduation gowns at Rowan University

“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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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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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:
Jelani James, senior journalism major

Miguel’s Home Away From Home: The Whit Newsroom [VIDEO]

Miguel Martinez, a junior journalism major from Pennsauken, NJ (Camden County), shares his feeling of home here at Rowan, in the newsroom of The Whit, where he works as the multimedia editor. Miguel commutes from our Camden campus and is an English language learner. 

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Video by: Nicole Cier, junior writing arts major
Music by: Bianca Torres, sophomore music industry major

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