Exploratory Studies Path to the Perfect Major for Callie

Callie DeMaria stands smiling with Rowan Boulevard buildings behind her at Rowan University

Today we feature thoughts from Callie DeMaria, a rising junior from Little Egg Harbor, NJ (Ocean County.) A first generation college student, Callie started at Rowan as an exploratory studies (undecided) major and found her way to the perfect major for her – psychology, within the College of Science & Mathematics. Callie lives on campus […]

Passing the Torch: First Generation Art/Photo Major Gives Advice

Johnathan Puglise smiles at the camera while being surrounded by other recent graduates in their black cap and gowns.

“Meet people and spend time with them!” says Johnathan Puglise from Millville, NJ (Cumberland County), a recent art/photo graduate from the College of Communication & Creative Arts. Johnathan, a first generation student, rented off campus and commuted to Rowan. To make the most out of the college experience he says you should, “take photography!” Like […]

Passing the Torch: Music Industry, First Generation Student Gives Advice

Three Rowan graduates standing together outside Robinson Hall

“The best way to connect with internships and job opportunities was through the Rowan Music Group and speaking to your professors,” says first generation college student Emilio Del Hierro, an international student from Ecuador and a recent music industry graduate from the College of Performing Arts. Emilio rented an off-campus apartment and commuted to Rowan.  […]

Passing the Torch: Engineering Major Shares His Tips

To connect with internships and job opportunities, “attend the Career Fair on campus,” through the Office of Career Advancement, says Philadelphia resident and first generation college student, now graduate, Cornelius Middleton who earned a master’s degree in engineering management through the Henry M. Rowan College of Engineering. Cornelius served as a graduate coordinator in Mimosa […]

Passing the Torch: International Student Gives Advice

Ahmad Kindawi stands with his family at Rowan University graduation

“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.  Like what you see? Come visit […]

Passing the Torch: Grad Says “Just Do It”

Allyson stands in her cap and gown 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 […]

Passing the Torch: Transfer Student Grad Gives Advice

Eduarda in her graduation gown sitting on a pink wooden chair

Eduarda Moura, a law and justice graduate from Delran, NJ (Burlington County), shares how she made the most out of her college students as a first generation, transfer student. “Definitely don’t waste time. Time flies—my four years hit me before I could realize it. Now, off to grad school!”  Like what you see? Come visit […]

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