TRANSFERmation Tuesday: Alanah Gorczynski

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Meet transfer student Alanah Gorczynski, a rising senior communications studies major within the College of Communication & Creative Arts, from Stratford, NJ (Camden County). Alanah transferred to Rowan University from Penn State during her freshmen year.

“I was looking for that home-feeling. A place where I can get to know the professors I’m learning from and recognize the faces I’m passing every day. When I came to Rowan, during my first class I realized right away that this is where I belong. I feel like Rowan is a close family – everyone knows each other, everyone fits in with each other, and everyone is just really friendly.”

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Story and photography by:
Alexander Belli, senior public relations and advertising major

Passing the Torch: Political Science Grad Gives Advice

Brianna and her four family members standing in a group
Brianna in her graduation gown holding up her decorated cap that says "wherever life plants you, bloom with grace"

“Don’t be afraid to take risks and try new things!” says Brianna Donahue, a political science graduate from Mullica Hill, NJ (Gloucester County) who is a first generation student.

“If I could go back and give myself any advice it would be to not pick a school for anyone but myself. I was too busy focusing on fitting the image, that I didn’t realize I wasn’t ready to go 8 hours from home,” says Brianna.

“Transferring to Rowan allowed me to grow and succeed in ways I never imagined. I’ve studied abroad in Europe, held local, state, and federal internships, and met some of my best friends.”

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Passing the Torch: Transfer Student Grad Gives Advice

Eduarda in her graduation gown sitting on a pink wooden chair
Eduarda in her cap and gown sitting on a pink 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 fliesmy four years hit me before I could realize it. Now, off to grad school!” 

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TRANSFERmation Tuesday: Austin Gilliss

Austin out front of the Rec center holding frisbees up outside

Meet Austin Gilliss, a junior health and physical education major from Merchantville, NJ (Camden County) who is a Blackwood Eagle Scout & Alpha Phi Delta fraternity brother who transferred from Camden County College.

Austin out front of the Rec center holding up frisbees

“Transferring from a community college to a university can be challenging. You’re trying to figure out where you fit in and how to fit in. I am a brother of a new fraternity here on campus, Alpha Phi Delta, and I’m starting up a frisbee golf club with a bunch of guys who share similar interests with me,” says Austin.

“We’re working together to form a frisbee golf team that will launch this coming fall semester. Come out and see what we’re about! It’s great that I have the opportunity to propose a new club to the Rec Center here at Rowan. Everyone is welcome to join, contact me if you’re interested!”

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Story and photography by:
Vanessa Vause, senior public relations and theatre major

TRANSFERmation Tuesday: Zac Chalow

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Zac, wearing a blue blazer leans against a wall in Business Hall

“Everybody is super helpful here since I have transferred. They’re willing to help and they truly want you to be successful, so it’s easy to talk to them and get advice from others.” Zac Chalow, a junior business management major from Vineland, NJ (Cumberland County). Zac transferred from Rowan College at Gloucester County last semester.

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Photo by: Nicole Cier, junior writing arts major

TRANSFERmation Tuesday: Matt Isaacs

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Matt wearing a black hoodie sitting in the Student Center pit

Meet transfer student Matt Isaacs, a junior advertising major from East Brunswick, NJ (Middlesex County) who transferred from Georgian Court University.

“When I decided to transfer I knew where I wanted to go was Rowan University because all of the great things I have heard about its communication programs and lacrosse team. I knew it would be the perfect fit for me.”

“I wake up knowing that what I accomplish today will make me a better person tomorrow.”

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Story and photography by:
Jelani James, senior journalism major

TRANSFERmation Tuesday: Jelani James

Meet Jelani James, a senior journalism major who lives on campus in 114 Victoria from Stratford, NJ (Camden County). Jelani transferred to Rowan last fall from Villanova University. 

Jelani James posing outside of 114 Victoria on Rowan University's campus.

What wakes you up in the morning? “The drive to graduate! I’m finally a senior and I’ve waited so long for this moment. I want my family to see what I’ve been working so hard for.”

Could you share a moment you’ve experienced in which you have felt that Rowan is a welcoming environment for you? “Coming to Rowan’s campus, I wasn’t really introduced to any organizations other than sports. I was finally introduced to a Jewish organization I found very welcoming and a great opportunity to make new friends.”

And lastly, why did you choose Rowan? “I chose Rowan because it was the school I knew the most about when transferring. Being away from home in another state was fun, but I knew I wouldn’t want to go that far again. I was familiar with the environment at Rowan and I knew it’d be a perfect fit for me.”

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

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