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

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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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(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: Transfer Student Grad Gives Advice

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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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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

Cheyenne wears her graduation gown, posing with Rowan University diploma holder in front of owl statue

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

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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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