(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

(Weekly) Daily Dish – Hard Boiled Eggs

Having hard-boiled eggs prepped in the fridge allows me to eat during my busy days. It’s easy to make once you get the hang of it and great to throw on avocado toast, on top of a salad or seasoned with salt & pepper. Shout-out to my mom for coaching me over the phone throughout this one … twice.

Ingredients:

  1. Eggs
  2. Ice cubes

Directions:

  1. Fill a bowl with ice water.
  2. Place 5-6 eggs in medium pot. Cover eggs with cold water. Bring to a boil. 
    Six eggs boiling in water.
  3. When water starts to boil, set a timer for 5 minutes. Turn off stove and place eggs in ice water. Let sit for 5 minutes. Crack and peel eggs.Boiled egg being dropped in ice water.
  4. Enjoy now or store for later!
    Hard boiled eggs in container.

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

(Weekly) Daily Dish – Chicken & Veggie Pasta

I see so many students (especially my roommate) eating plain pasta, which gets old… fast. I always try to add a type of protein and veggie(s) into my pasta to enhance the taste and quality of the meal – it adds a couple of steps but is well worth it!

Ingredients:

  • Pasta
  • Chicken
  • Spinach
  • Mushrooms
  • Pasta Sauce

Directions:

  1. Cook pasta according to labeled directions.
  2. Slice or cube chicken, saute in medium-large sized pan until cooked.
  3. While pasta water is boiling and chicken is cooking, chop mushrooms. Throw mushrooms and spinach into the pan.
    Photo of cooking mushrooms and pasta.
  4. Once pasta is cooked and drained, mix into pan. Add pasta sauce and stir. Enjoy!

    Photo of cooked chicken, pasta, mushrooms and spinach in a pot.
    Photo of the final chicken and veggie pasta meal.

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

#PROFspective: Political Science Major Brianna Donahue

A Rowan University student wearing a #RowanProud shirt stands outside James Hall

Today, we speak with Brianna Donahue, a senior political science major from Mullica Hill, NJ (Gloucester County) who lives off campus. Brianna will share her #PROFspective with us on what it’s like to be a Rowan University student and how she gets the most out of her college experience as a Rowan Prof.

Name: Brianna DonahueBrianna Donahue posing in a #RowanProud t-shirt outside of Robinson Hall.

Year: Senior

Major: Political Science

Minors: Public Policy

Hometown: Mullica Hill, NJ (Gloucester County)

Where do you live: Off-campus

First generation college student?: Yes

Academic or social clubs: Rowan Institute for Public Policy & Citizenship (RIPPAC) and Pi Sigma Alpha (political science honor society)

On your busiest day, what academic, non-academic and social responsibilities are you juggling? The busiest days include working at my job 9-5 pm, doing all of my coursework, being a member of my sorority, and job hunting since I’m graduating this semester.

Did you ever have a moment of uncertainty within your major? How did you get through the challenge? I was originally a journalism major before I took an American Government class and realized I wanted to pursue a career in public service. I was concerned about how switching my major would affect my graduation timeline, but I knew I wasn’t the only college student who has changed their path. I took a few summer and winter classes so I wouldn’t be behind and had my academic advisers helping me stay on track.

Brianna "touching" the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France during her winter abroad trip in 2017.
Brianna “touching” the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France during her winter abroad trip in 2017.

Tell us about one moment that made you feel like Rowan was the right fit for you. A moment that made me feel like Rowan was the right fit for me was the beginning of junior year. I had just joined a sorority, acquired an internship, and was also working full-time. I was also planning to study abroad in Europe that winter. I felt like I was finally achieving the goals I set for myself going into college.

Tell us about your transition into college and how you pushed through any challenges. At first, I was super excited for the transition into college. I was ready to be independent and start working toward my future. After a few months at my first college, I was crushed when I realized it wasn’t the right place for me. I knew I had two choices, to either stay and push through or leave and start fresh at a new university. I made the decision to leave and I’ve never looked back since. When I got to Rowan I immediately immersed myself into activities on campus. I joined Rowan Radio, was Assistant Arts Editor for The Whit, and joined a sorority.

What advice would you give your high school self about choosing a college? There is currently a stigma that going to local universities or community college is not the ideal college experience. There is this idea that if you don‘t go away you won’t have the opportunity to experience the world or be successful. Even though I now know this isn’t true when IBrianna sitting outside of Robinson Hall. was a high school senior I felt the pressure of this in the back of my mind. I picked the school farthest away in an environment nothing like my current one because that‘s what I thought I was supposed to do. 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. For some people going away is the fresh start that they need, but it wasn’t for me and that‘s okay. 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. The biggest lesson to be learned is that there is no one size fits all college experience and to choose a college that best helps you grow.

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

20 Minute Radius: Philadelphia Cherry Blossom Festival

If you need plans for the weekend, look no further! Philadelphia is hosting its 22nd annual Cherry Blossom Festival . To celebrate Picture of cherry blossom trees at Fairmount Park in Philadelphia, PA.America’s independence, Japan donated over a thousand cherry blossom trees to Philly in the early 1900s. Philly continues to celebrate this gift and connection to Japan for a full week every spring season.

Businesses across the city embrace this connection by hosting sushi making and rolling classes, competitions and contests, tea ceremonies, drumming workshops, a Japanese film, a fashion show, and flower-arranging demos.

Up-close photo of a pink cherry blossom trees at Fairmount Park in Philadelphia, PA.This past week, I strolled through fresh and full-bloomed cherry blossom trees at Fairmount Park’s Horticultural Center (definitely a must-see). Throughout the week, Fairmount Park invites visitors to see the trees, participate in Japanese-themed activities and check out the Shofuso Japanese House and Garden.

The celebration at Fairmount Parl ends on “Sakura Sunday,” a day full of authentic food, music, dancing, fashion shows, martial arts performances, arts, and crafts. Sunday, tickets are $15 for adults and free for children 12 and under. Definitely take this opportunity to learn about a new culture and appreciate the beautiful scenery.

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

(Weekly) Daily Dish – Parmesan Chicken Cutlets

Ingredients:

  • Seasoned bread crumbs
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Chicken cutlets
  • Eggs

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
  2. Whisk 2 eggs in bowl. Then pour bread crumb and parmesan cheese in shallow dish. 
    Up-clsoe photo of egg wash (left) and spread out bread crumbs (right).
  3. Dip chicken in egg wash and then in bread crumbs. Place on pan. Cook for 20-30 minutes depending on how thin/thick your chicken is. Plate and enjoy!
    Up-close photo of the baked chicken paired with brussel sprouts and mushrooms.
    I paired the chicken with leftover veggies!

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Story and photography by: Alyssa Bauer, junior public relations 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

(Weekly) Daily Dish – Zucchini Noodles

I eat zucchini noodles, or zoodles, at least twice a week. It’s a healthy, easy and filling meal that’s easy to modify!

Ingredients:

  • Package of zoodles

Directions:

  1. Heat and spray large saucepan. Place zoodles on pan once it’s hot.

    Photo of cooking zucchini noodles.
    I love adding a source of protein to every meal, so I chose cooked shrimp this time!
  2. Stir occasionally. Cook for 6-9 minutes, or until zoodles are soft. Enjoy!

Cooked and plated zoodles.

Rowan student, Max von Suskil tasting the zoodles.

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

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