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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(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

#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: Williamstown Farmer’s Market

outfront of the Farmers Market in Williamstown

Are you a South Jersey foodie? Then you absolutely have to check out the Farmer’s Market in Williamstown less than ten minutes away from campus! From endless amounts of fresh baked pastries and pies to the savory bbq section, crepe station, smoothie cart and hand-dipped, stuffed gourmet donut stand, I guarantee the true foodie in you will come out.  

gourmet donuts inside the Farmer's Market

You can truly find anything you’re craving at the Farmer’s Market. I’d suggest gathering up your friends, making sure there’s space on your phone for photos, and heading over for a grand ol’ experience. There’s even a large pretzel stand where the employees make the pretzels, cheese logs, pretzel bites, etc. right in front of you. 

a view of the inside of the Farmer's Market

And when you finally get full, you can browse around the market, looking through the stores and at the puppies at the puppy shop. This store always draws in a crowd with its cute dog faces. Check out the photos below for just a small glimpse into what the Farmer’s Market has. Visit it when the weather gets warmer for outdoor bbqs, event & more!

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Story & photos by: Vanessa Vause, senior public relations and theatre double major

homemade pies on display inside Farmer's Market
fresh fruits inside Farmer's Market
baked rolls inside Farmer's Market
two friends holding donuts inside the Farmer's Market
student holding a pretzel bite outside the Farmer's Market

#PROFspective: Mechanical Engineering Major Morgan Dean

Today, we speak with Morgan Dean, a senior mechanical engineering major who rents a house off campus with friends. Morgan will share her #PROFspective with us on what it’s like to be a Rowan University student and how she’s getting the most out of her college experience as a Rowan Prof.

Name: Morgan DeanMorgan Dean sitting in Rowan's Engineering building.
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Minors or concentrations: Writing Arts, Mathematics; Bantivoglio Honors College
Year: Senior
Hometown and County: Washington Township, NJ (Gloucester County)
Off-Campus resident: Yes, I live in a house on University Boulevard with my five roommates!
Do you work on campus? If so, where/what do you do? I work as a tutor in the Rowan University Writing Center (in Campbell Library)

Morgan Dean sitting in front of the Engineering auditorium. What wakes you up in the morning? The thrill of getting to do and/or learn something new. Also, I love to have my morning coffee while reading!

What is one thing you wish people knew about your academic discipline or research focus? I find that being a girl in engineering, especially one of the five or six in the MechE undergraduate program, is more advantageous than most realize. Additionally, although mechanical engineering tends to be associated with cars/engines/etc., the possibilities of post-undergraduate work are endless. You’re in no way tied down to any one field of work.

What is one thing this field has allowed you to do, that you either Morgan Dean showing Rowan student something on her laptop.dreamed of doing or thought you’d never get to do? Through its interdisciplinary program, mechanical engineering sparked my interest in biomedical engineering. Although I once said I would never take another biology class again, I am now set to be a PhD Biomedical Engineering student come Fall 2019.

Could you share a moment you’ve experienced in which you have felt that Rowan is a welcoming environment for you? The Rowan Writing Center has provided me with a sense of belonging ever since I began working there. The staff took me in immediately as family and I always feel a sense of peace while in the space.

Morgam Dean posing in front of the pond in back of the Engineering building.Why Rowan?  I have made some incredible student-professor relationships here which have shaped my future by unlocking my potential. Professors Dr. Staehle, and Dr. Merrill and Writing Center Director Celeste DelRusso have exposed me to new areas of research through the engineering clinic curriculum, summer programs, and professional development conferences. Additionally, I would never have been accepted to graduate school if it weren’t for these valuable connections I made.

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

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