“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.”
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.
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.
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 I 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.
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.
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.
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!
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 Dean 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)
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 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.
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.