Going Away to College Close to Home: Deptford Resident Living On Campus

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Rowan Blog contributor and senior writing arts major Asiya Robinson, from Deptford, NJ (Gloucester County), shares a first-person perspective on going away to college close to home. Asiya’s hometown is approximately 20 minutes from Rowan. As a student, Asiya lives on campus, is a member of student clubs, and balances academics with both an on-campus […]

Climate Anxiety: What It Is, and Why It Matters

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Understanding Eco-Anxiety: Impact on Mental Health & Coping Strategies This article is part of a running series with Rowan University’s Wellness Center. This collaboration aims to educate students about personal well-being options. For further updates, follow @rowanuwellness on social. This story is by Kayden Heinz, a junior Writing Arts major. Climate change has begun to […]

National Book Month: Writing Arts & Journalism Students, Faculty Share Favorite Reads

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The month of October is known as a time centered around witches, pumpkins, and candy of course. However, as werewolves howl at the moon and that first October moon rises, National Book Month also begins! With only 31 days to celebrate Rowan students and faculty weigh on their favorite current and past reads on their […]

Water and Oil, A Writing Arts Major’s Short Story

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In honor of National Book Month we feature this short story, an original work by an aspiring student author at Rowan University Nina Pantaleone, a sophomore writing arts major with a minor in romance from Marlton, NJ (Burlington County), shares her passion for writing with us by creating a short story featuring a sapphic relationship […]

Dance & Elementary Education Major Gets Ahead Through Summer Classes

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Rowan Blog Contributor, Jordyn Dauter, a junior double majoring in dance & elementary education with a CUGS in writing studies for educators and a John H. Martinson Honors College Concentration from Quakertown, Pennsylvania (Bucks County) shares her experience with taking summer classes through Rowan University. When I started at Rowan University in fall 2021, I […]

What the Writing Arts 4+1 Program Offers with Major Eric Uhorchuk

Today we feature junior Writing Arts major Eric Uhorchuk of Mullica Hill, NJ (Gloucester County). Eric is in the 4+1 Writing Arts program, an accelerated pathway where he will earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees in just five years. We featured Eric, along with two 4+1 program classmates, in this article for Rowan Blog. Today, he […]

Beyond the Classroom: Rowan Graduate Stephanie Ciecierski Pursues M.A. in Writing and Internship with The Rug Truck

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Stephanie Ciecierski (she/her) is a first-generation Rowan University 2016 graduate who majored in English and Subject-Matter Education. She was a transfer student from RCBC in 2013, and then commuted to Rowan from Medford, NJ (Burlington County). Now, after five years of being a high school special education teacher, Ciecierski is pursuing the second year of […]

Beyond the Classroom: Writing Arts and English Major Skyla Everwine Interns for Project Little Warriors

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Senior Rowan Blog contributor and Writing Arts and English major Skyla Everwine shares her experience working as a Grant Writing Intern for Project Little Warriors, a non-profit that practices yoga with kids in underfunded schools. As the spring semester was wrapping up, I decided that I wanted to find a summer internship closer related to […]

Meet #Rowan2026: Incoming Edelman College of Communication and Creative Arts Students

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Today we feature incoming first year students Samantha Szumloz, Kyle Sheridan, Morgan Van Holtz and Donato Bazemore (he/him). Samantha is from Hamilton Township, NJ (Mercer County) and will be living on campus as a Writing Arts major. Kyle is from Galloway, NJ (Atlantic County) and will be living on campus as a Sports Communication and […]

The Rowan Writing Arts 4+1 Program: Students Share Their Experiences

Eric Uhorchuk holds a stack of Writing Arts materials outside on campus.

The 4+1 BA/MA in Writing Arts program allows students to earn their bachelor’s and master’s degrees in just five years. Students Tara Grier, Scott MacLean and Eric Uhorchuk give us great insight into the benefits of the program and why it is helping to support their goals.  On discovering the program Scott MacLean, a first-generation […]

Mic Worthy: Earning a M.A. in Writing While Inspiring Students

Mic Worthy, a Rowan Global student in the M.A. in Writing program, delves into his master’s experience and his love for teaching college students the craft of writing.  After working in the television industry for a few years, Mic decided to come back to Rowan University to pursue his master’s degree in Writing. “After I […]

Enlighten, Engage, Entertain: The Mission of M.A. in Writing Graduate Leo Kirschner

Leo stands inside Rowan Radio offices.

Leo Kirschner is a champion of radio and sound. On air, he serves as assistant manager of the award-winning Rowan Radio station. On campus, he teaches for the department of Radio/TV/Film. He incorporated sound theory into a capstone project for his master’s degree in writing through Rowan Global. Read on to learn more about Leo’s […]

Volunteering with the Glassboro Food Bank

Just a stone’s throw away from Rowan University sits the Samaritan Center, a shining pillar of light in the community. Rowan Blog contributor Bianca Gray shares: “As a Rowan student, many of us are volunteering in many different places around the state, but maybe we should take the time to learn more about how we […]

Frequently Asked Questions About the Rowan Writing Center Answered With Tutor Bianca Gray

Today, Rowan Blog contributor and Writing Center tutor Bianca Gray answers questions people often ask her about the Rowan Writing Center. Bianca, a senior English major with a concentration in Shakespeare Studies, notes: “Spoiler alert! Don’t be surprised by how much I say RWC.”  What is the RWC? The Rowan Writing Center (often abbreviated as RWC) […]

Senior Reflects: Recent Writing Arts Graduate Kassidy Tirelli Heads to Law School

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Today we speak to Kassidy Tirelli, a recent Writing Arts graduate with concentrations in Creative Writing and Publishing and Writing for the Public. Kassidy is a first-generation student from Pittsgrove, NJ (Salem County).  Could you share your favorite moment with a faculty member or a favorite experience in one of your classes? My favorite experience […]

My Favorite Class: Professions in Publishing

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This story is a part of the “My Favorite Class” series. Scott MacLean is a senior Writing Arts major enrolled in the 4+1 dual degree program. He is from Wenonah, NJ (Gloucester County) and transferred from Rowan College of South Jersey. What was the name of your favorite class at Rowan?  Professions in Publishing What […]

Meet #Rowan2025: Writing Arts Major, Author Vaniece Washington

Today we feature incoming first year and first-generation college student Vaniece Washington from Woodlynne, NJ (Camden County). Vaniece will be studying Writing Arts and commuting from home. Welcome to Rowan! Could you share with us one thing you are looking forward in college? Meeting people with my same interests. What is one hobby, activity, sport […]

Alumni Success: Nah’Ja Washington Shares How Rowan Helped Her Succeed In The Advertising Industry

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Nah’Ja Washington graduated from Rowan in 2019 with degrees in Advertising and Writing Arts. While a student, she was involved with the publication Her Campus and the American Advertising Federation (AAF). Today, Nah’Ja works as a Junior Strategist for DDB Worldwide Communications Group.  How do you feel Rowan prepared you for your future? What skills […]

Leadership #PROFspective: Alayna Harrison, VP Of WOCA And Women’s Field Hockey Club

Alayna holding a megaphone.

Today we feature Alayna Harrison, a leader at Rowan University. Alayna is the Vice President of Women of Color Alliance and the Women’s Field Hockey Club. She’s a senior, first-generation college student from Lindenwold, NJ (Camden County). Alayna majors in Writing Arts with a specialization in creative writing and a minor in Elementary Education. She […]

Alumni Success: New Jersey State Police Sergeant Danyel Barnes

Sgt. Barnes stands in front of a bank of windows.

Danyel Barnes, a 1994 alumnus, shares his Rowan story and how it shaped his life today as a Sergeant with the New Jersey State Police. Danyel’s college journey is an amazing story in and of itself. In high school, Danyel considered joining the military and was being recruited by the Army and Air Force. A […]

Lifting Black Creative Voices

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Today we are highlighting Black students who major in creative fields at Rowan University. Each share insight on being a Black student in a major/field where there is not strong representation and tell us where they are headed in their professional careers. “I really didn’t have an insight being a Black student coming from a […]

TRANSFERmation Tuesday: Senior Writing Arts Major Marissa Stanko

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Today we feature Marissa Stanko, a senior Writing Arts major with a dual concentration in Creative Writing and Publishing and Writing for the Public, from Quinton, NJ (Salem County). Marissa is a transfer student from Salem Community College, a commuter student, and a first-generation college student.  What is your inspiration? I’ve always been a creative […]

TRANSFERmation Tuesday: Writing Arts & Spanish Major Helaina Parejo

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Today we feature sophomore Helaina Parejo who double majors in Writing Arts and Spanish. Helaina is from Barrington, NJ (Camden County) and transferred from Ursinus College the spring semester of her freshman year. She has an internship with the Writing Arts department and is a part of the Writing Arts Club. Why did you choose […]

6 Economics Majors Share What They Wish They Knew About Their Major

Economics major Sarah stands outside

Today, six Economics majors tell us what they wish they knew about their major! “I wish I would’ve known how much calculus was involved, but I do have to say it has improved my mathematical skills significantly.” – Sarah Prosser, senior, Economics major with a minor in Writing Arts, transfer student through Rowan Choice partnership […]

6 English Majors Share How Their Major Supports Their Professional Goals

Six students from Rowan’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences tell us how their English major will support them professionally. “I want to teach elementary school after college, and I feel like an English major covers so many important things that go alongside education. An English major explores racial issues, class issues, historical moments, gender, sexuality […]

9 Elementary Education Majors Share What Excites Them About Their Major

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Just what excites Rowan’s Elementary Education majors about their program? Today, 9 majors from five counties reveal their answers for Rowan Blog.  “The thing that excites me the most about my 2 CUGS is being able to create a welcoming and supportive environment for my students. It makes me happy to know that I will […]

#PROFspective: English and Writing Arts Double Major Destiny Hall

Destiny Hall standing a fall forest.

Today we feature Destiny Hall, a first-generation college student and senior double majoring in Writing Arts and English with specializations in Shakespeare Studies and Creative Writing. She also has a minor in Women and Gender studies and is from Gloucester City, NJ (Camden County). Destiny shares her thoughts on her major, feminism and her future. Why did […]

Meet #Rowan2024: Growing as a Writer, Padmini Rao

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Meet Writing Arts major Padmini Rao. She is a first-generation college student and is excited to explore new writing opportunities at Rowan.  What is something you’re looking forward to at Rowan?  I’m looking forward to all the new experiences Rowan holds for me. I look forward to creating new bonds, extending my knowledge and growing […]

TRANSFERmation Tuesday: Writing Arts Major Makenzie Forrest

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Meet Makenzie Forrest, a Writing Arts major from Collingswood, New Jersey (Camden County). She will be graduating with the Rowan class of 2023. What are a few things you are looking forward to next year at Rowan? I’m looking forward to having small classes (a big plus), living on campus, and going to events/being in […]

Senior Reflects: Changing Majors to Find Passion

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Meet Genna Gaskill, a first-generation college student and Elementary Education and Liberal Studies Dual Major with sequences in Writing Arts and English. She is from Egg Harbor Township, NJ (Atlantic County). In her time at Rowan she spent half of her time living on campus and the other half in a house off-campus. She reflects on […]

Pandemic Profs: How to Take Better Photos as a College Student

Nicole stands in front of a magnolia tree with a camera.

Welcome to our series to give you a glimpse into Rowan University, our campus culture, and the lives of our students, while we’re practicing social distancing to protect society from the spread of COVID-19. Today’s story is from Nicole Cier, a senior isolating in her house in Middlesex County, NJ. Nicole is a writing arts […]

Pandemic Profs: Writing Arts Club Suggested Reading List

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Welcome to our series to give you a glimpse into Rowan University, our campus culture, and the lives of our students, while we’re practicing social distancing to protect society from the spread of COVID-19. Today’s story is from Paige Stressman, a sophomore writing arts major holed up in her house in Mount Ephraim, NJ (Camden […]

PR Student Follows Passion with Two Start-Ups on Campus

As a PR and Advertising double major with minors in Mandarin and Strategic Communications, junior Brittany Eng of West Orange, NJ (Essex County) always knew that writing would play a huge role in her future endeavors. She enjoyed creative writing throughout high school and into college, and writing has always been her strongest skill. How […]

Capturing the Moment in Photojournalism Class

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Your photography skills before the class vs. after? I had very little photography knowledge at the beginning of the course but was eager to learn more. I wanted to be criticized and really come out of the class with a new found perspective on how to approach photography. I quickly learned photography has a lot […]

#PROFspective: English & Writing Arts Major Rachel Barton

Rachel outside Barnes and Nobles sitting on bench with her books and Her Campus pennant

Today, we speak with Rachel Barton, a senior English and Writing Arts double major from Camden County who lives off campus in a house with friends. Rachel 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 […]

Rowan After Hours Prompts Professional Advancement

Elizabeth Leick of Mountainside, Union County (NJ), shares her experience: As a senior public relations and writing arts dual major working for Rowan After Hours (RAH), which provides late night weekend socializing opportunities for students, I had the privilege of working on the 2018 National Association for Campus Activities (NACA) Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference in Buffalo, […]

Senior Artist Creates Original Work in Both Writing and Performing Arts

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Senior writing arts and theatre double major Matthew Vesely of Williamstown (Gloucester County) uses his creative juices in any outlet he can get his hands on. From conceptualizing and writing his own original musical, to coming up with blog stories and social media posts for his internship, you’ll find Matt taking what he’s learning from his […]

Writing Arts Major Interns for International Cosmetics Company in New York City

Nicole stands in front of the window front of NYC's Sabon for her Rowan University internship

Nicole Cier is living her life beyond the classroom by interning with Sabon, an international cosmetics company in New York City.  A junior writing arts major and strategic communications minor, Nicole is a social media marketing intern – Sabon’s very first intern, in fact. In her paid summer internship she commutes to the city two […]

#PROFspective: Writing Arts Major Nicole Cier

Today, we speak with Nicole Cier, a sophomore writing arts major from East Brunswick (Middlesex County), NJ, who lives on campus in Rowan Boulevard. Nicole 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 […]

Open Doors to Prospective Students

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Rowan University recently hosted Open Doors Day, a banquet for students accepted into the College of Communication & Creative Arts. Prospective students and family members began their day with breakfast in the new High Street Art Gallery, followed by campus tours. Writing Arts, Communication Studies, Public Relations & Advertising, Journalism, Art and Radio, TV & Film […]

Vanessa, College of Communication & Creative Arts at Rowan University [VIDEO]

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Hey! I’m Vanessa, a junior at the College of Communication & Creative Arts. I’m thrilled to introduce you to my College, and to Rowan University. Like what you see? Register for a tour or open house.  Related stories: Carlo’s Day at Rowan University [Video] College Essay Advice [Video] Roommates Reflect: What It’s Really Like to […]

#PROFspective: Elementary Education & Liberal Studies Major Destiny Shoultz

Rowan student Destiny sitting outside of Chamberlin student center at Rowan University

Today, we speak with Destiny Shoultz, a senior elementary education and liberal studies major from Pine Hill (Camden County), NJ, who commutes from home. Destiny 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 […]

#PROFspective: Writing Arts Major Kaitlyn Gaffney

Writing arts major Kaitlyn at Rowan University Campbell Library

Today, we speak with Kaitlyn Gaffney, a junior writing arts major from Denville (Morris County), NJ, who lives on campus in the Whitney Center. Kaitlyn 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 […]

Rowan 4+1 Getting You Closer to Your Master’s Degree

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Meet Emily Strauser a current 4+1 writing arts student from Stratford, NJ, who is undergoing her senior year as an undergrad while concurrently taking her first year of graduate courses. She is focusing on a dual-specialization in creative writing and new media and publishing within her bachelor’s degree. She earned her associate degree in English […]

Roommates Reflect: What It’s Really Like to Live With You, Whitney Center [VIDEO]

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What will they say? Whitney Center on Rowan Boulevard roommates Elizabeth Leick (sophomore writing arts and public relations double major), Hanna Dietrich (sophomore biomedical engineering major) and Olivia Grasso (sophomore history and modern languages and linguistics major) dish on what it’s really like to live with roommates at Rowan University. By: Natalia Panfilova, senior public […]