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…and unfortunately, so has my blog. Because my topic was about “how to survive freshman year” I’m not going to continue writing over the summer or next year. I’ve learned a lot from creating a blog and it’s been a great experience, but I can’t continue this beat any longer.

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Almost every freshman I’ve talked to agrees that this year went by way too fast. The school year is coming to an end and summer is only days away for Rowan students. Over the past year, many students have taken different paths, joined sports, clubs or activities. At college, it’s up to each individual  what they choose to make of their university experience. I’ve interviewed five students who were all involved in different activities in order to gain different perspectives about the student body. Alliey Schillberg, Rebecca Crawford, Erika Hawxhurst, Alyssa DeNorscia and Danielle Klemt were happy to fill me in about how they spent their freshman year.

Alliey Schillberg is a freshman who stayed with her high school boyfriend throughout her first year of college. She was in a relationship during her senior year of high school, which lasted through the summer. Alliey and her boyfriend Max decided to make their relationship work throughout the year. Here’s what Alliey has to say about the ups and downs of having a boyfriend during her freshman year of college…

Rebecca Crawford is a freshman who decided to join the Peer Referral and Orientation Staff, otherwise known as the PROS. Rebecca told me she joined this club because she wanted to get more involved in Rowan’s clubs and student life, and said it was one of the best choices she’s made at Rowan.

Erika Hawxhurst decided to pledge for the sorority Sigma Sigma Sigma during spring semester. Erika told me that she joined because she wanted to get involved more on campus, and felt bored during her fall semester. She said since joining a sorority she’s been extremely busy and has made many new friendships.

Like many students, Alyssa DeNorscia applied to Rowan as “undeclared.” Several months into the school year, she decided that she wanted to be an Education Major. She found the declaration process, however, to be very confusing and eventually decided that she wanted to do Psychology instead. Here’s what she has to say about being “undeclared”…

Danielle Klemt is a member of Rowan University’s Women’s Softball Team. Danielle played softball throughout high school and wanted to be part of the team here at Rowan. She says softball has been a huge time commitment for her over the past two semesters, but is glad she got the experience of being on the team.

What I’ve learned from talking to Rowan students is that there’s no “right” or “wrong” way to spend your freshman year. Now that this year has come to an end, I can’t emphasize these words enough: college is what you make of it. It’s best to explore your own interests and join clubs, activities or sports that are right for you. It seems that the students who are the most involved on campus are the happiest, and it’s definitely a good idea to explore what Rowan has to offer.

Results from my poll revealed that you want to hear more about Rowan After Hours and other activities.

Basically, Rowan After Hours is located in the Student Center on Thursday-Saturday nights from 9pm-1am. It’s Rowan’s way of providing activities and events for students on the weekends. Depending on the weekend, they show movies, offer free food, provide a shuttle to Philly, and there’s always a game room. Attending these events is a good way to meet new people, have a good time and connect with those who share similar interests.

The Student University Programmers set up these and other events that are either free or inexpensive for students. If you click the link for the “Calendar of Events” on their website, you can see more of what they have to offer.

Here were some of the recent events provided by RAH and SUP:

Let me know…

…what you want to know! Because the semester is quickly coming to an end, I want to cover topics that incoming freshman are most curious about. Take a second to vote and I’ll do my best to write about your top picks!

Professors at Rowan

Since I just scheduled my courses for next semester, I can’t believe I forgot to mention (and emphasize!) such a critical part of the college experience. The professors!

When choosing my classes for this current semester, I selected the courses and times that I thought I’d enjoy the most.  What I didn’t realize, however, was that I should have put more time into making sure that I got the best professors.  When you pick a class that you want to take, it says which professor is assigned, and I STRONGLY recommend going to Rate My Professor before choosing the class.

Unless, of course, you want to have experiences like these…

  • This morning, my composition professor referred to herself as “Special Ed when it comes to time management,” and then proceeded to address my study group as, “the threesome.”  Oh.
  • A political science professor that I had last semester spent the entire three months talking about her opinion on New Jersey politics. That would have been fine if that’s what the course was about… but it was “American Government.” I wish someone had told me that I didn’t need to buy the book because I only opened it once or twice throughout the whole semester.
  • My economics professor makes learning Macro almost as hard as neuroscience, by speeding through chapters and becoming angered by students who want to ask questions.  I find myself afraid to participate because if I were to say the wrong thing I fear that he would snap.
  • Friends of mine are in a math class where their professor is an older man who clearly loves teaching his subject, but gives out 7-10 page hand-written packets each class.  They say that it is impossible to sit through two and a half hours of his scribbling on the board and weekly quizzes that are given out one minute before the class ends.

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Despite some of these examples, Rowan has many excellent professors. You’d be missing out on the best possible college experience if you don’t take some of them. Something I didn’t realize before this semester was that your entire experience with a subject depends on how it’s taught, and who it’s taught by.  Choose wisely, if you can!

A few days after moving to Rowan’s campus, a couple of friends and I wanted to know what the surrounding area has to offer.  After some exploration, we found some cool places that are within walking distance of campus. None of us have cars, and we found that you don’t need one to find things to do off campus. Hopefully this saves some of you some wandering and trial/error!

1. SILENCE. Unless you live in a single, it is nearly impossible to focus and get things done with a roommate or friends in the room. If you’re one of those people, like me, who need some peace and quiet to work the Campbell Library is the place to go.

2.  Group study rooms! If you have a project to do, you can reserve a conference room. These are quiet areas where you can work with members in a group without distractions. All you need is a valid Student ID.

3. The workout from these stairs:

4. Printing! Most students have their own printers, but when you run out of paper, or the ink runs dry you can always go to the library. I was mad at first when I found out that we have to pay for printing… but you get a $15 credit, which goes a long way.

5. The Reference Desk. Once you reach the top of the stairs (shown above), you’ll find a reference desk with a huge sign above that says “ASK ME!” The employees have always been willing and helpful to assist me with anything I’ve asked, from borrowing headphones to where I can find the periodicals. You can also send them an e-mail if you need help with a research project or assignment.