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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!

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After contacting students from my old high school, I found that several are considering Rowan University. Brianna Introcaso is a high school student who had several questions about Rowan that I was glad to answer. Here’s what she wanted to know…

Q: Do you have to take “Gen-Ed” classes as a freshman, or can you take classes towards your major?
A: When you come for Summer Orientation, a schedule for your fall semester is already made up for you. It consists of all Gen Ed courses, because it’s best to get them over with during the first year or so, so the last years of your education will be focused on classes geared towards your major. This helps if you’re undecided, so you can explore different subjects that may help you choose a future career.

Q: Are sporting events really popular among students?
A: During the fall season, football games are definitely the most popular for students to attend. Men and women’s basketball games usually have a large turn out as well. Ice Hockey didn’t compare in popularity, because the team travels and its hard to attend away games. Spring season’s just starting now, and the baseball and softball teams will begin to play.

Q: What happens if I run out of food or snacks during the semester? Are there any super markets nearby that I can get to?
A: If you want to grab a snack between classes, or dinner-to-go for later, the Market Basket is located on-campus in the Student Center. It’s within walking distance and they’ll take your Rowan Card or cash. As far as off-campus super markets, there’s an Acme and Shop Rite at the nearby shopping center. It’s a good ten minute walk, but on a nice day it’s very do-able.

Q: Are a lot of students homesick, or do they go home often?
A: In general, Rowan is NOT a suitcase school! Most, if not all, students that I know tend to stay on the weekends. My entire group of friends stay each weekend, unless they have an obligation at home, and most students I’ve talked to do the same. It seems like the students who do get homesick haven’t established a solid group of friends, or went home often during the first months of school.

Q: What happens if you don’t get along with your roommate?
A: If you and your roommate don’t get along and can’t resolve your differences, you can apply for a Room Swap. You have to fill out a simple application, and in most cases you can change rooms within the next few weeks. There is a certain time period for this, and if you miss that you can talk to your R.A. and he or she can usually work something out.

Q: How does your R.A. affect your dorming experience at Rowan?
A: My R.A. has been very welcoming to all our residents and informative about campus activities and policies. She has held numerous floor meetings, where we met the other girls on our floor, and have had “game nights” where we can hang out and bond with each other. She’s always friendly, and I know I can go to her if I have any problems. 

For any high school students have applied to, or are considering Rowan, comment and I’ll do my best to answer any questions you may have!

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