First Year Voices: A 4-Year Dream Begins to Launch

Alexis Benitez smiles, sits on a green bench with his bookbag by his side

Incoming freshman Alexis Pacheco Benitez of Bridgeton, NJ (Cumberland County) has waited patiently four years to finally begin his education toward his dream career. “When I was a freshman in high school we had this seminar to find out what you want to do, and ever since then I’ve known that I want to go into biomedical engineering.”

And now he is. 

four students sit by the Henry Rowan statue chatting

“I’ve always been interested in health and I want to build things,” Alexis says. He will live on campus in Mullica Hall his freshman year. 

As a first-generation college student, Alexis recently wrapped up a six-week academic/residential program at Rowan called Pre-College Institute (PCI). When he officially kicks off his freshman year in September he’ll have already earned three college credits. 

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