First Year Voices: Carmine Petronglo on Finding Community in Classes and Activities

Mechanical Engineering major Carmine works on his laptop inside Engineering Hall.

Meet Carmine Petronglo, a first-year Mechanical Engineering major and member of the Martinson Honors College who commutes to campus from Gloucester County, NJ.

Could you share a few on-campus activities, clubs, sports or events that you’ve attended so far? 

I am a member of the Honors College. I attend a weekly Honors BLAST group meeting with sophomore mentors in the Honors College. I went to the Honors priority registration breakfast and the Honors semi-formal this fall. I attended the Engineering Carnival to learn about engineering clubs. I have also attended a few of the Rowan After Hours events.

Mechanical engineering major Carmine stands outside the Engineering bridge.

What are some ways you’ve made friends this year?

I have made most of my friends through my classes. I have also made friends from attending Honors College activities.

What is one thing about Rowan itself that you liked that encouraged you to enroll?

Rowan was close to my home and it was an affordable option. They awarded me plenty of academic scholarship money, and they have a great Mechanical Engineering program. I know many people that attended Rowan before me, and they all enjoyed their college experience.

Portrait of Mechanical Engineering major Carmine inside Engineering Hall.

Did you attend Accepted Students Day last spring?


How did attending the day benefit you or help your transition to Rowan?

Accepted Students Day helped me to meet some new people, and I was able to learn more information about Rowan. The Engineering department offered a breakfast and touring information session before Accepted Students Day started and it gave me good information about the engineering program.

Mechanical Engineering major Carmine stands on the stairs inside Rowan Hall.

Any advice for high school seniors about choosing a school?

It’s important to choose a college that best fits your needs. Rowan offers plenty of great majors at an affordable tuition. Rowan also has a great town-like atmosphere that allows you to have some freedom even when you are commuting from home. Rowan hosts many activities that allow commuters to get the college experience while still living at home. Rowan was the best option for me, but it all comes down to what you want out of your college experience.

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