Joshua Rowlands '13
“Here you can actually have a relationship with advising from professors. It sounds cliché, but you don’t realize the value until you experience it.” – Joshua Rowlands
What’s the difference between a school with 2,000 students and one with 20,000? More than 10 minutes of office hours time with your professors, according to mechanical engineering major Joshua Rowlands. Before joining Elizabethtown College as a transfer student, the Rochester, N.Y., native attended a college with a good program for engineering but not enough professor-to-student interaction.
After coming to Elizabethtown, Joshua was happy to find that isn’t the case with E-town's small, friendly campus community.
“The one-on-one teacher experience was huge for me. Here you can actually have a relationship with advising from the professors. It sounds cliché, but you don’t realize the value until you experience it. There are big differences,” he said.
Despite having transferred to the College, he has easily adapted to life at E-town.
“Generally, I’d say, everyone here is friendly. Other students came right up to me after class, and when I told them I was a transfer student, they got to know me.”
Joshua also plays intramural soccer, water basketball and softball, and is involved in the engineering clubs Future Energies Sustainable Technologies (FEAST), and the Association of Physics and Engineering Students.
“I surprised myself by getting involved in intramurals and the groups. I’m not a person (who) would typically do that. But now I like to meet new people and branch out. Here at Elizabethtown College, you’re encouraged more to do activities,” he said.
Though it took some time, Joshua finally has found the college that meets his needs. “When you’re doing a college search, go with your gut instinct. Go in depth when you’re looking at schools. I was looking at what they had, rather than what they had to offer. It’s why I ended up transferring.”
--by Nicole Geiger, '14