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National Service Scholar: Janelle Rouse and Widener University
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Janelle Rouse '12 (Washington, DC) • give a year Scholar, Widener University



"I joined City Year Washington, DC to give back to the community that I grew up in. It was an experience that changed my life for the better by instilling in me a sense of idealism, an appreciation for diversity, and the mindset of a leader." JRouse




Why I chose Widener

My name is Janelle Rouse and I am proud to have served a year with City Year Washington, DC from 2011-2012; however today I am just as proud to be a Special Education student at Widener University.

Before City Year I went to college inconsistently – alternating working one semester and going to school one semester in an effort to pay for school. While attending my previous school, I worked at various nursery schools in my native city of Washington, DC. I found joy in working with children and considered dropping my journalism major to study education, but I still needed money for tuition and my school did not offer a major in Special Education. I joined City Year Washington, DC to give back to the community that I grew up in. It was an experience that changed my life for the better by instilling in me a sense of idealism, an appreciation for diversity, and the mindset of a leader.

As my City Year service drew to a close I knew I wanted to return to school to finish my education and become a Special Education teacher. Since I decided to change my major, I needed a school that was supportive to Education majors and encouraged service and civic engagement. Widener was that school! Widener is civically engaged in the surrounding Chester community and has been a nurturing environment to me as a recently transferred student. As a Widener University student I have already gained employment in my desired career field, joined an on campus volunteer group that is civically engaged called the Presidential Scholars Corps/ Bonner Fellows and received encouragement from all of my professors. This transition into school has been a tedious process, but Widener University has made the process both enjoyable and profitable to my educational experience.



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