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Explore Your C.H.O.I.C.E.S.

Ways to Meet New People in College

Meeting people may seem hard at first, but once you venture out, it's often much easier than anyone thinks. If you're not sure where to start, try one of easy tips:

  • Join a club
  • Join an intramural sports team
  • Volunteer on or off campus
  • Get involved with a leadership opportunity
  • Work for the campus newspaper

For more tips on ways to meet people in college, visit About.com at http://collegelife.about.com/od/cocurricularlife/a/meetpeople.htm.


Fun Sober Ideas

We’ve all been handed a standard, school-provided list of alcohol-free activities time and time again.  Yelp.com offers a forum for real people to share their real, sober, and fun experiences. 

Some of your peers have enjoyed spending their free time with physical activities like rock climbing, others recommend developing your passion (i.e. singing or cooking), maybe check out museums, or just get a soda and spend the night dancing with friends.

For more ideas about what people around you are doing for sober fun, visit the following: http://www.yelp.com/topic/san-francisco-sober-fun-what-to-do-when-not-drinking


Things to do in Philadelphia

People travel from all over to visit Philadelphia; with this comes no shortage of things to do in and around the city.  There is a constant supply of exciting events happening in your city.

Some of Philadelphia’s Fall Events Include:

  • The Army-Navy Game, where the football teams of West Point and Annapolis square off in South Philadelphia.
  • Autumn’s Colors at Longwood Gardens: Longwood Gardens celebrates the harvest season with a festive showcase of fall colors, giant pumpkins, unusual gourds and live concerts.
  • Festival 2011: an evening of spectacular food and incredible performance in honor of the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe.
  • First Friday: Come down to Old City for First Fridays. On the first Friday evening of every month the streets fill with art lovers of all kinds who wander among the neighborhood’s 40-plus galleries, most of them open from 5 until 9 p.m.

This is just a small sampling of the events and activities Philadelphia has to offer.  Check out events happening all year round, find a great restaurant, go to a sporting event, discover the vast amounts of history in Philly, and much more at the Philadelphia Office of Tourism @ http://www.visitphilly.com/

Some other Philadelphia favorite cultural, educational, and recreational opportunities include these Drexel favorites - museums, theaters, sporting events, concerts, and festivals that make Philadelphia a world-class city

  • Visit the Eastern State Penitentiary, and experience America’s most historic prison.
  • The Italian Market along 9th Street in South Philadelphia is one of the best places to get fresh produce, meat, and seafood in the city. Beyond just Italian foods, the market has a strong blend of international offerings too.
  • Need some excitement in your nightlife?  Check out Philly2Night.com for info on bands and restaurants in the city.
  • Go shopping at The Gallery at Market East; home to over 120 stores in the heart of Center City.

Visit the Office of Student Affairs’s webpage to learn how to experience all of these things and so much more during your time in Philadelphia: http://www.drexel.edu/cchc/studentaffairs/Student_Resources/City_Information.html


Top Venues in Philadelphia

Entertainment venues in Philadelphia are not only diverse but historic and noteworthy. The city's Walnut Theatre is over 200 years old; the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts is home to one of the top orchestras in the world; Philadelphia is one of just four U.S. cities to have all four of their major sport teams (NFL, NBA, MLB, and NHL) play within the city limits; and The Palestra is one of college basketball's most hallowed venues.

The City of Brotherly Love has a world class venue for every type of performance imaginable--theatrical productions, music concerts, and sporting events. These buildings not only attract millions of spectators but most have a rich and fascinating history.

A few of these venues include:

  • Citizens Bank Park: part of the South Philadelphia Sports Complex and home of Major League Baseball's Philadelphia Phillies.
  • The Electric Factory: known as one of the nation's premiere indoor concert venues.
  • The Forrest Theatre: one of the best places in Philadelphia to catch a big-time Broadway play or musical.

Philadelphia is home to many more renowned venues. What they offer and their locations can be found at: http://www.philadelphiasmarts.com/venues.php.


Top 10 Restaurants in Philadelphia

Philadelphia is a historic city with a lot of heritage and some of the Philadelphia landmark restaurants have a history, as well. Home to the Philly Cheese Steak, the restaurants offer a unique diversity that offers something for everybody.  Some of what are considered the best restaurants within this category are listed here:

  • Friday, Saturday, Sunday: Voted the best tiny romantic restaurant by Philadelphia Magazine.
  • Le Bec Fin: A Philadelphia fixture since 1970, offers French cuisine in and elegant setting.
  • Barclay Prime: An elegant atmosphere for a steakhouse, and prices are in fine dining range, but the food is worth it.
  • Dante & Luigi’s: Philly’s oldest Italian restaurant has authentic Italian food and features a homemade “gravy”.
  • The Plough and the Stars: Continental flair in one of the city’s friendliest places to dine and drink.
  • Prime Rib: Located in The Warwick Hotel, it is the #1 Steakhouse in DC, Baltimore and Philadelphia.
  • Saloon Restaurant: A fixture of South Philly that is classified as a clubby, Italian steakhouse.
  • Thomas’s Restaurant: Since 1982, they have offered brunch and classic dishes like steak frites, pan seared Salmon and jumbo lump crab cakes.
  • Upstares at Varalli’s: A great location across from the Academy of Music that offers some unique tastes.
  • Valley Green Inn: Established in 1683, this is a Philadelphia landmark that serves brunch, and some classics like chicken and waffles.

For more information regarding these restaurants, go to the following site:
http://www.philadelphiasmarts.com/articles/topPhiladelphiaRestaurants.php