Year of the Dragon: Congratulations, Graduates!

According to the Chinese zodiac, January 23, 2012, marked the beginning of the Year of the Dragon. In honor of the dragon, we'll be posting about dragons this year, including origins and history, myths, and real dragons — Drexel Dragons. It's the time of year to send our graduating Dragons out into the world.

Three Feet in the Door

Summer is upon us, spring term has finally ended, and families from around the country and the world recently descended upon Drexel to proudly watch their newly minted college graduates walk across the stage, accept their diplomas, move their tassels, and join the professional world.

The job market today is daunting, but thanks to Drexel Co-op, students have the opportunity to complete up to three six-month co-ops in their field. Our students can graduate with not one, but three feet in the door.

While co-op doesn't guarantee a dream career right out of college, it can definitely go a long way either through bullet points on a résumé or a job offer. We recently talked to a few graduating seniors about their plans after graduation. These Dragons are going places, and co-op has played an important role for all of them.

Adrienne Mangroo, graduating with a BS in Nutrition and Foods from the College of Nursing and Health Professions, already has a job lined up as a nurse at a veteran's hospital in San Diego, California. "My co-op experience definitely helped me to get a job," she said. "I could not be more pumped to be able to move out to California and start working and actually start my professional life."

After Steven Squibb receives his BS in Civil Engineering from the College of Engineering, he'll be heading to the Jersey Shore — to work. "When I graduate I'm working at a job in Jersey kind of by the shore," he explained, "an entry-level bridge engineer there."

From the LeBow College of Business, Nevena Bosnic is graduating with a BS in Economics after spending two of her three co-ops internationally in Greece. "I think that the working abroad experience is something that provides you with a great opportunity." Indeed. Nevena was selected for the Junior Fellows program for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and will be working at a think tank in Washington, D.C..

On behalf of Drexel University, we would like to congratulate all of our graduating Drexel Dragons. We wish you the best of luck in your endeavors. (And now you can get involved with the Alumni Association!)

June 20, 2012

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