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Drexel College of Arts and Sciences Student Advisory Board

The College of Arts and Sciences Student Advisory Board consists of motivated undergraduate students who serve as liaisons between the student body and College administration. Representing all majors in the College, SAB members share their Drexel experiences with prospective students, assist with marketing and communication efforts, advocate for student interests and provide valuable feedback on College initiatives.

Meet the Student Advisory Board

Emily Carey, BS Geoscience '20Emily Carey, BA Geoscience ’20

 enc44@drexel.edu

Hometown: Ambler, PA
Extracurricular activities: President, Paleontology and Geology Club

What is your favorite thing about being a student at Drexel?
The opportunities. I feel like Drexel is a place where you can take control of your own future. The opportunities are all there; you just have to take that last step and reach for them.

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Where is your favorite place on campus?
The Saxby's in PISB. In order to do work, I need a little hustle and bustle around me (and obviously coffee, too). PISB is basically where I spend all my time anyway, so having somewhere I can grab a very large cup of coffee and sit and do work between classes is exactly what I need.

What is your favorite restaurant/food truck in Philly?
My favorite restaurant in Philly is definitely Baby Blues! Their BBQ sauce is to die for, and I could genuinely devour an entire plate of their mashed potatoes.

What advice would you give to a prospective student considering Drexel?
I think the most important advice I can give is to go with your gut. I applied to Drexel as an engineering major thinking of minoring in geoscience, but right before they sent me my schedule, I called up and asked if I could switch to geoscience. Despite all of the teachers and statistics that told me engineering was the right path, geoscience just felt right to me, and the passion that I have for it has allowed me to push myself in ways I might not have if I stayed in engineering. Going with what feels right to you is really important when it comes to picking a school and major. And always remember that you can switch later, no matter how impossible that feels. Don't box yourself in.

Nicole Clifford, BA History '23Nicole Clifford, BA History ’23

 nec58@drexel.edu

Hometown: Brookeville, MD
Extracurricular activities: Arts and Entertainment Writer, The Triangle

Where is your favorite place on campus?
I always love working in the Quad when it's warm outside, or inside the LeBow Starbucks if it's cold. It's one of the busier parts of campus, but it always feels peaceful.

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What is your favorite thing about being a student at Drexel?
Everyone I've met at Drexel incredibly passionate about their interests, whatever they might be. It's so rewarding to be part of a community where everyone is driven and truly cares about what they do. I value the connections I have made and will continue to make with students, professors and faculty. There is an enormous amount of support available for me as I define and pursue my academic goals.

What is your favorite restaurant/food truck in Philly?
My favorite restaurant on campus the Kung Fu Tea in University Crossings. I'm always looking for a new place to fuel my caffeine addiction, and it's a great place to hang out with friends and grab a snack between classes.

What advice would you give to a prospective student considering Drexel?
The college application process can feel like a competition — trying to have the most competitive SAT scores, writing the most polished essay, getting into the most prestigious school — but it should really be about exploration. Choosing a college is about finding a place where you see yourself being happy for the next four-plus years. When all is said and done, what matters most is finding colleges where you can see yourself as part of the community, where you can find resources to help you pursue your goals, and where you feel encouraged to explore new ideas.

Drexel Student Madeline DelVescovoMadeline Delvescovo, BA Sociology ’19

 mkd72@drexel.edu

Minors: Politics and Women’s and Gender Studies
Extracurricular activities: Club Sailing Team, Writer, Spoon University; Club Sports Executive Board; Delta Phi Epsilon sorority

What is your favorite thing about being a student at Drexel?
I love being on an urban campus. Philadelphia is so rich in culture, there are never‐ending opportunities to try new things and meet new people.

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Where is your favorite place on campus?
My favorite place on campus is Ross Commons.

What is your favorite restaurant/food truck in Philly?
For food trucks, my go‐to is Happy Sunshine!

What advice would you give to a prospective student considering Drexel?
I'd tell them to join an organization and get involved right off the bat. It's a great way to meet people, especially older students who can help guide you through your time at Drexel.

Nickolas Giardetti, BS Physics ’21 Nickolas Giardetti, BS Physics ’21

 njg67@drexel.edu

Hometown: Horsham, PA
Extracurricular activities: Society of Physics Students; STEM Retention Peer Mentor; Tutor, Math Resource Center Tutor

What advice would you give to a prospective student considering Drexel?
Think about the outside of class opportunities, not just the coursework or school prestige. Also, once you get into classes, build the professors’ office hours into your schedule; they are invaluable, underutilized services.

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What is your favorite thing about being a student at Drexel?
Academically, the coop system. Non-academically, living in Philadelphia and being on campus.

Where is your favorite place on campus?
Drexel Park or Cira Green

What is your favorite restaurant/food truck in Philly?
Happy Sunshine Truck at 33rd and Arch!

Drexel Student Hana GraybillHana Graybill, BA Communication ’21

 heg37@drexel.edu

Tell us a little bit about yourself.
My name is Hana Graybill, and I am from Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. I am studying communication on the three year, five co‐op plan. I’m passionate about helping others and volunteering. I love spending time with my family and friends, eating good food, and going to the beach.

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What activities/organizations are you involved in?
Gamma Sigma Sigma, a service sorority (lots of volunteering!). I also love going to yoga classes at Tuck Barre & Yoga, a studio near campus.

What is your favorite thing about being a student at Drexel?
My favorite thing about being a student at Drexel is the experience I am gaining. Through my co‐ops and my involvement on campus, I am constantly strengthening my professional skills while learning so much about myself. Drexel pushes you to be the best that you can be and to figure out where your interests lie, and I love that about this university.

Where is your favorite place on campus?
Other than my bed, Ross Commons! Such a cozy spot to study, and you can walk downstairs and grab food from Sabrina’s if you get hungry.

What is your favorite restaurant/food truck in Philly?
Oh, there are so many! Restaurants: Lolita, Giuseppe & Son’s, Bud & Marilyn’s, Bistro Romano; Food Truck: Pete's Little Lunch Box

What advice would you give to a prospective student considering Drexel?
Drexel isn't for everyone. You have to be prepared for the fast‐paced quarter system and willing to give up your summers for co‐op. But both Drexel and the city of Philadelphia place countless opportunities at your fingertips, from great food to intriguing museums and awesome concerts — not to mention some of the most sought‐after employers in the world. If you are ready for those major components and excited to explore our neighborhood, Drexel is the perfect place for you.

Tais Idi-infante, BA Global Studies ’20Tais Idi-Infante, BA Global Studies ’20

 tei23@drexel.edu

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Concentration: Arts, Media and Cultures
Minor: French
Extracurricular activities: Brother-at-Large, Phi Sigma Pi National Honors Fraternity; Secretary, French Club; Dragons for Excellence and Inspiration; Biddle Law Sociey; Drexel’s Black Action Committee

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What is your favorite thing about being a student at Drexel?
I always feel like there's something going on; whether it’s an amazing event from CAB or Greek-life events, Drexel is always pretty lively. Drexel’s urban location provides hundreds of things to do each weekend in and around the city. This aspect, and the schools’ connection to the city through co-ops and civic engagement, makes each and every student feel like they're a piece of the Philadelphia puzzle.

Where is your favorite place on campus?
I really love the lobby of Nesbitt. I like that in one building, you can look out at Lancaster Walk and Market Street. Depending on where you sit, you can also see Mario and the library. It's one of the quieter buildings on campus, so I find that I can get a good amount of homework done between people watching.

What is your favorite restaurant/food truck in Philly?
My favorite food truck on campus is definitely Los Compadres (red truck by the library)! Their shrimp burrito is my midterms week go to.

What advice would you give to a prospective student considering Drexel?
I would tell prospective students to take one week with zero plans and the least amount of outside influence, and for them to think about what makes them happy. For example, do they like video games, but find they need to take a break and play a sport? That could mean that game design is an interest, but sports or possibly sports medicine a passion. Do they hang out with big or small groups of friends, and do they hang out at a crowded mall or have an isolated picnic? That could be a helpful deciding factor between choosing between a big and small school.

Hannah Johnson, BS Biological Science '21Hannah Johnson, BA Biological Sciences ’21

 hsj27@drexel.edu

Hometown: Eldersburg, MD
Minors: Writing and Communication

What is your favorite restaurant/food truck in Philly?
My favorite has to be the halal food trucks on campus because they are super convenient and a staple for Drexel students. If you’re going for a halal truck you have to pick the one outside of the DAC on 33rd and Market because it’s one of the only trucks on campus that serve Diet Coke, which is a must!

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What is your favorite thing about being a student at Drexel?
Being in Philadelphia. Coming from a small rural town in Maryland, I only applied to city schools in Baltimore, D.C. and Philadelphia. I had never been to Philly before coming to Drexel, so I wasn’t sure if I would like the environment and culture of Philly as much as I like Baltimore and D.C. I arrived at Drexel on Admitted Students’ Day in 2017 and fell in love with the city and the college as one unit. I love how Drexel is so integrated into the life of Philadelphia and doesn’t shy away from the city, but instead embraces it as part of the university culture.

What activities/organizations are you involved in?
I am a member of a handful of organizations at Drexel. An organization that really defines my Drexel experience would be the Frances Velay Fellowship program through the Office of Undergraduate Research. The program allows undergraduate women to complete a term-long research experience, raise awareness of current issues for women in STEM, and engage in networking opportunities and mentorship events led by females in the STEM industry.

During my freshman year, I was a member of the 2018 Velay cohort and grew very close with my fellow “Ve-ladies.” We continue to lean on each other and the female faculty connections we made as we continue through college. This year, I was hired onto the Velay staff at Drexel and originated the position of Velay Peer Mentor. Every week, I lead group discussions, assist with our STEM book club, and host weekly office hours for peer discussion. I am also leading my own networking event for the 2019 Velay cohort that is providing specialized upperclassmen mentors for the fellows in each of their majors.

In addition to the Velay program, I am also involved in the Nerd Night presentations organized by the Undergraduate Research Leaders. I have participated in or attended every Nerd Night since my freshman year, and I think it’s a great way to get involved with other undergraduate researchers. I have given presentations about STAR, my work at DUCOM, financial opportunities for undergraduate researchers, and a comparison between research environments at the undergraduate and medical colleges. It's a great way to get more involved in the undergraduate research community.

Another organization that I am involved with is the Postdoc Association at DUCOM. I work directly with the head of this organization to provide educational seminars for undergraduate research recruitment as a partnership with the Office of Undergraduate Research. Our goal is to bridge the gap between undergraduates interested in research and postdocs in need of volunteer researchers. We also work on the undergraduate side of this relationship through leading educational seminars for students to show the multiple ways to earn funding and lab credit for their research. I also lead lab tours, open house events, and Admitted Students’ Days as an ambassador for the biology department. This is a great way to get involved in the Drexel experience and biology student life.

Where is your favorite place on campus?
I have a lot of favorite places on campus and in the past two years, I have been able to define the perfect corners of campus for studying, work meetings and catching up with friends. If I had to choose my favorite place on campus, I would say the benches by the Mario statue. You can spend an afternoon reading a book or writing an essay and witness the integration of Drexel into the city of Philadelphia. Depending on the time of year, you'll find prospective students taking their first picture with Mario to mark the beginning of their college career, graduates throwing their caps up to Mario’s head while standing next to friends who became their family over the past four years, and people of Philadelphia headed to the trolley or Market-Frankford line on their way to work. The area around the Mario statue is always busy and bustling, much like both Philly and Drexel.

What advice would you give to a prospective student considering Drexel?
I would say it is crucial that they experience the campus before applying. When I was applying to college, I was so focused on the numbers and statistics (of both the college and my own academic credentials) that I only cared about what a school looked like on paper. When I got into Drexel and attended an Admitted Students’ Day, I soon realized that colleges were much more than facts. If you love the area and the environment, success and passion will come much easier to you. Be sure to go to a school that constantly motivates you to do your best, in classes and in growing your career.

Drexel Student Samantha JohnsonSamantha Johnson, BA English ’21

 snj46@drexel.edu

Hometown: Brooklyn, New York
Concentration: Literary Studies
Extracurricular activities: Zeta Phi Beta Sorority; President, Multicultural Greek Council, Lindy Scholar Adviser, Lindy Center for Civic Engagement; Society of Collegiate Leadership and Achievement; National Society of Collegiate Scholars.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I am from Brooklyn, New York, but I was raised in Edison, New Jersey. I enjoy running, almost all types of literature and having fun with my friends. After college, I hope to become an editor and to publish my own novel.

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What is your favorite thing about being a student at Drexel?
I love the city‐suburban vibe of Drexel. There’s so much to do both on and off‐campus, and when it comes to Drexel, you will never stop finding new adventures.

Where is your favorite place on campus?
Hands down, Korman Quad. It has the perfect amount of space to sit back and relax, chat with your friends, or even do a little outside studying.

What is your favorite restaurant/food truck in Philly?
I absolutely love CoZara (33rd and Chestnut St.)! The sushi is amazing, and so is the ambiance. You can always go by yourself, but going with friends is an unforgettable experience!

What advice would you give to a prospective student considering Drexel?
I would say to try not to overburden yourself. Don’t cram as many classes as you can into one quarter, and don’t panic if you’re not getting straight A's the first time. Things will work out for the better, and Drexel has a wise network of students, faculty and online resources to help you.

Jasper MacNaughton, BS Mathematics ’20 Jasper MacNaughton, BS Mathematics ’20

 jkm87@drexel.edu

Hometown: Juneau, Alaska
Minors: Computer Science and Economics
Extracurricular activities: Drexel Mathematics Society; Pi Kappa Phi fraternity; Club Tennis; Former Treasurer, Undergraduate Student Government; Former Vice President, Drexel Finance and Investment Group

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What is your favorite thing about being a student at Drexel?
There are two things that I would say are my favorite parts of being a Drexel student: the breadth of experiences and the opportunity for experimentation. I started Drexel as an entrepreneurship major, and after several major shuffles and a co-op experience, found my place in mathematics. Throughout that time, I made many connections, and tried many things out, and am now working as a software developer. Without Drexel, I don't know if I ever would have found my track. In addition, the other classes I've taken in the sciences, humanities and business have given me perspective that I wouldn't trade for anything.

Where is your favorite place on campus?
One of my favorite times is near the end of winter term, just when it starts to get warm, and everyone comes out of hiding to sit around on the academic quad (between LeBow and Korman). It almost seems magical the way that everyone, no matter their major, associations or ethnicity, all gravitate to the same place just to sit for a moment.

What is your favorite restaurant/food truck in Philly?
My favorite food truck is definitely Cucina Zapata and my favorite restaurant is Del Frisco's.

What advice would you give to a prospective student considering Drexel?
At the end of the day, there is no “right” solution or path. In high school, I feel like we were taught to look for an answer. The thing I wish I knew when applying myself was that the whole process is not about figuring out what you're supposed to do, but what you want to do. Drexel has certainly taught me this, through figuring out how to navigate the University and the three co-op experiences.

Sean McClellan, BS Criminology & Justice Studies '21Sean McClellan, BS Criminology & Justice Studies ’21

 smm637@drexel.edu

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Minors: Justice Informatics
Extracurricular activities: President, Drexel Criminal Justice Society; President; Drexel’s chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma, the National Criminal Justice Honor Society; Volunteer, Dornsife Center for Community Partnerships; Intramural Football and Basketball such as community meetings and planning for a new West Philadelphia Community Center.

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What is your favorite thing about being a student at Drexel?
My favorite thing about being a Drexel student is living in Philadelphia. I have lived here my whole life, my family lives here, and I can still hop on the subway and get to the stadiums and watch my favorite teams. I am beyond excited for my upcoming co-op experience as I will try to get an internship for a federal agency and work in Philadelphia because Philadelphia is my home, and I want to make a difference here. Completing my education at Drexel puts me in a great position to do so.

What is your favorite restaurant/food truck in Philly?
My favorite place to eat in Philly is Dalessandro’s. They easily have the best cheesesteak in the city, but it’s in Roxborough, which is a little bit of a hike from campus. However, if you can uber or carpool, it is definitely worth it!

Where is your favorite place on campus?
My favorite place on campus is Lancaster Walk. It can be a little hectic being in the city at times, especially when classes are in session, but Lancaster Walk is somewhere where everyone can relax. Seeing students sit down underneath the trees, hanging out in the sun, or even laying in hammocks gives our campus a well-rounded feel for those of us who need a little escape from city life. I always walk the long way to class to make sure I can cut through Lancaster Walk.

What advice would you give to a prospective student considering Drexel?
The advice that I always give prospective students during panel events or open houses is to be open minded. Not every student gets accepted to their number-one choice, but many end up feeling like their former favorite would not be as good of a fit once they settle in at their school. I always mention that students should trust their gut feeling and make their decision based on how they feel when they are on campus. College is more than academics, and feeling comfortable and happy with their decision is just as important as the decision itself.

Drexel Student Niayla Dia MurrayNiayla-Dia Murray, BA Philosophy and Political Science ’20

 nhm33@drexel.edu

Concentration: Philosophy and Law
Extracurricular activities: Vice President, Drexel University Mock Trial

Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’m a very diligent person: Once I’ve set my mind to do something, I get the job done.

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What is your favorite thing about being a student at Drexel?
Being a Drexel student allows you the freedom to explore the city of Philadelphia — to engage with the city in ways you normally wouldn’t. I am a native “Philadelphian,” and I have explored more of Philadelphia at Drexel than I have most of my life.

Where is your favorite place on campus?
My favorite place on campus is the Student Center, especially during winter. Sitting by the fireplace and doing my work is relaxing.

What is your favorite restaurant/food truck in Philly?
Chubby’s Cheesesteaks on Henry Avenue

What advice would you give to a prospective student considering Drexel?
To take classes seriously and to kick your procrastination habit sooner rather than later. Doing your work early will allow you to enjoy your college years more. Also, choose a major you would like to study! Do not study what you think you should study, but what interests you. This will make your classes all the more interesting and motivate you to do your work.

Uswa Mutaal, BA Political Science & BS Economics '23Uswa Mutaal, BA Political Science & BS Economics ’23

 um37@drexel.edu

Hometown: Lahore, Pakistan
Extracurricular activities: Students Tacking Advanced Research (STAR) scholar; Vice President, Drexel Student Power Network; Senior Editor, HerCampus Drexel; Research Assistant, Department of Politics; Mock Trial Team; Drexel Student Center Concierge; Leader, Civic Engagment Committees; Vice President, Drexel Parliamentary Debates

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What is your favorite thing about being a student at Drexel?
I love that Drexel students are “real” — as simple as that! No matter what college, major or year they may belong to, Drexel students have a highly realistic outlook towards their academic, career and personal goals. I believe that this trait must be attributed to co-op, civic engagement opportunities and community-based classes that immerse students into the workings of real life professional and cultural scenarios, so early in their academic careers. There is a certain kind of endearing thoughtfulness and inclusivity that comes as a result of it.

Where is your favorite place on campus?
Ross Commons has to be my favorite place on campus. The stairway may creak with every step you take; the air conditioning may only be partially functional and being there might rob me of every ounce of self-control to stop myself from overspending on chocolate at the vending machine. However, amidst the corporate grandeur of buildings like LeBow and the historical splendor of buildings like the Main, the massive couches, the patterned rugs and the antique side tables at Ross remind me of home.

What is your favorite restaurant/food truck in Philly?
My go-to place is Savas for when I'm craving comfort food.

What advice would you give to a prospective student considering Drexel?
Join a club with the most absurd mission statement! Take a dance class! Study abroad for a term and come back with an accent! The point being, come to college willing to take risks. There are so many academic, professional and student life resources to gain from, within and outside of your area of study. Don’t limit yourself too soon. Instead, dive in with an open heart and mind. Hopefully, by the time you graduate and are ready to step into the professional realm, you will have explored your interests enough to be well aware of your strengths and weaknesses. Self-awareness, I believe, is the key to success.

Maya Showell, BS/MS Psychology '21Maya Showell, BS/MS Psychology ’21

 mes482@drexel.edu

Hometown: Yeadon, PA
Extracurricular activities: Research Assistant, Department of Psychology’s Applied Neuro-Technologies Lab; Event Coordinator, Drexel Special Olympics Student Organization; Singer, the Trebelmakers, Drexel’s premier all-female a capella group; Spanish tutor; Psi Chi Honor Society; Students of Color in Psychology; Salonistas, a new club aimed to aid students in the Spanish language

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Where is your favorite place on campus?
During the early fall and spring season, my favorite place to be on campus is on the grass in the main quad between LeBow and Stratton Hall. It is so pleasant to be outside with fellow students and get some work done. For some reason, it seems so much more relaxing to do work outside than inside a classroom. Just do not forget to charge your electronics before you do.

During winter, I tend to spend a lot of time in the Creese Student Center, particularly the open section by the dance studio. It is usually a more quiet spot, even though there is almost always people walking through. And since it is right outside the dance and piano studios, it is nice to listen to music while you work.

What is your favorite thing about being a student at Drexel?
The networking opportunities. One of the best things about Drexel is that as a student, you have access to some of the most brilliant minds in their respective fields. If you are interested in a topic or area, there is a faculty member or fellow student who can and is willing to aid you. For example, recently, I had the opportunity to observe and train in Transcranial Magnetic Brain Stimulation at Good Shepherd Rehabilitation and at the University of Pennsylvania’s psychology department. This happened because a recent Drexel graduate is working on her dissertation that using TMS; she heard that I was interested in learning about it, so she invited me to observe her study in action!

What is your favorite restaurant/food truck in Philly?
I am such a foodie at heart so this is a difficult decision, but I will say my favorite restaurant in Philadelphia is Mission Taqueria. The environment is retro and unique in that it always feels laid back, whether it is busy or calm, and the food never lets me down.

What advice would you give to a prospective student considering Drexel?
My advice is to be open to opportunities that you may not have thought about initially. During my college search, Drexel was not initially a choice that I took seriously. I am from the Philadelphia area, so it made sense to apply to some universities in Philadelphia. Once I was accepted, Drexel was the last admitted students’ day I attended before decision day. I walked the campus and visited the psychology department. When I decided to come to Drexel, it surprised both me and my parents. Just because something comes as a surprise does not mean it is wrong. It just means you have tapped into a new discovery. Keep your options open and if you interested, look at it. You can learn a lot.

Prairie Yang, BS/MS Chemistry ’20 - Drexel UniversityPrairie Yang, BS/MS Chemistry ’20

 pey23@drexel.edu

Hometown: Little Egg Harbor, NJ
Extracurricular activities: Drexel’s chapter of the American Chemical Society; Co-Op Theatre Company; Drexel Interstellar; Drexel Mars Society; Drexel Players

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What advice would you give to a prospective student considering Drexel?
My advice is to always say yes and be open. College is the place to gain perspective, the opportunity to explore and push your boundaries. Another important piece of advice I would say is that failure is part of the process. Failure is the reason we grow and learn. It something to gain strength from, not despair over.

Where is your favorite place on campus?
My favorite place is the grass in the Korman Quad on a warm day after it's been cold for a few months, or the chemistry lounge.

What is your favorite restaurant/food truck in Philly?
My favorite food truck on campus is the green H & J truck. They always have a variety of food and are always welcoming. They know me by name because I go there quite often.

What is your favorite thing about being a student at Drexel?
The best thing about Drexel is that you can quite literally do it all. I am both in the arts and sciences (theatre and chemistry), two topics that have no overlap. I have many passions, and Drexel is wonderful in allowing students to nurture all their interests. Additionally, Drexel’s campus is close in proximity and you’re able to run into many people you know despite it having a large student population. I really love the vigor and drive that is required to run on a quarter schedule. Of course, I absolutely love co-op and research; both aspects have taught me so much and helped me grow.


Past Members

Drexel Student Nick Barber

Nick Barber, BS Geoscience ’18

Board Member: 2017-2018

Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I am a senior geoscience student from Willow Grove, Pennsylvania. I am an active student researcher, whose work has mainly concerned the study of volcanoes, or volcanology. I am also an avid reader, and I like to unwind after a long day by playing with my pet rabbit.

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What activities/organizations are you involved in?
Drexel Undergraduate Research Leaders, Drexel Fellowship Ambassadors, Paleontology and Geology Club of Drexel University.

What is your favorite thing about being a student at Drexel?
I think I've come to like the fast pace of both academics and research. With everything running on a 10-week schedule, it means there is always something new happening. I get antsy if I'm not able to learn something new, or if I don't have something to work on, so the turnover with new classes makes for a really exciting academic experience. I think that same fast pace finds its way into research, where the frenetic pace of classes makes for a difficult but rewarding balancing act with research. I think the structure of Drexel's education has made me prepared to take on the fast‐paced and challenging world of graduate research.

Where is your favorite place on campus?
My lab, the Drexel Lava Lab, located in PISB 504. It's a quiet, secluded space where I can work alongside geoscience graduate students doing research. It's also cozy, warm, and gets a lot of sunlight — making it a great place to unwind and pick the brains of graduate students.

What is your favorite restaurant/food truck in Philly?
I have eaten at many restaurants, and none has come close to matching Sabrina's in University City for quality. I will sorely miss their food when I move away this fall.

What advice would you give to a prospective student considering Drexel?
The advice I always offer is to seek out opportunities that interest you. That sounds like a no‐brainer, but I've found that people don't always leverage Drexel's incredibly useful resources to the fullest. I have worked heavily with the Office of Undergraduate Research, the Center for Scholar Development, and the Study Abroad Office, to name a few, to create opportunities for myself and to find ways to make my goals achievable. All of these great academic and professional resources exist to help students, so I would say don't be afraid to schedule a meeting and see what is out there. On that note, if you are passionate about research or scholarship, don't be afraid to jump into the unknown.

Drexel Political Science Student John BrooksJohn Brooks, BA Political Science ’19

Board Member: 2018-2019

What activities/organizations are you involved in?
I am a member of Commuter Student Resources, The Drexel Philosophy Club, Drexel Triathlon Team, and the Drexel Veterans Association. I am also in the Honors College program.

What is your favorite thing about being a student at Drexel?
I enjoy the Honors College events and discussions.

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Where is your favorite place on campus?
My favorite place is probably the Daskalakis Swimming Pool.

What is your favorite restaurant/food truck in Philly?
My favorite restaurant is Morimoto. It is a Japanese restaurant at 7th and Chestnut.

What advice would you give to a prospective student considering Drexel?
I would advise them to seek as many experiences and new opportunities as are available to them. You may find that you are not interested in all of them, but you will never know if you remain afraid to put yourself out there.

Drexel Student Sandy DingSandy Ding, BS Psychology ’19

Board Member: 2017-2019

Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I am a junior psychology major with a minor in information systems.

What activities/organizations are you involved in?
I'm involved in the Community Student Association, which is dedicated to providing programming for commuter and off-campus students. I'm also involved in the Lindy Center for Civic Engagement as a teaching assistant for CIVIC 101, the first-year civic engagement course.

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What is your favorite thing about being a student at Drexel?
You can explore your interests through research and interdisciplinary study. The co‐op opportunities are great; I can explore careers in fields within and outside of my major. There's no limit to what you can do.

Where is your favorite place on campus?
The Quad

What is your favorite restaurant/food truck in Philly?
Manakeesh Café on the corner of 45th and Walnut

What advice would you give to a prospective student considering Drexel?
Take advantage of all the opportunities you have and make use of the resources offered!

Drexel Student Emily HarknessEmily Harkness, BS Physics ’20

Board Member: 2017-2018

Tell us a little bit about yourself.
My name is Emily Harkness and I'm a fourth year physics major at Drexel University. I'm primarily interested in biophysics and medical physics, the former being my research area for co‐op, but I love studying all types of physics! Beyond my academic interests, I love singing and have been a part of the Drexel TrebleMakers, an all‐female a cappella group, since I came to Drexel. I also enjoy reading, playing Dungeons and Dragons with my friends and playing with my cat.

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What activities/organizations are you involved in?
I'm a member of both the Women in Physics Society and the Society of Physics Students. I am also the public relations chair for the Drexel TrebleMakers.

What is your favorite thing about being a student at Drexel?
My favorite thing about being a student here is the community. I have found a variety of communities at Drexel, large and small, that are so incredibly supportive. I've made life‐long friends and found groups of people that support me through so much. I truly think that anyone can find a community at Drexel that they love.

Where is your favorite place on campus?
When it's cold out, I love to sit in the Main building. It's so peaceful early in the morning, it's plenty warm, and I love sitting on a bench with a breakfast sandwich and a coffee to start my day. When it's warm, I like to sit out on Lancaster Walk. There's always so much activity during the spring and summer — it's so fun!

What is your favorite restaurant/food truck in Philly?
My favorite restaurant in Philly is Vedge, but it's really expensive! I only go there once in a blue moon when my parents are paying. My favorite food truck is probably H&J in food truck alley; they make eggplant parmesan!

What advice would you give to a prospective student considering Drexel?
Whenever I meet with prospective students, I advise them to keep an open mind and do what feels right to them. Obviously, I would love to have many bright students in my program, but I also want them to find the right fit for their post‐secondary experience. I also notice that a lot of prospective students come in with assumptions about Drexel or our programs before coming here, so I advise them to keep an open mind so they can see what it's truly like. This way they can make an informed, honest decision.

Yih-Chia LamYih-Chia Lam, BS Criminology and Justice Studies ’19

Board Member: 2017-2019

Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Hi, I'm Yih-Chia (pronounced as E-Chia — yup, like the Chia pet). I'm a first-generation Chinese American (你好!), so I speak Mandarin at home with my parents. My major is in criminology and justice studies, and my minors are in neuroscience and writing. I'm graduating with the class of 2019. In my free time, I like to sleep. I also like to read random things online.

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What activities/organizations are you involved in?
On campus, I'm part of the Criminal Justice Society, which is a student-run club that welcomes anyone who is interested in criminology and criminal justice. The CJ Society hosts amazing guest speakers who often give presentations detailing cases they've worked on. So far we've hosted a Special Agent from the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), officers from the Philadelphia Police Department of Gang Intelligence, and a forensic psychologist — to name a few. I encourage anyone who is interested to attend! Details are on DragonLink under the Drexel Criminal Justice Society. I'm also a student research volunteer for the Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity, which facilitates criminal record expungements to increase employment opportunities for those reentering society. Off campus, I help out at the Philabundance Hunger Relief Center near the sports stadiums, packing food boxes for distribution to those in need. I also practice Tang Soo Do karate with Amkor Karate Institute out in the suburbs when I have the time (which is never).

What is your favorite thing about being a student at Drexel?
My favorite thing about being a student at Drexel is the sheer number of international opportunities at our fingertips. Want to study abroad but don't want to uproot your life for half a year? You can easily enroll in an Intensive Course Abroad, which is a ten-day trip over either winter or spring break. Some trips don't even have major requirements, so as long as you pass a casual interview letting the professor know you aren't a serial killer, you're good to go! Don't even worry about not knowing anyone else on the trip. During my first winter as a criminology student, I went on an ICA to Scandinavia with a professor and four other students I had never met before and everything turned out fine.

Where is your favorite place on campus?
My favorite place on campus is the Rush Alumni Garden near the College of Computing and Informatics. There are a couple of tables with outlets, a fountain in the corner, and a ton of squirrels and birds to watch if you're ever bored. It's the best place to sequester yourself when you need some peace and quiet.

What is your favorite restaurant/food truck in Philly?
I'm a huge fan of the food truck Cucina Zapata, located between Main and the CAT Building. I would kill a man for their curry.

What advice would you give to a prospective student considering Drexel?
Don't be afraid to make decisions that deviate from your original plan of study. I actually switched to criminology from another major. I was miserable during my first year at Drexel. Courses felt overwhelming and I felt isolated, despite making friends and joining clubs on campus. After meeting with a career adviser and sitting in on a few criminology classes, I decided to change my major, and I haven't regretted it since.

Drexel Student Maegan MadrigalMaegan Madrigal, BA History ’19

Board Member: 2017-2019

Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Hi! My name is Maegan and I am originally from Los Angeles, California. I sometimes go by Mae. I am a senior majoring in history with minors in politics and sociology.

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What activities/organizations are you involved in?
I am currently an RA, Vice President of Administration of Panhellenic Council, Treasurer of Biddle Law Society and a member of Tri Sigma Sorority.

What is your favorite thing about being a student at Drexel?
My favorite thing is just the overall atmosphere. Everyone is so motivated and there’s always a chance you’ll meet some incredible people here. The fact that Drexel is basically in the middle of Philadelphia just makes it better.

Where is your favorite place on campus?
I love Main Building. It’s so full of history and there’s always an open spot to study (or nap) between classes.

What is your favorite restaurant/food truck in Philly?
I love El Rey on 20th and Chestnut. It’s great Mexican food and reminds me of home.

What advice would you give to a prospective student considering Drexel?
Plan ahead! Plan your class schedules a quarter (or two) ahead. That way you remain on track, and it’s easier to see which study abroad programs work with your schedule.

Drexel Physics Student Bee MartinBee Martin, BS Physics ’20

Board Member: 2018-2019

What activities/organizations are you involved in?
I'm the president of the Society of Physics Students, Drexel University Chapter.

What is your favorite thing about being a student at Drexel?
I love living in Philadelphia and having access to all that entails. Being able to travel on foot or by public transit wherever I need to go is extremely useful to me.

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Where is your favorite place on campus?
I quite like the Korman Quad. There's a lot of nice green space there.

What is your favorite food truck/restaurant in Philly?
My favorite restaurant in Philly is El Rey over on Chestnut.

What advice would you give to a prospective student considering Drexel?
Give greater consideration to the type of environment you want to learn in. Living in the city has been a really positive experience for me and has had an even greater effect than academics in my happiness here. Choosing the right major is important, but most of my friends have changed majors at least once, so it's not the be-all end-all of things.

Lindsay Morrissey, Global Studies student at Drexel UniversityLindsay Morrissey, BA Global Studies ’19

Board Member: 2017-2019

What activities/organizations are you involved in?
Pennoni Honors College, Lindy Scholars Adviser, Student Philanthropy Council, Welcome Center Staff at Drexel Rec Center, Formerly a member of Delta Zeta Sorority

What is your favorite thing about being a student at Drexel?
The Co-op and quarter schedule, the diversity of the students, and the campus being located within walking distance to Center City - plus it has a great view of the skyline!

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Where is your favorite place on campus?
It's a tie between the Drexel Rec Center, Main Building and Lebow Hall

What is your favorite food truck/restaurant in Philly?
My favorite food truck is Happy Sunshine!

What advice would you give to a prospective student considering Drexel?
To be involved in student/campus activities as much as possible so you can meet people and make connections for your professional career. Don't be afraid to try new minors and classes. It's okay if you change majors a few times. Branch out as much as possible to find your niche.

Drexel Student Dakota PetersonDakota Peterson, BA Political Science ’18

Board Member: 2017-2018

Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I grew up in heart of Denver, Colorado. While I loved the camping, backpacking, skiing, hiking and outdoor lifestyle that came along with growing up in Denver, much of my life revolved around soccer. Whether it was 5 a.m. personal training before school or games on the weekends, I was playing soccer constantly. This commitment to the game developed a drive and desire to push myself that would eventually translate into my education. During my sophomore year of college, I took my first real steps away from soccer, developed new interests and shifted my focus towards politics. Since then, I have developed a keen interest in international relations and found a path forward that I am excited to pursue, putting the unique skills I have learned at Drexel into practice.

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What activities/organizations are you involved in?
I was on the men's soccer team and spent some time in the Drexel Socialist organization and the NAACP. I am part of the Drexel Leadership Academy and the SAAC student‐athlete representatives body.

What is your favorite thing about being a student at Drexel?
The connections and networks I have made are by far the most important thing to me as a Drexel student. Whether it is the connections I have made with friends or the relationships I have built with my teachers and faculty within the school, these ties and the effects they have had on what I want to do after college is what will be the most influential part of my time at Drexel. Further, being in the city is one of my other favorite aspects of Drexel.

Where is your favorite place on campus?
I like LeBow because it has a lot of foot traffic but can also be a good place to study. Another place I like is Ross Commons because of the good vibes and pool tables.

What is your favorite restaurant/food truck in Philly?
I do not know the food trucks too well, but I like Pete’s. As for restaurants in Philly, one of my favorites is Jamonera, which serves tapas in Center City.

What advice would you give to a prospective student considering Drexel?
Life at Drexel is unique with the quarter system and added co‐op experience. But for a prospective student at Drexel, I think the most important thing to understand and really take to heart is that the university has an incredible amount of opportunities for students, as long as they are willing to seek them out. It wasn't really until my junior year that I was able to tap into some of the unique opportunities within Drexel, and it was only because I didn't know about them and I didn’t know to look for them. The best thing you can do is ask your teachers for guidance on who to talk to about opportunities, look up organizations and schedule meetings with people within the university.

Drexel Student Ashley Phetsanthad

Ashley Phetsanthad, BS + MS Chemistry ’18

Board Member: 2017-2018

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I'm a senior in Drexel’s BS + MS program pursuing a BS in Chemistry and an MS in Analytical Chemistry. My experiences conducting research in the lab have led me to pursue a PhD in Analytical Chemistry starting next fall. Outside of school, I like to go on calming motorcycle rides and spend my free moments binge watching TV shows.

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What activities/organizations are you involved in?
I have been a member of Drexel's American Chemical Society since my freshman year, and spent two years as an officer. I've also represented the chemistry department at CoAS open houses for three years now.

What is your favorite thing about being a student at Drexel?
Drexel gave me so many experiences and opportunities that I would not have gotten from another university. The co-op program provides invaluable experience; the real-world applications and lessons learned in my co-ops taught me a lot about my field and interests.

Where is your favorite place on campus?
I love Lancaster Walk behind the rec center. On a nice day, I like to hang my hammock up on two trees and take a nap, listen to music, do homework, or hang out with friends.

What is your favorite restaurant/food truck in Philly?
Bonchon Chicken in Chinatown is my favorite restaurant. I will always be in the mood for their Korean fried chicken.

What advice would you give to a prospective student considering Drexel?
Pursuing a five-year, three co-op program in college sounds daunting, but time flies and you learn so much from the extra year you invest. The quarter system can also seem intimidating and stressful, but if you manage your time and stay organized, you might like it better than a semester system.

Drexel Student Jacquelynn Ross

Jacquelynn Ross, BA/BS Mathematics, Finance & Business Analytics ’19

Board Member: 2017-2018

Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I am a fourth year triple major in math, finance and business analytics at Drexel University. I like to play intramural sports with my sorority sisters and enjoy writing and reading poetry.

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What activities/organizations are you involved in?
I am the president of my sorority Phi Mu Beta Tau and a member of the Math Student Organization. I play intramural basketball, flag football and softball with my sorority and other Greek organizations.

What is your favorite thing about being a student at Drexel?
My favorite thing about Drexel is the urban campus environment. It has allowed me to step out of my comfort zone and navigate to places I wouldn't have if I went to a more secluded campus. I also like that because of the environment, Drexel attracts people from all backgrounds, cultures and ethnicities. When you meet so many people that aren't similar to you, it really helps you grow as a person. No one judges anyone because everyone is just as unique as quirky as the next person! Also, everyone cares about school because of how fast we move here. We really do work hard and play hard.

Where is your favorite place on campus?
My favorite place is the new entrance of the Korman Building. This is technically the building where the Math Resource Center and all of the math advisers used to be before the construction started. The newly renovated entrance has tons of study rooms, couches, TV screens for group collaboration, and best of all, it isn't as crowded as the library and is open all night long!

What is your favorite restaurant/food truck in Philly?
My favorite restaurant in Philly is La Fontana. It is an Italian restaurant right in Center City on 17th street with great food, a great atmosphere and great dessert!

What advice would you give to a prospective student considering Drexel?
If you are looking for a university to give you a degree and get out, Drexel isn't the place for you. Drexel is the place for students who want to get involved, want to add that second major, and want to strive to get that prestigious co‐op. Everyone is so hard working that you step your game up as well. I would encourage you to walk through the library and see all the students working hard every week of classes. I would then encourage you to walk down Market Street or up Lancaster Walk to see all of the students in their free time as well. And I would think logically about where you want to be in five years. Look beyond the theatrics that colleges throw at you and look at the people who chose to spend their five years here.

Kelly RozanitisKelly Rozanitis, BS Geoscience, '19

Board Member: 2018-2019

What activities/organizations are you involved in?
I am the president of the Paleontology and Geology Club and was a TA for Drexel's GeoDESLA high school program this August.

What is your favorite thing about being a student at Drexel?
My favorite part of being a student at Drexel is the independence I've developed since beginning here. Being at school year-round, as well as having extended periods of co-op where I'm a full-time employee in my area of interest, has forced me to learn how to support myself, create my own schedule, manage my time and prioritize my responsibilities in school, work and at home. I think those are skills that can't exactly be taught in a classroom, but are extremely important for life in general, and I am so grateful that I was able to develop those during my time at Drexel.

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Where is your favorite place on campus?
My favorite place on campus is the Academy of Natural Sciences.

What advice would you give to a prospective student considering Drexel?
My advice to a prospective student applying to college would be to focus on finding the best fit for themselves. I believe that the "right choice" in a school is one that continuously allows you to challenge yourself but also helps you grow and mature in your own life. College is an enormous transition into adulthood, but it is also an opportunity to lay the foundation for the future that you want. I believe it's crucial to find the right academic program, level of independence, and culture in a school.

Victoria Smith, Chemistry Student at Drexel UniversityVictoria Smith, BS Chemistry, ’19

Board Member: 2018-2019

What activities/organizations are you involved in?
Sierra Club and Drexel Community Scholars. I am also a tutor in the Department of Mathematics.

What is your favorite thing about being a student at Drexel?
My favorite thing about being a student at Drexel is the faculty! The faculty in the chemistry department are amazing, and throughout my undergraduate career, they have motivated me and pushed me to become the person I am today.

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Where is your favorite place on campus?
My favorite place on campus is the new Korman Center. I love studying in the lounge area and on the second floor.

What is your favorite restaurant/food truck in Philly?
My favorite restaurant is Lolita in Center City.

What advice would you give to a prospective student considering Drexel?
Whenever I talk with prospective students about deciding where to attend college, I always give the same advice: "Go where feels right." Not where their parents want them to go, or where their friends are going, but where they feel at home and confident that the university will support their endeavors.

Sanjana Venkat, Drexel College of Arts and Sciences Student Advisory Board MemberSanjana Venkat, BA Mathematics, ’19

Board Member: 2018-2019

What activities/organizations are you involved in?
I am a student tutor for various introductory mathematics classes at the Math Resource Center. I’m also on the executive board of ASBMB (American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology) and hold an active position as a Lindy Scholar with the Lindy Center for Civic Engagement. I am a member of the Pennoni Honors College, through which I have held various leadership positions, including Orientation Leader and Honors Ambassador.

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What is your favorite thing about being a student at Drexel?
My favorite thing about being at Drexel University is, hands down, the environment. Being able to walk across Market Street and see the entire Philadelphia skyline to the right never gets old. Additionally, there are facilities and areas all over campus that provide access to university resources, study spaces and green spaces. Regardless of your career interests, Drexel’s location in Philadelphia gives you endless opportunities, providing connections to a multitude of institutions and businesses based in the surrounding area. As a student interested in pre-health, I find myself a short walk away from a handful of world-class hospitals and health care facilities, which has allowed me to build my experiences in a practical way.

Where is your favorite place on campus?
My favorite place on campus is the Math Resource Center. As a student tutor there, I’ve spent my time as an undergraduate meeting new people every week, both teaching and learning from every individual. Working at the MRC has given me the chance to gain insight into the different ways people learn and understand, while exposing me to people from every major and college at Drexel. I’ve had some of my most memorable moments at the MRC, sharing my strengths with others and having them do the same with me.

What is your favorite restaurant/food truck in Philly?
My favorite restaurant in Philly is Wahoo's. Their churro chips are the best desert on campus!

What advice would you give to a prospective student considering Drexel?
I found choosing a college to be a journey that forced an open mind. I think the most important aspect is comfort, as well as finding a school with support for your interests. This includes anything from athletics, to your educational program, to the facilities found on campus. I would also stress the importance of physically visiting the schools you are interested in; you may be surprised by how different you feel when you get there. It wasn’t until I attended a tour at Drexel that I realized I had found everything I wanted in its urban campus.

Drexel Student Caitlin WalczykCaitlin Walczyk, BA Global Studies and Political Science ’18

Board Member: 2017-2018

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I am a senior, double majoring in global studies and political science, with minors in German and Russian. I've lived in Germany and Kazakhstan, and am planning to go to law school!

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What activities/organizations are you involved in?

I have been involved in a variety of organizations in my time at Drexel, including as an executive board member for the Drexel German Club and the Student Global Advisory Board. I am also a member of the Delta Phi Epsilon sorority.

What is your favorite thing about being a student at Drexel?

There are so many diverse perspectives. There are people from all over the country and world who represent a plethora of cultures, religions and political preferences.

Where is your favorite place on campus?

Drexel Park. When it is sunny, I love sitting there and admiring the view of Center City.

What is your favorite restaurant/food truck in Philly?

Happy Sunshine! The yellow truck on Arch Street between 33rd and 34th.

What advice would you give to a prospective student considering Drexel?

If you're looking for something other than the "typical" college experience, this is the place for you. It's a place that will help you grow and figure out who you are personally, academically and professionally. There are so many wonderful opportunities waiting around every corner, and so many members of the staff and faculty that are eager to help you achieve as much success as possible.

Drexel Student Cutler WhitleyCutler Whitely, BS Biology ’18

Board Member: 2017-2018

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I am a Drexel pre‐medical student who was previously an athlete on the World Snowboard Tour. I was inspired to go into medicine after experiencing sports‐related injuries and developing an interest in science. Now, I have found new passion in helping other people by volunteering at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, supporting the community and pursuing a career in medicine as a plastic and reconstructive surgeon.

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What activities/organizations are you involved in?
I currently volunteer at CHOP's premier television and radio station, Galaxy 51, which holds interactive gameshows for inpatients. I also help tutor and mentor fellow students at Drexel's premedical fraternity, Phi Delta Epsilon, and I have just begun volunteering at MANNA to prepare meals for those in need. In my spare time, I love to go hiking and snowboarding.

What is your favorite thing about being a student at Drexel?
My favorite thing about Drexel is that it prepared me for the real world. I have to admit: The challenging course load and shortened semesters intimidated me at first. However, when I finally got accustomed to the fast pace, I realized that the work ethic and time management skills I had gained had set me apart in the workplace. I have learned that many employers actually prefer hiring Drexel co‐op students over the average intern because of this.

Where is your favorite place on campus?
The Drexel gym is the best place on campus hands down. Not only is it a great place to burn off some steam, but it also has a gigantic indoor basketball court, two floors of workout equipment, a swimming pool and several squash courts. After a long day of classes, it is great to get in there and get active.

What is your favorite restaurant/food truck in Philly?
Based on my love for marinara sauce, I would have to say that Little Nonna's is my favorite restaurant in Philly (they specialize in Italian cuisine). It is one of those places where just about any item on the menu will make your mouth water. If you are looking for great food and a great setting, I would recommend it!

What advice would you give to a prospective student considering Drexel?
I would say that if you are looking for a school that will prepare you for the workforce, challenge you intellectually and push you to the limit, then Drexel is right for you. When people ask me about this university, I describe it as a place that will work tirelessly with you to help you achieve your career goals. Not only is the co‐op program unmatched, but we are centrally located in an urban environment that provides convenient opportunities for students involved in the medical field, community service and technology.