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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, BS 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. In addition to Velay, I also like to present in Nerd Night presentations with the Undergraduate Research Leaders and I am working with the Postdoc Association at DUCOM to form a connection between undergraduate interested in research and postdocs in need of volunteer researchers.

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

Concentration: Literary Studies
Extracurricular activities: o Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.; Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity; Multicultural Greek Council; Lindy Scholars Program Advisor; Newman Civic Fellowship; 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 Drexel has. 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?
Probably the Korman Quad and Center. With the new upgrades to the building and to the Quad, it’s become a very relaxing space to study, host events, and hang out with friends.

What is your favorite restaurant/food truck in Philly?
My favorite restaurant right now is El Taco (33rd & Powelton). The food is amazing, the ambiance is so nice, and it’s close to home as well!

What advice would you give to a prospective student considering Drexel?
Whether you’re interested in the arts, humanities, STEM, business or the medical field, Drexel has a place for you. Aside from all the different colleges and majors, Drexel has so many organizations to choose from. This is a school where you really have to try to be bored, so let that be your motivator to explore all that you can, and then some!

Jasper MacNaughton, BA Mathematics ’20 Jasper MacNaughton, BA 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; Leader, Civic Engagement Committees; Event Coordinator, Dragons for UNICEF.

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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.

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

 mes482@drexel.edu

Hometown: Yeadon, PA
Minors: Neuroscience and Spanish
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.