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Meet Hana Graybill

Drexel Student Hana Graybill

Degree: BA Communication '21
Hometown: Kennett Square, Pennsylvania
- Special Events & Donations Co-Op, Child Life Department, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
- Dornsife Center Co-Op, Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships
Extracurricular activities: Gamma Sigma Sigma (Service Sorority), College of Arts & Sciences Student Advisory Board

What led you to choose your major?
I started at Drexel as a psychology major. Although we have an amazing psychology department here, it wasn’t the right fit for me. Communication seemed interesting, so I decided to take Mass Media & Society as an introductory course. The course was more stimulating for me than any of the other courses I had taken. After a few weeks, I officially changed my major, and I haven’t looked back since!

Has anything surprised you about your experience at Drexel?
I was incredibly surprised to discover how interconnected Drexel is. Despite the large size of the school, everyone seems to know everyone else, whether through majors, classes, dorms or clubs. For me, this interconnectedness brings a close-knit feeling to Drexel that I really enjoy.

What is your favorite thing about your department?
I love how helpful and interested the faculty in the communication department are. Each of my professors have been genuinely interested in my goals and in helping me achieve those goals. They never hesitate to offer beneficial opportunities, like suggestions for co-op jobs or clubs to join. I feel truly supported.

How has your degree program influenced your career goals?
While I’m not entirely sure what I want to do after graduation, I am passionate about helping people. Studying communication is giving me the skills I need to make a difference, and both of my co-ops — at Drexel’s Dornsife Center and at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia — have given me opportunities to implement those skills and experience their implications firsthand. My classes and co-ops have exposed me to different career possibilities and reaffirmed that I need to be in a position where I am helping others in some way.

Do you have any advice for prospective students?
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.

Prospective Students

Please email or call us at 215.895.1805 with any questions you may have. We look forward to hearing from you!