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On the Path to Success at Dornsife

Troy at a fencing club tournament

December 13, 2018

Troy Fluks, an accelerated public health BS/MPH '22 major in the Dornsife School of Public Health, keeps himself very busy. "Before I start my career, I want to be as active and involved as possible," shares Fluks. Between his first-year public health classes, he can be found with his fellow Fencing Club members at a tournament or practicing in the Armory, working part time at a local restaurant, volunteering with veterans, and playing his guitar.

A first-generation student, Fluks chose Dornsife with his future career goals in mind. "Drexel is positioned in close proximity to top hospitals and community-based organizations that offer unique opportunities to students," he says. Ultimately, the University's Co-op program and Dornsife’s commitment to public health practice drove his decision to commit to Drexel University.

"I've always been interested in medicine and diseases that aren't widely discussed thanks in part to my grandmother who works for PTC Therapeutics in South Jersey," Fluks says. PTC Therapeutics develops new treatments for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, characterized by progressive muscle degeneration, spinal muscular atrophy, and other rare diseases. "I turned to public health as a means to investigate disease."

Fluks will most likely apply to Dornsife's Epidemiology MPH program in his junior year. He is also considering going to medical school after graduation. At some point in his career, he hopes to work for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

So far, Fluks has really enjoyed city life, the diversity, and being able to walk everywhere. He grew up an hour outside of the city in East Greenville, PA. "I love being here, coming from a small town, I get to meet people from all over the world."

His advice for students considering the field of public health — "come in with a good heart."