Hometown: Levittown, Pennsylvania
Majors: Architectural Engineering
Class Year: 2026
How did you become interested in engineering?
I was always interested in math and science growing up, and the idea of
being given a problem and finding the most optimal solution really piqued
my interest. Engineering combined my passion for creativity and problem
solving in a unique way that would allow me to be challenged with issues
that plague our world now such as climate issues and sustainability.
When you were looking at colleges, what made Drexel stand out?
Many colleges I looked at offered me great opportunities, but nearly none
offered me the ability to put myself in a real engineer's shoes as much as
Drexel. Like most people, the co-op program drew my attention to Drexel as
I realized how beneficial this program would be to network with
professionals and really get my foot in the door of the industry.
Why did you decide to focus on your major in particular?
I have lived in the suburbs my whole life, but going to New York city and
Philadelphia were my favorite trips because I was surrounded by tall
skyscrapers. It was astounding to me that people designed and constructed
buildings that towered over my head and could be seen from miles away. That
was the first time I was interested in pursuing a career that would
eventually help me design my own skyscraper.
What has been your favorite class so far?
My most interesting class so far has been my engineering design class. I
took the class in spring term and it was the first time I was able to able
to experience the issues architectural engineers face in the work force
such as sustainability, cost and functionality of a building in an urban
setting. I had to take energy costs, location, building envelope and layout
into account, and was able to collaborate with my peers to find the most
effective solution. Additionally, this class introduced me to software such
as Revit and AutoCAD that are used in the industry and can help prepare me
for my co-ops and future job positions.
What extracurricular groups are you in?
I am the outreach co-chair for the Society of Women Engineers club at
Drexel. The club is a great way for me to engage with other female
engineers in all types of STEM disciplines. Having connections to
upperclassmen has been beneficial to me as they have given me great insight
based on their personal experience. Aside from the club members, I have
been able to learn more about the engineering field overall and have been
able to then provide that information to other college students and even
high schoolers who are interested in pursuing a degree in engineering.
How have you enjoyed living and learning in Philadelphia?
Living in a city setting itself has kept me on my feet. Every day, there is
an endless number of opportunities available, and a myriad of activities
going on. Being surrounded by a diverse group of people has allowed me to
gain more perspective on every topic, because each person has different
insights. Living in Philadelphia specifically, with its mix of modern
architecture and historical buildings, has boosted my passion for
architectural engineering specifically; I am surrounded by new modern style
buildings as well as historic old buildings. The inclusion of art styles
and expressions with the booming music scenes and murals around the
Philadelphia area beautifies this city even more and reminds me of the
power of creativity humans hold.
What is your favorite part about your Drexel experience so far?
My favorite part of the Drexel experience has been the opportunities to
meet people. Due to the activities and events Drexel holds as well as the
housing situation, the international student influx, the clubs, and the
dining halls, I can meet new people every day from different backgrounds
who are pursuing different degrees. It's been refreshing to connect with
people I may not have ever met had it not been for all the opportunities Drexel offers.
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