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Nicky Como

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA

Hobbies: Drawing and writing

Major: Undeclared, exploring Biological Sciences

What made you choose Drexel?

I wanted to stay close to my family, Drexel also has an amazing co-op program and the Pennoni Honors College which I am a part of. All that considered, it seemed like the best fit for me.

What made you choose FYES?

I was not sure on what to major in, I did not want to have any regrets, so I joined FYES to explore. I knew I wanted to be a premed student, but I did not know what major would best prepare me for medical school. Through FYES, I was able to realize what I really like and what is not for me.

What are the academic and professional benefits of exploring your first year?

The biggest benefit I got out of this experience was being able to meet so many people across different majors and programs. I was able to hear about various paths and aspirations different people had. I am so glad I connected with all the students and professors that I did. I learned a lot about different career projections and was able to take time to think about what fits best for me. I was able to take a drawing class and a chemistry class at the same time, two very different courses.

What has your experience been like with your advisor?

Very positive! Talking to my advisor made the transition from high school to college less intimidating because I could have discussions about which classes I wanted to take. I was able to find a plan that worked for me. Some students do not talk to their advisors often, but I do, and I recommend it.

Any memorable classes or instructors?

The last course I took in the FYES program before I declared my major in the spring was FYES 102. I liked being in a class where we discussed career choices and what we want in the future. It was unlike any other class, and it made the term feel less rigid. It was a nice and helpful break from the hard math and sciences classes I was taking at the time. I also really enjoyed my General Psychology I class with Dr. Tyler. I really enjoyed the content and it made me more confident to go into the sciences and the lectures were enjoyable.

Biggest takeaways from the FYES classes or the whole FYES experience?

Your college experience is yours and yours only. You don't need to follow a rigid path someone else has set up for you. You should be confident to explore your interests and find what you really like before committing time and money to a degree. I was afraid of coming into college undecided, but it was the best idea.

What else are you involved in at Drexel? How can students get involved in university groups?

I am a writer for the opinion section of The Triangle, Drexel's student run newspaper. I also recently joined AMWA, American Medical Women's Association, among other medical related organizations on campus. I found out about these through orientation week zoom calls and I went on Dragonlink. Use Dragonlink and follow the club's social media handles to stay updated on their meetings and events.