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Sophia Mattia

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Hometown: Philadelphia, PA

Hobbies: singing, songwriting, writing, bingeing tv shows

Future major, if chosen: I have not chosen my major yet but I’m leaning towards English and also looking into EAM.

What made you choose Drexel?

I chose Drexel because it is close to my family — just a 15-20 minute drive away from my house. I always knew I wanted to go to a college that had a city campus. I also chose Drexel because of the co-op program that it offers.

What made you choose FYES?

When I applied to Drexel I was not confident in the major that I applied as and I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to do. Before I started my freshman year I found FYES and thought it seemed like the perfect opportunity for me to explore all of my interests and rule things in or out for my academic path.

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

I have gotten connected with a lot of different students and professors by exploring my first year which has allowed me to gain access to information about different majors and activities pretty easily. It has also significantly improved my communication skills. Academically speaking, I feel as though I benefited by being exposed to a lot of different areas of study, acquiring skills in each of those areas that could be applied later on down the line in my academic path. I also think that since I explored, I fulfilled a lot of requirements within the majors I’m looking at, which keeps me on track for graduation.

What has your experience been like with your advisor?

Amazing! Nina is the absolute sweetest and is always ready and willing to work with me even when I’m constantly switching my mind about the major I want to pursue. She has so much patience and is always available to meet with me and discuss my options! I can tell she really cares about my academic path and me as a person. She’s also super easy to talk to!

Any memorable classes or instructors?

One of my favorite professors at Drexel so far has to be Daniel Driscoll. I’ve had him twice, but his Threshold Concepts in Writing class (WRIT 195) made an impression on me. I liked exploring the threshold concepts behind writing and using those concepts to study my own writing. I also had a good experience with Dr. Veronica Carey in my Lifespan Human Development class (BACS 100). While I will not be pursuing Behavioral Health Counseling as a major, it was interesting to learn about different psychological theories in terms of how we develop as humans. A great class to take to learn something new!

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

Through FYES I’ve learned that whatever major I choose can lead me to many different paths and careers in life, so while I should choose a major I like, I shouldn’t get so hung up on the career part of it all because I could end up doing something totally unrelated. I also realized that not everyone has their life figured out, which was the impression I had been getting all my life, so it was nice to see other students who were undecided in their major and hear about their exploratory experiences as well.

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

I am a writer for the Arts & Entertainment section of The Triangle and a staff member and editor of the Maya Literary Magazine. I enjoy my involvement in each of these groups because they are tailored to my interests in writing and Arts & Entertainment. If students want to get involved at Drexel they should get on DragonLink! It’s super helpful for seeing all the groups and organizations that Drexel has to offer. Students should also talk to their professors who are involved in departments that they are interested in to see if there are any activities they can participate in. That’s how I got involved with Maya!