Hometown: Newtown Square Pennsylvania
Hobbies: Drumming, listening/collecting music, audio engineering
Major: Computing and Informatics: Information Systems (BS) Music Minor (BS)
What made you choose Drexel?
The co-op program, easily. Living in Philadelphia has always been a dream of mine as well. I believe everyone, at some point in their life, should live in a major city for at least a few years. Why not?
What made you choose First- Year Exploratory Studies (FYES)?
I chose First-Year Exploratory Studies because I was truly unsure about which major to pursue. I am passionate about music, but theory is not something I am keen on. I have loved computers since I was very young, however, Drexel’s computer science majors are a bit unique, so it was quite the challenge choosing a suitable major. In my opinion though, information systems is a wonderful blend of programming, data science, human-computer interaction (HCI) and mathematics. I feel as though it shows you every and all aspects of computers, which is perfect for someone like me who wants to know more about my field as a whole. I really felt prepared before my co-op interviews and really feel as though some of my classes propelled me into being a better employee. Of course, we learn the most by doing, so always keep that in mind.
At the end of the day your major really isn’t that major. I suggest picking something you love and can handle for your time here at Drexel and then offset that by choosing a fulfilling minor.
What are the academic and professional benefits of exploring your first year?
I was able to try out a business class and talk to many professors in that field. I never felt like I was wasting my time “trying out” these classes because not only does FYES support taking various classes from various majors, they highly encourage it.
What has your experience been like with your advisor?
My FYES advisor saved me multiple times, she is truly great. Helpful, promptly, and always honest with me. Period.
What are your most memorable classes or instructors?
My first programming class was definitely eye-opening. It showed me that there are so many passionate individuals my age who are all in the same boat as me. It made me feel like I was not alone in this challenging field of study.
What are your biggest takeaways from the FYES classes or the whole FYES experience?
First-Year Exploratory Studies is an amazing opportunity that I really don’t know where I would be without. I was able to try different classes with ease. I can’t explain how valuable it is to know that my major is where I want to be. If you don’t know what you want to spend your time here at Drexel studying, I highly recommend looking into FYES.
What else are you involved in at Drexel? How can students get involved in university groups?
I mainly am involved with music projects and performing out in the city. Philadelphia is an amazing city for music. House shows, large venues, you name it. Even Drexel’s radio station, WKDU, is exceptional. Just go out there and meet people, you’ll be surprised how friendly the City of Brotherly Love really is.