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Sarthak Mohanty

First-Year Exploratory Studies Student

Student sitting on a window sill smiling

Hometown: Grafton, Massachusetts 

Running, playing basketball or baseball, playing board games  


Future major, if chosen: Exploring healthcare administration and business  


What made you choose Drexel?   

I chose Drexel mostly because of the co-op program, it just made sense — and they have a good healthcare administration program. I came to visit, and thought it was a beautiful campus, the faculty I met during that trip were really nice, it was a great college visit experience overall. 


What made you choose First- Year Exploratory Studies (FYES)? 


Coming into college, I struggled a lot with my classes during my first two terms. I found the FYES program and after learning about it, I realized it was a good fit for me. My FYES advisor Karen Christie really supported me and set me up with a lot of healthcare and business classes classes so I could decide if it was a good fit for me. I basically found a place where I could find out what I wanted to do in college and in my future.


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

Before the program I didn’t know how to access my networks when I needed help. I also thought I needed to do the bare minimum to get by. After joining this program, I’ve seen a lot of improvement in my academic and personal life. Now, I’m in contact with my professors, and I have access to the resources I need to succeed here at Drexel. I also know if I were to reach out asking for help for academics or co-op, I’d be welcomed with open arms.


What has your experience been like with your advisor? 


My advisor was Karen Christie. She was probably the most phenomenal staff member I have met at Drexel. Her and the whole FYES team believed in me when I struggled and did everything in their power to motivate me and put me in the position I am today. The time and effort they put into their students to reach full potential is undeniably wonderful. I cannot thank her enough for being so much more than an advisor! Anyone with her or any of the FYES team will have an abundant amount of support and will be in amazing hands.

What are your most memorable classes or instructors? 


I enjoyed taking FYE 103: Career Exploration and Planning, it was a fun group and one of my first classes at Drexel. Before taking that class, I didn’t have a LinkedIn profile and that class helped me create one, which is going to be very helpful when I look into co-ops and jobs in the future. It just got the basics and the core of my LinkedIn profile, and was very helpful. 

What are your biggest takeaways from the FYES classes or the whole FYES experience?    


I believe, in a way, everyone who’s either struggling or a little confused about what they want to do in college should really come to FYES. It helps you find new opportunities that you didn’t know were available here at Drexel. There’s amazing support crew here, it can help really anyone, even if you think you know what to do, I really think FYES is perfect for anyone, honestly. 

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


Drexel offers a diverse selection of organizations and clubs for students to get involved in. I play intramural sports, which are fun and not as competitive as the official leagues. I also have joined South Asian Students Association and have made many friends who share similar cultural values that I have. I’m a peer mentor here in the FYES program because I realized how much this program has given to me, and I want to give it back to the next student. After working very hard for the past year, I have improved as a student and now I am more motivated to committing to more university groups in the following year.