What Does Pride Mean to You?

Image of the Drexel dragon logo on top of a circle with black, brown and rainbow stripes.

This June, Drexel University joins with the LGBTQA+ community in celebrating Pride Month. In honor of the occasion, the University’s social media accounts asked Drexel students to answer this question: What does pride mean to you?

Samiha Shoshi

User Exper & Interact Design ’25 from the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design

It means being able to be who you really are. A feeling of freedom after being trapped in a cage by social "norms"/"standards."

Masked student poses with Mario the Dragon, Drexel's mascot, on the basketball court in front of two female players.

Mario the Dragon and Lilly Buck, draped in a lesbian pride flag, in the DAC. Photo courtesy Lilly Buck.

Lilly Buck

First-year photography major in the Westphal College of Media Arts & Design


Pride means loving who I love and acceptance. It also means happiness and friendship.

Student wears pride heart tank top.

Hieu Jeromy

College of Nursing and Health Professions health sciences ‘22 and incoming master’s student in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies in the College of Medicine

Pride means love and acceptance to me. Being able to love and accept myself is the greatest love I have.

 Would you like to share anything else? I came out as a gay man seven years ago when I was 15. It was a tough time because I was confused about my sexuality and who I was back then. I am lucky to have my mom always support me and accept me even though LGBTQ+ is not celebrated within the Asian community. However, it has been gradually recognized. So, to get acceptance from my community is a great pride.

Drexel student stands in front of the Stonewall Inn.

Kaylee Wilson in front of the historic Stonewall Inn. Photo courtesy Kaylee Wilson.

Kaylee Wilson

Second-year sociology and global public health double major in the College of Arts and Sciences and Westphal College of Media Arts & Design 

Living authentically and unapologetically.