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Paul Phan

BS interactive digital media

When deciding on what school I wanted to attend, the number one thing on my mind was my my future, and which school would open up the best opportunities for me and my career choice. Because of this, I chose Drexel University. I knew that Drexel's co-op program and the many opportunities that Philadelphia has to offer as a city would help ensure my success in my field and provide me with the brightest possible future. 

As far as my major goes, I have known my whole life that I wanted to do something with online media but I wasn’t sure exactly what. However, when I came across Drexel's Interactive Digital media curriculum, I knew that was the right path for me. The curriculum that this program had to offer was everything I have ever wanted to learn and do. 

One of my favorite parts of my undergraduate studies was being able to build and create my own work and use my creativity limitlessly. I was able to take the work that I've done in class and apply it to the real world, using it for my portfolio to help me land jobs. I was able to learn and gain extremely valuable skills from every aspect of this program.

I completed my co-op as a Developer at Happy Cog, located in Center City Philadelphia. During my time at Happy Cog, I learned about the strategy, artifacts, and process of building beautiful, user-focused, responsive websites. I attended both internal and client project meetings, and worked directly with designers and developers everyday. Day to day, I was  responsible for translating design artifacts into HTML5/CSS3+ templates. I worked with the team to implement templates into a content management system and learned and worked with real production code. 

After my co-op, I was offered a part time job as well as a full-time offer as soon as I graduate. I will continue to keep my title as a developer but with the skills and knowledge I’ve obtained from the university, my title can change depending on the many other varying opportunities out there. 

What I love the most about what I do is knowing that I am creating something that will teach so many people. They will actively see and use what I've created in the real world. I am really looking forward to working on bigger and more expansive  projects and to continue learn and grow in the field that I am so passionate about.