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Entering Drexel over four years ago, I wasn’t too excited. I’m a Philadelphia native, so I didn’t want to stay in the city, but the university I wanted to go to in New York didn’t give me the most desirable financial aid package. I decided five days before my high school graduation to apply to Drexel, keeping in mind that I would transfer out after my first year.

 

During my first week, I was introduced to many students, many of whom I’m still close with today, but I still didn’t feel like I found my “place” on campus. Then I learned about LeBow BRIDGE — a learning community within the LeBow College of Business that targets underrepresented students. And I thought … “as long as it doesn’t add any extra coursework, I guess I’ll do it.” Through the BRIDGE Program, I’ve gained the confidence and skills in order to truly strive both personally and professionally. BRIDGE focuses on programming that helps you strive during your academic tenure at Drexel — from planning networking events with alumni and potential hiring managers to hosting on-site visits at The Big 4 (accounting firms) — the program is designed to help you succeed.

I’ve now project managed a 2,000+ employee event that ended up on NBC10 and I’m currently project managing an Innovation Summit in Pittsburgh. All this, and I’m only 22.

I celebrated my three-year mark at Comcast this last month — a job that started off as a 6-month co-op in September 2014 — and I couldn’t be more happier with the work I’ve contributed to the company. My team has seen me grown and has kept my interests in mind when giving me work. I’ve now project managed a 2,000+ employee event that ended up on NBC10 and I’m currently project managing an Innovation Summit in Pittsburgh. All this, and I’m only 22.

 

When I share stories like this with my closest friends in the program, they’re proud of what I’m able to accomplish. One friend has even cried and made me a cake to celebrate my success. BRIDGE isn’t just a student organization on campus, it’s a group of students who have come together to push each other and drive toward success. It’s a family.

 

Four years later, starting my fifth and final year at Drexel, I thank that other university for not giving me enough aid.

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