When I first chose to study at Drexel, I initially decided to study not business, but biomedical engineering. I was convinced that I wanted to be involved in the R&D processes of the next big breakthroughs in the medical industry. This stemmed from both a personal interest in the sciences and a natural proclivity for mathematics and engineering topics. As I progressed through my freshman year, I greatly enjoyed all of my coursework, but I went through a unique change of mind during spring term of that year. While taking a course examining the nature of startups and how early companies initially have life breathed into them by investors, I made a significant mental connection. I began to see that there is much more to the success of a venture than simply creating a superior solution to a problem.
This insight flipped a switch in my mind. I began to not just believe in the significance of the projects I was working on, but also to see how they fit into the larger picture of scientific development. Where before I was focused on my immediate interests, I could now no longer keep my mind from making connections between the many innovations I saw in many different areas.
Unfortunately, this inability to focus on just one project created a unique problem. But LeBow offered me a solution to this problem that I believe is just as unique. Through working with the LeBow staff, I was able to develop a plan of study that has allowed me to continue to pursue my interest in product development. Instead of leading the R&D aspect of products, I am now involved with the investment side of early-stage startups. Where before all of my time needed to be tied up in one project, I now have the ability to have a hand in many different projects simultaneously, essentially acting as a connector, that is, someone who connects individuals with similar needs and solutions.
Each of our lives will follow a unique pattern, with no two people having the exact same experience. That is where I think Drexel provides the most value to its students.
Just as the scope of my course-related projects expanded, the same pattern repeated itself in my primary academic studies. When I initially transferred from the School of Biomedical Engineering to the LeBow School of Business, I changed my major to finance. But in the two years since then, I have continued to broaden my academic focus to include three separate majors: finance, accounting and legal studies. Each of these give me a unique set of skills and a different approach that enhances my analytical abilities when examining the potential of investment opportunities.
My path to LeBow College of Business has been unique. I do not expect every student to follow the same path that I did, and honestly, I think it would be philosophically wrong to try to replicate my experience. Each of our lives will follow a unique pattern, with no two people having the exact same experience. That is where I think Drexel provides the most value to its students. Rather than trying to fit everyone into a single mold, it acts as a catalyst. Drexel provides the students the support and infrastructure they need to go through the process of developing their own ideas and passions, with the guidance of faculty and staff who have gone through that same process themselves.
Because of the experiential learning opportunities I have had while at Drexel, I understand not just how to approach a specific set of problems, but how to break down every problem into its basic components and collaborate and build off of others to create the best possible solution to that problem.