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What's it Like Being a New Drexel Dragon This Fall? – Drexel University

New students are welcomed to campus with a banner in Main Building.
With the start of the 2022–2023 academic year comes the arrival of students who will be starting at Drexel for the first time — and, also, beginning their new lives at a new school in a new home and a totally new way of life.
DrexelNEWS asked three of these Dragons to share what they’re excited about doing once they’re on campus, and why they were drawn to the University to begin their college experience.
Shaina Banerjee
Computer science major, College of Computing and Informatics (CCI)
A: I was looking for a university that would provide me with a holistic learning experience during my university years, following a modern approach to study my subject of choice. I came across Drexel University’s computer science major, which perfectly caters to my requirements. I looked through the courses, faculty, research and training opportunities I would be able to take advantage of as a Drexel Dragon. The comprehensive structure of the study program and its flexibility, along with the professional training services provided at the Steinbright Career Development Center, particularly piqued my interest. The systematic Dragon Network and their fraternity also inspired me to become a part of Drexel. My high school counselor specifically emphasized how Drexel University is the right place for me after acknowledging my individual needs, and I am extremely grateful to her for suggesting me Drexel University for my undergraduate education, as I think that there is no better school I could attend!
A: I have been very passionate about computer science and its peripheral fields ever since I was a child. I’m eagerly looking forward to learning through Drexel’s up-to-date teaching methods from the esteemed professors of CCI. I also want to invest myself in relevant research and analysis pertaining to Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. Moreover, I’ve joined a couple of student organizations through DragonLink and I can’t wait to get involved in different extracurricular activities and events. I’m very excited to collaborate with various students from diverse backgrounds and distinctive perspectives at Drexel University. 
A: The research opportunities at Drexel University are extraordinary and very appealing, with every possible resource a student can think of. So, I’m very eager to start research at Drexel and learn practically from my experiences during my course of study. Moreover, my curiosity encourages me to explore and experience. I’m yearning to explore Philadelphia and connect with various kinds of people. I wish to expand my social connections in terms of meaningful friendships that will last a lifetime. I know that there’s plenty of surprises waiting for me right there and I can’t wait to start my journey at university! I’m a proud Drexel Dragon! 
Diego Rangel
Computer animation, Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
A: I chose Drexel because of the well-known art and design program offered here — and, more specifically, Drexel’s animation program. 
A: I am most excited about joining all of the available clubs offered at Drexel University because you can find you own group of friends within each club. I am also excited to start the swim team because Coach Kara (Battistoni) seems like a fun person to train with!
A: I am most interested in learning about Drexel’s co-op program. I can’t wait to see all the job opportunities I may receive when I start/complete the co-op program for my career field. It’s a college opportunity that is unlike any other. 
Kathia Tronconi
Biomedical engineering, School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems
A: I chose Drexel because as a Latina in STEM, I feel like I am in the right place to grow and thrive. The School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems offers wonderful programs and opportunities, and I think it’s a good thing for me to get out of my comfort zone.
A: I’m excited about joining Latinos for a United Campus! I found this organization through an Instagram story last year and since then I’ve been following their journey. It’s a lovely community and I want to be a part of it.
A: I am interested in exploring the academic programs related to human health!
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