Welcome to my weekly blog series, where I’ll be sharing my exciting journey at Drexel University, a stark contrast from my small university in Rome. I’ll walk you through my initial impressions and experiences during my first week in the city of brotherly love.
My First Impressions
As I stepped onto the sprawling Drexel campus, the sheer scale of everything struck me; it was a vibrant metropolis of learning. Drexel boasts over 14,000 students, a contrast to my home university, which has just over 500. The campus felt like a safe haven. Smiling faces greeted me, and public safety guards ensured our well-being. It was a far cry from the tight-knit, everyone-knows-everyone atmosphere I’m used to.
One of my first goals was to carve out a niche for myself. I needed a space for internship meetings, study sessions, and my favorite – an outdoor spot to people-watch during lunch. Observing the bustling city around me while enjoying my meal has always been a favorite pastime.
Finding My Space
My first academic experience at Drexel was in VSCM 230 Visual Communication I. There, I met Professor Sandy. What struck me was the informal atmosphere; professors preferred to be addressed by their first names, and sometimes, even nicknames. Sandy, a retired professor with extensive graphic design experience, welcomed me warmly. Despite my non-design background, she assured me by saying,
My free time was spent as a culinary adventure. I roamed the city in search of plant-based options, enjoying falafel sandwiches from Goldie, pad Thai from Thai Singha House, and a delectable falafel sandwich from a food truck on 33rd Street.
Stay Tuned For More Philly Adventures
My first week at Drexel has been a whirlwind of new experiences, people, and flavors. As I settle into this bustling environment, I can’t wait to share more of my adventures with you. Stay tuned for next week’s blog post, where I’ll dive deeper into life at Drexel University, and the heart of Philadelphia.