Which is the best dorm on campus?
"Oh boy, this is an interesting one. When you're choosing your dorm at Drexel, you have so many options, and each has their positives and negatives. My first year, I lived in Myers, as part of the Engineering Learning Community (ELC). Although the common bathrooms were not always the cleanest, and the dorm wasn't the flashiest, I'd recommend it to anyone. Living in the ELC helped me get my homework done, and really taught me when to work and when to play. I met some of my best friends living in the learning community, who I ended up living with the next year. Plus, the air conditioner was great. If you're looking for suite style, and want a big crowd, go for Race. If you're looking for something more traditional, and a bit more modern looking, Millennium is the way to go. Suite style dorms are nice, but I feel traditional is the way to go. With an open door policy, and plenty of people, there's always something going on." - Joe Galante '23 (Computer Engineering)
Where are the best places to eat?
"As a freshman, you've got all of the options that upperclassmen have, plus the added convenience of the dining halls. Breakfast at the Handschumacher Dining Center was always really nice, since you could either grab something like a custom omelette and some hash browns while studying for classes, or make it quick, grab a banana and a muffin, and head to class. Dinner at Urban was awesome too, but eventually got pretty boring pretty quick. Definitely check out all of the food trucks, and try a different one every day if you can. Bacon, egg, and cheese from Happy Sunshine over near the volleyball courts is definitely the best on campus, although everyone has a favorite truck." - Hoang Nguyen '22 (Computer Science)
What about joining clubs?
"Definitely take the opportunity to join clubs when you're here! Drexel has an INSANE amount of organizations that students can join, things from Honors Societies and community service organizations, to e-sports and gaming, to dancing and music, and so much more. My freshman year, I took advantage of joining 8 to the Bar, the all-male a capella group on campus, and ended up making great friends. Freshman year is also when I joined Pilam as a re-founding father, which really helped me develop professionally, socially, help me find my first co-op and write my first resume, and a bunch of other things. I wouldn't say bite off more than you can chew, but definitely explore your options using resources like DragonLink to find clubs, and get involved! Its the best way to stay active and make connections." - Christian Cederlund '20 (Music Industry Technology)
Best places to study?
"One of my favorite things about Drexel is the amount of 'hidden secrets', or different areas that you can explore every day. All over campus, there is a way to find a little hidden cutout for you to sit down with a laptop or textbook, a notebook, and some headphones, and really get to work. One of my favorite places to study was the Dragon' Learning Den in the Library. Although sometimes crowded, the Learning Den provides 24/7 access to students to study at any hour of the day (or night). Usually you can find a table or desk with an outlet for charging. They offer laptop rentals if you forget to bring a computer. You also can eat food in there, which is nice because sometimes its awkward to eat in other areas, especially silent ones. Talking to any brother on campus, you can always find a really cool and new place to study." - Ray Schoonmaker '21 (Business and Engineering - Electrical)
What's the deal with laundry?
"I was so relieved to find out that laundry was free at all of the dorms for your first year at Drexel. I personally used Tide Pods for all of my laundry, because it was always easier to throw them right into the wash instead of measure out detergent. The laundry machines, both washing and drying, are shared with the other people living in your dorm. I found the best time to do laundry was in the middle of the week, during the middle of the day if possible. It usually was pretty crowded on the weekends, so try your best to beat the crowds! Also, if people needed a dryer and someone's clothes were in there, done drying, they would usually take it all out and put it somewhere on a shelf or chair. Make sure you set a timer when you do your laundry." - Kyle Nguyen '24 (Business Analytics and Marketing)
I'm having issues with my roommate, what should I do?
"Always know that you're not alone. Having three sisters, I never had to share a room growing up until I got to college. At the beginning of the year, you and your roommate make a contract and sign it with your Resident Assistant (RA). This is a written agreement that you both have to adhere to throughout the year. If you ever feel stressed out, uncomfortable, or your roommate is breaking this agreement that you set, talk to your RA! Your RA is your best resource for a bunch of things, housing included. They are trained to connect you to the resources that you need to not only strive, but thrive your freshman year, and they are there to help you. Never feel afraid to ask a question, there is always someone to help you out." - Joe Galante '23 (Computer Engineering)