Drew University - Comments and Student Experiences|
The same is true for being a Drew alum. If you're looking for a college that will get you a high-paying corporate job upon graduation, this is not the school for you. However, if you're looking for a school that gives its students the knowledge and the vision to eventually become leaders in their fields, then consider Drew. Drew graduates have a long legacy serving the public -- a disproportionate number hold high-ranking positions in government and non-profit organizations. I graduated three years ago, and I am now a medicinal chemist. I design medical devices which allow people to live longer and more fulfilling lives. I was able to get this job, not because I know more chemistry than other people (I don't!), but because Drew taught be to think outside the box, and inspired me to believe that I could accomplish anything if I made the effort. I strongly recommend this school for any person who is independent-minded, and is willing to take advantage of the unique opportunities that Drew offers.
While many people rag on Madison, it does have one huge caveat: the train station. For $10 (round-trip) and 45 minutes of your time, you get whisked away to New York City. Plus, the train is a great place to study. The food needs some work, it's like soup kitchen quality with the exception of the nightly chef cooked options (2 choices) which you have to stand in line awhile for. But the campus is relaxed and beautiful. You wouldn't know you were in Jersey if it weren't for all the Jersey kids.
Drew has been doing a great job at furthering the quality of life and opportunities on campus. The president (former governor) Tom Keane is very involved. The school is on track to begin cutting back its acceptance rates, and is in the process of building some fantastic new facilities.
One complaint I had about Drew was that it was my first choice, but I soon discovered it was many people's back-up school, which lends a bit of a bitter and apathetic attitude to the environment. That was a huge factor in what lead me to transfer. People may ask you where Drew is now, but in 15 years I'm sure more people will know it on a map. And for people planning on spending a year somewhere to bolster their transcript before transferring to an elite school- this is a good place to do it. I originally applied early action to Drew, so I never intended to transfer, but it was a good enough background to get me into my first choice for the second round, Cornell University.
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