Category Archives: Inside Ambition

COVID-Stories: An RA with an International Co-op

Gabrielle Brizzi had been looking forward to her dual country co-op, especially since she has been in classes for six straight terms, and this is the only co-op her plan of study offers her. However, due to COVID-19 it as cancelled. She was also forced to find new housing as she was an RA, and the university no longer required RAs due to the pandemic.

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Inside Look: Homelessness and COVID-19

Lots of us experienced what it’s like to lose housing for the first time as a result of the pandemic. How is Philadelphia homeless population doing during the midst of all of this?

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Sources: https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/qjdawd/the-coronavirus-outbreak-is-leaving-college-students-with-no-place-to-live

https://drexel.edu/now/archive/2020/May/The-New-Normal-Stories-of-Drexel-Students-Living-on-Campus-During-COVID-19/

https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-homeless-philadelphia-pennsylvania-convention-center-20200323.html

https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/philadelphia-coronavirus-quarantine-site-homeless-holiday-inn-20200323.html

Project HOME: https://www.projecthome.org/

One Step Away: https://www.osaphilly.org/

Inside Look: Westphal Students Taking Action

Since Drexel is operating virtually, it is impossible for most of Westphal’s hands-on classes to be moved online. Plus, their industries are at a standstill, so it is very hard for them to secure co-ops.

A group of Westphal students decided to take action to solve these issues. Fill out their survey (for all students, parents, or Drexel affiliates) here:

https://forms.gle/sv48q8i6QafbNnJQ8?fbclid=IwAR1b4XJ8LzBY81cDY004ozGHeXN7qDPA2YkZSSIMmRmospWj4JaBp7XD1O0

For updates on the change.org petition, or anything else related to this issue check out their Facebook group:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/246271316756568/?fref=nf

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Drexel Update: Gateway Garden

President John Fry and the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) have been working to form a garden space in front of University Crossings. Unfortunately, production has been put on hold due to the coronavirus. Cristina Tessaro from PHS talks about what the hopes are for the garden to be.

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Inside Look: Drexel Being Sued

Drexel is being sued for tuition reimbursement since we are now operating virtually. The university stands to owe over $5 million if held responsible. The university was also given $13 million dollars through the CARES Act. If you are someone that qualifies for financial assistance because of the virus, make sure you are tracking all of your COVID-related expenses to bring to Drexel financial aid.

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