Working at Nicole Miller for about two months, I have almost forgotten the feeling of going to school. Morning coffee runs at Domus’ Starbucks, late nights spent in the Urban Center, and running into friendly faces have recently become a distant blur. Fortunately, so had the construction that had been encompassing Drexel’s campus.
Last weekend I decided to take a spontaneous visit to 32nd and Chestnut. To my surprise, the scaffoldings and rubble had been transformed into a new gateway, featuring student housing and retail destinations. Living at home for my co-op, I have not had the chance to visit campus, therefore, I was truly shocked and excited to see the progress! Shake Shack, Joe’s Coffee, Plaza Artist Materials, and Yogorino were the few stores opened for business. I had my first Shake Shack experience and it was absolutely delicious. Although I did not have the opportunity to go inside, I am sure that most of my coffee cravings, nights cramming for exams, or evenings spent tracing flats will gladly be at Joe’s coffee instead of Drexel’s library.
Although I am enjoying my time on co-op, Drexel’s expansion is incredible and I am excited to go back to school come April. If you are doing your co-op in New York or are living off campus, I would make an effort to go and see the transformation. It is amazing. Lastly, remember to treat yourself to a burger and some fries from Shake Shack!