Vivian Reyes C’23 is joining Masakhane Center in Newark as a sexuality educator intern
May 2023 – The members of the Drew University College of Liberal Arts Class of 2023 are set to graduate and start their careers and continue their education in an array of disciplines, fields, and subjects.
We’ve talked with many C’23 students to see where they’re headed.
Vivian Reyes C’23 | Masakhane Center Sexuality Educator Intern
Major: Psychology, Women’s and Gender Studies
How did Drew experiences, classes, and professors help you secure these plans?
Finding time to focus on my plans after college while still being an undergraduate was difficult. I credit my Psychology Capstone class and Professor Adijat Mustapha [C’11, assistant teaching professor of psychology] for helping me secure these plans. Our assignments focused on after-college plan preparation, such as creating cover letters, resumes, headshots, LinkedIn profiles, etc. Having someone who took the time to meet with me and ask me about what would align with my passions and career goals gave me a lot of clarity on moving forward as I exited Drew.
It also gave me perspective on how to apply the best of all the opportunities I have been a part of, such as the Drew Summer Science Institute (DSSI), in which I focused on researching moral conviction towards binary gendered and sexual systems within Latin America. During my Gender Studies Capstone class, I also focused on human sexuality and did an exploration on the different epistemologies within bisexual theory. Human sexuality has always been a passion of mine. I have gotten to form it and explore it while at Drew through so many different avenues like research, classes, internships, and also by talking with professors in similar fields, such as Professor Mustapha.
What will you miss about Drew?
I will miss the people. Everyone from friends, professors, advisors, and staff that worked at the commons and the EC. These people have been there for me and have understood the emotions I dealt with in real times of need. Especially the staff at the commons and EC. These individuals were always there with listening ears, and I truly value their empathy. It’s needed in an environment like college, and it’s truly been a community here because of it.