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Drew University Transfer Olivia Mango C’22 Sought Out a Small School Vibe

“I loved how easily I could talk with professors outside the classroom and even made lasting connections with some who have inspired my current career path.”

May 2022 – After two years at Raritan Valley Community College, Olivia Mango C’22 was looking for a four-year university that mirrored Raritan Valley’s small class sizes.

Drew University checked the box.

“I knew Drew was the right choice for me because of the size and atmosphere,” said Mango, a psychology major.

“Coming from community college, I was familiar and comfortable with the small classroom, and I took for granted the easy access in speaking with professors outside of the classroom. When I met Sunita [Bhargava, director of transfer and continuing education], she emphasized how great the classrooms were and how Drew’s learning environment could make the transfer process easier. She was right.”

Mango picked up where she left off, meeting with professors who knew her name and interests.

“My experience at Drew has been absolutely amazing. I loved how easily I could talk with professors outside the classroom and even made lasting connections with some who have inspired my current career path,” she said.

Mango enjoyed college life at Drew both academically and socially, noting sunny days doing homework and playing volleyball outside of McLendon Hall.

“Those will always be great memories for me,” she said.

“When I moved in as a junior transfer student, my roommate and people across the hall were also transfer students, so I immediately felt comfortable knowing I was with people who had similar experiences as I did. The diversity at Drew has allowed me to make more connections with people who I never would’ve been friends with if I never came here.”

Now, Mango is set to graduate with a degree in psychology with plans of attending a PhD program in clinical psychology.

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