Hi, my name is Melissa and I graduated from the MS in Biostatistics program in 2011. I work at Rho Pharmaceutical with fellow alumnae Heather as a Biostatistician. I feel like a lot of the knowledge that I learned at Drexel, I actually use almost everyday at work, especially in anything related to Survival Analysis and Longitudinal Analysis. I like how the program was small, but there were so many opportunities at Drexel (and surrounding research hospitals) to find relevant research, since it seems that a lot of people nowadays are in need of statistical support. The faculty at Drexel was very helpful in updating us on internships and different networking opportunities. The professors and students were also very helpful and excited about the statistics field, so it made it feel like more of a close knit community, like we had our own 'statistics niche'. For this reason, I think the best thing I learned while at Drexel was probably how to network, and to do so comfortably, and to never be afraid of asking questions. I've dealt with a lot of pretentious professors in the past, and I must say, they do not give students much motivation/optimism to go out there and find something they like nor the confidence to talk to people who seem like they are way beyond you (in terms of statistical knowledge). Even though all the classes were invaluable, I feel that Drexel directed me to a lot of different contacts, so I can work on different kinds of data and studies. Everyone was really positive and proactive about helping me get involved, especially Dr. Zakeri and Dr. Tabb. They've helped me to figure out a lot about myself, my goals, and my interests. Drexel has definitely prepared me well for the job at Rho.