Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.”—Pele, Soccer Champion


This community offers a space for people who identify as or are interested in building the inclusivity, relationships, and support for commuters and nontraditional students. This community offers resources, programs, events, and networking opportunities that can enrich a student’s academic experience and promote their success.

The Commuter/Transfer/Nontraditional Identity/Affinity Community brings together faculty, staff, alums, and community members who understand that this community has unique needs in its transition into The Forest—yet this community also has unique experiences that can contribute to the culture of Drew. This community is designed as a space to explore, learn, reflect on, and support each student’s path during their academic development.

If you are interested in participating in and/or supporting this community, please feel free to share your experiences, provide resources that may support students’ pathways to development, connect with students to offer insight and support, and inform the broader community of internships, community engagement, or job opportunities.

Student Spotlight: Jose Fabrizzio Cevallos C’22

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Jose Fabrizzio Cevallos C’22
Major: Biology
Launch Career Community: Medicine & Health Profession
Launch Identity/Affinity Communities: First-Generation, International Student, Commuter |Transfer |Non-Traditional
Club: Ariel

What attracted you to Drew?

I was attracted to the forest environment because I grew up …

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Student Spotlight: Abby Huaccho C’23

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Student Spotlight: Abby Huaccho C’23
MAJOR: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
MINOR:  Italian
LAUNCH CAREER COMMUNITY: Medical and Health Professions
LAUNCH IDENTITY/AFFINITY COMMUNITIES: Commuter, First-Generation
CLUBS: Tri-Beta (Biological Honors Society), Ciao, and Ariel
ON-CAMPUS JOBS: T.A. for Prof. Dobbelaar, Chemistry 150 …

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Alumni Spotlight: Fabiana Rocha C’20

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Fabiana was born and raised in Brazil and transferred to Drew mainly because of Sunita Bhargava, Director of Transfer & Continuing Education. As a non-traditional and commuting student she was concerned that college would not be a welcoming place, but …

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Alumni Spotlight: Alina Fayerman C’07 – Account Management – Relationship Development – Strategic Planning and Development – Contract Negotiation – Sales

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Alina was born in Moldova (part of the former U.S.S.R.), moved to Brooklyn, NY when she was a child and moved to Morris County, NJ when she was in high school.  She chose Drew because she received a generous scholarship …

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Alumni Spotlight: Sabrina Chmelir C’19, Research Assistant at NORC at the University of Chicago

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Sabrina was born on a military base in Germany and grew up in New Mexico, Arizona, California, and Washington State before coming to NJ. She applied to Drew as a transfer student and liked that Drew was a small liberal …

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