The Boost Drexel

Based on principles developed by the cohort of Drexel students involved in EdVenture Partner's Peer-to-Peer: Counter Violent Extremism Challenge, was a daily email centered around neutralizing the social traits that would cause a university student to join a violent extremist group.

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  1. In January, 2015, eleven students took a consulting class sponsored by the US State Department.
  2. We took the knowledge we developed from this class and put it all into an email that shared with the entire Drexel community, we called it....
  3. We created an email of 5 sections - sections designed to break down the walls that keep us from seeing the commonalities that we all share on Drexel's campus. Starting on April 1st, 2015, we sent a Boost out every day for 21 days as a test...

  4. April 1st - Sara
  5. Sara, why did you choose finance as a major?

    "Well, when I was little, I used to hear my dad turn on CNBC Money while making his coffee. I would tip-toe into the living room every morning, pull up a chair next to him, and watch the stock markets open as I sipped my tea and he drank his coffee. It became a routine.

    After that... it was inevitable really..."
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  7. April 2nd - Kashish
  8. "I released my first album when I was 9. I tried to get my name out there again when I was 10 with a few professional head shots. I was so excited that I told a friend of mine about them, she promised to keep them secret. The next day everyone at school was making fun of me.

    For a moment, I wanted to stop singing all together. Then, the next day my vocal teacher told me:

    You were given a gift, don't let anyone have you think differently."
  9. April 3rd - Ian
  10. Ian: "Hey, What are you staring at?"
    Blake: “What happened to your head?”
    Ian: “It was a Shark BITE! I’m joking, sorry, I had a head injury during a wrestling match.”
    Blake: “Ohhhh, I have a scar just like yours!”

    Blake was a kid I coached while working at a wrestling camp run by Beat the Streets. After camp that day, I asked Blake’s mom about his scar. She told me that he had always tried to hide it.

    The next week, Blake- the shy kid with bangs covering his eyes, showed up to camp with a shaved head proudly showing off his scar.
  11. April 4th: Rachel
  12. "... I'll be honest, not everything in a relationship is rainbows and sunshine. Sometimes you have to allow yourself to let things go. Take a few deep breathes, move forward, but never forget. Even when you have a bad day, think back and remember all the good things that make the bond with your partner special.

    I may not hear from him for months and months at a time, but it's okay... just to have someone and not want anyone else, is incredible."
  13. Rachel is a current Drexel undergrad who's boyfriend recently committed to the Navy for 6 years. "... I'll be honest, not everything in a relationship is rainbows and sunshine. Sometimes you have to allow yourself to let things go. Take a few deep breathes, move forward, but never forget. Even when you have a bad day, think back and remember all the good things that make the bond with your partner special. I may not hear from him for months and months at a time, but it's okay... just to have someone and not want anyone else, is incredible." #USNavy #LongDistance #Love #RelationshipGoals #TheBoostDrexel
    Rachel is a current Drexel undergrad who's boyfriend recently committed to the Navy for 6 years. "... I'll be honest, not everything in a relationship is rainbows and sunshine. Sometimes you have to allow yourself to let things go. Take a few deep breathes, move forward, but never forget. Even when you have a bad day, think back and remember all the good things that make the bond with your partner special. I may not hear from him for months and months at a time, but it's okay... just to have someone and not want anyone else, is incredible." #USNavy #LongDistance #Love #RelationshipGoals #TheBoostDrexel
  14. April 5th: Jessica
  15. "My mother spoke to me one day and insisted that I was going to give up my passion of dancing competitively in order to chase a field hockey scholarship.
    'This is the better route,' she said.

    “Dance is my escape, my shoulder to cry on, and my definitive outlet for self-expression. I am never panicked when I dance, there is no anxiety or stress.When I dance, I am powerful and confident. I am a masterpiece, worth so much to the world.
  16. April 6th: Maura
  17. "My favorite piece has to be a project from Design I titled Black and White.

    Imagine it… What was once a flat piece of boring whiteboard is now a work of art. It possesses brilliance, power, intensity, and awe thanks to some acrylic paint.

    Incredible, right?

    Preparing for college, I originally thought I’d have to leave my artistic pursuits behind to focus on my core studies so I could eventually slump into a "real" job (like becoming a doctor or lawyer).
    Then, I discovered the incredible world of graphic design, which gives me the opportunity to communicate my ideas through pictures and allows me to express my artistic talents in a modern world.

    I couldn’t be happier."
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