Elizabeth Drachman knew she wanted to keep people informed about their world.
As a Queens student in the 1990s, Elizabeth Drachman knew she wanted to keep people informed about their world.
As a communication major she took advantage of every opportunity to learn and to leverage her education for the work she'd do after graduation. Solid instruction on writing and editing and help landing two internships at The Charlotte Observer prepared her for a career in journalism.
The biggest benefit Queens offered, she says, was its size.
"I was able to really get to know my professors," she said. "I didn't feel like (just) a number."
The accessibility of the faculty not only made Drachman feel at home at Queens -- it also produced practical benefits. Through one professor's contacts, she won the internships at the Observer, the Carolinas' largest newspaper. And from there, she got her first job as a reporter in Concord.
She later moved on to editing positions at Atlanta Business Chronicle in her hometown, and at San Francisco Business Times.
Then her life and career took a dramatic turn. After 9/11, she and her husband, also a journalist, decided they wanted to write about more serious subjects. "There were much more important stories than dot-com millionaires," she said.
So they moved to Cairo, Egypt, where Drachman covered the inefficiencies and frustrations of doing business in a third-world country, and the "brain drain" loss of talent to America and Great Britain.
From there, they moved to Dubai in the Persian Gulf, and Drachman covered stories of corruption, poor government oversight of building and financial standards, and slave labor in the construction industry.
The couple's time overseas gave them fulfillment and insight into life outside America, but they returned to the United States in 2006 after Drachman had a son and they desired a more stable place in which to raise him. Still devoted to her profession, she took a job as managing editor at the Washington Business Journal in Washington, D.C.
Today, Drachman stays true to her calling and to her alma mater. As a former member of the women's soccer team at Queens, she participates in the annual soccer homecoming weekend, and jokes about playing in a "humiliating" scrimmage game against the current Royals. She also talks to groups of incoming Queens freshmen to help them know what to expect in their first year.
Drachman says she makes a point of emphasizing the value of Queens' size.
"Most people I know went to big schools," she said. "I don't regret the decision to go to a small school at all. The relationships you build in a small school make it that much greater."