Morris Lowitz graduated from Drexel University in 2015 with a degree in computer science. Before his senior year, he did his final Co-op at Microsoft, and accepted a full-time position there after graduation. He is currently a software engineer working in enterprise commerce volume licensing at Microsoft in Seattle.
When did you come to DVFS, and from where?
I came to DVFS in 9th grade from another area Friends school.
Can you tell us a little bit about your learning difference and struggles in school?
I have been diagnosed ADHD and dysgraphia. I struggle with paying attention, completing tasks, spelling and handwriting.
What changed for you when you came to DVFS?
One of the biggest changes coming to DVFS was not having to hide my learning difference, but being able to openly discuss it and not be judged for it. Having access to a computer was great, too, as it allowed me to be understood rather than relying on teachers to decipher my handwriting. DVFS helped me to build the confidence to self -advocate for what I need as a result of my learning difference and to be proactive rather than struggle in silence.
Do you have any special memories from your time at DVFS?
I have to say, I will never forget grilling steaks for Steak Club at lunch. The ABLE sailing trip introduced me to sailing and I am now pursuing that again since I live so close to the Puget Sound. My time on student government taught me invaluable leadership skills that I have used in college and in my professional career.
What are you doing now?
I graduated from Drexel University in 2015 with a degree in computer science. Before my senior year, I did my final Co-op at Microsoft, and accepted a full-time position there after graduation. I am a software engineer working in enterprise commerce volume licensing. My team manages the systems used to sell and manage billions of dollars in software licenses.
What do you think the long-term value of a DVFS education has been for you?
For me, the long-term value of DVFS is evident in the self-advocacy skills I learned and continue to apply, the Quaker values and community of friends that I was a part of, and the leadership experiences I was able to have at school.
How does your experience at DVFS connect to your life today?
DVFS has taught me to create and surround myself with small tight-knit support networks.