Challenges are there to be overcome - Bridgeport, Conn.

Challenges are there to be overcome - Bridgeport, Conn.

Dreivys (Dre) Dias of Bridgeport, Conn., was born in Brazil and moved to Connecticut with his family when he was sixteen-and-a-half-years-old. He spoke Portuguese and spent less than a year in the English for Speakers of Other Languages program at Bassick High School before moving on to Platt Regional Vocational School in Milford. His teachers at Platt soon discovered this bright student who met every challenge they put in front of him. When it was time to look at colleges, they told Fairfield University they truly believed Dre was capable of much more difficult challenges.

Dre proved them right. He grasped every opportunity that presented itself, including spending his junior year abroad, studying in his native Brazil for half the year and in Tokyo, Japan for the other half, where he lived with a Japanese family.

At Fairfield, he volunteered for the Mission Volunteer Program that brought him to work in one of the poorest areas of Ecuador. As a student in an interdisciplinary course on Justice and the Developing World, he traveled this year during spring break to Nicaragua to conduct research. He was a member of the Fairfield team that participated in the Model UN Harvard National Conference in Boston.

Now it's Fairfield University that is singing Dre's praises, just as his teachers did when he left Platt. And once again, Dre is ready to move on to the next challenge. After considering offers from some of the top Wall Street firms, Dre will be joining Arthur Andersen.

To arrange an interview, please call Nancy Habetz, director of media relations, (203) 254-4000, ext. 2647.

Posted On: 05-23-2001 09:05 AM

Volume: 33 Number: 212