Throughout the 2018-19 academic year, College Possible Philadelphia is profiling four students thanks to a grant awarded by NRG Gives, a charitable-giving program sponsored by the NRG Retail Charitable Foundation. The grant awarded by NRG Gives will support more students in the greater Philadelphia area get to and persist through to college graduation.
Throughout his junior year at George Washington High School, Mitkumar Patel has successfully balanced school work, SAT preparation and a variety of extracurricular activities. He is a member of his school’s student government, National Honor Society, DECA (formerly Distributive Education Clubs of America) and a health and wellness program called Phit Philly. As his senior year approaches, Mitkumar is spending a lot of time thinking about his future and how to achieve his college and career goals.
What does it mean to be a first-generation college student?
There is a real sense of pride. My parents have done a lot for me. They have put in a lot of hours and resources to make sure I receive a quality education. My family is happy that I am taking the steps to go to college.
What majors are you interested in pursuing and what colleges are you considering applying to?
I want to major in accounting or computer science. Accounting was sparked by my family’s interest in business and my brother is majoring in accounting at Holy Family University. I am interested in computer science because I recognize that technology is our future. It is where people are investing and I want to be a part of a fast growing [job] market. Regardless of what I major in, I want to eventually combine these two interests and create a business with my brother. If I choose accounting, I want to go Villanova University. Temple University is a good option for either major, and I am also interested in Drexel University’s programs.
How is College Possible and your coach supporting your college journey?
Throughout sessions, I get constant feedback, guidance and advice. My coach helps me stay on track and keeps me on the right timeline. There is so much to do during the college process, like studying for the SAT, choosing a college, applying to college, choosing a major, financial aid and so much more. My coach helps me make sure I am not behind or overwhelmed with all of the stuff I have to do. College Possible has been so supportive in guiding me throughout the process.
For students that are interested in joining College Possible, why would you tell them to join the program?
College Possible is the perfect place to select the right college and career for yourself. There is a lot to do to get to college and your coach will help you sort things out. You will work with your coaches to choose a college based on what the school is known for and what’s the right fit for you. You are always going to have someone to talk to if you need help, which is great.
Do you have a specific goal that you would like to accomplish and what steps will you take to make it possible?
My goal is to get a master’s [degree] in four years. Many of the programs I am researching have a structure where I can earn a bachelor’s degree in three years and a master’s degree in the fourth year. To achieve this, I will need to make sure I am on track by attending all of my classes, getting good grades and using all of the opportunities given to me throughout my time in college.