Alumnus Mitkumar Patel on PeerForward: “All it takes is one decision to change your life”

Mitkumar Patel is a PeerForward alumnus and a member of the Class of 2024 at Penn State. Read on to hear how PeerForward put Mitkumar on the path to college and career fulfillment.

They say all it takes is one decision to change your whole life. Before I was chosen to be part of the PeerForward team, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do in college. I was thinking of around four different career options. After that one week of training, I had a better understanding of how the system works. I got to know more about financial aid, the application process, grants, scholarships and more.

Once I got back to my high school from the training, I knew exactly what I had to do. I started to investigate each career in more detail and asked people in those careers more about their lifestyle. After talking with so many people and seeing what I could become if I choose a certain career path, I narrowed them down to two options: majoring in Accounting or Computer Science in college. I was still stuck on which one to take, since I loved both equally. I talked with my family, and we concluded with Computer Science because I already knew a lot about accounting.

So, I am now a sophomore at Penn State and doing a major in Computer Science. I also chose to pursue a minor in Finance, through which I will learn more about financial literacy and money management. I also have my own Home Care agency that I started during the lockdown and am going into Real Estate development as well as other businesses. I can say that in the past two to three years I have changed my life goals and made a wise choice. I can visualize myself the way I wanted to be.

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