Roshan Patel took advantage of a unique opportunity to play varsity soccer while receiving a world-class education at William & Mary. How has he made the most of his time within the Undergraduate Business Program?
Finding a place at William & Mary
My arrival at William & Mary was a bit unorthodox; I was fortunate enough to be recruited to play soccer here at the College. When I realized I would be gaining a world-class education while doing something I loved, I wanted to take full advantage of this unique opportunity. I was extremely timid coming into school, but quickly learned that college could be as much, or as little, as you make it. The Undergraduate Business Program sets its students up to succeed but it really comes down to you taking the initiative. As a result, I have been involved in some of the business school's most notable events including DoG St to Wall Street as well as Meet the Firms Friday. Both provided me with some valuable insight, but more importantly, gave me the chance to interact with William & Mary's extensive alumni network.
My Business Path
Coming into college I knew I wanted to major in an area of business, but wasn't exactly sure where I wanted to focus. William & Mary, and more specifically, the Mason School of Business, provided me with an amazing platform to launch my undergraduate experience and propel me into the business world. With the help and guidance of our world class faculty, my motivated peers, and my supportive parents, William & Mary has given me confidence as I begin the next chapter of my life. As a Finance major with a Marketing concentration, I wanted to find a good balance between my different personal strengths and interests. The undergraduate business program's IPS gave me the flexibility to do just that.
From "School-Work" to "Work-Work"
I feel privileged to have had access to all of the amazing resources within the undergraduate program. These opportunities made me want to give back to the local community as well as take my knowledge and apply it elsewhere. In my time at William & Mary, I have co-founded a student run organization called Stowestrong to help my soccer teammate in his fight against cancer. I am also actively involved in Building Tomorrow, an organization that helps raise money to build primary schools in Africa. Both experiences have been remarkable and will absolutely help me transition smoothly into the "real world" after graduation.
During the Summer of 2012, I interned in the marketing division for a non-profit called Earth Day Network, based out of Washington D.C. Using that experience as leverage, I was fortunate enough to land an internship in New York City the following summer with an up and coming start-up company called Smart Money Entrepreneurs (SME). I had the pleasure of working with a group of individuals who were highly motivated and extremely passionate - two characteristics that are the epitome of the William & Mary community I am surrounded by now and the people I hope to be surrounded by in the future.