Senior Profile: Monica Patel

Photo courtesy of Monica Patel.Photo courtesy of Monica Patel.

What is your preferred name?

Monica Patel

What is your major and minor?

Communcation major and Business Administration major with a concentration in Marketing

What are some of the jobs you held while at McDaniel?

I was the Academic Affairs office Student Worker for two years, but that’s it.

What organizations were you a part of at McDaniel? What positions did you hold?

I joined Alpha Sigma Tau my freshman year, and have held a bunch of different positions, but my favorite was definitely New Member Educator. I’m the Vice President of both Alpha Lambda Delta First Year Honor Society and of Green Terror Programs, the student programming board. I’m also in Order of Omega Greek Honor Society and Lambda Pi Eta Communication Honor Society.

Did you enjoy your time at McDaniel? How?

I loved my time at McDaniel. Between hanging out with my now lifelong friends and contributing as much as I can to the organizations I was it, I stayed busy but happy.

Who do you think is/was your best mentor(s)?

Dean Breslin, without a doubt. She’s in charge of my scholarship program, and she really became my on-campus mom. Her continuous and unwavering support really helped me get through my four years here.

What is your best memory at McDaniel?

Definitely studying abroad to the Budapest campus the fall semester of my junior year. My roommate and I went together, and we had such a great group of students go that semester where we all became such good friends, and even still hang out. Going to class during the week and exploring different countries each weekend was definitely a unique way to spend a few months.

What were some of the challenges you encountered and how did you overcome them?

I considered transferring after my first semester here, just because it didn’t immediately feel like McDaniel was my home. I think most people feel this way though, and once I came back from winter break, I immediately joined clubs and my sorority where I found friends and hobbies that I really enjoyed.

What are your plans for after graduation?

Working for a year or two in a marketing firm, and then grad school probably for an MBA.

What advice can you give to those not graduating?

I know most people are going to say this, but make the most of your limited time here. Before you know it, you’re only a few weeks from graduation, with so many things still left on your college bucket list. Make memories early, and often.