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Meet the Grads: Rushik Patel

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Meet Rushik Patel, one of the WVU Outstanding Seniors for the class of 2024. From Charleston, Patel is graduating with his undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering and will continue on to WVU School of Medicine in the fall (Photo supplied).

Welcome to our Meet the Grads series, highlighting the incredible students from the Statler College who are earning their degrees during the 2024 Spring Commencement. 

Q & A with Rushik Patel
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What are some of the highlights and memorable experiences you've had during your time at Statler? 
My favorite experience with the Statler College has been participating in Track-or-Treat with the Biomedical Engineering Society. Giving out candy to kids in a fun and safe environment always puts a smile on my face!

Can you share a challenging moment you faced during your college years and how you overcame it?
During my junior year, I was overwhelmed by the workload of multiple demanding courses, extracurricular commitments, and studying for the MCAT. To overcome this challenge, I realized that I needed to prioritize and manage my time more effectively. I took a step back and evaluated all my commitments to determine which ones were the most important and where to focus my time and energy. I developed a detailed schedule and daily to-do lists to ensure I had time for studying, attending classes, completing assignments, and participating in extracurricular activities. Finally, I set aside time for self-care activities such as exercise, relaxation techniques and spending time with friends. 

What advice would you give to incoming freshmen or students who are just starting their college journey, especially engineering? 

Get involved! There are many different student organizations on campus that can help you get connections and find out your passion. Also, don’t be afraid to ask questions!

What does graduating from Statler and WVU mean to you, and how do you plan to celebrate this achievement? 

Graduating from Statler College represents a significant milestone in my academic journey and a culmination of years of hard work, dedication, and growth. Both WVU and Statler College have provided me with invaluable opportunities for learning, personal development, and community engagement. Attending commencement, surrounded by fellow graduates, faculty, family, and friends, is an important part of the celebration! I also want to express my gratitude to the professors, mentors, classmates, and everyone else who contributed to my success at WVU. 

What is your favorite memory from WVU?  

My favorite memory from WVU has been traveling with WVU Global Medical and Dental Brigades to Panama and Honduras. This experience fostered my dream of providing free medical services in underserved communities in Appalachia and throughout the world as a future medical professional. 

What are your post-graduate plans?  

I will be attending WVU School of Medicine later this year! I am excited to continue my education at this outstanding university! 



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Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources
304.293.4135, Paige Nesbit

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