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Success at Collegiate - Meet Ranu

I was nine years old when I stepped foot on the snow-covered Boston Logan International Airport during the busy week of Thanksgiving. I was nine years old when I was forced to mature. Moving halfway across the world. I learned that India and the US have vast differences.” Ranu Patel has had a lifetime of taking on new challenges that now define her future. She joined Collegiate Charter School of Lowell in middle school and decided to get involved in the SABIS® Student Life Organization. “When I first started…I thought maybe it’s not for me, but when I got into it, I really loved it. It really helped me grow as a person. It definitely made me more comfortable with public speaking and made me more aware of what I wanted in the future.” The advice she now passes on to others, is “Don’t give up and don’t be afraid to take on new challenges because you might not know what you might be good in.

Her various activities have helped her define her international business career path. As part of the Model United Nations team, she recently attended a 3-day conference in Boston where she participated in committees dealing with current world issues. According to Ranu,  “it has definitely helped me more with public speaking as well as debating and has helped me be more open.” As part of the first graduating class of the Collegiate Charter School of Lowell, she will end one chapter and begin another full of exciting challenges.

She believes her education will serve her well in college. “Collegiate definitely made me more academically bright. My college major will be international business, which will require both AP® English and AP® Calculus credit that will help me.” Ranu is also a recipient of the John & Abigail Adams Scholarship. She has been accepted at UMass Lowell, Framingham State, Salem State, UMass Boston, Suffolk University, Emmanuel College, Bentley University, and Merrimack College.

With a degree in international business, Ranu will be able to achieve her dream of “traveling while working and meeting new people, connecting with different cultures through the business prospect.” It will offer her opportunities to become an import/export compliance specialist, international banker, and many more career choices. Her future career goal is to be an “Ambassador.”

Congratulations to Ranu on her graduation! We will always be proud to say you’re an ambassador of Collegiate.

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