MIDN Patel is one of those gentlemen possessed with debonair spirit; a man whose good looks complement a unique drive and intellectualism. He joined the Navy for the sense of adventure, and his diverse actions legitimize such a claim. For example, while he has selected to be a submariner when he commissions, he also knows how to fly and will be getting his pilots license this summer. MIDN Patel is a man of earth, water, and air— but of fire too, in his fervent ambition and zeal for learning and improving upon himself. He lists this impassioned lust for bettering himself and helping others do the same as his chief hope in his military career.
After four years in ROTC, MIDN Patel has several pieces of wisdom to impart for his peers, and for those midshipmen following in his footsteps:
- What does leadership mean to you? Leadership means to find an objective that transcends personal interests, sharing that objective, and inspiring others to support that objective.
- What was the best piece of advice you have received as a Midshipmen? “Just shut up and color” – meaning that most of the time you should be following orders, not finding ways to circumvent them or outright oppose them.
- What drives you to keep going? Old Age. I am intractably scared of old age. That is the reason why I try to do as much as I can right now. In your youth, your body gives you the option of doing or not doing things. In old age, you no longer have options. It’s important to realize the finite nature of your youth.
- What is one piece of advice you would give to any underclassmen/prospective mid?
If people are not laughing at your goals, your goals are too small.
When MIDN Patel is not busy in academics or ROTC, he may be occupied in some of his favorite hobbies: reading, writing, snowboarding, flying, or traveling.