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Seminole State part of student's 'American dream'

Smit Vadvala is pursuing what he calls the “American dream.”

Last year, Smit Vadvala’s life changed drastically. He and his family packed up their belongings in Ahmedabad, India, and moved to the United States to pursue what Vadvala calls the “American dream.”

Looking for a college that was both affordable and close to his new home, Vadvala discovered Seminole State, and enrolled in the fall of 2012.

At any other school, Vadvala says he probably would have felt lost in a crowd, but at Seminole State, the professors offer one-on-one attention, and the resources are vast.

“Seminole State is my second home,” Vadvala says.

Vadvala has remained dedicated to his studies, and it has paid off greatly. With a GPA of 3.9, he’s earned a spot on the President’s List and has also joined the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) honor society. He says being a member of PTK has helped him make many close friends and develop leadership skills.

In just one year, Vadvala is set to earn an Associate in Arts degree, which typically takes students two years to complete. Afterward, he plans to stay at the College and work toward a bachelor’s degree in business and information management.

Vadvala hopes to follow in the footsteps of his father and work in the financial industry. He also plans to share his knowledge of investing and trading in the stock market through the book he’s writing.

He says he couldn’t accomplish all that he has without the supportive people that surround him.

“My family and friends inspire me the most to succeed and give me courage to face the challenges of life,” Vadvala says.

Students from 82 countries attend Seminole State College of Florida. For more information on attending Seminole State as an international student, please visit the College’s International Students page or call 407.708.2172.

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