Academic journal article Phi Delta Kappan

Up-and-Coming Leaders: Nikita Ganatra

Academic journal article Phi Delta Kappan

Up-and-Coming Leaders: Nikita Ganatra

Article excerpt

College readiness means more than just college prep classes to Nikita Ganatra. To Ganatra, whose blog in PDKConnect (www.pdkconnect.org) is titled "College Readiness," it also includes learning life skills and organizational skills, as well as specific academic skills like literacy and numeracy.

In her own life, attending college was never an option; rather, it was the goal. She spent grades 1-8 going to school in her native India before her parents moved to the United States to give their children a better education. But that's not the mindset in all families.

She writes in her blog:

"College is a choice for students and oftentimes we forget that. If you come from a culture, or more specifically, a family of college culture or mindset, then it is NOT a choice, but a mandate, which ends up serving us well in the long run.

"However, if you are not from that college-going, college-thinking culture, then you are at a major disadvantage, and that I believe is a horrendous disservice for all who fall in that category and have yet to realize it. …

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