Mitchell McCollum was born in Atlanta, Georgia and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. He graduated from Hampden-Sydney College in 2017 with a B.A. in economics and business. During college, he was a member of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity and the college’s club soccer team. He volunteered with Habitat for Humanity and participated in the Big Brother program for two years. Mitch is currently pursuing his Master’s in Accounting from UAB while also working at Impact. After his term of service, he hopes to become a financial analyst, a corporate accountant, or an investment banker.

What is your biggest strength?
My biggest strength is persistence. My biggest motivation is someone telling me that I cannot achieve a goal. Every time someone says this to me, I get laser-focused and will not give up on the task until it is completed.

What is your proudest accomplishment?
My proudest achievement is finishing my teaching fellowship with Breakthrough Birmingham. I had never had any prior experience with teaching before my time with Breakthrough,but I decided to apply for a teaching fellowship because I knew that it would take me out of my comfort zone. I think it is imperative that every individual regularly attempt things that are uncomfortable.

What do you like to do for fun?
In my spare time, I enjoy playing golf, working on DIY projects, and running.