In his quest to earn the Boy Scouts of America’s Eagle Scout ranking, Charles Poliseno learned how to design and implement projects, solicit supplies, and recruit volunteers. He says the experience taught him that leadership is not simply telling others what to do; it is, rather, the ability to undertake a movement and get others to follow.
Poliseno says this lesson has been reinforced during his tenure at USF, particularly through the College of Business Corporate Mentor Program. In this program, he is paired with a business leader who has demonstrated a sincere desire to help him go beyond the classroom to learn about successful business practices.
As a result, Poliseno has served as an intern twice, the first time with the Tampa Bay Rowdies, where he helped with game day operations and created content for the team’s website. Later, he worked as an intern with Grow Financial, where he was charged with researching demographic data regarding future locations and presenting his findings to the credit union’s leadership team.
Poliseno says leadership lessons have also been reinforced in programs such as the Bulls Business Community, the Business Honors Program, and throughout his study abroad experiences.
Poliseno is currently drafting his undergraduate thesis, which tackles the controversial issue of gun control, the availability of illicit firearms, and crime and the economy. He expects to graduate in 2014.