In high school, Fadwa Hilili joined a cooperative education program that provided her the chance to work a few hours a week at TECO Energy. The move not only allowed her to get a glimpse into a corporate career but it also helped the academic achiever understand that mentoring and networking are as important as success in the classroom. There, she met a USF student who was transitioning from intern to full-time TECO employee. She set her sights on doing the same.
When she arrived at USF, she sought out opportunities to network, finding them in INROADS (a training program serving minority youth) and the College of Business Corporate Mentor Program (a program serving students who are the first in their families to attend college). She became an INROADS leader, spearheading several of the events before becoming president of the student organization this year. Realizing how mentoring programs helped her, Hilili also began to serve as a mentor to students at Academy Prep, a school serving promising low-income youth.
Hilili juggled all of activities while taking 15-18 credit hours per semester and working full-time. As a result, she will graduate two years ahead of schedule. After graduation, she plans to enroll in the MAcc program at USF and begin working as an intern with a public accounting firm.