Natalie Pearson forWPFrom day one, Natalie Pearson was determined to be involved at USF – and she has clearly done so.

She is a USF Ambassador, a founding member and officer for Gamma Phi Beta sorority, a leader in USF’s Panhellenic Council, and codirector of finance and outreach for Bulls Service Breaks. That list doesn’t include College of Business activities.

Such engagement isn’t new for Pearson, who was a well-rounded and highly engaged high school student. She also admits, however, that she wasn’t sure she was “ready” for college. She credits three business programs for a smooth transition: the Bulls Business Community, the Business Honors Program, and the Corporate Mentor Program.

Pearson seized every opportunity provided by the BBC. Eventually, she was awarded the “Most Involved Resident” award and worked as a lead mentor for her pod, helping students realize their potential while living in the business-themed residence hall.

The Corporate Mentor Program pairs students with business leaders in the community, giving students a glimpse into the corporate world and helping them build a professional network. Pearson has been an active participant in the program and it paid off: thanks to her mentor, Pearson landed an internship with PEACE Wealth Management. As an intern, she developed a client renewal process for the company.