For many high schoolers, landing in the top 20 of the graduating class is a big accomplishment. But for Sarah Bolick, the top 20 students was the graduating class! Bolick, who was home-schooled until sixth grade, attended a very small, interactive high school and says that the transition to college – particularly one with 40,000+ students – was a bit frightening. But the Bulls Business Community tagline of “big university, small community” drew her to USF. She was able to live and learn with like-minded business majors and participate in programs that helped make the transition easier.
Bolick has become highly involved at USF. She is president of the nascent Accounting Society, an organization that seeks to create a sense of community for younger students interested in pursuing an accounting degree. She has also served as a corporate intern for the University Area Community Development Corporation, assisting the CEO for the agency that serves a poverty-stricken area near USF.
Bolick was also among seven percent of applicants nationwide chosen to participate in Deloitte’s Alternative Spring Break program, serving at-risk youth in Miami, Florida. She will soon travel to England to spend a semester abroad at Oxford Brookes University. There, she will continue her accounting studies and collaborate on a scholarly research project that will be part of her USF Honors College thesis.