Atanga_WPAn international student from the African nation of Cameroon, Amanda Atanga has worked tirelessly to get the most out of her American college education.

Contrary to what Atanga says is the perception of education in Africa, she realized university education in the U.S. was about more than getting good grades: being involved outside of the classroom also mattered. Atanga originally attended a small private university in Virginia, where she worked as a student assistant for the school’s International Student Services office and served as treasurer for the international student organization. However, she had always dreamed of earning a degree from a large institution with a well-recognized accounting program. She transferred to USF in 2013, where she joined Alpha Kappa Psi and became a business calculus tutor at USF’s Academic Success Center.Atanga has completed summer internships with some of the world’s most prestigious institutions and companies. In 2013, she traveled to Tanzania to intern at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, where she worked with payroll and budgeting. The following summer, she worked for Pricewaterhouse Coopers in Douala, Cameroon, and was assigned to audit engagements with companies such as Citibank and IHS Cameroon.  She now works for Frank Artz Tax and Accounting in Tampa as a junior accounting clerk. Atanga has also earned scholarships from USF, including the TEAm Grant Scholarship Award.

After graduating this semester, Atanga hopes to earn an MBA and Master of Accountancy degrees, as well as the Certified Public Accountant and Certified Internal Auditor designations.