Harmelle Davis did not always want to become an accountant. However, when the Bahamian student took business classes in high school and excelled, her teacher encouraged her to enter a competition. As a result, Deloitte named her “Accounting Student of the Year” her senior year.
At USF, the 19-year-old double major has a 4.0 GPA, and she has already been a collegiate intern with Deloitte, serving as junior analyst for an audit of the Social Services Department in Nassau, Bahamas. She says working with the audit team taught her the importance of systems and processes. Davis plans to intern with the Big Four firm again this coming summer and eventually hopes to work in its financial analysis area.
Given her grades, it is no surprise that Davis is the president of Phi Eta Sigma honor society. She is also the founder, president, and fundraising chair of the Global Business Brigades, a student-led health and sustainable development organization. Davis was involved with the medical aspects of the agency her first year at USF and travelled with the group to Honduras last year, serving as part of a team that provided medical care for 500 people. When she realized a student chapter didn’t exist in Tampa, she helped found one — and, this summer, seven USF members will travel to Panama this summer to help with financial literacy, planning, and strategic consulting services. Beyond USF, Davis volunteers for a program that pairs kindergarten students with adult tutors for twice weekly sessions.