Milani_WPIt can be overwhelming to balance work, school, and family obligations along with social and community service work. Shayda Milani exemplifies what it means to balance these activities proficiently. After two years at USF, Milani applied and was accepted to the University of Southern California’s accounting school and received its highest merit based scholarship. She decided to stay at USF to seek out more opportunities the university has to offer.

Milani feels passionate about culture and had manifold global experiences. She studied abroad at the Florence University of the Arts and traveled to more than 25 cities in Europe. Last summer Milani studied Farsi, the native language of Iran, in the George Washington University’s language immersion program.

As a finance and Honors College student, Milani has maintained a 4.0 business GPA, as well as being on the Dean’s List every semester. She was also a student government senator her freshman year. She plans to attend law school after graduating next year and hopes to practice corporate law. As a sophomore, Milani interned at Sponsler, Bennete, Jacabs, and Adams, PA, a law firm in Tampa that specializes in corporate law and workers compensation. She analyzed financial statements and calculated returns for clients the firm represented, and attended several depositions, mediations, and hearings with company attorneys.

In addition to professional experience, she tutors at-risk students for the non-profit organization Starting Right, Now. Milani currently interns for Crossman and Company, one of the largest commercial real estate companies in the Southeast.