A student who puts high importance on community service, Julia Krems has dedicated a significant amount of time improving the lives of children in the Tampa Bay community.
One of Krems’ biggest achievements has been her involvement with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay. After serving as the director of events in 2015, she was promoted to president of the Big Brothers Big Sisters Club at USF. She now leads the club in directing fundraisers, recruiting volunteers, planning events, and increasing membership in the program. She is currently in charge of USF’s Bowl For Kids’ Sake fundraiser, aiming to help raise $10,000 to contribute to Big Brothers Big Sister of Tampa Bay’s fundraising goal.
Her involvement with Tampa Bay’s youth does not stop there. A member of the Business Honors Service Association, Krems has participated in “Random Acts of Kindness” events. She taught third graders important financial literacy concepts such as writing checks and an understanding of debit and credit cards. Krems also volunteered in the BHSA’s Helping Hands for Happy Paws Tailgate, which raised more than $3,000 for the Tampa Bay Humane Society.
Aside from community service, Krems is a member of Beta Alpha Psi, an accounting honors society. Krems has sharpened her professional skills as a Bulls Business Community resident, an invitation-only living-learning program at USF. Due to her involvement in the Business Honors Program, she returned to the BBC as a second year mentor. As a mentor, she helped first-year students become acclimated to USF and encouraged them to participate in a variety of professional development programs. Krems believes the workshops, etiquette dinners, improv classes, elevator speech competitions, and Beta Alpha Psi and BBC networking events have helped her prepare for a career in public accounting.
In the summer of 2015, Krems had the opportunity to study abroad in Florence, Italy and travel around Europe. This experience ignited her interest in pursuing a career overseas.