Kalen Hess came to USF with one main goal: take advantage of every opportunity. She has been highly involved and credits the Bulls Business Community and the marching band for helping her find her fit at USF early.
As section leader in the USF Herd of Thunder, Hess leads and plays alongside 33 saxophonists. Although this requires 15+ hours of practice and instruction weekly, Hess says the role has provided her with experiences and friendships that she will cherish forever.
Hess is a member of Beta Alpha Psi, an international accounting honors organization that provides networking and professional opportunities for accounting students.
She was inspired to join Beta Alpha Psi after serving as vice president and community service chair for the Accounting Society at USF. These roles have helped Hess sharpen her public speaking skills and networking skills.
When she isn’t marching on the field or helping lead students to academic success, Hess loves giving back to the community. She has served as a site leader in USF’s largest campus-wide service event, Stampede of Service, leading 18 students in a volunteer project. As the Bulls Business Community Relay for Life team captain, she assisted in fundraising and event planning activities.
Her involvement has not come at the expense of academics, as evidenced by her 3.9 GPA — or her work to help others succeed academically. Hess works on campus as an undergraduate writing consultant, helping students write and edit resumes, cover letters, essays, and class assignments. She also tutors as a member of Beta Alpha Psi, and has tutored in the Holcombe Scholars Program in the honors college.