Stefan1Throughout his experience at USF, Stefan Whiting had two components that left a major impact and influence on the person he’s become: his personal drive and determination to succeed scholastically, and the focus on his continued commitment to serve the community.

From an early age, Whiting has known that he wanted to pursue business management. While applying for USF, a university he knew would challenge him academically, he also applied and got accepted into the Bulls Business Community as well as the Business Honors Program. He challenged himself with five to six classes a semester, taking courses during summer and winter break, including a study abroad in Florence, Italy. He is set to graduate in May 2017, a four-year process that was shortened to three. He has maintained a 3.88 grade-point average.

Long before he began college, Whiting realized that giving back to the community was not only important but essential. He was inspired by his mother, who worked for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, to help the less fortunate. Since then, he has participated in several service projects, such as Relay for Life, the Humane Society, and Random Acts of Kindness.

He also served at soup kitchens and helped inner-city kids through Junior Achievement. Recently, Whiting participated in a pilot project called the Service Learning Experience, in which he analyzed the Hillsborough County Department of Aging Services and provided a summary and recommendations for improvements.