Sharleen Kiana So, Accounting

IMG_6227Sharleen Kiana So’s path through her academic career is remarkable. She and her family came here from the Philippines in 2015 and she began taking classes online only. That’s because she was working three jobs – a crew member at McDonalds, a cashier at Publix and later, a part-time teller at J.P. Morgan and Chase Bank – to make ends meet.

It wasn’t until 2018 that she had to finally come to campus to take classes face-to-face with professors and classmates. And that experience opened her eyes to the full university experience. Organizations she had no idea existed were there to join, mentors helped students, scholarships were available and studying abroad was a reality. And she took full advantage. She received scholarships that allowed her to travel to Florence, Italy, in the summer of 2018 and she has never looked back.

She now is getting ready to graduate in December 2019 with a degree in accounting with an overall 4.0 grade-point average. She is a member of the Accounting Society at USF, the Student Investment Club, the USF Chinese Students Association and she is a USF GloBull Ambassador. She speaks five languages, including Filipino, Mandarin, Hokkien, and has received a certificate for business skills and practices from Sandler Training.

This summer, she will join Carr, Riggs and Ingram, an accounting firm, as an audit intern.

Off campus, she has helped raise funds for a handful of charities, including the March of Dimes, Special Olympics and Food for Sharing.

58 Replies to “Sharleen Kiana So, Accounting”

  1. One of the smartest person I know, very responsable and she will have a great future on everything she does. She is a pleasure to have as a coworker and a friend

  2. Sharleen Kiana So deserves this award. She is very industrious and helped put herself thru college with sweat and tears.

  3. Sharleen Kiana is smart, vibrant, friendly and a hard working person who is ready to enter the workforce and contribute to the society. She deserved to be recognize for her hard works .

  4. Smart and a diligent girl.. grown up in a God loving and kindhearted family..
    To Sharleen.. God Bless in everything you do .. Just Have Faith…

  5. She is really remarkable having come into a new environment, needing to adjust and adapt to a different culture yet exceling in a matter of four years through hard work and perseverance.

  6. You’re amazingly wonderful inside and out Shar. Continue the good work! You’re a blessing not just to your lovely parents but also to your countrymen! 👍👍 You’re touching others lives through your warm heart. Tita Dely is surely a proud parent! Miss you! Goodluck to your endeavours. 😘😘

  7. She’s one of the most hardworking people I know. A go-getter and an achiever ever since; so full of potential. I’m sure I’m not the only one who believes and sees that.

  8. I voted for Sharleen because she deserves to win. She is who she is because of her hardworking attitude and her faith in our Lord.

  9. Hi sweet Sharleen,
    I know how important this is for you, all the luck in the world, all wished for you.
    God bless

  10. She’s diligent, intelligent and very down to earth. A sweet lady who possesses grit and honesty. She sacrificed and abruptly halted her college education in one of the most prestigious university in the Philippines (University of the Philippines) just to be with her parents. Pious, kind hearted.

  11. So proud of you, glad I got to meet you when you worked at Publix. Serving God makes a difference. ❤️

  12. Congratulations Sharleen! ! Ure awesome and amazing. You deserve to win! So very oroud of you! Keep up the good work praise the Lord from whom all blessings flow.

  13. Sharleen deserves to win. She is awesome and amazing, very hardworking, diligent and dedicated. Always giving her best in evertithing she does. We are so proud of you. Praise the Lord from whom all blessings flow. To God be all the glory!

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