Destiny Patterson credits mentors at the Muma College of Business’ Corporate Mentor Program with shaping her life after arriving at USF. Set to graduate in May 2021 with bachelor’s degrees in management and criminology with a GPA of 3.85, Patterson hopes to continue her education in law school. She exemplifies what it means to go beyond the classroom and on-campus activities.
Over her undergraduate years at USF, she worked with three different classes of eighth-grade students at Academy Prep, focusing on topics such as identifying personal strengths, money management, goal setting and time management. She served as the student assistant in the Corporate Mentor Program, allowing her to help other students. She joined Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay in her first year at USF and was paired with a 6-year-old “little sister” facing adversity, eventually forming a strong relationship with the child. When her charge moved out of state, Patterson got involved with the Guardian ad Litem program, where she advocates for children who are victims of abuse, abandonment or neglect. She still mentors children in that program today.
Closer to campus, Patterson is a member of Collegiate Leadership Tampa Bay, a selective program comprised of exceptional students from USF, the University of Tampa and St. Leo University and serves as community service chair of the National Council of Negro Women. She is the former vice president of the Pi Sigma Phi honor fraternity and served as a student member of The Washington Center, selected through a competitive interview process.