When Juanita Morales received a U.S. Department of State scholarship to study the Korean language in Seoul, South Korea for an academic year, she not only learned about the language and its people, but she also discovered how gratifying service learning can be. While in South Korea, she conducted research on the nation’s rapid economic development and its impact in Korean society while taking intensive language classes.
Additionally, she helped elderly people with meals and coal-collecting, and taught elementary school children English.
Her eyes were opened to a whole new world – and led the Colombian native to study global business at USF, where she has continued to serve her community while making remarkable academic strides. She has participated in programs such as the Bulls Business Community, an invitation-only living-learning community for high achievers, the Business Honors Program, where she is conducting undergraduate research on corporate social responsibility in developing economies, and the Corporate Mentor Program, which pairs first-generation students with a business professional.
Morales has served as the marketing chair for Phi Chi Theta, a professional business fraternity, as the marketing coordinator for Data Science at USF, and as a member of the marketing team for PorColombia. Moreover, internships at Adapative Immersion Technologies, Digital Success Media have put her nascent digital marketing and social media marketing skills to work. This summer, she will intern with Raymond James Financial.
Morales has juggled all of these service, research and professional development efforts while maintaining a 3.9 grade point average.