Yashima Peart is proud of her Jamaican roots and her parents there. She says the island nation is often called the “home of the hustlers,” referring to the dogged, determined, go-getter spirit that bootstrapping entrepreneurs with little formal education display. Peart watched both of her parents build small businesses that supported the family and observed that when she grew up, she wanted to be “like the women on TV who wore pantsuits and sat in board meetings making important decisions.” She decided that to make that happen, she needed to study business in America.
At USF, she discovered that her visions of power suits came with a lot of work. She credits guest speakers in a business skills class (and the instructor) for helping her see that the work could be fun if it was something she was passionate about and that she could combine her love of numbers with her interest in technology. She decided to double-major in accounting and business analytics and information systems. The Judy Genshaft Honors College student has maintained a 4.0 grade point average in both majors while also working two part-time jobs, volunteering with the American Red Cross, and serving as an Orientation Team Leader. She is a member of the Accounting Society and one of her part-time jobs is as a student assistant at USF’s Lynn Pippenger School of Accountancy.
Peart will be serving as an intern with Big 10 accounting firm Baker Tilly this summer and Big Four accounting firm KMPG has already offered her an internship for the summer of 2024!