Although Mary Babcock’s studies focus on the numbers-heavy arena of accounting, the second-year business student will use that knowledge to pursue her passion: serving others. Babcock, whose ultimate goal is to start a nonprofit in South America to promote business development and education, has pursued international opportunities during her time at USF. She studied abroad in Slovakia during the summer of 2012, learning how international businesses operate, and traveled to Guatemala over spring break to work with a non-profit educating impoverished children. She plans to join the Peace Corps after graduation in the organization’s business division.
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Since middle school, Evan Burroughs planned to attend another Florida university. But USF’s Bulls Business Community – an invitation-only program where like-minded high achieving freshmen live and study together – caused him to change direction. He credits the BBC with setting him on a path that led him to discover his interests and plan his future career as an equity research professional.
He discovered the field, in part, because of the BBC’s corporate tours, study abroad opportunities that emphasized data analysis, and opportunities for students to interact with financial services industry leaders. Later, as part of the rigorous Applied Securities Analysis course, he had a chance to apply classroom theory with real-world application as part of a team managing $260,000 in the exclusive Student Managed Investment Fund. In the program, he elected to help write an investment policy statement for Metropolitan Ministries to help the non-profit counter the effects of donation seasonality.
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The child of a father who worked abroad, Isabel Carta and her family moved every few years, giving her an appreciation for various cultures and countries. Carta has focused her college experience on developing skills that will allow her to succeed in global business.
She is pursuing a double major in finance and international business with a double minor in economics and German to allow her to have her own international career. Carta is on her way to achieving that goal with a finance internship in Germany beginning in August, and held a previous finance internship in El Salvador. She currently holds an apprenticeship with fundraising organization RuffaloCODY, and has raised $140,000 for USF Telefund, the highest amount among current staff members.
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Yogesh Chatulani has worked to identify business problems and address them, even while still a USF student.
As vice president of Enactus, a nonprofit organization at USF, Chatulani and other members of the organization saw that there was a need among USF students for professional attire at career fairs. Chatulani now serves as project leader for Suit-A-Bull, which collects donated suits and lends them to USF students free of charge. This semester alone, Suit-A-Bull has served 74 students. He also volunteered as an AmeriCorps tutor for two years, helping to improve the reading levels of more than 40 disadvantaged elementary school students.
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Although Kayla Chesanek works a fifty-hour week as an intern for the Tampa Bay Lightning and Tampa Bay Storm, the third year student is on track to graduate a year early with two majors and service to her fellow students under her belt.
Chesanek co-founded Autism Speaks U at USF, one of only two Autism Speaks chapters in Florida, in 2012 while working two off-campus jobs. She implemented three new events on campus and was able to increase membership by 25 percent in four months. Chesanek coordinated the first annual “Light It Up Blue”event for World Autism Awareness Day. The group handed out 500 blue balloons, changed the spotlight colors of the Marshall Student Center to blue, and alsochanged the SunTrust Bank building in Downtown Tampa to blue in order to create autism awareness. She is also a member of the International Business Board, Phi Sigma Theta Honor Society, Phi Alpha Delta, and Women in Business.
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Kristina Crane takes USF’s messages about excelling in the classroom, embracing diversity, the value of studying abroad and the importance of serving as an intern seriously. Crane’s 3.96 GPA has earned her a regular spot on the Dean’s List and the USF Honors College student is a two-time intern. She didn’t just take the easy route, though. Her second internship was located halfway around the world.
She spent nearly three months as an intern at China’s Qingdao Tourism Bureau last summer. There, she helped with various projects and was able to observe, first-hand, how relationship building skills and business practices differ across cultures. Locally, Crane served as a legislative intern for Tampa City Councilman Lisa Montelione, where she helped prepare events, spoke with constituents, and provided administrative assistance.
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A first-generation student at USF and a participant in the Corporate Mentor Program, Diana Devitt is on-track to graduate in four years with her degree in marketing.During the last four years, Devitt has participated in three internships while holding a part-time job in customer service at Publix. She currently works as a marketing intern at two companies: Jannus Live and Rent King.
Devitt says that growing up with a sibling with disabilities required her to take on more responsibilities than many of her peers but, she says, this opportunity helped her become more compassionate toward others, helped her understand the importance of being adaptable in difficult situations, and helped foster her passion for community service .
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