October is Month of the Scholar:
A month during the semester where as a Panhellenic community we focus on academic success and accomplishment, and rewarding academic achievements. This month we will be highlighting some of our Panhellenic women’s experiences for Month of the Scholar.
My name is Christina Thomas, I’m an accounting major and a senior here at USF. I’m currently the Vice President of Finance for Panhellenic and the Vice President of Finance for Kappa Delta this year. In the past, I have worked as the assistant to my chapter’s Vice President of Finance.
I had an accounting internship this past summer in Seattle, Washington at Howard S. Wright Construction Company. With this internship I worked alongside the Lead Project Accountant with a Microsoft Project, helping them process a lot of Accounts Payable invoices (such as the bills we needed to pay) and month-end processes which included making sure everything was paid and sent out by the company. My internship helped me get hands-on experience with what I was learning in my courses since we don’t get exposure to that very much in class. The place that I had an internship with, Howard S. Wright Construction Company, said I could come back and intern there again after graduation and possibly get a job with them back home.
With the Vice President of Finance positions, I have held, they have helped me get a lot of interviews for jobs after graduation. I am talking to a healthcare company to do accounting for them or possibly an engineering company working in their accounting department. The accounting opportunities are located here in Florida, so my decision will depend on if I can afford living here in Florida on my own for me to accept a job with them.
Overall, my time here at USF has helped me learn how to be a leader and how to use my voice to express how I want the community to progress and having a voice within my own chapter. I think the leadership positions have helped me network more so that I can succeed after I graduate from USF this December.