Jessica Souders, Student

SoudersThe USF Alumni Association awards the King O’Neal Scholars award every semester to those students completing their USF coursework with a 4.0 GPA. The award was created in honor of charter USF graduates Lucas King and Evelyn O’Neal.

Jessica will be graduating with a 4.0 GPA and a degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting and Management. Jessica excelled in her time at USFSM with an eye on her future. She chose the Business Administration degree with a concentration in Accounting, because it provided her with the widest range of opportunities.

Jessica is planning on attending law school to achieve her lifelong dream of becoming an attorney.

What special accomplishments did you have that allowed you to win this award?

I had a 4.0 GPA throughout my Bachelor’s Degree Program.

What are some of your qualities that made you a good match for this award?

I am hard-working, determined and willing to make the sacrifices necessary to succeed.

What would you like to do for a career upon graduation?

My plan is to attend Stetson University College of Law to become an attorney. Practicing law as an attorney has been a longtime dream of mine.

Why did you choose the major that you chose?

I chose Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting and Management because I believe it is a versatile degree and offers the widest range of opportunities and different applications in the business world.

Why did you choose USF Sarasota-Manatee?

I chose USFSM because of the convenient location, the affordability and the amenities of a bigger university with a more hometown feel.

Would you recommend USFSM to someone else?

Yes, I especially like the family movies shown in Selby Auditorium.

How has USFSM prepared you for your career goals?

The challenges that I have faced and overcome while pursuing my degree at USFSM has taught me the value in and necessity of being a self-advocate and an active participant in my education rather than merely a bystander. If you believe in it, then fight for it, because neither college nor life is designated to give you anything.

What was your favorite class at USFSM and why?

My favorite class was Cost Accounting with Professor Liz Carlson. She makes a difficult subject fun and I formed some lasting friendships in that class.

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