Travis Harris is a recent FSU graduate who has his vision set on graduate school and eventually owning his own accounting firm. But his passion and his future are about much more than just numbers. "I believe in the motto 'Lifting as I climb.'" This is the motto of the National Association of Black Accountants, which I belong to. I definitely believe in making a difference."
Maybe that's one reason he was selected as Mr. Fayetteville State University his junior year. While at FSU, Travis proved his commitment to community engagement with his involvement in campus leadership as well as service activities that benefited local public school students. Travis served as an active member on the Student Activities Council, the Cultural Programs Committee and for his fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha-a service organization founded in 1906 and the first intercollegiate black Greek organization in the country. "I really expanded my horizons. I wanted to experience a lot of things. They drive that into you during orientation. I wanted to make the best of my experience here and leave a part of me to the next generation of students."
Travis, who is from Hempstead, New York, took advantage of outstanding internship opportunities as well. During a paid internship on Wall Street, he reviewed and wrote contracts, and helped organize a conference, which involved managing hospitality arrangements for 250 students. And while representing a group called the Young Professionals, Travis also spent a week in Chicago for the National Urban League's annual meeting, which featured leaders such as Vice President Joe Biden, Magic Johnson, and Reverends Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson.
"FSU is such a friendly, close-knit university. The professors have a genuine love for seeing you excel, and Career Services worked to give me a great head start."
Future: Certified Public Accountant