Degree: Bachelor of Business Administration
College/School: College of Business
Amanda Jimenez didn’t speak a word of English when she came to Miami from Cuba at age 9, but she quickly took hold of the idea that here, opportunities are limitless if you only put in the work. Raised by a single mother who instilled in her that despite their low income, she was never less than anyone else, Amanda grew to appreciate the importance of social responsibility and made it a goal of hers to seek out socially responsible companies.
Amanda chose a summer internship with the socially responsible Libra Group, interning as operations manager for a luxury boutique hotel while also learning from the company’s work with local Syrian refugees.
While maintaining a 3.58 GPA at FIU, Amanda volunteered with the Little Lighthouse Foundation, which helps local underserved children with school supplies, homework assistance and more. This turned into an internship opportunity – Amanda created and marketed events. As a volunteer, she also helped fundraise for MACtown in Little Haiti, a nonprofit that provides care for people with disabilities.
After becoming her family’s first U.S. college graduate, Amanda, 23, plans to use her marketing background to help a socially responsible company, one that gives back to the community and doesn’t take advantage of its stakeholders.
By Lauren Comander
Writer, College of Business