Meet Faith Nimely, a third-year student majoring in accounting and January’s Student Spotlight.
Faith grew up in Liberia in West Africa before moving to the U.S. in April 2009. Faith attended high school in Groveport, Ohio, where she graduated as her class valedictorian. The incredible achievement was also instrumental in helping Faith overcome her fear of public speaking.
Her high school achievements also set her up to pursue success in college. At first unsure about accounting, Faith took a class and joined a program in high school focused on the subject. Accounting came easy to her, and she now sees it as foundational to her life goals.
Faith now serves as treasurer of the National Association of Black Accountants at Fisher. She’s also interning at Crowe as an audit intern during the firm’s busy season, and she will be interning over the summer with Johnson & Johnson in a finance role.
In addition to her part-time internship, Faith finds time to pursue other passions. She spends time volunteering through Fisher Cares, and she is a resident advisor to a floor of 37 female students. Recently, Faith joined the Honors Cohort program to continue her pursuit of new environments, challenges and experiences that has been prevalent in her life.
Faith also spends time mentoring three younger students. Among the programs she’s involved in is Fisher’s Peer Mentor Program, which matches first-year students with upperclass mentors. The program helps first-year students transition to college and get involved as part of the Fisher community. She joined the program to meet new people and to be a resource for others. For Faith, the program is about being there for the students whenever she is needed and about learning from first-year students and their new perspectives..
Faith hopes she is paving a better way forward for her mentees and for herself. Like most students her age, she isn’t exactly sure what the rest of her life will hold, but she does have great ambition. She is interested in nonprofit work, and has a dream of improving the education in her home country, potentially by helping to build a school there.
If Faith could give a TED Talk, the theme would be awareness — self-awareness and the awareness of other cultures and backgrounds. She believes it’s important to learn about others, to be aware of prejudices and stereotypes, and to never give in to pressure to conform.