University of South Florida St. Petersburg



From fishing campus waters as a kid to graduating with a perfect 4.0

Seth Leskanic

Seth Leskanic has had a personal connection with the USF St. Petersburg campus since he was a kid fishing the waters on the edge of campus. Now he is graduating from his hometown university with a perfect 4.0 GPA.

With an end goal of going to law school, Leskanic came to USF unsure of his undergraduate focus. He grew up learning the importance of saving and personal finance from his parents and was responsible for paying for his car and other bills. This eventually led to an interest in finance. His experience pursuing a degree in the field at the Kate Tiedemann School of Business and Finance, with professors he called “amazing, knowledgeable, helpful and courteous,” left an indelible mark, so much so that he now plans to direct his legal education towards the financial realm.

He credits his success to hard work, managing stress and great teaching that made learning complicated topics and navigating unexpected circumstances, such as the pandemic and online learning, as seamless as possible. The close-knit campus setting and friendly community also made his college experience memorable and one he would do all over again if he could. 

Leskanic’s stellar academic record led to his recognition as a King O’Neal Scholar, which is awarded by the USF Alumni Association to those who earn a 4.0 GPA. Now his sites are set on attaining a law degree and an MBA in the coming years, with the goal of becoming an attorney for either a financial firm or for a government regulatory agency.

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