Jonathan Puentes, Bachelor’s in Accounting and Finance '16

Going Where the Action Is

After watching San Francisco blossom into a hub for innovation, Jonathan moved to the city to experience his own transformation.

Ask Jonathan Puentes ’16 why he came to USF, and his answer boils down to a simple piece of advice from his father: Go to school where you want to live and work.

A native of San Jose, Jonathan grew up visiting San Francisco. He fell in love with its energy and watched it blossom into a hub for technology and innovation.

“There's just so much opportunity here in San Francisco,” Jonathan says. “It has everything from financial services and accounting firms to startups and companies like Twitter.”

He wanted to be a part of the action and, he's quick to add, it’s within driving distance of a home-cooked meal. He knew USF was the right choice.

When Jonathan first arrived, it was hard for him to imagine joining the ranks of professionals trekking down Market Street. Still, he was determined to take advantage of the many internship opportunities the city offered.

He knew early on that he wanted to double major in accounting and finance, so when he heard Deloitte — one of the “big four” accounting firms — would be at USF interviewing students for its Alternative Spring Break program, Jonathan jumped at the chance. The one-week program gives participants an opportunity to volunteer in at-risk communities around the country, while connecting with Deloitte professionals.

There's just so much opportunity here in San Francisco. It has everything from financial services and accounting firms to startups and companies like Twitter."

“I knew they were the largest accounting firm, where you'd want to start a career, and I also knew it was a tough firm to get into,” he says. “So that made me really nervous about the interview.”

To prepare, Jonathan visited USF's Career Services Center, where he received help with his resume and cover letter and had a mock interview.

He earned a spot and over spring break traveled with Deloitte to Miami, after which he was offered a summer internship — one of just five in the firm's San Francisco office. Fast forward to this summer and Jonathan is back at Deloitte helping to audit financial firms. Life is good, he says.

In his free time, Jonathan runs a startup of his own, College Care, which connects parents in need of child care with USF students looking for work. He hopes to launch a beta version of his business app in the upcoming year.

“Looking back at freshman year, I couldn't imagine being where I am today. I didn't know anything about accounting and finance or business,” he says. “It's crazy to see how college has transformed me.”

I remember reading that USF was one of the top 50 most entrepreneurial campuses, and it's really true. It just really fosters growth and entrepreneurship.”

Jonathan Puentes on USF's entrepreneurial spirit