The second Angel Stallings stepped on CMU's campus during her first tour, she knew the university was home.
As a first-generation college student, Angel's goals in her early days at CMU included obtaining her degree debt-free and later becoming a Certified Public Accountant, while making a few friends along the way.
What came next for Angel was an abundance of experiences and mentorship that would lead her to make a wonderful impact on campus.
"I'm glad I chose CMU because my time here has afforded me opportunities I wouldn't have gotten anywhere else to grow as a leader and individual," she said.
Starting her sophomore year, Angel began establishing CMU's chapter of the National Association of Black Accountants. The following year NABA became officially chartered and nationally recognized. This was one of her most challenging yet rewarding experiences.
"Mentorship from my peers, faculty and professionals played a huge role in my journey. A platform to do the same for others was only right," Angel said.
Beyond paving the way for her fellow minority students in business, Angel continues to empower and inspire the next generation of CMU leaders.
Angel serves as a peer advisor for the Multicultural Advancement Scholars and Multicultural Academic Student Services Office, as well as a mentor for IMPACT. She co-leads InterVarsity's Collegiate, Black and Christian Bible Study and is a campus ambassador for PricewaterhouseCoopers, a global tax and consulting services company.
She also was the recipient of a $10,000 merit scholarship from the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board in late 2018.
Angel encourages other leaders on campus to commit themselves wholeheartedly, set realistic goals and focus on the impact rather than the title.
"I have discovered a sense of purpose for my life that I did not have coming in to CMU," Angel said. "I learned to view life as something to experience instead of simply existing."