Student Feature: D'Nasia Thompson

Nov. 2, 2020
By Alese Coyle
The pandemic has made getting to know and interacting with the Honors College community more challenging than ever before. However, D’Nasia Thompson – a junior majoring in Accounting with a minor in Global Entrepreneurship – has been hard at work as the Honors Student Council Vice President to keep the Honors community connected. Whether she is leading HSC activities, serving as a student ambassador, or interning for a major accounting firm – D’Nasia shines. We wanted to give you a chance to get to know the leader, mentor, and all-around incredible human that D’Nasia is.

What drew you to UNLV?

As a Las Vegas native, I was initially interested in UNLV because it was familiar, and I could stay close to home. But throughout these past three years, I have grown such an appreciation for the friends, faculty members, and role models that I’ve met at this university. I found a home in the Honors College, the Lee Business School, and many other communities on campus that make me feel motivated and supported. 

Best and most challenging aspects of serving as Vice President for the Honors Student Council this year?

My favorite part of being VP has been seeing so much participation, support, and engagement from our peers and HC faculty members at the virtual events that our executive board has hosted so far. It definitely goes to show that the Honors College community is a family, even if we can’t physically be together on-campus. It makes me feel even more motivated to help lead this team and uplift the HC community. 

The most challenging part has been adapting to this online setting and brainstorming ways to make the Honors experience still exciting and memorable for students, especially freshmen. But with that being said, I think our leaders have adapted quickly to these new circumstances, and I’m proud of the progress we’ve made so far. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for next semester!

What discoveries have been most inspiring to you in your academic field?

My studies in accounting have helped me discover how versatile the profession really is. Most people think that accounting is just sitting behind a desk and punching numbers all day (and I’ll admit, I thought the same before I joined the major), but there are so many different career paths that you can take with the degree. This discovery helped me decide that I want to become a forensic accountant and investigate white-collar crimes!

What are you passionate about fixing in the world?

I’m most passionate about fixing racial discrimination in the workplace and helping other young black women (especially in business) succeed in their professions. There are so many instances where black women feel invalidated, unheard, or discriminated against at work and are not quite sure how to handle it. As I continue through my career and gain more wisdom, I would love to be a role model for younger black women and inspire them to pull up their own chair if they are not offered a seat at the table.

Biggest pet peeve?

When I save leftovers and someone else eats them or my mom throws them away 

What is something people would be surprised to learn about you?

I think some people would be most surprised to learn that I love to go to music festivals/raves (my favorite so far has been Day-N-Vegas).

If you were going to humble brag about yourself, what would you tell me?

I was one of my high school’s valedictorians and I recently interned with one of the Big 4 accounting firms, PwC!

How has your family of origin influenced who you are?

My family has definitely shaped how I view the world and my future. The most important thing they have taught me is, “if it’s meant to be, it will happen.” This has been my guiding principle in life and helps me not stress about things too much or compare myself to others. It also reminds me that if one door shuts, there is always another one that will open soon.

Show you have recently binge-watched?

Umbrella Academy on Netflix! I initially wasn’t sure if I would like it but now it’s one of my favorite shows! Definitely a 10/10.

What have you been doing as a form of self-care during the Covid-19 pandemic?

I have been cooking/baking a lot more ever since quarantine started! I also recently got an air fryer, which has completely changed the game for me. Next, I want to learn how to upcycle some of my thrifted clothing!