Atir Siddique is studying international business, finance and accounting. He is a project leader in Enactus, where he leads a group providing art therapy to special needs students at a nearby high school.
What major(s) are you pursuing and why?
I was an international business and finance double major until the beginning of the fall 2015 semester. After I took Principles of Accounting, I decided to change my majors to international business and finance with an accounting concentration because I thoroughly enjoyed the subject of accounting.
Why did you choose the Belk College of Business/UNC Charlotte?
I chose UNC Charlotte because Charlotte is home. I have lived in Charlotte since I moved to the United States in 2010 from Pakistan. I wanted a college experience that was financially feasible and also academically rigorous. The Belk College of Business provided both at a very short distance from home. I also fell in love with the campus years before I even started college. I found my study spot on the third floor of Atkins library during my junior year of high school when I was studying for the SAT.
What activities are you involved in when not working/studying?
I am a project leader for Enactus, which is an international nonprofit organization working to empower local and global communities through entrepreneurship. I organize and lead a group of student volunteers to do art therapy with students in the special needs education program at a nearby high school.
What has been the best part of your academic experience so far?
Taking a class called Between Malcolm X and Martin Luther King with Dr. Julia Robinson has so far been the most eye-opening course of my academic career. In this class, I was introduced to issues of racial tension in America today through the religious philosophies of both African-American heroes.
How would you describe the Belk College of Business to someone who is thinking about applying?
The Belk College of Business is a place where new ideas are encouraged, where professors get to know you by name and where opportunities are unlimited.
If you have received a scholarship or financial aid, how has that helped you?
I come from a low-income family so going to college is a blessing for me. Federal and state grants have helped me fund my education thus far. I also received the Jack Hogue Scholarship this year. This generous scholarship helped me purchase my textbooks and supplies for the year.
What are your plans after graduation?
I would like to work for a nonprofit organization and eventually attend graduate school.