Chelsea Moore is majoring in economics and English. Among her many experiences at UNC Charlotte, she has participated in the Women in Business Initiative of the Belk College of Business as a student ambassador.
What majors are you pursuing and why?
I am pursuing majors in economics and English because I believe the bridge between liberal studies and business concepts is important. By taking liberal studies courses, I have been able to develop and sharpen the soft skills that employers are seeking. Skills such as critical analysis, communication and problem solving are deeply entwined with my English major and are extremely important for my career goals. Pairing these soft skills with my economics major gives me a different perspective from my peers. It is this different perspective that I believe makes me a well-rounded candidate in the business marketplace. As many CEOs have liberal studies backgrounds, I believe it signifies the importance of liberal studies in a digital world.
Why did you choose UNC Charlotte?
I chose UNC Charlotte after experiencing the inclusive culture of the university. Having already taken some business courses in high school, I had a desire to pursue a degree in business, but I was unaware of which university I should attend. After visiting the campus on early admissions day and embracing the culture of UNC Charlotte, I knew I was supposed to be a part of the Niner Nation family. The wonderful track record of graduates from the Belk College of Business only solidified my desire to come to this university.
What activities are you involved in when not working or studying?
Some campus related activities that I am involved in include being a member of Sigma Tau Delta, an International English Honors Society, and I am also a Peer Mentor for the English Learning Community.
What has been the best part of your academic experience so far?
The best part of my academic experience so far has been the ability to be an inaugural member of the Global Gateways House. A residential-based program, this program allows for 28 female students with a focus in international studies and activities to come together to develop programs and activities for the UNC Charlotte campus. Having the ability to engage with students from different cultures, religions and ethnicities has been a wonderful experience.
How would you describe the Belk College of Business to someone who is thinking about applying?
I would describe the Belk College of Business as a hidden treasure as it offers exceptional education immersed in an inclusive culture. Committed to innovation and intellectual growth, I believe this college is an excellent representation of the mission of UNC Charlotte.
Have you utilized any professional development from the Robert A. Niblock Student Center for Professional Development?
The Robert A. Niblock Student Center for Professional Development has been extremely beneficial for me because it helped me develop strengths and strategies for interviews. During my sophomore year, I sat down with one of the advisors of the program. In that session, we discussed my career goals, possible internship opportunities and interview strategies. By utilizing the center, I was able to secure professional contacts and experiences that I would not originally have had access to.
If you have received a scholarship or financial aid, how has that helped you? What scholarship did you receive?
Receiving the Golden Leaf Scholarship and participating in the Golden Leaf Leadership Program has been extremely beneficial to me because it gives me access to internships in my area of interest, rural North Carolina. With my educational background in economics, I am able to participate in internships located in rural communities experiencing economic disparity, which is extremely rewarding for my academic aspirations.
What are your plans after graduation?
After graduation, I would like to return to school, pursuing a master's degree in organizational science. Ultimately, I would love to become a human resource manager so I believe pursuing a master's in this field would prepare me for this position.
Why did you choose to get involved with the Women in Business Initiative?
I chose to become involved in the Women in Business Initiative because I believe it is important for women to have safe spaces to discuss the issues we face in the workplace. I also believe that it is important to have a voice. While one individual will not be able to bring an end to all forms of prejudice within the workplace, there is power in numbers. By being the representation I desire to see, I believe it will lead to more doors of opportunity being opened to women.
What do you hope to gain from your experiences with the Women in Business Initiative?
As a student ambassador for the Women in Business Initiative, I have gained the ability to confidently communicate with others about difficult situations. The “coffee hours” that we host are intimate conversations. These opportunities allow for the student ambassadors to engage and think about topics from different perspectives, which is extremely important. Instead of this initiative being a program where the ambassadors offer all the solutions, it is a partnership where students offer intellectual insights and resources as well. This open platform allows for better discussions and a stronger network.
Why is the Women in Business Initiative important to have in the Belk College of Business?
The Women in Business Initiative is important to have in the Belk College of Business because it gives female students a place to deconstruct the implicit biases that have been accepted in the business world. As it is often these implicit biases that hinder women from applying for leadership positions in the workplace, having a safe space to discuss these biases will give female and male students alike an advantage in the business setting.