Chelsya Cook is an accounting major and a criminal justice minor. She is an intern at TIAA-CREF and a member of the accounting honor society Beta Alpha Psi.
What is your major and why did you choose it?
I am majoring in accounting. My mother has always been in the accounting field and she enjoys what she does. There are so many things to do in the field. You can work with the federal government investigating financial fraud or work with a private firm doing consulting – it depends what you want to learn in the field and where you would like to work. The job security is also fantastic.
Why did you choose the Belk College of Business/UNC Charlotte?
I went to Appalachian State University my first year of college, and I even had a different major. I came to the conclusion that I really didn’t want to continue pursuing the major I was studying, so I decided to change my major to business. Accountants are in high demand, and finding an accounting internship in a city like Charlotte is not difficult at all. The resources available to students through the Belk College of Business make finding internship opportunities easy and the location of the university helps with the accessibility to many wonderful companies.
What activities are you involved in when not working/studying?
I currently have an internship with the financial services company, TIAA-CREF. I play soccer on the weekends, and I am a part of the accounting honor society, Beta Alpha Psi.
What has been the best part of your academic experience so far?
I am a criminal justice minor and I have absolutely loved all of the classes and professors in that subject area.
How would you describe the Belk College of Business to someone who is thinking about applying?
There are many different programs and you are able to take courses in many areas of business. Although this can be frustrating at times, having exposure to many different areas of business is beneficial to your career.
What are your plans after graduation?
I will begin taking the Certified Public Accounting exam this fall, and afterwards I would like to begin a career in accounting.