Joshua Shoulders is majoring in accounting. Not only is he a full-time student, but he also works 35 hours a week. He is passionate about accounting and student success.
What is your major and why?
I am an accounting major and will eventually pursue a master's of accountancy degree. I chose accounting by luck, but have ended up loving every second of the coursework. The accounting faculty have helped make this major an excellent choice.
Why did you choose the Belk College of Business/UNC Charlotte?
I chose the Belk College and UNC Charlotte because I had intended to build a business in the local equine community. However, that plan changed and I quickly found the Belk College to be my newfound home. The Robert A. Niblock Student Center for Professional Development and accounting faculty have helped me pursue my new plans to the fullest extent.
What activities are you involved in when not working/studying?
I have made great friends on the UNC Charlotte campus. When I have time, I invite friends over to my apartment and we make dinner and enjoy each other's company. I am also a member of Beta Alpha Psi, so I attend meetings and community service events with that organization. I currently serve as the Principles of Accounting I Tutoring Chair for Beta Alpha Psi. That role fits in perfectly with my passion for accounting and student success. In addition, I am very involved with my local church. I run camera for Sunday services.
What has been the best part of your academic experience so far?
The accounting faculty, by far. Every member of the faculty with whom I have had the pleasure of interacting has added to my collegiate experience. I have spent many hours on the second floor of Friday discussing everything from course material, to internships, to our personal lives.
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 place that seeks to help you find the career you want to pursue and helps you attain that goal. The faculty are constantly wanting to assist you in your academic and professional career. I don't know where else you can find that to the extent that the Belk College offers.
If you have received a scholarship or financial aid, how has that helped you ?
I work (quite a bit) and pay most of my own expenses. Financial aid has lightened that load and enabled me to focus more on my academics and career without the stress of student debt.
What are your plans after graduation?
After graduation, I plan to work at a summer internship with a public accounting firm. Then, I will apply to the master's of accountancy program and pursue a career in public accounting. I also plan to continue to pursue my passion to help students succeed academically, especially in accounting.