Joshua Shoulders

Where are you from?

I live in Charlotte, so attending UNC Charlotte has enabled me to stay close to the friends and places I know while also introducing me to many new people and new places.

When do you plan on graduating?

I plan to graduate in May 2017. I transferred credit hours from Mitchell Community College when I began attending UNC Charlotte, so I will only be an undergraduate student for a total of three years. UNC Charlotte's partnership with the community college system made that easy for me to do.

In your opinion, what are the 3 best things about UNC Charlotte?

The faculty are at the top of my list. I've already discussed the Belk College faculty. I have found what I appreciate about them to be pervasive throughout UNC Charlotte’s faculty.

Secondly, I love the diversity. I was a homeschooler until college, so UNC Charlotte has exposed me to people, groups, beliefs, cultures, values and other things that I would not have had a chance to experience otherwise.

Thirdly, the opportunities. UNC Charlotte, especially the Belk College, is constantly pursuing excellence. Companies and graduate schools take note of that. One example of this, in my personal experience, is that I have gotten exposure to recruiters from all of the Big 4 accounting firms.

What is your favorite class that you have taken at UNC Charlotte and why?

Principles of Accounting I. I fell in love with the course during the spring of  2015 and I haven't left it since. I am a Supplemental Instruction Leader for this course, so I am constantly involved with the material. Dr. Roland was, and has continued to be, a fantastic professor and resource. I have continued to seek her knowledge and input even though I am no longer in her class.

Tell me three random things about yourself.

Not only am I a full-time student, but I also work 35 hours a week. I work as a supplemental instruction leader for the University Center for Academic Excellence and I work as the bookkeeper for a small business in Cornelius, N.C. The education I have received while attending the Belk College and UNC Charlotte has already provided a job for me. Here is a free piece of advice: Don't wait until you graduate to start getting a return on your academic investment.

I am trained to trim horse hooves to the natural model. I have a passion for horses and learning something that would keep them away from horseshoes is something I am proud of.

I worked as the music director at a local church for over a year. It was a great chance to develop my musical talent as well as my leadership skills and religious beliefs.

What clubs and/or organizations are you involved in?

Officially, I am involved in Beta Alpha Psi. I have a chair position currently and am pursuing an executive position for the fall. I strongly recommend Beta Alpha Psi to any accounting students at UNC Charlotte. Unofficially, I lead an Intermediate Accounting II study group. As a student in the course, I have had the opportunity to work with my peers to ensure that we are all understanding the material and are prepared for exams. I also work for the University Center for Academic Excellence. I get to work with business students as they work through their first accounting course. I enjoy being a part of the learning process for the student body at UNC Charlotte in any way I can.

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.