Katie Sholtis is graduating in May 2017 with majors in Accounting and Finance and is a member of the Business Honors Program.
What major(s) are you pursuing and why?
I chose to pursue Accounting and Finance. I never considered either major until I took Accounting I and II in my sophomore year. Since I did well in these classes, I continued to move forward with the double major. I have really enjoyed my accounting classes, but I continue to pursue both majors due to the endless opportunities for work after graduation.
Why did you choose the Belk College of Business/UNC Charlotte?
The moment I stepped on UNC Charlotte’s campus as a high school junior, I had a gut feeling that this is where I needed to come. In no small way did the beautiful campus contribute to this feeling. I wasn’t sure what my major would be, but I decided to enter as a pre-business major because I knew there were many opportunities within the college. When I was admitted to the Business Honors Program as a freshman, I knew I was there to stay. After four years, I have realized what a blessing it is to be a part of a business school that is just minutes from a major city.
What activities are you involved in when not working or studying?
For my first three years at UNC Charlotte, I participated in many organizations on campus including serving as a residence hall council president, serving as a Resident Advisor, joining Beta Alpha Psi, an accounting honors society, and serving in multiple roles on the executive board of the Business Honors Program. As a senior, it was important to me to savor free time in my last year as an undergraduate student. I continue to serve on the executive board of the Business Honors Program, but in my free time I have taken an interest in healthy living. I’m always looking for creative recipes and new ways to make my workouts more interesting. My friends might call me crazy for going gluten free and waking up at 6am to run/workout, but to me it’s worth it!
What has been the best part of your academic experience so far?
By far, the best part of my academic experience has been being a part of the Business Honors Program. I joined my freshman year, and I instantly had a network of faculty and students who would be my support for the next four years. I always have a friend I can count on in my classes for extra help and group projects, and I have gotten to know some of the best faculty in the college of business because of my involvement in the program.
How would you describe the Belk College of Business to someone who is thinking about applying?
The Belk College of Business provides opportunities for students in every major. Because the city of Charlotte is so close to the university, the Belk College has established numerous meaningful relationships with a variety of businesses. No matter what your interests are, there will be an event you can attend or an organization you can join that will broaden your network and develop your professional skills.
Have you utilized any professional development from the Robert A. Niblock Student Center for Professional Development?
I have used the Robert A. Niblock Student Center for Professional Development for personal development to have my resume reviewed and to complete coursework for an internship for course credit. I’ve also participated in a variety of sponsored events including the CEO Speaker Series.
What does professional development mean to you?
Professional development is learning skills that will help to make you successful in the workplace whether that be a cubicle in a 30-story building in the city, or on the floor of a distribution center. I think the most important aspect of professional development is learning how to network. Learning how to have a professional conversation with another colleague or potential employer has served me better than any professional or academic resume.
Have you received financial aid or a scholarship?
I was extremely blessed to receive three scholarships from the university and the Belk College this year: I received the University Alumni Scholarship, the Belk College Alumni Scholarship, and the Jack T. Houge Memorial Scholarship this year. I have worked through school to come out with as little debt as possible. No matter the amount, receiving a scholarship provides tremendous relief, even if it covers books for the semester!
What are your plans after graduation?
I will complete an internship over the summer at Deloitte, a public accounting firm in Charlotte. I will then start graduate school at UNC Charlotte to obtain my Master of Accountancy degree and prepare for the CPA exam.