Pamela Rivera

Where are you from?
I was born and raised in the Dominican Republic.

In your opinion, what are the 3 best things about UNC Charlotte?
In my opinion the best things about this school are the diversity of the students and faculty, the fact that is located in a fast-growing metropolitan city, and the Business Honors Program that offers countless opportunities for its students. 

What is your favorite Charlotte restaurant?
Hazelnuts Creperie and Vapiano. 

Tell me three random things about yourself.
- I absolutely love learning about new cultures and that’s why I studied Mandarin while at school.
- I love cars and actually enjoy going to car dealerships just to walk around with my dad.
- Skydiving is on my bucket list.

Pamela Rivera graduated in May 2016 majoring in international business with a minor in operations and supply chain management. 

What was your area of study and why?
At a very young age, I discovered my passion for languages and cultures. Later on, I learned how entrepreneurs have the ability to turn their ideas into functioning businesses that benefit others in some shape or form. Then, I realized that a business degree would fit me perfectly, because I’m driven by challenges and I’m always willing to take risks; this is what defines a true entrepreneur. Also, I wanted a degree that would incorporate my personality and vision with my interest to connect with others on a global scale.

Why did you choose the Belk College of Business/UNC Charlotte?
I chose the Belk College of Business because it offered an excellent curriculum for my major that allowed me to gain the knowledge and develop the skills necessary to be successful and impact society in the future. Of course, this academic excellence was supported by great professors who take our learning experience to a whole new level. In addition, what convinced me to make my final decision was my acceptance into the Business Honors Program (BHP). BHP gave me an opportunity to be a part of an elite group of students who are driven by excellence and commitment. This program also offers opportunities to make countless connections and it opens doors for you outside of UNC Charlotte that are very valuable.

What activities were you involved in when not working/studying?
I was the vice president of operations in Enactus, which is the only entrepreneurial organization on campus. We focused on empowering the community in different ways, both locally and abroad. My main role was to work with the project leaders; facilitating guidance, resources and acting as a bridge between them and the executive board.

What was the best part of your academic experience?
The best part of my academic experience was the people I’ve been able to meet and connect with. UNC Charlotte has a very diverse community that gives me the opportunity to learn from people from different backgrounds. I met people from different parts of the world that I never imagined I could share interests with. This aspect enriched my experience and helped me see the world differently.

How would you describe the Belk College of Business to someone who is thinking about applying?
The Belk College of Business is your ticket to achieve your goals in the future, both personally and professionally. This is where you will get to expand your knowledge and horizons from amazing professors and classmates. You’ll be able to form long-lasting relationships with people you probably wouldn’t have met somewhere else. Also, you will be part of a community with an incredible support system including advisors and professors, who are always happily willing to assist you and guide you.

What else would you like to share with us?
Just a piece of advice for students who are considering applying for the Belk College of Business: This school provides all of the resources to start a successful career path. It is up to you to make use of these resources wisely to create a valuable career experience.