Rachel Cox

Where are you from?

I am from a small town called Hayesville, N.C., located in the mountains of western North Carolina.

When do you plan to graduate?

I plan to graduate in May 2017.

Where is your favorite place on campus?

My favorite place on campus is the Student Union. There is always an event happening inside or music playing. It's a great place to get your mind off academics.

What is your favorite Charlotte restaurant?

My favorite Charlotte restaurant is Tupelo Honey Cafe. They have the best biscuits you could ever dream of.

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

My favorite non-business class at UNC Charlotte has been the History of Early Medicine and Diseases. I have always had an interest in medicine growing up, and participated in HOSA in high school. This elective let me learn more about a subject I am passionate about.

Rachel Cox is an accounting major who combined her love of math and business. She loves the beauty of the campus of UNC Charlotte and its location in the second largest financial district in the U.S.

What major are you pursuing and why?

I am pursing a double major in accounting and finance. Because of my father’s business, I took an interest in business growing up. I knew I had a strong passion for math but was unsure what career to pursue. When I discovered accounting and finance, I was able to apply my love for math and business, getting the best of both worlds.

Why did you choose the Belk College of Business/UNC Charlotte?

I chose the Belk College of Business and UNC Charlotte for the location. Charlotte is the second largest financial district in the country. The university is located close to Uptown which provides many opportunities for students in the Belk College of Business. From personal experience, I have been given many opportunities that I may have not received if I wasn't as close to the center of business in the South. Secondly, I fell in love with the beauty of the campus. One tour of UNC Charlotte and you'll be convinced just by the beauty.

What activities are you involved in when not working/studying?

I am involved with Beta Alpha Psi, which provides many networking opportunities through our weekly meetings. Beta Alpha Psi is for all accounting, finance and management information systems majors. Through this organization I have been able to make friends that can relate to exactly what I am going through with courses. I am also involved with the National Society of Leadership Success, which allows students to work on their professional and leadership skills.

What has been the best part of your academic experience so far?

The students and faculty are the best part about my academic experience. All the professors are extremely caring and want what is best for their students. I have also made many friendships with students in and out of my major. The people you are surrounded with daily are what make an experience enjoyable.

How would you describe the Belk College of Business to someone who is thinking about applying?

I would tell them to come visit the college during an academic day to get the best feel of what the college is like. The Belk College of Business provides tremendous opportunities for all majors. The Belk College of Business is not easy, but it thoroughly prepares you for your future career. 

What are your plans after graduation?

After graduation I plan to obtain my master's in accountancy and my CPA license. Upon completion of my master's degree, I plan to work for a public accounting firm in the tax department.