Berenice Lopez-Garcia

Where are you from?
I am from the small town of Robbins, N.C.

What high school did you attend?
I went to North Moore High School.

When do you plan to graduate?
I plan to graduate in May 2018.

In your opinion, what are the three best things about UNC Charlotte?
There is so much diversity.
The faculty care about their students.
The campus is modern and constantly growing.  

Where is your favorite place on campus?
My favorite place on campus is the 10th floor of the Atkins Library. I love being able to look out of a quiet room and see the university’s bustling environment.

What is your favorite Charlotte restaurant?
My favorite Charlotte restaurant is Mama Ricotta’s Italian Restaurant.

What is your favorite class that you have taken and why?
My favorite class has been Healthy Lifestyles, an elective I took my junior year. This class helped me realize how important it is to balance your career goals and health to be ultimately successful.

Tell us three random things about yourself.
I own two hermit crabs.
I am a first-generation college student.
I am the second oldest of seven siblings.

What else would you like to share with us?
I transferred to UNC Charlotte after obtaining an Associate in Arts at Sandhills Community College in Pinehurst, N.C. The environment at the Belk College of Business and UNC Charlotte made me feel so welcome that I felt as though I had been at the university since freshman year.

Berenice Lopez-Garcia '18 was an accounting major, a member of the Business Honors Program and a member of Beta Alpha Psi.
What major did you pursue and why?

I pursued a major in accounting. Math is my favorite subject; I like working with numbers, and I am also detailed oriented. The accounting profession accommodates both my interests and strengths.

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

I chose UNC Charlotte because it is far enough from home to help me become independent but also close enough to see my family when needed. I was sure I wanted to come here when I first toured the university. I knew the Belk College of Business would give me the opportunity to excel and become my best self.

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

I was a member of the Business Honors Program and Beta Alpha Psi, the international honors organization for financial information students and professionals. Both organizations have helped me grow professionally and make friendships that will last a lifetime. In my free time, I like to spend time with family and friends, go to group gym sessions at the Belk gym, or binge watch my favorite shows on Netflix.

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

The best part of my academic experience would have to be the friends I have made and continue to make. I never thought I’d meet so many individuals who want to help you succeed and are willing to give you their time to help you achieve your goals.

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

If you are looking for endless opportunities, inclusion and success, the Belk College of Business is the place for you.

If you have received a scholarship or financial aid, how has that helped you?

I knew that paying for college would not be easy since I come from a big family. Both financial aid and scholarships have helped pay for tuition, room and board and reduced the financial burden of paying for college.

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