Connor Derrick

Name: Connor Derrick

Anticipated Graduation Year:
May 2021- B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Business Analytics

May 2022- P.S.M. in Data Science and Business Analytics

Favorite Place on Campus: Anywhere that a Rent-a-Puppy fundraiser is being hosted

Favorite Restaurant in Charlotte: Noble Smoke, a new barbecue place on Freedom Drive

Hometown: Charlotte, NC    

Dream Job: I would love to do business analytics for Belk or Vineyard Vines which are two of my favorite stores

Undergraduate Student
Business Analytics
Double major in Business Analytics and Finance and Crown Scholar, Connor Derrick describes professional development as, “figuring out who you are as a person and leader, learning how to market yourself and how to stand out in the workplace, and forming connections to build your network which may lead to opportunities in the future.”

What majors are you pursuing and why?

I am planning to major in business analytics and finance. Business analytics is a relatively new field and when I first learned about it, I was immediately intrigued by the idea of analyzing large sets of data to discover new trends and develop business plans and decisions. With the amount of credits that I brought in from high school and overlapping coursework, I am able to add a major in finance and a minor in statistics that I hope will give me an even wider range of skills and knowledge that will prepare me for my graduate level studies and the business world. 

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

Even though I grew up in Charlotte, I never really considered UNC Charlotte until my older brother chose to go here. But once I started looking into the University and learned about the Belk Scholars Program, I realized that there were a ton of opportunities here that I would not get at any other university. The summer before my senior year, I also met with Dr. Amato, director of the Business Honors Program and the Belk Scholars Program, and after that meeting I truly felt that the Belk College of Business wanted me and I was ready to call UNC Charlotte my home.

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

I am a member of both the Business Honors Program and the University Honors Program. I am currently serving as the President of the Business Honors Program which has provided me with amazing opportunities for leadership and professional development and to connect with business professionals in the Charlotte area. Additionally, I am the treasurer of IntersectionsUNCC, a Christian organization that helps college students learn how to incorporate their faith into their work and build a network of other Christians to rely on. 

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

The best part of my academic experience so far has been the chance to take multiple honors courses which are typically much smaller. I really enjoy these classes because I have been able to form strong relationships with my professors and classmates and the small class size allows for more in-depth, discussion-based activities.

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

The Belk College of Business is full of opportunities, resources and connections waiting for you. Your experience here is truly what you make of it.

What does professional development mean to you?

Professional development in college means figuring out who you are as a person and leader, learning how to market yourself and how to stand out in the workplace, and forming connections to build your network which may lead to opportunities in the future.

How has being a Crown Scholar helped you?

Being a Crown Scholar has been an amazing opportunity for me and lead to a lot of strong friendships. I spend a lot of time with other business students due to my involvement in the Business Honors Program, but Crown Scholars come from all different majors so it has given me the opportunity to connect with and learn from people with different perspectives than me. Also, some of my fellow Crown Scholars were the first to invite me to their Bible study which has now become one of my favorite parts of my week.

What high school did you attend?

I attended Mountain Island Charter School, a small K-12 charter school in Mount Holly, where I was part of the second graduating class.

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

1) The connections to the city. Especially with the recent opening of the light rail, it is so easy to explore the city and find things to do.
2) Levine Hall. It is much nicer than the dorms that my friends at other universities stay in and I love living with other honors students and having easy access to the Honors College offices.
3) The faculty. There are so many people here, especially in the Belk College of Business and the Honors College, who truly want to see you succeed and are willing to give advice and help you in whatever way they can.

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

My favorite class so far was my business analytics class with Dr. Amato and Dr. Buttimer. It was a small class with only Belk Scholars and everything was discussion-based. Since business analytics is a relatively new field, most of us didn’t really know much about it yet so I enjoyed learning about completely new topics and being encouraged to dive deeper and think in a new, more analytical way.

Tell us 3 random things about yourself.

1) My favorite artist is Taylor Swift and I’ve seen her in concert 5 times.
2) I love the HGTV show Fixer Upper. For my graduation trip, my family went to Waco, TX to visit Magnolia and a bunch of other places related to the show. I even met Joanna Gaines’ mother and Jimmy Don Holmes, their go-to metalworker.
3) My thumbs are two different sizes.

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