What majors are you pursuing and why?
I am an Accounting and Spanish major, and a Management Information Systems and Italian Minor. I have had an interest in accounting since taking a course in my high school several years ago, and I enjoy accounting because there are so many interesting career paths, ranging from fraud examination to becoming a CFO. I added the MIS Minor because I believe that having a strong background in knowing how to manage data will be highly beneficial in the job market after I graduate. I have taken Spanish all my life, so it felt natural to continue taking it in college, and I have always wanted to take Italian because of my Italian ancestry. Learning languages has always been fun for me, and they will also be valuable skills to have in an increasingly global economy.
How has being a Levine Scholar helped you?
Being a Levine Scholar has given me so many amazing opportunities that I am forever grateful for. My experience backpacking in Wyoming with fellow scholars last summer pushed me to my limits, but it made me more resilient and it helped improve my leadership skills. I am interning with the nonprofit organization International House this summer. This internship has given me the opportunity to interact with people from all over the world and learn more about the legal issues and challenges that immigrants face as well as get a chance to use my Spanish. The Levine Scholar program also has given me a family away from home, which has been incredibly helpful in making the adjustment to life at college. I know that I will always have the support of the staff and from fellow scholars whenever I need it.
What high school did you attend?
I attended Arlington High School in Lagrangeville, New York.
Why did you choose the Belk College of Business/UNC Charlotte?
I chose the Belk College of Business and UNC Charlotte because of all of the opportunities that they provide their students. Both the school of business and the university host career fairs with local firms, and are always bringing in alumni to share their experiences with current students and to network. The school also has fantastic connections with the city of Charlotte and its business community, which will continue to help open doors for me long after graduation.
What activities are you involved in when not working or studying?
When I am not working or studying, I enjoy running, hiking, kayaking, and traveling with friends.
What is your favorite class that you have taken and why?
Dr. Amato’s Principle of Microeconomics class, because he is such an engaging and interesting professor. I learned a lot not just about microeconomics, but also about other topics of business that he is passionate about. I am so grateful that he was able to share his expertise with us and serve as a mentor to us not just in the classroom, but in the Business Honors Program as well.
Tell us 3 random things about yourself.
I have lived in four states, I ran hurdles for my high school track team, and I am a diehard Pittsburgh Steelers, Pirates, and Penguins fan.