Jennifer McLaughlin

Name: Jennifer McLaughlin

Program (Full-Time, Part-Time): Part-Time

Concentration/Area of Emphasis: M.S. in Economics

Position: Graduate Assistant

Anticipated Graduation: Fall 2019

Undergraduate Institution and Degree: UNC Charlotte and B.S. in Economics with a concentration in Business Administration

Favorite Place in Charlotte: Freedom Park

Hometown: Charlotte, NC     

Dream Job: To work in London or Seoul

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Graduate Student
Master of Science in Economics

What degree are you pursuing and why?

I am pursuing a Master of Science in Economics with a concentration in Quantitative Methods. Economics has always been intriguing to me. I enjoy learning about how diverse economies operate within different countries. I love learning about cause and effect; how something so small can have a great effect on one’s economy. Overall, I think knowing the basics of economics is a great asset to have. Everything, no matter which field or career, always includes some sort or economics or requires economical thinking.

Why did you choose the Belk College of Business over others?

During my senior year of my undergraduate, I was accepted into UNC Charlotte’s Early Entry program. This program allowed me to get a jump start on my graduate degree while finishing my undergraduate degree. Being a part of this program gave me great insight into UNC Charlotte’s Graduate School. My professors are amazing and the people I’ve met continue to be some of my close friends today. I also really enjoy the location of the campus. Being right in the heart of Uptown really allows young professionals access to emerge themselves into the industry. One of the things that stood out to me the most were the professors. These professors work in the industry, so when attending their lectures, I feel as though I am learning real-life applications.

What lessons have you learned in your courses that you were able to apply on the job?

At the beginning of this semester, I was offered a Graduate Assistantship with the Belk College of Business at UNC Charlotte.  I really enjoy this position and my day-to-day duties. I also enjoy working with the professors and I can honestly say that I learn something new each day. Most of my GA position has required me to gather and collect data. I really enjoy this because I haven’t had a lot of experience with the research side of economics. So, it is interesting to me to see how a research question transforms into a big project and its an honor to say that I contribute to these projects.

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

I am part of an Asian-interest sorority called Kappa Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc. I chartered this sorority at UNC Charlotte in Fall 2017 with nine of my closest friends. I am still very involved with my sorority as a graduate student. When I am not working or studying, I am usually doing something with my sorority such as volunteering around Charlotte, traveling to different states, or just simply hanging out with my sisters.

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

The best part of my academic career thus far is being a Graduate Assistant. I really enjoy working alongside these amazing professors and soaking up any knowledge I can. I love having a hands-on experience when it comes to research. I am learning things that I can apply when I enter the workforce.

How would you describe the Belk College of Business to someone considering a master’s program?

I would describe the Belk College of Business as a great opportunity to someone who is considering a master’s program and wants to stand out in the workforce. It is located right in the heart of Uptown, where you can connect with many industry leaders.

How valuable do you feel this degree will be to your career?

The degree that I am pursuing will be very valuable to my career. My degree and experience from UNC Charlotte will allow me to stand out amongst the competition. What I am learning within the classroom, is what is being used at today’s top banks and corporations.

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