Joshua Shoulders graduated in May 2017, majoring in accounting. Not only was he a full-time student, but he also worked 30 hours a week. He is passionate about accounting and student success.
What was your major and why?
I was an accounting major, graduating in May 2017. I chose accounting by luck, but have ended up loving every second of the coursework. The accounting faculty have helped make this major an excellent choice.
Why did you choose the Belk College of Business/UNC Charlotte?
I chose the Belk College and UNC Charlotte because I had intended to build a business in the local equine community. However, that plan changed and I quickly found the Belk College to be my newfound home. The Robert A. Niblock Student Center for Professional Development and accounting faculty have helped me pursue my new plans to the fullest extent.
What activities were you involved in when not working/studying?
I made great friends on UNC Charlotte's campus. When I have time, I invite friends over to my apartment and we make dinner and enjoy each other's company. I served as president of Beta Alpha Psi during my senior year, so nearly all of my time that hasn't been devoted to work, academics, or friends has been devoted to BAP. I have spent hours tucked away in the BAP office planning, answering e-mails, meeting with members, and working to revitalize the chapter. In addition, I am very involved with my local church. I run camera for Sunday services.
What was the best part of your academic experience?
The faculty in the Turner School of Accountancy, by far. Every member of the faculty with whom I have had the pleasure of interacting has added to my collegiate experience. I spent many hours on the second floor of Friday discussing everything from course material, to internships, to our personal lives. In particular, Professor Robert Monaghan has been a phenomenal mentor over the last year. He has helped guide me through career decisions, BAP leadership challenges, and many other conversations.
How would you describe the Belk College of Business to someone who is thinking about applying?
I would describe the Belk College of Business as a place that seeks to help you find the career you want to pursue and helps you attain that goal. The faculty are constantly wanting to assist you in your academic and professional career. I don't know where else you can find that to the extent that the Belk College offers. I would also say that the Belk College is somewhere you can get involved in something that will not only be helpful for your career, but can also be incredibly meaningful to you personally. From Enactus to the American Marketing Association to Gamma Iota Sigma to Alpha Kappi Psi to Beta Alpha Psi, there is something for every student in the Belk College if he or she chooses to pursue it and pour into it.
If you have received a scholarship or financial aid, how has that helped you ?
I work (quite a bit) and pay most of my own expenses. Financial aid has lightened that load and enabled me to focus more on my academics and career without the stress of student debt.
What are your plans after graduation?
I had a summer audit internship with KPMG. After that, I will attend graduate school at Ohio State as a member of KPMG's Master's of Accounting with Data and Analytics program. That program will take me to Boston for an internship in spring of 2018 and a full-time job in data and analytics audit in KPMG's Boston office in fall of 2018. I am so excited and grateful for the opportunities I've been afforded!