What majors did you pursue and why?
I’m a double major in Accounting and Finance. I chose these two majors because they open me up to a variety of career paths within the fields, these fields are always in-demand.
How has being a transfer student helped you, either academically or in regards to your future career?
Being a transfer student from Central Piedmont Community College allowed me to matriculate into UNC Charlotte as a junior and grant me the opportunity to experience internships and essentially get into my field faster.
How has your experience in the military prepared you for, or impacted, your time at UNC Charlotte?
Being in the military afforded me the opportunity to use the discipline, time management and organization skills to be successful in my classes, as well as leadership skills to be a leader in my organizations.
How has receiving a scholarship helped you? What scholarship did you receive?
My scholarships have allowed me to stay focused on my academics by lifting some of my financial burdens. Some of the financial assistance I received has been the Turner School of Accountancy scholarship, NABA Charlotte Chapter scholarship and a monetary donation from Demond Martin of the Popp Martin Student Union.
What activities are you involved in when not working or studying?
I’m in the National Association of Black Accountants. I enjoy helping minority students bridge the diversity gap in business.
What has been the best part of your academic experience so far?
The best part of my academic experience has been the people that I have met. There are some really awesome people from all walks of life here at UNC Charlotte and I really enjoyed being able to emerge myself into so many cultures. One of the greatest events that I look forward to each year is the International Festival.
How have you utilized the Niblock Student Center?
I utilize the Niblock Student Center to make sure that I am on track with my academic plan.
Have you had a defining “Belk Moment”/A-ha moment that will stay with you after you graduate?
My Belk College moment was when I raised my hand at a CEO speaker series and received one semester free tuition from Demond Martin of the Popp Martin Student Union. It was a shocking experience that I will never forget.
Is there a faculty member who serves as your mentor and who could have positively influenced your path?
All of my accounting professors have mentored me in some shape or form, but there are four faculty members who stand out to me, Dr. Shirley Hunter, Accounting Department, Dr. Paul Tanyi, Accounting Department, Mr. Robert Monaghan, Accounting Department, and Dr. Dante Bryant, Urban Education Collaborative Department.
Have you completed an Internship?
Yes, so far I have completed an internship with Wells Fargo, UNC Charlotte Internal Audit, and EY. All of which have given me valuable skills and a network of great people.
What are your plans after graduation?
I plan to work in public accounting, while continuing my education to work my way to one day becoming a professor so that I can become a mentor to students.
In your opinion, what are the 3 best things about UNC Charlotte?
The campus: UNC Charlotte has a beautiful campus.
The faculty members: some of their classes are harder than others but they all want to see you succeed.
The opportunities that UNC charlotte offers: scholarships, profession development, leadership training, and employment opportunities.
Where is your favorite place on campus?
For my first two semesters you could find me at the University Center for Academic Excellence. Now you can find me in different professor’s offices learning about their research and hearing their story or in the Popp Martin student union in the CAB office laid out on a bean bag chair.
What is your favorite class that you have taken and why?
Accounting Intermediate II, Dr. Martin is just an amazing teacher.
Tell us 3 random things about yourself.
I have seven siblings all with cool names like mine, Umar, Karima, Sabira, Zakkiyya, Saiyd, Saad, and Diyaa. I’m a first-generation college student, and I‘m married to Hannah Jamillah Gainey and have two kids, Harmani Jamillah Gainey and Zion Millah Gainey, who are my world.
How would you describe the Belk College of Business to someone who is thinking about applying?
Belk College of Business is where opportunities are only limited by the effort you put in it.
Are you involved in a student organization?
Yes, National Association of Black Accountants (NABA), National Association of leadership and Success (NALS), PILOT program “Master Leader”, the Tax Team, and Beta Alpha Phi (BAP).