What major(s) are you pursuing and why?
I am pursuing two degrees - Political Science and Finance. I chose both degrees for different reasons. Since beginning university, I have become interested in politics and public administration; all the classes I have taken in political science have confirmed this interest. As to finance, I believe the coursework will give me the business knowledge and hard skills to thrive in any field.
Why did you choose to attend UNC Charlotte?
I chose to attend UNC Charlotte as out an out-of-state student due to a scholarship offer paired with the opportunity to study in one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States.
Why did you choose to join the Business Honors Program (BHP)?
I chose to join the Business Honors Program for the opportunity to progress through my coursework alongside a cohort of intelligent and driven peers. I also knew that the networking and connections to Charlotte would be extremely valuable as I look forward to my career.
What has been your greatest or most defining experience throughout your time in BHP thus far?
I think my greatest experiences in BHP have resulted from the relationships I have formed through the program. These relationships have had a tangible impact on my life, allowing me to develop as a person both in my skillset and in the way I think.
Have you studied abroad? If so, please tell us about your experience
I have been extremely fortunate to have had support enabling me to study across three continents: Africa, Asia, and Europe. In the summer after my freshman year, I traveled to South Africa on a faculty-led trip to study HIV/AIDS, healthcare, race, development, and youth empowerment at Stellenbosch University. This past spring semester from January to May, I studied at the University of Hong Kong studying economics, nance, and political science while also completing a part-time internship for course credit. After Hong Kong, I decided to do a short three-week program at the London School of Economics studying political economy.
Have you done an internship? If so, please tell us about your experience(s)
I have completed two internships with nonprofits. My first internship was with a Charlotte nonprofit, Common Wealth Charlotte, that seeks to provide financial empowerment to Charlotte's low-wage workers through three mechanisms: financial education, in-depth financial counseling, and access to special re-banking and emergency loan products. My second internship was during my study abroad experience in Hong Kong. I had the opportunity to work with the largest soap recycling agency in Asia on the Human Resources and Operations team. In this experience, I worked with a diverse, multinational team to improve sanitation and reduce plastic waste across Asia.
How will BHP help you land your dream job or set you up for success after graduation?
As mentioned earlier, BHP has been extremely helpful in my internship search. I have already utilized many of the connections made from BHP to gain information and learn about the diverse opportunities available to me as a finance major. I believe that the resources and skills I have gained from my time in the organization will set me up for success in the future.
What activities are you involved in when not working or studying?
When I am not working or studying, I can usually be found playing Ultimate Frisbee somewhere on campus, playing some FIFA with friends, or eating some Tex-Mex. In terms of student organizations, I am involved with Charlotte Dance Marathon and the Business Honors Program while also volunteering with Common Wealth Charlotte.
In your opinion, what are the 3 best things about UNC Charlotte?
Growth - Attending university in a city growing as fast as Charlotte affords students an incredible amount of opportunity. Just the same, the university is growing at a rapid pace and is always improving!
Student population - As an out-of-state student, I found the students at UNC Charlotte to be incredibly welcoming and friendly; I was able to make life-long friends through my first two years in university.
Campus - The campus is gorgeous and there is no shortage of beautiful places to sit at and study or simply relax.