What degree are you pursuing and why?
I am pursuing a Master of Business Administration because of the opportunity it provides. As someone who is undecided in what exact career path I would like to pursue, the Belk College MBA program is allowing me to sharpen skills while recognizing areas of strength and also areas of growth that will help in preparing me for whatever career I enter into.
Why did you choose the Belk College of Business over others?
I chose the Belk College of Business over others for a few reasons. First, I love Charlotte and the opportunities available here. Second, as a UNC Charlotte undergraduate alumni, I became involved in the university and love the resources available to students in helping prepare for the next steps in life, whether that is interview skills, resume editing or job fairs. Lastly, I spent my three undergraduate years at UNC Charlotte competing on the softball team and had one remaining year of eligibility. Because of the atmosphere of my coaching staff, my team, the athletic department, and our city, I chose to stay in Charlotte to finish my athletic career and begin preparing myself for my job after athletics.
What activities are you involved in when not working/studying?
I am a member of the UNC Charlotte’s Division I softball team. When I am not in class or studying, I spend most of my team in the weight room or on the field. However, when I’m not studying or playing, I really enjoy reading and writing, and exploring the city and surrounding areas.
What has been the best part of your academic experience so far?
The best part of my academic experience in the MBA program so far has been meeting my classmates. Some of the students have come directly out of undergraduate work and are full-time students; others have years of professional experience under their belts. Being in class with a wide variety of skills and experience has sharpened my own thinking and communication skills, as well as allowed me to build friendships and relationships with other students who are working full-time in the city.
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 very successful and challenging program that both teaches new skills and refines previous skills to make you more effective in your workplace. From the admissions team and advisors to the professors and your classmates, Belk College of Business provides the resources needed to succeed. The Belk College is a central point of opportunity in a city that has a very large business population.
How valuable do you feel this degree will be to your career?
I feel that this degree will allow me to pursue higher positions with more responsibility. Having an MBA from the Belk College of Business is attractive to employers, and I know that I am being positioned for success.