Gavin Iddings

Gavin Iddings

Where are you from?
Bessemer City, North Carolina

In your opinion, what are the 3 best things about UNC Charlotte?
•    The networking opportunities
•    UNC Charlotte’s continual growth
•    The unique care and attention that students get compared to other universities.

What was your favorite undergraduate class at UNC Charlotte and why?
My favorite class that I have taken here was probably Econometrics. This is because I have a passion for knowledge and this class has taught me how to provide scientific answers to controversial/complex questions.  This provides a way to uncover the truth to issues that may be political or puzzling.

Tell us something about your interests.
I not only hope to obtain a career in economics, but I also hope to continue my interest in music as well. I have played guitar for over nine years and I have recorded many of my own songs.

What clubs and/or organizations were you involved in as an undergraduate?
Though I currently only have enough time to be involved with the Business Honors Program, I was also heavily involved with Enactus for two years and last year I acted as the director of operations for the organization. I would highly recommend other students to participate in Enactus for a unique experience.

Gavin Iddings is pursuing the Master of Science in Economics degree. He received his undergraduate degree in May 2015, with a major in Economics and minors in Statistics and Political Science. He was awarded the Herschel and Cornelia Everett Foundation fellowship for first-year master’s students for the 2015-16 academic year. The Everett fellowship is offered to two students campus wide each year – one at the Ph.D. and one at the master's level. The fellowship comes with a service-free stipend of $10,000 for the first academic year and full tuition support for the duration of the award.

Why did you choose the Belk College of Business/UNC Charlotte?
I chose to attend UNC Charlotte because I felt that the quality of education was just as good as other universities that I applied to and it was more affordable.

What activities are you involved in when not working/studying?
When I’m not working, studying, or spending time with student organizations, I usually try to get some downtime either by playing/creating music on piano and guitar or by simply spending time with friends and family.

What has been the best part of your academic experience so far?
The best part of my academic experience so far was probably when I studied abroad in England at the London School of Economics. It was the first time I had been outside of the United States and being able to attend such a prestigious school gave me an idea of what to expect when I go to graduate school.

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 being full of opportunities. Being located in Charlotte, it has many connections to lots of businesses and employers. The Belk College of Business not only gives you the connections you need for the job that you may want, but it also helps you become the candidate that employers are searching for.

If you have received a scholarship or financial aid, how has that helped you?
The federal loans that I have been receiving while at UNC Charlotte have been the key factor in my ability to continue my education. I have also received a scholarship that helped me to study abroad this past summer, and I have had two UPIP internships (University Professional Internship Program).  Both of these internships have helped me with the expenses of college.

What are your plans post-graduation?
After I pursue a master’s degree in Economics, then possibly I will seek a Ph.D. I plan to pursue a career in economic research.