Sarah Yoder

Sarah Yoder

Where are you from?
Athens, Georgia

When did you graduate?
May 2015

In your opinion, what are the 3 best things about UNC Charlotte?
1.    The professors
2.    The Student Center for Professional Development
3.    Diversity

Where is your favorite place on campus?
The top floor of West Deck because you can see how gorgeous our campus is, from EPIC to the stadiums to the Student Union.

What was your favorite class at UNC Charlotte and why?
My favorite class was through the University Honors Program called Global Connections and was taught by Professor Jonathon Perry. Professor Perry has high expectations for his students, and he pushed us to use our analytical and research skills. Our books were non-fiction novels instead of textbooks and every student got something different out of his class.

Sarah Yoder received her degree in May 2015, majoring in Finance with a minor in Management Information Systems. She was a member of the Business Honors Program.

Why did you choose your major and minor?
I pursued a degree majoring in Finance because one of its key concepts is delayed gratification, which to me means the harder and longer you work, the greater the benefits will become. I also have a minor in Management Information Systems because I am interested in understanding how systems, like networks, work.  

Why did you choose the Belk College of Business/UNC Charlotte?
I actually chose the city of Charlotte first since my main goal was to start my career upon graduation. Then, I chose UNC Charlotte out of the other universities due to its high business school ranking and expanding campus.

What activities were you involved in when not working/studying?
Thankfully, Alpha Kappa Psi and the Business Honors Program have given me a great group of friends whom I hang out with constantly. During my spare time, I also love to read novels about finance, mysteries, neuroscience and romance. I will also do anything to stay active, such as tennis, croquet and mountain biking.

What was the best part of your academic experience?
The best part thus far was going to Boston for the National Center for Student Leadership Conference with Dr. Daryl Kerr and Mrs. Kristine Hopkins. They took about 10 students, some of whom became my best friends. I learned about motivational leadership, taking risks, and lobster bisque. It was an experience I will never forget.

How would you describe the Belk College of Business to someone who is thinking about applying?
The Belk College of Business is not for the valedictorians, but for the entrepreneurs. Come with a passion for learning, helping others, and improving yourself and that will lead you to academic success.

If you received a scholarship or financial aid, how did the support help you?
The Belk College of Business Alumni Council graciously offered me a scholarship. This scholarship demonstrated to me that the college recognizes the effort I'm making as a student who will soon be an alumna of the Belk College, and it makes me excited for the day when I can be on the council myself.

What else would you like to share with us?
It has been said that our generation has a sense of entitlement. The most important thing for students to do at UNC Charlotte is to use your resources wisely, and when you succeed, to never forget to thank those who helped you.