The Englunds | Family | Charlotte, NC by Ushvani Jagdeo

Spent this special afternoon with two colleagues of mine and their beautiful family in the heart of NoDA. Colby and Josh Englund are two of the most kind-hearted people you will ever meet -- ask anyone!

Meet Macrae: 3 years old and lover of all things Paw Patrol. We passed by the local fire station and as Macrae was admiring the building, he was invited in by a friendly firefighter. As you can imagine, he was very excited!! Macrae hopped into the firetruck (quickly hopped back out) and was given a sticker from his new firefighter friend. 

Next stop? Smelly Cat Coffeehouse, for a quick snack of course. Blueberry muffins and milk...yum!

Onward to a favorite little hidden spot of mine, where Josh and Macrae skipped rocks and raced back and forth...and Andie Mae caught some air! ;) 

Meet Andersen Mae: 8 months and kicking!

There is beauty in every day, highs and lows and new adventures, surprises in every day and little moments that make each day one to remember. 

Kacie Ward | 49er Graduate | Charlotte, NC by Ushvani Jagdeo

What degree(s) are you earning? What do you plan on doing after graduation?

I will be earning a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture. I have a summer internship here in Charlotte and am continuing on to graduate school at Penn State University in the fall to earn my Masters of Architecture.

What organizations were you involved in? 

I have been a member of AIAS(American Institute of Architecture Students) all four years, secretary of Freedom by Design(a design build community service branch of AIAS) this entire year, and co-president of Bridge(an organization that aims to bring students in the College of Arts and Architecture).

Favorite spot on campus and why? 

There is a spot in the Storrs building I love. It has a big wall of windows and the sun shines in everyday casting different shadows. I walk by it to class everyday.

What has been your favorite memory at UNC Charlotte?

Beaux Arts Ball every year, which is a themed dance hosted by AIAS open to students in the College of Arts and Architecture. Last year it was a masquerade and this year it's Roaring 20s.

Most valuable lesson learned during your college career? 

Don't be afraid to put school work aside to enjoy time with friends and fun opportunities.

Caitlin Hubbard | 49er Graduate | Charlotte, NC by Ushvani Jagdeo

What degree(s) are you earning? What do you plan on doing after graduation? 

I am earning a Bachelors Degree in Social Work. I will be moving to Raleigh with fiance Hunter to pursue a position as a Activities Director at Carillon Assisted Living in Fuquay-Varina.

What organizations were you involved in? 

I was involved in The Gerontology Club, Sports Marketing Association, Resident Advisor of Levine, and a proud member of Sigma Kappa Sorority.

Favorite spot on campus and why? 

My favorite spot on campus is the large pond near the front of campus. It has always been a peaceful place to gain some fresh air and focus on the water. I would sit near there every so often since my freshman year. It will always hold a special place in my heart.

What has been your favorite memory at UNC Charlotte?

My favorite memory is knowing that I changed, for the better. A big part of going to college is about learning about yourself.

Most valuable lesson learned during your college career? 

If it wasn't for the friendships, the heartbreaks, the long nights, the bad test grades, the organizations I have been able to be a part of, and all of the silly mistakes, I would not be where I am today.

Ulrika Rohman | 49er Graduate | Charlotte, NC by Ushvani Jagdeo

What degree(s) are you earning? What do you plan on doing after graduation? 

I am earning a degree in Marketing with a concentration in analytics. After I graduate, I will start working at Kuehne + Nagel, a German freight forwarding company in Charlotte.

Favorite spot on campus and why? 

My favorite spot on campus are the seats on the ground floor of the library that face the windows. It's my favorite study spot on campus and a great place to relax in between classes.

What has been your favorite memory at UNC Charlotte?

My favorite memory is living with my two best friends senior year. We grew even closer than we were before and really became like family.

Most valuable lesson learned during your college career? 

I have learned that sometimes it's okay to not take everything so seriously. Sometimes it's more important to enjoy the now and have fun!

Megan Yawn | 49er Graduate | Charlotte, NC by Ushvani Jagdeo

What degree(s) are you earning? What do you plan on doing after graduation? 

I will be graduating with a Marketing degree and Psychology minor. I'll be staying in the Charlotte area and working, and hopefully going somewhere fun this summer for vacation!

What organizations were you involved in? 

I was a Freshman Class Council Representative, and served Housing and Residence Life for 4 years as Secretary of Sanford's Hall Council, Resident Advisor for two years, Summer RA, and Office Assistant. 

Favorite spot on campus and why? 

I have two favorite spots on campus - the hammocks near Robinson and the pond near Colvard at the front of campus. I have so many good memories at those places!

What has been your favorite memory at UNC Charlotte?

I have way too many favorite memories at UNCC! Two of my absolute favorites though are meeting my best friends - I met Ulrika at SOAR and Jenna was one of my residents my first year as an RA. We've all had so many good times since then and college would not have been the same without them!

Most valuable lesson learned during your college career?

The most valuable lesson I've learned during my college career is to enjoy every moment. One of my favorite quotes is "Of this be sure: you do not find the happy life, you make it." I've made so many wonderful memories at UNC Charlotte through all of the people I've met and the experiences I've had, by taking the time to live in the moment and create happiness.

Laticia Timmons | 49er Graduate | Charlotte, NC by Ushvani Jagdeo

What degree(s) are you earning? What do you plan on doing after graduation?

Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science with a minor in Public Health. After I graduate, I plan to continue to look for potential jobs in the Cardiac Rehabilitation field as an Exercise Physiologist. I'm really excited to work with individuals in making lifelong, healthy lifestyle changes that improves their cardiovascular health!!

What organizations were you involved in?

I was involved in the Coalition of 100 Black Women.

Favorite spot on campus and why?

My favorite spot on campus would have to be either the Student Union, because there is always something going on there and you kind of have everything there like food, study spots, music, movies and places to just hang out and catch up with friends. I also really like the Botanical Gardens. It's just a really peaceful place to relax, take your mind of things and enjoy the beautiful scenery. 

What has been your favorite memory at UNC Charlotte?

There have been a lot of memories, but I think my favorite is meeting some of my closest friends. They really made this experience one to remember and we have literally watched each other evolve into some amazing adults. I wouldn't change anything!

Most valuable lesson learned during your college career? 

I think the most valuable lesson I've learned is that it's okay to not know where life is going to take you. I always thought that by the time I graduated college, I would have life figured out, but that isn't always the case. I'm still figuring it all out & in the end everything will fall into place, at its own time.

Ashley Lyons | 49er Graduate | Charlotte, NC by Ushvani Jagdeo

What degree(s) are you earning? What do you plan on doing after graduation? 

I am earning a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in both Finance and in Management. I will be moving to the Ballantyne area this summer to start my full-time job as an international accounting analyst! 

What organizations were you involved in? 

I was involved in Alpha Kappa Psi, co-ed business fraternity, along with Sigma Alpha Lambda national honors society, and the Belk College Women in Business Initiative. All of these organizations had such a great impact on my college experience! 

Favorite spot on campus and why? 

My favorite spot is a tie between the tenth floor of the library and the hammocks over by Robinson. The tenth floor of the library is peaceful, and has amazing views of campus. I usually go up to this floor if I am looking for a quiet place to study or just to unwind. The hammocks are so serene and are the perfect place to go hang out on a sunny day! 

What has been your favorite memory at UNC Charlotte?

My freshman year, I had the opportunity to go to the first ever UNCC football game. I had never been to a college football game before, so I had no idea what to expect. Just thinking back to the moment of that first kick off still gives me chills. All of the students chanting "forty-niners" together gave me extreme pride for my school and made me feel like a part of the niner family. I actually still have my ticket from that first game! Knowing that I was able to be a part of the beginning of a tradition is what makes this one of my favorite memories.

Most valuable lesson learned during your college career? 

That what you put in is what you get out. If you just go to class and go home, then you are not capitalizing on all that college has to offer you! I am so thankful and appreciative of all that I learned outside of the classroom through the organizations I am a part of. If I had just gone to class and not been involved, I would have missed out meeting so many great people and would not have found some of my closest friends. My goal was to get the most out of my college experience, and I am happy to say that I achieved this!

Hannah Durham | 49er Graduate | Charlotte, NC by Ushvani Jagdeo

What degree(s) are you earning? What do you plan on doing after graduation?

       I am earning a bachelor's of science in Psychology and a minor in Women's and Gender studies. 

       I am taking a gap year after I graduate and am going to focus on working and volunteering as much as I can. After that, I plan on going to graduate school to earn a Masters in Social Work (hopefully here at UNCC, fingers crossed!!). I am still working out what population I want to work with but I am leaning towards kids, teen moms, or underprivileged youth. 

What organizations were you involved in?

      I am in both PsiChi and Triota which are the honors societies for my major and minor. 

Favorite spot on campus and why? 

       My favorite spot on campus has to be the gardens. I grew up in a small town and absolutely love nature. For me, the gardens feel like a little piece of home and throughout my time here it really became a place of refuge for me. Whenever I felt stressed or overwhelmed, I would always go take a stroll in the gardens and for a split second forget that I was in middle of a massive campus. All of the nature really just grounds you and takes you back to the small things. It has been my saving grace many many times. Plus it's just absolutely gorgeous!

What has been your favorite memory at UNC Charlotte?

       I have been racking my brain so hard to find an answer to this questions! I honestly have so many great memories here whether it be my first football game, my first soccer game, getting a job at the union, meeting some of the best friends who are always there for me, my first political march, and so much more. I really had an incredible four years here but there was one experience I had at UNCC that challenged me more than anything else. 

 

September 26, 2014, I was a shavee for the first ever UNCC St. Baldricks event. On that day I shaved my head and raised over 500 dollars for kids with cancer. It was one of the most emotional and impactful experiences I have ever had in my life, not just on campus. It is one of my favorite memories because not only did it help me grow as a person but it was incredible to see everyone participate both guys and girls and to see just how much support there was for everyone. I actually have the newspaper write-up in a frame in my bedroom still. 

Most valuable lesson learned during your college career?

       Slow down and make sure to do self-care. I know at times it feels like everything is rushing you at once and to slow down means to miss something but it doesn't. Your mental and physical health is so much more important than a grade. Piling on assignment after assignment, shift after shift might sound like you are doing your best and getting ahead but in the long run, you will burn out, get sick, mentally and physically exhaust yourself and now you can't and don't want to do anything. Due dates are important but it's also important to make sure that you are still taking care of yourself.