Belk College Class of 2022 Spotlight: Meaghan Wallace earns master's at age 18

Thursday, May 12, 2022

At age 18, Meaghan Wallace will be the youngest to receive a degree during UNC Charlotte’s Spring Commencement, earning a Master of Science in Management.

This is the second year in a row Wallace will be the youngest to accept her Charlotte degree. Last year, she earned her bachelor’s in international studies at just 17.

The high-achieving teenager was homeschooled beginning at age 4. She graduated from high school at age 14, and was dual enrolled at Central Piedmont Community College starting at age 12. 

Wallace plans to pursue a career in project management and marketing in the Charlotte region. 

Campus Connections: Asian Student Association (ASA), Chinese Undergraduate Student Association (CUSA)

Why did you choose UNC Charlotte?

I graduated from UNC Charlotte last May with a bachelor's degree in international studies and a minor in Chinese. During my final semester, I received an invitation to apply for the Belk College’s M.S. in Management program for non-business majors and was excited to pursue the opportunity.

UNC Charlotte highlights/favorite memory:

Some highlights from my time at UNC Charlotte were spending time on campus and organizing events with peers in the Chinese Undergraduate Student Association and other university groups.

Faculty/staff member(s) who made an impact on you: 

Dr. Lisa Rolin, my marketing professor, made an impact on me through her sense of humor and provided a bit of encouragement that helped me grasp the concepts she taught and contribute to her class. The presentation assignments also added to the positive overall experience.

Also, Robin Boswell, my career and professional development instructor, provided invaluable advice and insights on professional and career development. The lessons learned in this class will be beneficial in starting my career. 

Advice for the next generation of Business Niners:

I recommend focusing on time management and collaboration. Balancing your workload with activities you enjoy will help you stay on track. 

Post-graduation plans:

I hope to find employment in the Charlotte area and look forward to pursuing powerlifting, hiking and travel as hobbies.

This Q&A is part of a series of spotlights featuring Belk College class of 2022 graduates.