Meet Tatiyana Larson, a senior at UNC Charlotte majoring in political science and minoring in criminal justice, student body president and “Love Island” enthusiast. Did we also mention she’s a legacy student? Her mom received her undergraduate and graduate degrees in history. Get to know Larson in this Q&A, which includes some good advice for students starting the semester.
Why did you choose UNC Charlotte?
In 2018, my senior year of high school, my mother took me on my first tour of campus and then after watching her graduate that December, I quickly knew that Charlotte was home. I absolutely fell in love with the campus. It was so inviting and beautiful, and I couldn't imagine myself anywhere else. I have zero regrets about choosing Charlotte as my home. Now going into my senior year, I am able to see day in and day out how friendly every student, faculty and administration member are, and that they truly want and help every student succeed, which has turned out to be everything I could've asked for and more.
Tell us what it’s like being student body president.
Busy! My days are long but every moment is so rewarding. I try to brace every opportunity I've been given in this role and use it to the advantage for the rest of the student body.
What are three words to describe UNC Charlotte?
Robust, inclusive and engaging.
What do you like to do when you aren't studying?
I don't have much free time but when I do I like to hang out with friends or decompress by reading or watching TV! My most recent favorite show is “Love Island.”
What advice do you have for new students?
Embrace every moment! You never know when something (like COVID) might take it all away in an instance. We have learned that time is of the essence to experience all that college has to offer. Be optimistic, make friends, go to every event and get involved on campus. Opportunities and connections surround you if you just simply put yourself out there!
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