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Scarlett Nuñez ’22

JP Morgan and the start of a career beckon. And Scarlett Nuñez ’22 is ready.

She’ll be a commercial banking analyst, based in Charlotte after some training in Chicago.

“I went to a biomedical high school,” she explains. That was Greensboro’s The Academy, now known as The Academy at Smith (Biomedical Technology and Specialized Health Sciences), where she earned a Certified Nurse Aide qualification. 

“I wanted to be a physician, but then I did clinicals and I realized that that wasn’t for me.”

She found her home in UNCG’s Bryan School of Business and Economics. She is graduating with two degrees: BS in finance (minor in accounting) and BA in economics.

She has been the president of the Spartan Investment Club since her sophomore year and has served as president of the Bryan Student Ambassadors (BSA) the past two years. 

The recipient of an Economics Faculty Scholarship, her honors include Beta Gamma Sigma, the international honor society for business students; Alpha Lambda Delta, a national honor society in which full-time, first-year students with at least a 3.5 gpa are invited; and Beta Alpha Psi, an honor organization for financial information students and professionals. She also placed at the  top of the Spring 2019 Bryan Gold career readiness challenge, a program to bolster the development of undergrad students in the Bryan School. 

She is also the founding vice president of the Association of Latino Professionals For America at UNCG. With a childhood in Mexico and teenage years in the United States, she identifies as Mexican-American. “Both cultures made me what I am: Mexico and America.”

Several students joined in to create it, as the COVID pandemic threw many students’ lives for a loop in March 2020. “We started ALPFA in April. We utilized our time productively.”

Meanwhile, in addition to her other courses, she was very engaged in a Bryan School class’s XCulture project with students in Turkey, Russia, Columbia, and Elon, NC. The pandemic was affecting all of their colleges. But she notes that her coursemates responded with resilience. “It’s remarkable how fast we could adapt.”

The past two years presented challenges for her class of 2022, as she sees it. “We decided to make the best of it,” she says. And she saw lots of acts of caring. 

It was a time to “be there for each other.” She completed her Gold level OLCE UNCG Leadership Challenge as she partnered with Junior Achievement of the Triad. They wanted to help K-8 kids in Guilford County Schools learn about financial literacy – but the pandemic presented challenges. They embraced it as an opportunity to learn to produce lesson-videos, a package of 48 in total.

And now this class is heading out into a world of careers or furthering their education. And all the while, working for a better world.

By Mike Harris ’93 MA
Photography by Martin W. Kane

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