Hayley Carter graduated on 14 May with her undergraduate degree in Economics, and (as usual) she was multitasking. She didn’t want to miss her commencement in Kenan Stadium or the reception for Economics Department graduates. However, the UNC Women’s Tennis Team had a second-round NCAA match against the University of Mississippi scheduled for the same day, same time. In addition to being an excellent student in the classroom, she is the #1 player for the second-seeded Tar Heels. How could she be in two places at once?
No, there was no “time-turner” involved. Her coach came to the rescue; he petitioned to the NCAA to move the match to late afternoon. Hayley got to celebrate both side of being a student athlete: graduation with her classmates, and a Carolina win in the NCAAs to advance to the Round of 16.
Her athletics credentials are golden: four-time All American, record-holder for wins in singles competition in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), second-ranked singles player in the nation. Her academic credentials are also impressive, being named four times to the Academic All-American team and excelling in her Economics classes. Professor Geetha Vaidyanathan teaches our Introduction to International Economics class, and says: “Hayley was an exceptional student who was passionate and curious about topics in International Economics. She came to class every day with a zest for learning.” Professor Anusha Chari taught Hayley in her advanced international class: in Professor Chari’s words, “Hayley’s focus, discipline and drive for excellence in my upper-level international finance class were truly inspiring.”
Once the NCAA competitions are over, Hayley plans to join the professional tour. We’re certain that she’ll be successful there, and we also know that she’s well-prepared for a career after the tour is over. For Hayley, and for all of our graduates, the Economics Department’s slogan is “Start here. Go anywhere!”