Clint Forbes

SFEPD Student Ambassador
Benedict College
Hometown: Nassau, The Bahamas

Growing up, what kind of relationship did you have with money?

I had a very careless relationship with money.

What was it like to serve as an SFEPD Student Ambassador teaching your peers about personal finance, and what did you learn about yourself from this experience?

As a Student Ambassador for the Society of Financial Education and Professional Development, I had the rewarding opportunity to teach my fellow students important personal finance concepts. Through interactive lessons and activities, I aimed to make money management topics engaging and relevant to their lives.

This experience allowed me to develop strong public speaking and leadership abilities. But more importantly, I gained insight into the financial challenges many students face, like working to help support their families or lacking guidance on building credit. Seeing their eagerness to learn inspired me to make the lessons as clear and applicable as possible.

The most enjoyable part was having open conversations where students felt comfortable asking questions and sharing their own money stories. I loved watching them gain confidence to take control of their financial futures. It was incredibly fulfilling to play a role in empowering my peers with skills for lifelong success and stability. This experience reinforced my passion for financial education and helping others.

What are the major benefits of students learning personal finance skills through seminars and classes during their college years?

Students gaining personal finance skills during their college years is incredibly beneficial. It arms them with critical life skills such as budgeting, saving, and investing, which are immediately applicable and essential for long-term financial health. These seminars and classes provide a foundation for financial independence, enabling students to manage debt, build credit, and plan for significant life events. Moreover, personal finance education fosters a sense of financial responsibility and helps students set realistic goals. By understanding the ramifications of their financial choices, they can avoid excessive debt and live within their means. Additionally, such knowledge can significantly reduce financial anxiety, allowing students to concentrate on their academic pursuits and personal growth. Ultimately, personal finance education during college is instrumental in preparing students for a stable and prosperous future.

When should students start learning basic concepts about personal finance (in elementary, middle school, high school, or college) and why?

Starting to learn about basic concepts in personal finance in elementary school is super important! It sets kids up for financial success later in life. By teaching them about money management, saving, and budgeting at a young age, they develop good habits early on. It also helps them understand the value of money and make informed decisions about spending. Plus, learning about personal finance empowers them to be financially responsible and independent as they grow older. So, starting early with these concepts ensures a solid financial foundation for the future.

If you could share one financial tip with college students, what would it be?

If I could share one financial tip with college students, it would be to create a budget and stick to it. Knowing how much money you have coming in and where it needs to go can make a huge difference in managing your finances. Keep track of your expenses, prioritize your needs over wants, and find ways to save money wherever possible. By being mindful of your spending and staying within your budget, you’ll be able to avoid unnecessary debt and build a solid financial foundation for your future.

As a result of your Student Ambassador experience, what key lessons did you learn to help you manage your money better and is planning for your financial future an important goal after college?

Being a Student Ambassador has taught me some valuable lessons when it comes to managing money! One key lesson I learned is the importance of budgeting and tracking my expenses. By creating a budget and keeping tabs on where my money goes, I can make smarter financial decisions and avoid overspending.

Another lesson I learned is the significance of saving and planning for the future. It’s essential to set aside some money from each paycheck or allowance for emergencies or future goals. Whether it’s saving for a dream vacation or building an emergency fund, having savings gives me peace of mind and financial security.

As for planning for my financial future after college, absolutely! It’s crucial to have a clear vision and set financial goals. Whether it’s paying off student loans, starting to invest, or saving for a down payment on a house, having a plan in place is essential. By starting early and being proactive about my finances, I can set myself up for a successful and secure financial future.
So, yes, planning for my financial future is definitely an important goal for me after I graduate from college.

How did serving as a Student Ambassador help you prepare for your future and your career goals?

My ultimate career goal is to become a financial analyst. Serving as a Student Ambassador and an SFEPD Student Assistant has been instrumental in preparing me for my future. As a Student Ambassador, I gained valuable communication and leadership skills, which are essential in the finance industry. It also allowed me to interact with a diverse group of people and develop a strong sense of professionalism.

Overall, this experiences have helped me develop a solid foundation in finance and have provided me with the skills and knowledge necessary to pursue my career as a financial analyst. I’m excited about the future and the opportunities that lie ahead!

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