Shanilka George

SFEPD Student Ambassador
Grambling State University

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

I did receive a weekly allowance which began my 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?

Being a student ambassador taught me that is safe to learn new things and teach others. It is never too late to learn and never too late to learn how to save and invest wisely.

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

The major benefit is to learn how to better manage and save money.

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

As early as elementary because at some point they will be exposed to the world and its temptations, but they will already know what to give in and what not to give into.

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

Save! Save! Save!

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?

I learned how to budget better. I also learned that having a financial plan is important before and after graduating from college.

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

I plan to find a Data Analyst or IT Support Analyst and hopefully apply to graduate school after a year.

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