Hope for Personal Financial Future

Scholarship Entrant: Erin from Chandler, AZ
Essay Question: If you could earn a living doing what you love most, what would it be, and how would it change the world? Describe the specific goals you would set to make that dream a reality.
Vote for Erin: 25

Amidst a world full of outrageous student loans, credit card debt, rising prices and struggling families there is little hope. With the recession lagging, the economy is seeing the effects of poor financial decisions and the lack of financial education that our society lacks. I hope one day to be that hope. My dream job would be a personal finance teacher in high school as well as volunteer personal financial coach for adults that would teach the positive and negatives outcomes of large financial decisions. I want to provide education in personal banking, purchasing a first car, how to fill out employment papers, finding scholarships, what taking on a student loan means long term, traps in credit card debt, how to get through college without putting yourself in debt and eventually what to look for in loans when purchasing a home. I do volunteer financial counseling at my place of employment and the realization of individuals when I tell them that at the rate they are going, they will be paying for their child’s college before they pay off their own college loan is a look of complete despair and defeat. I want to graduate with my Master’s in finance next year and continue on to obtain my teaching certificate to eliminate that hopelessness for as many people as possible. I want to educate our youth with the knowledge that may possibly be the most important class of all.

Vote for Erin: 25

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