The Center for Financial Independence educates and supports all Northeastern students on their path to financial literacy and independence while encouraging peer-to-peer knowledge creation and sharing. The Center primarily operates in three ways: hosting workshops and presentations, student mentor financial counseling, and Thrive – the personal finance incubator.
My one-on-one peer counseling session clarified matters regarding student debt that I previously found to be intimidating and was reluctant to address. In a 30 minute session, I gained a pretty firm grasp on how interest accrues on loans and credit cards, the variety of options available, and possible repayment plans for my debt.
I can definitely see myself using the travel tips and apps that I learned at the “Travel on a Budget” event the next time I am planning a vacation. The activity at the end was fun, and helped me put the new information to use.
The ‘Eating Right When Money’s Tight’ workshop was awesome. I spent way too much of the money I earned on co-op eating out most meals, so it was great to see a chef explain how to cook a week’s worth of tasty meals under $40. I’m definitely looking forward to more workshops like this in the future.