Money Mentor Profile | Sarah Colandreo @ The University of Arizona
By Amanda Draper, National Content Director at NextGenVest
How I’m Involved
I am part of the St. Jude's club on campus which works on throwing a 5k run each April to raise money for cancer research at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
What I Want High School Students to Know
I wish I would have known how important scholarships were when I first started college. I didn't apply to any and I should have. Work extremely hard your first semester of college. My school gave me academic scholarships for having above a 3.0, but because I didn't focus or study enough, I lost those scholarships. Contact your money mentor to get more tips regarding scholarships, or sign up here: http://ngv.io/match! Don't get too caught up in the party scene or the newfound independence you suddenly have. Time management is very important. If you can manage your time well between school, friends, and social events, you can minimize your stress levels and excel in your classes.
How my College is Special
My college is special because it offers everything that many students are looking for in an ideal college. It has great academics and many majors that are ranked nationally, it has good weather, and it provides a great social and sports aspect! We have a great football, basketball, and baseball team. And we have a great party scene, which is always a nice little addition. Everyone here is very friendly and welcoming. My favorite class that I've taken so far is Economics 200, my sophomore year of college. It was my favorite because it's what made me realize how interested I was in Economics, and what eventually led me to change my major to that.
My Plans for After I Graduate
After graduation, I hope to be employed by a well known and successful company that will help me to further my career. I would ideally like to be a financial analyst or financial advisor. I want to be comfortable with what I'm doing and overall very happy with my job. If I love what I am doing, everything else will fall into place.
Working at NextGenVest
My experiences working as a Money Mentor at NextGenVest have been great. I’ve been here for about a year and have made friends, gained professional experience, and learned a lot more than I ever thought I would about just how difficult the college application process can be with no help. I had my parents helping me the whole way through, with everything from scholarships to financial aid, but many of these students don't have that. I feel lucky to be the one that is able to help them with these important parts of their future. That along with being part of a great community of people who really strive to help others is why I really enjoy working at NextGenVest. I recently helped this one student in particular who really needed information on how to take out a loan for their school textbooks. She was worried about making payments, how it would affect her credit, and didn't know where to start. After helping her and getting her all the information she needed, she was so thankful. Interactions like that are the best!
*Sarah’s responses to these interview questions have been changed a bit to add clarity