Interview with Jorge Guerrero, National Director of School Partnerships at NextGenVest
By Amanda Draper, National Content Director at NextGenVest
How I am involved
I’ve always been an active volunteer in my community back home. My all time favorite place to volunteer at is the South Florida Wildlife Center. At the SFWC, I helped staff members rehabilitate injured wildlife like ducks, pelicans, squirrels, raccoons, and more!
Some of my hobbies
PC gaming is my all-time favorite pass time! Aside from that, I really enjoy gardening and watching binge-watching shows on Netflix.
What I Want High School Students to Know
There’s no such thing as applying for too much aid. During my city tours as part of NextGenVest’s National #FinishTheFAFSA Campaign, I’ve encountered many students who would ask me this same questions- “is there a limit to how much financial aid I can receive?” As long as you take the time to do the proper research and apply, there is no limit to how much aid you can get for school. Sign up here for Money Mentoring: http://ngv.io/match.
How my College is Special
So far, I’ve only been at Valencia College for this semester since I just moved to Orlando from Miami. The campus is absolutely beautiful, class sizes are small (average student/teacher ratio 25:1), and I love their DirectConnect to UCF program. Considering that I want to go into Marketing and possibly Mechanical Engineering, I plan to transfer into the University of Central Florida (UCF) once I finish my first two years of college at Valencia.
My Plans for After I Graduate
Once I graduate, I will look to do something meaningful. I my aim is to work somewhere that focuses on helping others- similar to how NextGenVest helps students make better educated financial decisions through a free Money Mentor program.
Working at NextGenVest
As a former Money Mentor intern, I personally heard many stories of students who do not have proper college guidance in high school. Many seniors came to me not knowing how to navigate the FAFSA process nor how to apply to a college. When a student doesn’t have enough money for college, they often resort to a student loan. The sad thing is that many students don’t realize that a loan is borrowed money and the full amount will eventually need to be paid back plus interest. Without budgeting properly, a student can get in a lot of financial trouble. By helping a student with things like completing the FAFSA or researching scholarships, we are saving them time, money, and giving them the peace of mind, that there is someone watching out for them.