Money Mentor Profile | Hannah Eastman @ University of Chicago
By Amanda Draper, National Content Director at NextGenVest
Introduce yourself: What's your major and year? Where are you from?
My name is Hannah Eastman. I am a 3rd year at The University of Chicago studying Environmental Science and Public Policy Studies. I am originally from Sacramento, CA.
What extracurriculars are you involved in and what are your hobbies/interests?
I am a member of the Varsity Swim and Dive team. I am also involved in numerous clubs on campus including the Phoenix Sustainability Initiative, Rockefeller Business Management program, and Delta Gamma Sorority. I really like to stay active and decided to come to this university to continue my passion for swimming. These extracurriculars really help offset the stress of intense academics by surrounding me with like minded individuals who are both supportive and driven to excel in whatever they do.
What do you wish you knew about applying for financial aid, scholarships, and for college in general?
In retrospect, I regret not knowing much in high school about applying for scholarships or financial aid. My college application process was a bit different than most as I was recruited for a sport, however, I wish I knew that there are great things about each and every school. I was extremely stressed trying to find the best fit for me, but my advice is to relax because there are positives to every university. If you do not like where you are, there are many other options available like transferring. I also recommend to apply for financial aid and scholarships because there is no harm in doing so, even if you don't receive much. It can only help you, not hurt.
What makes your college special OR what's the best class you've taken so far at your college and why?
My college is special because of the type of people that are here. I have met so many passionate and driven individuals from an array of backgrounds, each bringing their individual ideas and experiences. I think this is the greatest thing, as I have learned exponentially more through meeting people than from a textbook. The housing system here is similar to the way Hogwarts is done in Harry Potter, as we have houses with a great sense of unity and culture. They organize events such as trips downtown, movie nights, and a school wide scavenger hunt. This is also unique because it provides a family and community for freshman who might feel overwhelmed and lost in the first few weeks of college.
What do you hope to do after you graduate?
I hope to get a job that I really enjoy. I am not entirely sure what I want to do yet; however, I think that I want to eventually go back to school.
Tell me about your experiences being a Money Mentor. Why did you decide to become a Money Mentor?
I really have enjoyed my time as a money mentor thus far. I am extremely thankful for the resources available to me in high school, so I wanted to forward my knowledge to those that might not be provided those resources for college applications. I became a money mentor because I wanted to help as many students as possible find ways to go to college, especially if financial strains are the limiting factor. College should be an option for everyone, and I strive to help students understand ways to make college affordable. On top of the finances, the college application process can be confusing and overwhelming at times and I work to help students prepare for this process.