Summer Intern Instructors

2020

Sheri Zhang

Brown University
Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics-Economics  
(May 2023)

I’m a rising sophomore at Brown University concentrating in Applied Mathematics-Economics. I love learning more about personal finance and have always had a passion for education, so I am very excited to be joining the Wealthy Habits team and share such an important topic with young students. Financial literacy is becoming increasingly important, and through teaching financial literacy, I hope to create a fun environment where students can learn skills that will help them throughout the rest of their lives.

 

Andrew Youn

University of Notre Dame
BBS in Finance w/ Minor in Real Estate 
(May 2022)

I am currently studying Finance and Real Estate at the University of Notre Dame as a rising Junior. The more I learn about finance the more I realize how important it is for everyone to have financial literacy. I believe that finance is a set of skills that every prospective college student can benefit from, regardless of their intended major. I have multiple years of experience in leading and teaching students, and I would love to share what I learned about personal finance in and out of the classroom. I am definitely looking forward to meeting everyone and being part of the team.

 

Pooja Parmar

Princeton University
Bachelor of Arts Economics  
(May 2022)

I am currently a rising junior at Princeton University studying Economics. Throughout my life and especially in college, I have realized how incredibly important financial literacy is for everyone. As I try to navigate finances in college, I keep wishing that I learned more about financial literacy earlier. Therefore, being able to contribute to this program is incredibly important, and I am extremely excited to help these students become independent young adults.

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Asia Pollitt

Georgia Institute of Technology
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
(Dec 2020)

What better way to leave a legacy than to positively impact a child for a lifetime by teaching and inspiring them in financial responsibility. As a senior at Georgia Institute of Technology in pursuit of a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree with a concentration in finance, my hope is to create engaging and highly personalized learning opportunities to motivate students in becoming passionate and intentional in financial independence and accountability for lifelong impact.

 

Ryan Hicks

University of Georgia
Bachelor of Business Administration, Economics  
(May 2021)

I am currently a rising senior at the University of Georgia pursuing a degree in Economics. While working and volunteering in the Athens-Clarke County area, I have recognized the importance of creating solid financial habits, especially at an early age. This summer, I am excited to join the Wealthy Habits team to be able to teach these financial literacy tools to students so that they may have the knowledge and skills to achieve their personal goals in the future.

 

Brock Arbeiter

University of Georgia
BBA in Finance  
(May 2021)

I am a rising third-year student at the University of Georgia pursuing a degree in Finance. Throughout my life, I have seen how important building and maintaining a strong foundation of financial habits is in order to succeed. With every step along my academic journey, my passion for business, finance, and ultimately making a difference in the world continues to grow. With several years of experience leading students in a small group setting, I am excited to share my knowledge and passion for finance. My hope is that each and every student I teach will walk away with something they can carry with them for the rest of their lives.

 

Isabelle Rousseau

Berry College
BBS Accounting & Finance w/ Economics Minor
(May 2022)

I am a rising junior at Berry College pursing degrees in both accounting and finance, as well as a minor in entrepreneurship. Through working hands-on with children in the Rome community, via my work as a Bonner Scholar and mentoring first year Berry students, I have developed a love for educating youth and young adults. I look forward to sharing my enthusiasm and making personal finance exciting to students, while also impacting their lives and changing the way they think about the world around them.

 

Charlie Benedict

Wake Forest University
Bachelor of Science in Accountancy  
(May 2023)

As a rising sophomore prospective Business Major at Wake Forest University, I have sincere interests in both personal finance and youth mentorship. I firmly believe that all children deserve to have the opportunity to learn about personal finance in a supportive environment in order to establish healthy, lifelong habits. I am prepared and enthusiastic about serving young people who have an intense desire to learn about financial health.

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Seong  Ryoo

Emory University
BBA, Finance and Accounting, Double Major: Economics (May 2021)

I am an international student from Korea and a rising senior at Emory University studying Finance, Accounting, and Economics. Teaching is something I have been doing since high school and is something I am extremely passionate about. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to teach such a crucial skill like personal finance and look forward to positively impacting the children that Wealthy Habits serves.

 

How We Recruit and Train Our Financial Literacy Instructors

College Interns are recruited over a four-month period. We screen for motivated students that are excited to make a difference in the next generation’s personal finance outlook. College students majoring in a business-related field or a strong interest in personal finance apply for the summer internship beginning in January. Of the 300+ applicants, we select the top students based on their motivation, history of success, GPA, communication skills and knowledge of personal finance. This assures we have instructors that are great role-models and enthusiastic mentors for the Wealthy Habits students.

Before instructors are put in front of a group of students, they undergo a background check and 35 hours of instructional training by the organization. Still not ready to go solo, the instructors are observed as they co-facilitate their first program. After a debriefing session that involves a great deal of constructive criticism, instructors are ready to instruct without assistance.

The internship, while paid, isn’t a job. It is an opportunity for the college student to make a difference in the lives of their students as well as to grow and mature as an individual. Our financial literacy Instructors develop their skills in areas such as public speaking, conflict resolution, motivational skills and so much more. This is a great opportunity that is like no other.

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