Tuesday, April 24, 2012

CU Money Smart Week

By Kelsey McWilliams, Marketing Intern at CU-Boulder Career Services

My dad recently told me that his one regret in college was not taking classes that would help him secure his financial future. He would have had an easier time and felt more financially prepared right out of college if he had learned how to invest money, negotiate a salary, take out a mortgage and build good credit before entering the real world.

With his advice and the help of Career Services I found CU Money Sense, a collaboration between the Bursar’s Office and the Office of Financial Aid to help educate CU students about money. This week Money Sense will be hosting Money Smart Week, which lasts from April 23-26.

Events during Money Smart Week will help students with credit reports, student loans, 401Ks, salary negotiations, investments, finances after college, and many other helpful financial tools.

The week is divided up into seventeen sessions that include guest speakers from Elevations Credit Union, Boulder Country District Attorney’s Office, Edward Jones, Wells Fargo, Automotive Avenues, Community Credit Counseling Service and Boulder Valley Credit Union.

Money Smart’s article about the week quoted Susie Jacobs of the CU-Boulder Bursar’s Office who said, "The most important thing we want to get across to students is that if they make time to learn one thing during Money Smart Week about managing money better and they put that one thing into practice, they'll be better off a year from now."

CU-Boulder Career Services will be hosting two of the events during Money Smart Week. Be sure to attend “Your Money, Your Future: A Financial Resource Fair” on Thursday, April 26, 5:00-7:00pm in UMC 235 to learn about budgeting, subletting, investing, credit, job search, loan repayment, and more! Career counselors will be critiquing resumes at the event if you would like to prepare your resume for the job search!

Don’t miss this opportunity to take advantage of the many tools CU Money Sense has to offer through CU Money Smart Week. When you’re older you don’t want to look back like my dad did and have any regrets about college. Now is the time to make the most of the opportunities that CU offers before you enter the real world!