One Money Mentor on what she wishes she had done when she was deciding on which college she wanted to attend
By Amanda Draper, National Content and Social Media Director at NextGenVest
How I’m involved
I am currently a member of the Northeastern African Student Organization dance team.
How my College is Special
I think what makes Northeastern special is their co-op program which is a program in which students have the opportunity to work for six months and have a job in their desired field. I think this is an amazing way for students to decide if they are truly interested in their chosen career. Most co-ops are also paid and during that time students do not have to pay for room and board :).
What I Want High School Students to Know About College Applications and Being in College
I wish that I had considered going to a smaller school so that I could have a greater sense of community in college; I believe it is imperative to have a support system during this transitional time in your life. I also wish I had considered going to school in state to save more money. Money Mentors can help you search for scholarships and financial aid, sign up here: http://ngv.io/match.
My plans for after I graduate
After I graduate, I hope to go to grad school for my Ph.D. in Psychology and in the meantime I would like to work in applied behavior analysis with children with autism. The overall goal is to become a Clinical Psychologist and work with low-income, urban, and minority communities.
Working at NextGenVest
Working at NextGenVest (NGV) has been a great experience for me. It has taught me so much about how to deal with my own finances and loans and has also taught me a lot of general information about the FAFSA, college, loans, and other financial topics that are important for life in general. I work at NextGenVest to provide students who, for whatever reason, do not have the guidance and help that they deserve when it comes to college and making smart financial decisions in life. I would like to give back because I was blessed to have college counselors and other adults who gave me their undivided attention and who had my best interest at heart so I think the least I could do is to take all of the knowledge I have learned and continue to learn from NGV and spread that to other students.
* Tarah's responses have been slightly edited for clarity