5 Questions with Audrey
Updated: Apr 22, 2019
How did you feel applying your skills in the classroom after months of preparation?
I felt that we were able to transition our lesson plans from the first semester very easily into the classrooms. We are very knowledgeable on the topic which has allowed us to think quickly on our feet in the classroom to ask meaningful questions to keep the discussion lively. It also helped that we were able to get to know each other and create a relationship that helps us feed off each other well in the classroom.
What has been the most valuable aspect of FLOAT to you?
I think the ability to actually interact with the students has been so valuable. It is always great when you get real life experience to be able to actually see how your skills can be used. Working with the students allows us to also make an impact on people’s lives by hopefully leaving them with new skills that they can use to make better decisions for themselves. They are also incredibly lively and their responses and actions teach us more about what it takes to teach and new things about financial literacy.
How has FLOAT impacted your view of financial literacy?
I think that this is an important topic that isn’t really discussed in classrooms normally. Thinking about this material I realized how I was never really taught these topics despite how much they would have helped me before. Financial literacy can really help create better spending and saving habits that like any habits are harder to break once we get older. Learning these things at a younger age would better help people be more financially responsible when they are older.
What is the single most important aspect of financial literacy that you wish to impress upon students?
The most important thing about financial literacy I think is budgeting. Setting out monthly budgets will help you be able to better save money to have for a rainy day. It also helps with giving you something to think about when buying things like a new shirt on whether you really need this. Knowing a budget allows for you to do fun trip and helps start good habits for when people have to start doing taxes and have more bills to pay in the future.
Do you see your financial habits changing as a result of your participation in FLOAT?
When teaching this topic to students there are definitely moments when a student says something that enlightens you to gaps in your own financial habits. I have started to think more before I buy and setting up budget plans more frequently then I had in the past. Graduating this semester I’ve started to realize through this program a shift in my thought process with money focusing more on the future then buying things right now like a new shirt.