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Take Charge Cats

January, 2021
If you're interested in signing up for any workshops, we're conducting them fully online.

Please use the request form or email Krystle Calles

AFF Plans

The Arizona Financial Face-off is our annual event that we host in the Spring semester. Students who have completed our workshop are eligible to participate and compete against other teams in physical and mental challenges. However, this year, we're changing things up. We will STILL be hosting AFF, and it will be fully online!

In order to be eligible to participate, students must have completed at LEAST the first four workshop topics (Spending, Saving, Credit, and Loans). 

AFF will be hosted on April 10th, 2021.

Click HERE to sign up and participate!
If you haven't attended AFF before, take a look at this video to see our "typical" year.
We will be working this semester to develop AFF online and hope to mix characteristics of the traditional version with new ideas and activities!

New Kittens

Meet our new Kittens!
Nathan Schulhof
I am originally from Chicago, IL and am a pre-business major applying to Eller in the Fall of 2021 to be an Accounting and MIS major (graduating in 2024). After I graduate, I'd like to become a business consultant. I've taught classes before in a similar setting back home and I thoroughly enjoy it. In my free time, I enjoy hanging out with my friends. 
Mariah Martinez
Mariah is pursuing a major in Nutritional Sciences with an emphasis in Dietetics in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. She is an active member of the ASEMS program, Bluechip leadership club and Financial Freedom club. It was through the Financial Freedom club that Mariah learned about the opportunity of being part of Take Charge Cats where she can spread the importance of learning about personal finances! Most days you can find her hiking, spending time with family and friends, and working on her small business
Lilly Ramirez
Lilly is pursing a major in biology with biomedical emphasis as well as a minor in Spanish. During her free time you can find her in a gym, trying new recipes or binge watching a good Netflix show. As apart of the Take Charge Cats team she hopes to help educate younger people so that they may achieve all of their goals. After graduating Lilly hopes to attend medical school and one day establish free clinics throughout the valley. 

Happy New Year!

We want to wish everyone a Happy New Year and hope you're off to a great start so far. This newsletter will focus on new starts and our plans for the Arizona Financial Face-off this year.
The start of the new year is a great time to have a fresh start and work towards becoming a better you! The best way to do that is first, start with a plan, and then WRITE IT DOWN! Developing a plan on how to achieve your goals makes you 10x more likely to achieve that goal. If you write it down too, you become 30x more likely to achieve it, in comparison to someone who didn't develop a plan and write it down.

An acronym we LOVE at the Take Charge Cats are SMART goals. It's an easy way to take a "simple" goal and make it SMART. Here's how it works:
Follow the graphic and write out your response to each letter. This should help you understand specifically what you're aiming for and how you plan to get there.

Setting Goals for the New Year

Hear what our Cats are planning to achieve for 2021!

Sarah George

"My goals for 2021 are to volunteer more often, spend more time on myself, and read a few books! I'm prioritizing my health and happiness this year, but also taking the time to educate myself and give back."

Maggie Freeh

"This year my personal goal is to graduate college and pursue a career as a financial planner. My professional goal is to take and pass the CFP exam. My financial goal is to save $5,000 to put into my Roth IRA."

Justin Head

"My New Years Goals are to maintain a 4.0 during my first semester in Eller and get the COVID vaccine!"
Wendy McBroom

"A personal goal of mine is exercising and meditating every morning to increase the balance and healthiness in my life. Sometimes sitting on Zoom all day and working can make me feel drained  and so far this habit has been very refreshing."

Adriana Perez

"My short term financial goals are to save $600 for a graduation trip to Miami in June and replenish my emergency fund. My overall goal is to cook more food at home and become more active daily."

Valentine's Day Craft

Valentine's Day is coming up soon and it's a great time to show your love for others or love yourself! This craft can be for leaving notes for your significant others or as a piggy bank for spare change and money!
If you have some free time, try this craft out and show us on social media!

New Club Alert!

Financial Freedom Club (FFC) is a new club on campus aiming to educate college students on relevant financial topics. The club is open to all students, regardless of their major or level of financial knowledge. The idea of this club came from one of the cats, Wendy McBroom, the current president, as she was seeing the lack of financial literacy among college students, so she decided to bring this initiative to the entire Take Charge Cats team. Wendy, Cole, Christian, Paola, Adriana and Maggie decide to work in creating this club that's currently thriving! We ask Wendy some questions about the club and here are here responses:

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How the idea of the club began?
The idea of the club began when I would tell my UA peers about my work for TCC and they would always comment things like “I wish I learned how to manage my finances” or “I would love classes like that at UA, I don’t know how to handle my money”. The idea began as a series of workshops at the UA but evolved into a club format to retain student involvement and foster a sense of community with opportunity for student leadership.

How do you feel about the response that the club is having?
Our email list now has over 60 recipients comprised of students, cats, and UA faculty, our group me has 30 members and on average we’ve had around 25 students attend each event! To me this is better than anything I could’ve asked for since it’s our first semester, and I can’t wait to see how the club grows and evolves over the next few years!

What is a long-term goal that you have for the club?
A long-term goal I have for the club is to really foster a strong, supportive community where members encourage each other to grow, learn and improve in the field of personal finance. My ideal vision for the club involves members sharing advice, strategies and accomplishments surrounding personal goals.

Financial Freedom Club hosts virtual meetings every other Tuesday from 5:00-6:00 pm. Do you want to join or know someone who may want to join? Contact FFC!

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