Financial awareness week back on campus

Ever needed some financial advice or some extra cash? Fanshawe is hosting a Mo Money Financial Awareness Week from March 6 to 9. Interrobang spoke with FSU VP Finance Jahmoyia Smith about the week and the different opportunities students have to make money, gain more awareness and inform themselves about the subject.

Mo Money is a personal initiative for Smith. Her efforts come from noticing the lack of awareness students have about the many opportunities the college offers around financial education and aid for students.

“I find that a lot of students don’t know what’s available to them, especially scholarships and bursaries and there is a whole host of them, lots of them, hundreds of scholarships available on the website,” Smith said. “I feel like students don’t know how to tap into these resources and my main purpose on it, is to help student awareness.”

On March 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., there will be a “lunch and learn” for finance in Forwell hall. People from TD Canada Trust will be there, an entrepreneur, collective kitchen, The Sharing Shop and free lunch. The game Deal or No Deal will also be happening on this day.

The Price is Right will be on March 7, where students have the chance to come up and win some prizes, no strings attached. All you have to be is a full-time student.

March 9 is the big day as Fanshawe will have a fun financial fair, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Vendors and entrepreneurs will be here to share their experiences, while the Financial Aid office, Career Services, LinkedIn, Resumania, a fresh soup company called Zoup and Leap Junction representative will also be on hand, according to Smith.

Smith said she is proud to have TD sponsoring the event and their staff helping out throughout the week.

Smith has a main reason why Mo Money week is important.

“To bring awareness to students about the resources that are available on campus, like different pathways that they can take,” Smith said. “Leap Junction is going to be there, talking about different entrepreneurships, stuff that you can do on your own, so that you can build your own income.”

According to Smith, some events of the week like Deal or No Deal and The Price is Right give students the opportunity to win money and prizes, while the financial fair, which it the biggest event of the week, is all about connecting with people.

It’s an informal, intimate event where students can speak with different entrepreneurial people and financial aid representative, to figure out where to maximize their income.

We all might wonder what opportunities Fanshawe has to offer students in terms of financial aid, scholarships, information, assistance and Mo Money week was organized with that in mind.

“I’m just urging students to come out and try to build their awareness around the resources that are available on campus,” Smith said.

For more information, or to speak with Smith, email, or stop by the FSU office at SC2001.