What Makes Personal Finance Engaging To Students?

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Sep 24, 2014

Stumbled upon this Top 10 List of colleges that offer personal finance courses.  This quote stood out because it showed the importance of educators sharing their own experiences to bring this topic to life for students:

  • “He drew upon his own experiences — like when he and his wife leased a car together — and encouraged class participation to animate concepts that could otherwise be boring,” she said. “A pragmatic approach to teaching personal finance, paired with a dry sense of humor, made it memorable and impactful — especially as I confront many financial decisions in my post-collegiate, professional life.”   UC Berkeley Alum

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Tim Ranzetta

Tim's saving habits started at seven when a neighbor with a broken hip gave him a dog walking job. Her recovery, which took almost a year, resulted in Tim getting to know the bank tellers quite well (and accumulating a savings account balance of over $300!). His recent entrepreneurial adventures have included driving a shredding truck, analyzing executive compensation packages for Fortune 500 companies and helping families make better college financing decisions. After volunteering in 2010 to create and teach a personal finance program at Eastside College Prep in East Palo Alto, Tim saw firsthand the impact of an engaging and activity-based curriculum, which inspired him to start a new non-profit, Next Gen Personal Finance.

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