What inspires you?
Life seems nice when we're in our little bubble, financially supported by our parents, and not having to worry about the bills for the upcoming month. But then we go to college, have to live and pay for groceries on our own, get a job and handle our salary, and in a short time, make retirement plans. Then comes the realization of the importance of managing our finances.
It's fortunate that we learned the Pythagoras theorem in high school; our life is safe and securenow. Schools teach Algebra, Science, and Social Studies, which are unquestionably valuable. But how often do you need to calculate the area of a cuboid on a daily basis?
I have witnessed how financial illiteracy has impacted my family and surrounding communities. Since then, I have been on a mission to democratize personal finance education for the youth, as the notion of money touches every aspect of our lives.
What is the research/career highlight that you are most proud of?
In 2021, I founded Finance For Teen, a youth-led organization in the pursuit of creating
financially savvy Gen Z's. Since then, the non-profit has involved more than 100 volunteers, working with financial companies, community organizations, and educational institutions to help thousands of youth learn fundamental personal finance skills.
I am also working at a social startup with the vision of making the world a better place. As GenZ, the socially conscious generation, I resonate with Bentley University's values of "Doing Good is Good Business," as I wish to make an impact on all the work I do.
Describe a time in your life that you gained a new perspective?
Imagine seeing your peers the same age as you doing great things with their life. Seeing headlines like Youngest Millionaire to Billions Dollar Startup Valuation or simply someone landing an internship at a great company, the list goes on.
*Meanwhile, we're here scrolling over social media in our bed all day.
We feel behind, the urgency to achieve something extraordinary, and even question ourself-worth. As I paused for a while and reflected, I discovered that everyone has and lives on their definition of success. A portion of my friends are pursuing their studies; others are taking a gap year to start their businesses, and some want to take it laid back and chill. There are no right and wrong answers, as success is not one-size-fits-all but tailor-made for each person. We live our own lives and can be successful on our terms.
Top 3 things you can't live without?
Caffeine, Digital Calendar and Internet