All college students worry about money, or rather the lack thereof, throughout their college careers.
"I'm the worst budgeter in the world. I tend to spend money like it grows on trees," said Kandace Knight, junior in sports management. "But no one has ever sat down with me to teach me how to make a budget."
The Sammie Lynn Puett Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America will be hosting a seminar on being financially responsible in conjunction with the UT Alumni Association Women's Council. The lecture, "Aspire to be Financially Savvy," can be attended by any student wishing to learn how to set a budget and manage personal finances in college and after college.
The meeting will take place tonight at 7 p.m. in the Scripps Lab located on the fourth floor of the Communications and University Extension building. Kristen Tucker, a 1997 graduate of UT, will be giving the lecture. Also featured in this lecture will be UT Alumni Association Women's Council Chair Susan Barnes, a former Public Relations professor at the University of Tennessee.
The lecture is a part of the Aspire series, created in 2009 by the UT Alumni Association Women's Council. According to the UTAA Women's Council website, the purpose of the Aspire series is to "equip collegiate women with skills to take into post-collegiate professional and volunteer careers, and to cultivate future alumni volunteers."
PRSSA President Cassidy Duckett, senior in art history, is excited for the meeting. She encourages all PRSSA members, no matter their year in school, to examine the way they manage and spend money. The lecture will be helpful to any student from any background, not just PRSSA members.
"I also hope attendees can take away key skills and tips for budgeting that allows them to be confident in managing their own money," Duckett said.
She is particularly excited to be partnering with the Alumni Association Women's Council.
"They are fantastic role models for being successful leaders after graduation," Duckett said. She worked with Sarah Stair, the Director of Alumni Programs and Scholarships at UTAA and staff liaison to the Women's Council, to set up the meeting.
"We (the PRSSA) were very lucky to be approached to host an Aspire Series meeting," Duckett said, "as these sessions take place at UT system schools across the state."
Students wishing to attend the seminar should RSVP to PRSSA@utk.edu. Dinner will also be served at no charge to students. Students can also follow the Sammie Lynn Puett chapter on Twitter at @UTK_PRSSA, and can join the PRSSA – Sammie Lynn Puett Chapter group on Facebook.