From time to time, the Student Money Management Center is asked to participate in events that residence halls put on. In the last couple of weeks, we had the opportunity to be a part of events that Abel and Schramm residence halls coordinated.
An RA at Abel residence hall invited us to have an information booth on her floor to educate her residents about our office and about what we can provide for students. We set up by the elevator to catch students on their way in and out of their rooms. The RA was a great help to us because she stayed with us and was able to encourage students to visit our booth since she knew who all of them were. We had our prize wheel to give away cool UNL SMMC stuff, a money personality quiz so students could figure out what kind of a spender they are, a financial health checklist so they could see if they are on the right track financially, and free pens. We had a lot of fun meeting the residents and giving them free stuff!
A few days later we participated in a money management event that the RAs of Schramm residence hall put together. They had it set up like the game of “LIFE” in that the students went through different stations and could spend money, invest it, gamble it, earn it, and use it to make decisions, just like they will later on in life. We participated as the “expert” and were able to give students resources on topics of interest to them as well as some monopoly money for the game. It was great to see that the Schramm RAs thought that a money management event would be helpful for their students.
We encourage any residence hall staff to contact us if they would like us to help with a bulletin board display, host an informational booth, or do a workshop for their residents.