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Westminster Continues "Get Real" Life Preparation Series

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Posted on Thursday, September 7, 2006

Westminster College continues the "Get Real" life preparation series with "Financial Planning: Personal Finances and Understanding Investments Part 1" scheduled Thursday, Sept. 21, from 12:35-1:40 p.m. at the Club Room of the McKelvey Campus Center.

"The Financial Planning Workshop will investigate the challenges, opportunities and benefits of money management - saving and investing in the first few years after graduation," said David Smith, assistant professor of accounting. "Some issues include: why it is important to invest and start investing early; how to manage your money so that you can invest; and the positive and negative aspects of different ways to invest."

"We can only accept the first 30 students who register," said Kathryn Baranovich, a junior psychology major from Salem, Ohio, and coordinator of the series. "Students do not need to come to all sessions, but they do need to register because we include lunch with the session."

The "Get Real" life preparation series was developed to acquaint students with information about life after college. It provides advice about financial planning, banking, purchases, medical care issues and options, consumer and personal legal matters, comparative shopping, understanding labels, reading maps, apartment and house hunting tips, outdoor activities, and how to avoid finding Mr./Ms. Wrong.

"Our goal is to open students' eyes about what to expect after graduation, the nuances of life that are not typically covered in the formal classroom," said Dr. Neal Edman, dean of student affairs at Westminster College.

The seminars are free and open to all Westminster students, but are geared toward upperclassmen. Contact Edman at (724) 946-7110 or e-mail for more information on the "Get Real" program.