Sergio Torres

Major: Financial Counseling and Planning
Company/Organization: ISU Extension & Outreach
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Destination: Storm Lake/Iowa
Timeframe: Summer
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I taught family finances to different groups of people (children, college students, home-buyers, English-learning students). I also did community research, and helped facilitate classes, camps, focus groups, etc. I also translated English/Spanish.


Aside from teaching different people in the community about family finances, I was able to teach a home-buying education class, all in Spanish.

What advice would you give?

Ask questions! Stay curious, and once you find your passion, build on that. Within my passion of working with people and finances, I have found that I love working in Spanish. It's such a challenge, but I always have room to improve my Spanish and apply that to my work. Find that passion within your passion. Just keep searching for it, and once you get really good at it, hopefully it'll be your niche. Also, have confidence in yourselves. As many of us are entering the workforce, we will face people with certain ideas about who we are--whether it's because of our age, race, field of study, etc. Have confidence in the education that you have obtained, and use that as your weapon to do good.

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