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    Graduate Students

    Klinton Blair

    Klinton Blair Hometown: Naples, Florida

    College/Major: Undergraduate-University of South Florida-Secondary English Education-2011
                              Graduate-University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse-Student Affairs Administration-2016
    How many years have you been involved with the IMC! program and in what capacity?
    This is my first year working with the IMC! team and I am serving as the Graduate Intern. 

    Why is this program important to you?
    This program is important because it is vital skill that students rarely talk about. Conversations about money are most likely about lack of it, not how students can use it wisely. IMC! offers students a chance to learn valuable money management skills that will set them up for a lifetime of success

    How has it helped you or changed your life?
    IMC! is giving me a chance to work with students in a way that I have never done before. Also, IMC! is giving me professional tools that will help me stand out during the job searching process because of the unique mission of the office. 

    Describe a time when you had a financial hardship and how you got through it.
    Being in graduate school is expensive! Learning how to budget, managing my wants vs. my needs, and understanding the value of an advanced degree have all helped me to become a stronger money manager. 

    Describe your favorite hobbies and activities. 
    In my free time, I love to read, write, cook, and explore. I'm also a huge Disney fan and collect different Disney pins every time I go to the parks to visit. 

    Describe something unique about yourself. 
    I cannot whistle. At all. 

    Describe the program in one word and explain why you chose that word. 
    Awesome! IMC! is the most unique office on campus and our students need to realize the resources within out office are truly special and something most campuses still do not offer. 

    Joshua Bonnell

    Josh Bonnell Hometown: Antigo, WI

    College/Major: UW-La Crosse pursuing a Master's in Student Affairs Administration
    How many years have you been involved with the IMC! program and in what capacity?
    I just began my graduate assistantship Fall 2015 with the IMC! office. I assist with all basic office needs, events, presentations and consultations. 

    Why is this program important to you?
    Money is a huge stressor among college students. Helping students improve their financial knowledge to better their futures is something I value. 

    How has it helped you or changed your life?
    This program has challenged me to be more cognizant of the issues college students are facing today. I feel I am a better student affairs individual knowing the basics behind such an important aspect of most college students. 

    Describe a time when you had a financial hardship and how you got through it.
    Fresh into accepting my undergraduate program, I was responsible for signing up for financial aid through FAFSA. My parents expected me to be independent and fill out all documentation on my own. Me feeling like an adult and perceiving myself as responsible, I quickly finished my FAFSA form without an issues. Everything was accepted and it said I should hear back from my institute withing a few weeks. Once processed, I found out I would not be receiving financial that year. Not knowing what to do, I just assumed that I was either late or times must have been harder than I thought and went along with it. I later found out that I have mistakenly added an additional zero to my parent's income, which took me out of the financial aid criteria. I had to take out a parent plus loan with a much higher interest rate than what I would have done if I filled out the form correctly. 

    Describe your favorite hobbies and activities. 
    I like to spend my free time with my wife, Megan and my dog, Lyra(Husky/Mix). Other interests are anything having to do with my outdoors. (i.e. Hiking, Biking, Camping, Fishing, Swimming). 

    Describe something unique about yourself. 
    I believe I bring a unique perspective to this department since I majored in Social Work as an undergraduate and have had limited educational knowledge on finances. What I've learned and the knowledge I bring to this department is what I've strived to develop in myself over the past couple of years. Also, I can lick my elbow. 

    Describe the program in one word and explain why you chose that word. 
    Exciting, This is something completely new to this university and universities in general. No one enjoys talking about their money struggles, but it is a necessity to ensure they have a better future. 
    Peer Menotrs

    Scott Bekkum

    Scott Bekkum Hometown: La Farge, WI

    College/Major: College of Business Administration-Finance/Economics minor
    How many years have you been involved with the IMC! program and in what capacity?
    I just recently joined IMC! this September. 

    Why is this program important to you?
    This program is important to me because it gives me a chance to put knowledge in finance to use and give back to the student body in the form of financial counseling and it also helps me learn valuable lessons with finance for myself. 

    How has it helped you or changed your life?
    IMC! has given me better insight on personal finances and a better understanding of all the money related things out there that can negatively affect your life. 

    Describe a time when you had a financial hardship and how you got through it.
    Currently I'm in a financial hardship with all of the student loans I've had to take out, and figuring out how I can pay them off as quick as possible while still having money for other expenses in life. 

    Describe your favorite hobbies and activities. 
    Some favorite hobbies of mine are snowboarding, hiking, weightlifting, and traveling. 

    Describe something unique about yourself. 
    I have 6 brothers, and 1 sister. 

    Describe the program in one word and explain why you chose that word. 
    Fun! So far the program has been a blast to be part on, and they really do make learning about your personal finances interesting and easy to understand. 

    Alisha Boerner

    Alisha Boerner Hometown: Apple Valley, MN

    College/Major: Science and Health, Physics(Biomedical concentration)/Pre-Physical Therapy
    How many years have you been involved with the IMC! program and in what capacity?
    I am a peer mentor and I have been involved with IMC! since fall 2013.

    Why is this program important to you?
    This program is important to me because we are dedicated to helping students solve or prevent financial hardships. 

    How has it helped you or changed your life?
    While being in college and trying to manage my money can be very difficult. This program has taught me how to do it in an easier way and has taught me other important life skills that go along with finances. 

    Describe a time when you had a financial hardship and how you got through it.
    I would say that right now is the only personal financial hardship I have gone through. Paying for college with minimal students loans while having all the other expenses that go along with college.

    Describe your favorite hobbies and activities. 
    My favorite hobbies are reading, hanging out with friends, cooking, and anything that involves the outdoors. 

    Describe something unique about yourself. 
    I have flown and landed a plane. 

    Describe the program in one word and explain why you chose that word. 
    Caring, We aren't just here to tell you what to do with your money, we actually care about you and your concerns about money. We want to help people avoid financial hardships so they are able to focus on other things that are more important at this point in their life. 

    Richard Chen

    Richard Chen-2 Hometown: Wausau, WI

    College/Major: College of Business/Accounting & Finance
    How many years have you been involved with the IMC! program and in what capacity?
    I just started as a peer mentor this year, at the beginning of September

    Why is this program important to you?
    Until a couple years ago, I have always been bad with my finances so I know how stressful it can be when you are struggling with money. This program allows me to help people get through the same problems that I have had. 


    Describe a time when you had a financial hardship and how you got through it.
    Back in my freshman year of college I was really bad at saving money. Whenever I would get some cash, it would be gone immediately. The next year, a friend helped me to make a budget and I learned how to be better with my finances. 

    Describe your favorite hobbies and activities. 
    I like to cook, hang out with friends, travel, and go to concerts. 

    Describe something unique about yourself. 
    I am 100% Taiwanese. 

    Describe the program in one word and explain why you chose that word. 
    Helpful. We have plenty of peer mentors that are more than willing to help with any questions or concerns that you have about your finances. Also scheduling an appointment through out website is quick and easy. 

    Dennis Crow

    Crow.Denn Hometown: Lodi, WI

    College/Major: College of Business Administration, Finance and Human Resource Management
    How many years have you been involved with the IMC! program and in what capacity?
    This will be my third year as a peer mentor with the program. 

    Why is this program important to you?
    This program has created my passion for personal finance and mentorship for people in need when distressed or interested in something that can help them reach their financial goals. 

    How has it helped you or changed your life?
    The peer mentoring program has helped me develop my passion for helping people and personal finance, and because of that I have now changed my view on a lot of things that any other person might just look over and not think twice about. 

    Describe a time when you had a financial hardship and how you got through it.
    Many might not think of this as a hardship, but however, it's a very tough decision, deciding whether to invest funds while in college or to pay off my school as I go. I have learned that interest rates change and you can't control them however the choice is something that you can control and doing what is best for you and what you can live with is important making that decision. 

    Describe your favorite hobbies and activities. 
    My favorite hobbies include; shooting bow, bow hunting, self-filming my outdoor adventures, processing wild game, hanging out with friends and family, enjoying unique cuisine, and always learning new things whatever it is! 

    Describe something unique about yourself. 
    I don't like just being satisfied with anything in life, i'm constantly trying to improve one way or another. 

    Describe the program in one word and explain why you chose that word. 
    Invaluable. The information that is available to them here for free can result in a lifetimes worth of savings. 

    Jason Eternick

    Jason Eternick Hometown: Waterloo, WI

    College/Major: College of Business Administration, Finance
    How many years have you been involved with the IMC! program and in what capacity?
    I am a peer mentor and have been part of IMC! since January of 2015

    Why is this program important to you?
    This program is important because it offers students a great opportunity to learn lifelong skills about managing and taking care of her money which is something many people struggle with. 

    How has it helped you or changed your life?
    IMC! has really enhanced my education and understanding of financial literacy. it also has given me an opportunity to help students and teach them what I know and have learned. 

    Describe a time when you had a financial hardship and how you got through it.
    I am definitely living my biggest financial hardship right now. Trying to pay for all of my schooling and living expenses I really have to keep track of my money, budget the money i do have, and not spend money on unnecessary things so that I can stay on top of my bills and keep making my payments. 

    Describe your favorite hobbies and activities. 
    my favorite hobbies include playing sports, hunting, fishing, golfing, and hanging out with friends. 

    Describe something unique about yourself. 
    I come from a family of seven. I have three sisters and one brother and all of our names starts with the letter J. 

    Describe the program in one word and explain why you chose that word. 
    Informative. IMC! is extremely informative for teaching financial literacy to students. Almost every event that IMC! has to inform students;  Whether it would be teaching them how to invest money for the future, how to budget their money now, or how to build their credit. All of these topics help educate students to make good financial decisions now and for the rest of their lives. 

    Joel Feider

    Joel Feider Hometown: New Holstein, WI 

    College/Major: Exercise and Sport Science (Pre-PT)
    How many years have you been involved with the IMC! program and in what capacity?
    I started as a peer mentor in September 2014

    Why is this program important to you?
    This program is important to me because I think it offers students a great opportunity to learn how to be fiscally responsible in college and hone those skills for financial well-being later in life. 

    How has it helped you or changed your life?
    This program has helped me gain a better understanding of managing finances and I want to pass that knowledge onto my peers. 

    Describe a time when you had a financial hardship and how you got through it.
    It was after my first year of college that I truly realized how many extra expenses are associated with going to college. I knew that I would need to make some changes in order to pay for the upcoming school year so I worked extra hours at my full-time job in the summer and made a budget for the upcoming school year. I cut out unnecessary expenses and with the combination of being frugal, budgeting, financial aid, and working as much as I can, I have been able to pay for school and manage my money effectively. 

    Describe your favorite hobbies and activities. 
    My greatest passion in life is being outdoors, especially duck hunting and ice fishing. I also love playing and watching sports. 

    Describe something unique about yourself. 
    i am left handed but I golf and swing a bat right handed. I have only met one other person that does the same. 

    Describe the program in one word and explain why you chose that word. 
    Useful. This program has no much to offer to students; whether it be learning how to budget your money, how to build your credit, or investing money for retirement, IMC! enables students to make smart decisions and avoid financial troubles in their future. 

    Kyle Jahnke

    Kyle Jahnke Hometown: Markesan, WI

    College/Major: College of Business Administration, Finance and Economics
    How many years have you been involved with the IMC! program and in what capacity? 
    I began at IMC! in September 2015 as a peer mentor.

    Why is this program important to you?
    The peer mentoring program has been important to me because I love using what I know about finances to help others out with their personal finance situations. 

    How has it helped you or changed your life?
    My life has been changed in a unique way since joining IMC! On top of learning a great deal about my own finances, I have found great joy in guiding people with their financed which has given me a desire to pursue a career as a financial planner. 

    Describe a time when you had a financial hardship and how you got through it.
    A large financial hardship for me has been trying to pay for as much tuition out of pocket as possible. This is by far no easy task, but with working long hours and having a tight budget I have been very successful in meeting my goal. 

    Describe your favorite hobbies and activities.
    My favorite way to stay active is through sports. I love watching and helping out both of my little brothers with their various sports that they play. I also have a large passion for coaching basketball which I have done the past two summers. 

    Describe something unique about yourself.
    One unique thing about me is that I am a member of the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity on campus. I have met a ton of great people and have has a ton of great opportunities to better myself and my future through the many events  we attend and put on. 

    Describe the program in one word and explain why you chose that word. 
    Helpful, in my short time at IMC!, I have already learned a great deal of helpful information for my personal life. For anyone wanting to learn more information on how to put themselves in great financial shape for college and beyond, IMC! is the place for you. 

    Allison Liang

    Allison Liang Hometown: New Berlin, WI

    College/Major: College of Business Administration, Finance, Mandarin Minor
    How many years have you been involved with the IMC! program and in what capacity?
    Started in September 2014 as a peer mentor. 

    Why is this program important to you?
    This program is important to me because I believe that money may be a struggle in college, but it should not be a burden on your college career. I want to inform students that there are ways to financially plan themselves in college so that money should not be the biggest concern, but grades and other important factors should be. There are plentiful ways to decrease debt, financially manage debt and other ways to help finance your college career. 

    How has it helped you or changed your life?
    It has helped me realize that a lot of people do not seek for advice. And by realizing that, I can start advising students while learning even more ways to financially plan in college. 

    Describe a time when you had a financial hardship and how you got through it.
    Freshman year in the dorms at one time I had $0 to my name. I did not want to ask my parents for money, and since I was already living in the dorms with a meal plan, I had no other expenses but leisure expenses. Therefore, I just stopped unnecessary behaviors such as retain therapy, going out to eat, and little things such as even buying chips from Kwik Trip. 

    Describe your favorite hobbies and activities. 
    My favorite hobbies include hiking, paddle boarding, mini-golfing, and anything outdoors related. My activities include being involved in organizations. 

    Describe something unique about yourself. 
    I have been to China 3 times. 

    Describe the program in one word and explain why you chose that word. 
    Accessible, because we are always here for any student with any financial situation. 

    Darcy McGlinn

    Darcy McGlinn Hometown: Hales Corner, WI

    College/Major: Psychology, minor in Interpersonal Communication
    How many years have you been involved with the IMC! program and in what capacity?
    This is my first year being a peer mentor, however I have used IMC!'s services and recommended it to students in years past. 

    Why is this program important to you?
    This program is important to be because it teaches students how to be smart with their finances in college and after college as well. It is so useful!

    How has it helped you or changed your life?
    Being part of the IMC! fmaily has helped me feel less insecure about my financial decisions because I have learned about budgeting and smart financial moves!

    Describe a time when you had a financial hardship and how you got through it.
    Recently my family went through a job less, which involved me finding a different way to provide for myself and my family members. I was able to find different ways to provide, one by starting a budget for myself! It has helped me be more aware of where my money is going and how I can make smart financial decisions. 

    Describe your favorite hobbies and activities. 
    I love to run, read, and socialize with people. 

    Describe something unique about yourself. 
    I own Bibles in more than one language. 

    Describe the program in one word and explain why you chose that word. 
    Resourceful. This program has so much helpful information for students. I have found that every aspect of life involves money in some way, shape or form and this program provides tools to make smart decisions in all areas!

    Garrett Paulson

    Garrett Paulson Hometown: Clear Lake, WI

    College/Major: College of Science and Health, Recreation Management
    How many years have you been involved with the IMC! program and in what capacity?
    I have been involved with IMC! since spring of 2015

    Why is this program important to you?
    This program is a huge resource on campus for students to become more educated about finances, and how to make good decisions when managing money. IMC! is important to me because I am able to help give back to our campus by educating other students, and along the way I am always learning more about finances as well! 

    How has it helped you or changed your life?
    IMC! has helped change my life by helping me build a budget and to stick to it. By doing this I am more aware of where my money is going and where I also need improvement on spending choices. 

    Describe a time when you had a financial hardship and how you got through it.
    A financial hardship for me has been paying for school in general. From rent to tuition I am paying for everything as a first generation student. This isn't an easy task, but from saving money, working hard, and not spending money on unnecessary things often I am able to stay on top of my bills! Applying for scholarships is also another useful thing to do that has helped make school more affordable for myself and many more of our peers. 

    Describe your favorite hobbies and activities. 
    Some of my favorite hobbies include cooking, hanging our with friends, and enjoying the outdoors. hunting is one thing I enjoy doing because I am able to just live in the moment and forget all of the stresses of everyday life. 

    Describe something unique about yourself. 
    One thing that is unique about myself I guess it that I made the decision to join the Epsilon Iota Chapter of the Delta Sigma phi Fraternity here at UWL my first semester as a first year student. This decision has lead me to a family away from home, memories that will last a lifetime, and also a great life goal to become a better man in everything I do. These are only a few things how Delta Sigma Phi has changes my life. 

    Describe the program in one word and explain why you chose that word. 
    Priceless, the IMC! program is free for students, and the knowledge and tips that we can offer can impact someone's life immensely. Little budgeting tips, or information on student loans can help educate everyone on how to make good financial decisions. In my opinion, it is better to learn these skills and tips from people who are knowledgeable in the field, versus learning the hard way and struggling through financial stress that has the potential to be prevented. 

    Tyler Prince

    Tyler Prince Hometown: Antigo, WI 

    College/Major: College of Business Administration, Accounting
    How many years have you been involved with the IMC! program and in what capacity?
    I began my involvement in September 2014. I'm a peer mentor, so I present to classes and give one-on-one consultations. In addition to this, I have also designed a website for IMC!

    Why is this program important to you?
    Almost all of the people I'm close to at this campus have difficulty managing their finances. Be it credit card debt, car payments, or just making rent, it always seems like a struggle. I've always been good with my finances and budgeting, so I've been able to help some one my struggling friends. I look forward to being able to help other people on campus and promote financial literacy. 

    How has it helped you or changed your life?
    it made me realize that simply planning a budget in my head isn't as effective as actually planning it out on paper. 

    Describe a time when you had a financial hardship and how you got through it.
    Junior year my financial aid didn't go as planned. I thought I would be getting a refund when I actually owed money in. I could have taken out some unsubsidized loans, but instead I decided to pick up more hours at work and seek other government benefits to help with my expenses like food and heat. I got through the year successfully with combination of government help and more hours at work. 

    Describe your favorite hobbies and activities. 
    I love to travel and go to concerts. I also enjoy conducting research. 

    Describe something unique about yourself. 
    The Beatles are my favorite band and I love learning the history about them. I also saw Paul McCartney in the summer of 2014. It was the greatest night of my life. 

    Describe the program in one word and explain why you chose that word. 
    Fresh. This is a relatively young program and it's only getting better. 

    Kyndra Rothermel

    Kyndra Rothermel-3 Hometown: La Crosse, WI

    College/Major: College of Liberal Studies, English Education
    How many years have you been involved with the IMC! program and in what capacity?
    I started in September of 2013, and I am a peer mentor and administrative assistant. 

    Why is this program important to you?
    i feel it is really important for students to know how to manage their money and know the options available to them to help save for the future. 

    How has it helped you or changed your life?
    It has helped me pay better attention to my own spending habits. 

    Describe a time when you had a financial hardship and how you got through it.
    I've been lucky to have avoided financial hardship. 

    Describe your favorite hobbies and activities. 
    I love reading, writing, hiking, and playing board games. 

    Describe something unique about yourself. 
    I will be moving to Italy in the summer of 2016.

    Describe the program in one word and explain why you chose that word. 
    Helpful, because that is the number one thing I would say we do; we help people learn about finance and help them manage their money. 

    Isabel Roy

    Isabel Roy-2 Hometown: Plymouth, WI

    College/Major: College of Liberal Studies/English-Rhetoric and Writing
    How many years have you been involved with the IMC! program and in what capacity? 
    I joined in the Spring of 2015 and I am one of our communications experts. 

    Why is this program important to you?
    So many students have just left home for the first time and are learning so many new things all at once. So many of us have never had to handle our own finances before and having a program like It Make$ Cents! is incredibly helpful for so many of us. Having people whom you can ask questions of, get advice from or even just talk with about your finances is a big weight off your shoulders!

    How has it helped you or changed your life?
    Because I am now writing about these things on a daily basis, I have had to educate myself about finances a LOT and I have changed a lot of my own financial habits. 

    Describe a time when you had a financial hardship and how you got through it.
    I've always had a lot of people to help me with my finances and thanks to them I haven't dealt with any serious financial struggles. 

    Describe your favorite hobbies and activities.
    I love to read, write, horseback ride and geek out over nerdy things. (IE Once Upon a Time, Harry Potter, Supernatural, etc.)

    Describe something unique about yourself.
    I've spent the last two summers leading trail rides through the Rocky Mountains in Estes Park Colorado. 

    Describe the program in one word and explain why you chose that word. 
    Fantastic! This program is so important and useful to students-other schools have contacted us and tried to set up something similar. We are so lucky to go to UWL and have It Make$ Cents!!