Unconquered by Debt: A Financial Wellness Program

Program Goals

The goals of the program are to enhance financial literacy and transform decision making so that students become wealth creators. The program will promote balanced financial choices so that students fully understand they are responsible for their current and future lifestyles. The focus is on key life choices: career options, earning, spending, saving, investing, managing credit, evaluating risk, insuring assets, and planning for retirement. The Center seeks to build relationships around campus to promote and implement the program.

Program Resources

Our program covers 33 topics and provides the following resources for each:

  • Content Videos
  • A Topical Story
  • Book References
  • Other Web-Based Resources

Please visit our resource site to access the materials.


Sign up for any or all of this series of free workshops here. All workshops will be held at the Stavros Center for Economic Education, 250 S. Woodward Ave. (next to the UPS Store). Food and drinks will be provided at every event.

Spring 2024 Workshops Schedule

Week 3                                                        

5pm      Jan. 23               Career Essentials – Creating reasonable expectations for your future  

6pm      Jan. 24               Money Management – Determining a healthy spending plan

Week 4                                          

5pm      Jan. 30               Building Blocks to Wealth – Start your journey to financial wellness   

6pm      Jan. 31               Stocks, Bonds, and Mutual Funds – Understanding investment types

Week 5                                          

5pm      Feb. 6                 Money Management – Determining a healthy spending plan 

6pm      Feb. 7                 Credit Management – Understanding credit and debt, don’t overextend                           

Week 6

5pm      Feb. 13               Credit Management – Understanding credit and debt, don’t overextend            

6pm      Feb. 14               Retirement – It’s never too early to start planning                                        

Week 7

5pm      Feb. 20               Risk Management – Protect your wealth, protect yourself

Week 8

5pm      Feb. 27               Taxes – Navigating the mystery of tax filing

6pm      Feb. 28               Money Management – Determining a healthy spending plan

Week 9

5pm      Mar. 5                 Car Facts – Making informed decisions about what you’ll drive

6pm      Mar. 6                 Stocks, Bonds, and Mutual Funds – Understanding investment types

Spring Break  

Week 10

5pm      Mar. 19              Home Sweet Home – Investigating housing decisions

6pm      Mar. 20              Credit Management – Understanding credit and debt, don’t overextend

Week 11 – Special Tax Workshop Week

5pm      Mar. 26              Taxes – Navigating the mystery of tax filing

6pm      Mar. 27              Taxes – Navigating the mystery of tax filing

Week 12

5pm      Apr. 2                  Investing Principles – Evaluating risks and rewards of investing

6pm      Apr. 3                  Retirement – It’s never too early to start planning

Week 13

5pm      Apr. 9                  Stocks, Bonds, and Mutual Funds – Understanding investment types        

6pm      Apr. 10               Money Management – Determining a healthy spending plan

Week 14

5pm      Apr. 16               Retirement – It’s never too early to start planning

6pm      Apr. 17               Credit Management – Understanding credit and debt, don’t overextend

Certified Peer Mentors

Workshops are led by students who have completed a rigorous certification program to  become Certified Financial Peer Mentors.   In addition to leading these workshops, Peer Mentors also assist other students in personal finance matters and answer questions during individual meetings. To schedule a presentation or an appointment to discuss your situation email coss-financialpeermentor@fsu.edu.

Financial Wellness Coaching

Meet Our Peer Mentors

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Kayla Ross

Kayla is a sophomore from Orlando, Florida majoring in elementary education. She loves going to Disney with her friends and attending FSU sporting events. She is passionate about teaching financial literacy topics to her peers.

Jose Castro

Jose is a senior from Palm Beach County, Florida. He has a strong interest in financial literacy and loves to see money grow! In his free time he enjoys playing Xbox, catching up with friends on FaceTime, and working out. Jose plans on being a commercial real estate agent and loves to talk about all things real estate!

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Garrett Gouveia

Garrett is a senior majoring in Economics with a minor in Business Analytics. He firmly believes that a healthy financial lifestyle is key to an overall healthy life. Garrett uses Unconquered by Debt as a way to try to help others in the same way it helped him. In his free time, Garrett enjoys playing basketball, cooking, and going on hikes through the Tallahassee wilderness.

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Derrick Hawthorne

Derrick is a senior at Florida State University. Originally from St. Cloud, FL, he is Pre-Law, majoring in Political Science. Derrick is very passionate about politics, financial management and law. His hobbies include hanging out with friends, building Legos, and working out. He truly believes in the message of Unconquered by Debt and is excited to guide his peers through their financial literacy journey.

Satwik Pothineni

Satwik is an Indian graduate studying computer science at Florida State. Satwik is passionate about teaching others new things. He is eager to help college students learn about personal finance, a topic he finds very important, but, as in his own experience, finds the education lacking. Satwik enjoys reading and playing cricket in his spare time.

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Zac Zweifel

Zac is a senior at Florida State from Orlando, Florida majoring in Business Management. Zac has a passion for wellness whether physical, spiritual, academic, or financial. He is excited to share financial literacy around campus, and to connect with new people he might not otherwise have known. In Zac’s free time he likes to swim and maybe do a magic trick or two!

Lauren Bondurant

Lauren is a Senior from Pensacola, Florida. She is a prelaw student, who is passionate about personal finance, and financial literacy. She believes it is something everyone must learn in life and that it’s never too late to start your journey into financial literacy. Lauren loves reading, baking, and spending time with her friends.

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Owen Ritter

Owen is a freshman from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He is majoring in Finance and has a strong interest in economics. Owen’s passion for the program stems from his own experience in noticing the lack of financial literacy around campus. In his free time, he loves to play basketball, lift weights, and hang out with friends.

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Camila Gabarrin

Camila is a senior from Boca Raton, Florida; born in Uruguay. She is majoring in Finance & Real Estate who has always valued financial literacy and enjoys informing on tips & tricks on how to make the most out of your money. She considers UBD an amazing program adding value to our community through teaching skills you can take with you forever & everywhere. Camila loves playing sports, discussing emotional development, and all things business. “Anything is possible if you want it bad enough”

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Katherine McKernin

Katherine is a junior from Chicago, IL studying actuarial science. She has personally benefitted from acquiring knowledge about personal finance and is passionate about helping others see the importance as well. Katherine feels UBD does a great job explaining topics students may be confused about or unaware of in a straightforward manner. In her free time, Katherine enjoys working out, cooking, and watching TV.

Become a Peer Mentor!

If you have an interest in personal finance, have successfully completed ECO 3041, and are comfortable presenting material in front of a group of your peers, please contact us to learn how to become a Certified Financial Peer Mentor: coss-financialpeermentor@fsu.edu

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