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 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 2023

Career Essentials – Creating reasonable expectations for your future
January 24 @ 7pm
January 25 @ 7pm

Building Blocks to Wealth – Start your journey to financial wellness
January 31 @ 7pm
February 1 @ 5pm
February 1 @ 7pm

Money Management – Determining a healthy spending plan
February 7 @ 7pm
February 8 @ 7pm

Credit Management – Understanding credit and debt, don’t overextend
February 14 @ 7pm
February 15 @ 5pm
February 15 @ 7pm

Risk Management – Protect your wealth, protect yourself
February 21 @ 7pm
February 22 @ 7pm

Taxes – The role of taxes in your financial picture
February 28 @ 7pm
March 1 @ 5pm
March 1 @ 7pm

Car Facts – Making informed decisions about what you’ll drive
March 7 @ 7pm
March 8 @ 7pm

Home Sweet Home – Investigating housing decisions
March 21 @ 7pm
March 22 @ 7pm

Investing Principles – Evaluating risks and rewards of investing
March 28 @ 7pm
March 29 @ 7pm

Stocks, Bonds, and Mutual Funds – Understanding investment types
April 4 @ 7pm
April 5 @ 7pm

Retirement – It’s never too early to start planning
April 11 @ 7pm
April 12 @ 7pm

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-financialpeermentors@fsu.edu.

Financial Wellness Consultation

Meet Our Peer Mentors

Jaiden Forrest Allen

Jaiden is a sophomore at Florida State University majoring in Finance, coming from Orlando, Florida. Ever since he read the personal finance classic Rich Dad Poor Dad, he has developed a passion for enabling others to become wealth creators. In his free time, he works on his FSU YouTube channel, centered around helping students live a better life in college.

Garrett Gouveia

Garrett is a junior 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.

Derrick Hawthorne

Derrick is a junior at Florida State University. Originally from St. Cloud, FL, he is Pre-Law, majoring in Political Science and Economics. 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.

Jad Kabbani

Jad is a Junior at FSU majoring in Economics and minoring in International Relations.  In addition to his role in assisting students with financial wellness, Jad is involved in SGA and the Arab Student Union and enjoys working out and hanging out with friends in his free time. 

Joshua Patterson

Joshua Patterson is a Senior at FSU majoring in Economics. Joshua became a Certified Financial Peer Mentor to provide help to those seeking financial literacy and wellness. Additionally, in his free time he enjoys basketball, weightlifting, and reading.

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.

David Wedderburn

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David is a senior at Florida State University majoring in Marketing with a minor in Commercial Entrepreneurship, hailing from Broward County, Florida. Since he was young, David has had a fervent passion for personal finance and found UBD as a perfect outlet to exercise his excitement of the subject. Additionally, David likes playing basketball, cooking, weightlifting, and journaling in his free time.

Zac Zweifel

Zac is a Junior 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!

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-financialpeermentors@fsu.edu

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