By Tegan Rogers
With the recent economic climate spurring protests like Occupy Chicago, younger generations are expressing their concern over their financial futures. College students all over the country are preparing to enter the real world with substantial debt. Students are attempting to educate themselves and others about economic stability.
Aurora University’s Student Accounting Society (SAS) is working to advocate the importance of networking while in college. Established as a method of informing accounting majors about the accounting field and helping to establish networks, the SAS is a multifaceted group. Once a month students like Matt Abens, a third-year accounting major, collaborate with members from various other student organizations to establish possible future job connections. As Vice President of the SAS, Abens encourages students of all majors to attend the meetings. “Other groups that come in to talk to us are helping build their networks so that they have more references to get jobs with various companies,” says Abens.
Q: Do you think this is pivotal moment in our country’s economic history?
A: Absolutely. People are very passionate about their beliefs, especially if it involves their money.
Q: In this economic climate, has the subject matter of your meetings changed?
A: Our focus has been finding jobs, during and after college. That’s where everyone’s minds are right now.
Q: Are you and your group advocating any type of financial strategy for students leaving college?
A: Mostly just networking, so you can be prepared to find a job.
Q: And how do you think today’s economy is effecting students?
A: We won’t be students forever. Some of us are getting ready to graduate and become part of the rest of society. We want to know that the skills we’ve been taught are worth the loans we’ve incurred. I’m not aware of the details concerning the Occupy Wall Street protest, but it’s evident that there are some very passionate, student-age people who are actively involved in their own financial futures. We’re all aware of the economy. Our group focuses on helping other students find jobs so they can establish their own financial stability rather than rely on having it handed to them.