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Closing for Good Student Blog

Student Perspective on Closing for Good: Carson Torres

On October 10, BECU hosted three Highline schools for a Financial Reality Fair during Closing for Good, BECU’s annual company-wide volunteer day. Student Carson Torres reported on the experience and shared thoughts with us.

By Carson Torres, Highline High School Student

Honestly, I wasn't sure what exactly I would be getting out of this event going into it, but afterwards I was very happy I was given this opportunity. Walking into the Convention Center on a windy October morning, I joined the buzz of the crowds flowing up to the auditorium. I was extremely curious seeing all of the BECU smiling faces standing around. 

Being released to our first activity where every student got a career card to be for the day – they had us manage real-world expenses with an actual salary for the career given – has probably been one of the most eye-opening things since I turned eighteen last month. Suddenly, I realized I would have to be managing my finances soon and this is something I should be paying attention to while I have hundreds of BECU employees around to help me.

The second part of my day I was partnered up one-on-one with a BECU employee to help me move things around in my budget and understand how to lower some costs that weren't necessary. I personally loved getting to have one-on-one time with someone who could actually help me. She was very friendly and I felt comfortable enough to ask her questions about credit cards, debit cards, and what a credit score even is. I feel confident she gave me the best answers she thought would benefit me. 

Returning from this amazing opportunity, I feel like I have a greater knowledge of how I should start managing my finances and I know that if I need help the wonderful staff member, Charlotte Scieszka, who was the main BECU representative leading my class around, offered us the opportunity to reach out to her.

Learn more about Closing for Good

Read BECU's recap of the day

Read student Minh Huynh’s blog post

Read student Tramy Nguyen’s blog post