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Peer Financial Counselors


My name is Emily Koochel and I am a doctoral student in Applied Family Science from Great Bend, KS. Saving isn't always easy! So here's a trick. Set up a direct deposit for your savings account, and only put what you budgeted for in your checking account. It's convenient, and helps with saving and overspending.


My name is Avery Bolar and I’m a junior studying Finance from Prairie Village, KS. A trick that I have to saving money is preparing a lot of my meals at home and making sure I don’t wander outside of my shopping list when buying these items.

Josh Payne

My name is Josh Payne and I am a senior studying Personal Financial Planning from Lyndon, Kansas. I want to encourage students to start saving and investing early so they can reach financial freedom.


My name is Abby Pope and I am a senior studying Personal Financial Planning from Leawood, KS. I save money by sticking to a detailed monthly budget on Microsoft Excel that I can access from my phone and computer. I am passionate about helping students improve their financial literacy and achieve their goals!


My name is Connor Fulk. I'm a senior in finance and accounting from Olathe, KS. I save money by setting a monthly budget and checking in with it throughout the month. My bank has a mobile app that I use to monitor spending throughout the week.


My name is Thomas Meek and I am a junior from Topeka, KS studying Personal Financial Planning and Spanish. I enjoy finding ways to travel affordably, like finding airline deals or using alternative housing options.


My name is Jack Giardino and I am an undergraduate student from Washington, Iowa finishing my last year in Personal Financial Planning. I have a lot of money tips, you can find all of them at School Smart, Money Stupid!


My name is Morgan Flax and I am a Marine Corps veteran pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Finance. Time is money! Don’t waste it!


My name is Philip Wegman and I am a Junior in Personal Financial Planning from Taylor, MO. I save money by taking advantage of all the free events that K-State hosts for its students.


My name is Emma Drees and I am a senior in Finance from Brookville, KS. I like to save money by utilizing store coupons, especially when I can do it straight from my phone!


My name is Kate Schieferecke and I am a senior majoring in Economics with minors in Spanish and Financial Counseling. I save money by thrift shopping for clothes and furniture instead of buying it new.



My name is Nate Astle and I am a graduate student pursuing my master’s degree in couples and family therapy from Las Vegas, NV. I save money by checking my finances weekly and looking for ways to stay in my budget.


My name is Will Orth and I am a graduate student pursuing my masters of accounting and I’m from Prairie Village, KS. I save money by buying store brands rather than name brands at the grocery store.