There are a lot of reasons why I love being the Young & Free Michigan Spokester. As my term is coming to an end and we look to find the next Spokester, I’ve been reflecting a lot on the experience as a whole. I’ve only got a couple of months left to relish, but there are so many reasons I enjoy being the Spokester, and I figured I’d share them with you so you can understand, from my eyes, WHY this job rocks so much.
I work for something I believe in
I work for a credit union whose mission is to be there for its members. I work for Young & Free, a program that’s really ALL about helping young adults to prepare for the future and make smart financial decisions.
I learn something new every day
I’ve learned SO MUCH this past year. I’ve learn more about finances than I would’ve ever imagined. And not only have I learned about loans, credit scores, what really goes into credit unions and all of that money-smart-stuff, I’ve also learned about other things, like:
Videos & blogs
Before becoming Spokester, I practically NEVER made videos. So I’ve learned A LOT about videos, scripts and editing. I’ve learned how to tell a story and how to share that story through video – which has been awesome. I mean – if you compare my first video to my most recent, you can see the obvious improvement (but please, don’t watch the first one – it’s embarrassing!) I’m also, by nature, an avid writer. So being paid to blog while using my own voice has been amazing.
I get to experience new things
I've done a lot as the Spokester. I've had the chance to work "behind the scenes" at the credit union and the camera, but I've also had the chance to be "Ms. Hollywood," and be the face of Young & Free Michigan for the credit union. It's been so CRAZY weird to see my face on posters and flyers, but it's also been pretty cool. I never would've thought my face would be all over the place like how it currently is.
I've had an impact on the community
This year, Michigan First Credit Union gave out $91,000 in scholarships - and I get to say I was a part of that. I helped with the planning, answered student's questions, and passed out the checks. That itself is more than enough to make me REALLY smile.
But that's not all that I did to contribute to the community. I also had the chance to
- Volunteer at a soup kitchen
- Share what I've learned about finances
- Give out $1,500 for students to pay for textbooks
- Give away Red Wing's tickets
- Help other young adults with money
Honestly - this year as being Spokester has been awesome.
I can't wait to see what happens next - and watch the program grow. It sincerely has been a pleasure, but I will be holding tight on my reigns for another couple months. Until then - if you're interested being the Young & Free Michigan Spokester, APPLY! You will not regret it!
Until next time,