By: MEAGAN KOWALIK
IU South Bend’s Finance Student Association (FSA) is a club designed to help students network with finance professionals and gain an understanding of the finance industry.
The FSA is open to all IUSB students who take a special interest in accounting, finance, or any career field related to the finance industry. The club brings in local finance professionals to speak and network with members at the meetings that are held once every other week.
The FSA guides students to get ahead, open new doors of success, and is a means of networking with professionals on a monthly basis.
There is a student member fee of $15 for the whole academic year, covering the cost for pizza and drinks included at the meetings.
“The finance professionals from the area explain to us what they do and how they got to their position,” said Kanteh Kamanda, president of the FSA.
The FSA not only connects students with local finance professionals, but the club will be traveling to Indianapolis and Chicago for conferences and forums that will ultimately help guide students to achieve success after college, Kamanda said.
The Indianapolis conference, hosted by the Chartered Financial Analyst will take place Friday, September 18. The conference is a joint forum with the Financial Planners Association of greater Indiana that will advise students on how to save money for things such as retirement and 401Ks.
The FSA will travel to Chicago on October 16 and is scheduled to visit the Chicago Board of Option Exchange.
“We’re actually going to get to tour the trading floor where all the traders go,” said Kamanda.
In Chicago, the FSA has reserved a tour of the Money Museum at the Federal Reserve Bank.
“They will show us how they print money, how they function and what they do for all the banks in their area,” said Kamanda.
The FSA is also getting the opportunity to listen to a financial analyst who is successful and experienced in the world of finance.
Kanteh Kamanda highly encourages students to get involved with the Finance Student Association.
“You get to meet people that hire students right out of college. You get insight and inspiration to go into a field you never thought about,” he said.
Students who are interested in joining the FSA can contact Kanteh Kamanda at firstname.lastname@example.org.