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Life Changing Electives: The Seminar in Life Management

The Grove City Business Department is helping students of all majors start their post-collegiate career off right with the Seminar in Life Management. This very reasonable and manageable 1-credit elective teaches students the importance of employment and benefits decisions, savings, investments, and budgeting. By the age of 30, you will have made nearly 90% of the important financial decisions that will make or break you.

As a Finance major, I can appreciate the valuable advice that Dr. Powell has regarding savings and investments. Topics explored in this regard include: ROTH IRAs, tax deferred annuities, index funds, and many more options.

2 Corinthians 9:7-8 says, “You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. For God loves a person who gives cheerfully. And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.” Tithing and charity is a big part of this course as well. It is important to recognize the important things in life. Only 30% of Americans said they were happy in a recent poll. There is no amount of wealth that can mirror the satisfaction that a God-centered life provides.

Through my seminar project, I realized that planning isn’t everything in the key to a successful financial future. On the back of U.S. currency you will find the phrase “In God We Trust.” It is important to remember to honor this. Many Americans alternatively live by the phrase “In Money We Trust.” There is no amount of planning that can parallel God’s plan. What He has in store for my life may be very different from what I have in mind. I can react to financial parameters and industry standards, however, I must also prepare to alter my plan based on His plan.

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