“I’m working hard now to have choices later.”
Get to know Jonathan Harris
Jonathan wants to make sure he has options in the future
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Jonathan (V.O.): My parents have always been a big influence in my life. They always put an emphasis on education. I graduated my class Valedictorian and volunteering has always played a big role in my life. I've always been around people who have given without the expectation to receive. Now I'm a Residence Hall Coordinator where I get to give back to people in even a bigger scale.
Jonathan: How are you?
Passing Student: Hey, what's going on?
Jonathan (V.O.): I really love working with the students. I always tell them regardless of where you came from, you have a chance to make something better for yourself. I feel lucky that I get to help students find their path and be that support for them, so that's why I'm here.
Jonathan: Ladies and gentleman, and your winner is…
Jonathan (V.O.): Not only do I get to continue to give back and help students, but I was able to find a job where they take care of the living expenses. And so, I can work towards other things such as paying off student loan debt.
Jonathan: In 2015, would you all say that you've been smart with your money?
Jonathan (V.O.): I currently lead a student group called "Project Ignite" where we put on workshops for students about different aspects of life. We do a lot of work teaching them how to be financially sound.
Jonathan: Right now it's still more expenses than assets. So the goal is to get it to that green side.
Jonathan (V.O.): Helping people find their passions and find a direction is one of the reasons that I love this job. Being a role model is something I take very seriously, so I had to take a look in the mirror and say 'OK, you're a mentor, you're a coordinator of this program. How are you doing with finances?' And I begin to think about my own financial future.
Jonathan (V.O): I want to be a home owner and start a family one day, so I started saving young so that the rest of my life can be set up for success. TIAA has helped me work towards my financial goals, so whatever happens in the future I will still be prepared.
What would you say your passion is?
What does successful financial planning mean to you?
How are you realizing your financial goals?
How has your experience been with TIAA?
"I wanted to [also] know how to get involved with [investing in the] stock market. They explained it to me and [I realized it’s] relatively simple. I’m actually going to call back soon, because I want to buy some mutual funds and want to know what they recommend.”