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UCLA Financial Wellness Program

Hello, fellow Bruins! My name is Elle Rathbun, and I am a Financial Wellness Graduate Student Consultant as well as a fourth-year Ph.D. Candidate in the Neuroscience Interdepartmental Program (NSIDP) studying post-stroke neural repair. I was born in Taichung, Taiwan, but primarily hail from the small mountain town of Durango, Colorado. I was fortunate enough to attend the University of Chicago through the QuestBridge Match Scholarship for low-income students. While I always considered myself a "saver," my passion for personal finance really developed when I began my first full-time job. Ever since, I have engaged in personal finance discussions with other young professionals and graduate students, discovering strategies my family, and many other immigrants and low-income households, never employed or communicated.

Finances, especially during graduate school, are multidimensional, and I am so excited and honored to be a part of the Financial Wellness team to empower other students to understand and improve their financial lives!