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UCLA Financial Wellness Program

Peer Programming Coach

Hi fellow Bruins! My name is Karina Montes De Oca and I am one of the Financial Wellness Programming peer coaches. I was raised in Oakland, California in a family of 5 which consists of my parents and two younger sisters. I'm majoring in Psychology and minoring in Food Studies. I am a first generation college student that transferred from College of Alameda in Alameda, California to UCLA. My hobbies are running and learning Portuguese whenever I can. The Financial Wellness Program has helped me push forward my belief that everyone should be able to be financially literate despite your socioeconomic background. A financial tip that I have to offer is to always pay yourself first since spending your income on other things is often an automatic thing we do.