Missouri State University

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Peer Financial Counseling Team

Cecily CorneliusCecily Cornelius

Default Preventon Coordinator

About Cecily:  Cecily has her doctorate in Clinical Psychology and loves teaching. She also writes the YA urban fantasy Angel Academy series, among other books for children and teens. 
Specializes in:  Teaching,Personal Finance, Budgeting, and making it all fun.
Office Hours:  Variable
Advice for Students:  Pay attention! It's easy to get caught up in life and forget to look at what's yet to come. So yes, smell the flowers. Go for long walks. Just don't feel compelled to buy the flowers. And a walk at the Nature Center is just as gratifying as a walk on the beach... but WAY cheaper.

Peer Financial Counselors:


    Paris Kirksey

Paris KirkseyPeer Financial Counselor
Email: reallife@missouristate.edu 
About Paris:  Paris is a Junior undergraduate here at Missouri State University and she is majoring in Theatre and Dance.
Specializes in:  Budgeting, Saving, and Student Loans
Office Hours:  Mondays 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. & 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., Tuesdays 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. & 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., Thursdays 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. & 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., Fridays 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. & 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Advice for Students:  Words of advice I would give to students would be to be smart in all aspects of life.  My motto is "work hard now, play later", and I truly believe that statement.  So therefore save and be smart about your money and finances now that way once you retire, leave school, or work for whatever reason, you are prepared.  Take advantage of the resources that your university has to offer.  School is here to make you, not to break you.  So it's up to you whether you choose to accept the help.  I encourage every student to meet with a Real L.I.F.E. peer counselor and create a budget.  Budgeting is the first step to saving!   Get in the habit of saving, and you will be on your way to a good healthy financial lifestyle.  Now who wouldn't want that?  REMEMBER:  FEED THE PIG!!!  


    Jordan Parker 

Jordan Parks Peer Financial Counselor
About Jordan:  Jordan is a Sophmorer undergraduate here at Missouri State University who is majoring in Spanish.
Specializes in:  Budgeting, Saving, Personal Finance
Office Hours:  Tuesdays 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Wednesdays 11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Thursdays 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Fridays 11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m
Advice for Students:  Saving and budgeting is essential in every aspect of our lives so I think that starting early is nothing but helpful.  As a college student it's important that we learn how to save and manage our money accordingly whether it's to pay bills, buy groceries, or just have some fun.  We should know how much money we allow our self to spend and watch how much spending has been dome.  It will help in the long run as we grow older and if we start now once we acquire more bills it'll be easier for us to keep track.







    Daniel Senn

Daniel Senn    Peer Financial Counselor

About Daniel:  Daniel is a Junior undergraduate at Missouri State University who is majoring in Accounting.
Specializes in:  Budgeting, Saving,Investing, Personal Finance, and Student Loans
Office Hours:  Mondays 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., Tuesdays 8:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. - 3:20 p.m., Wednesdays 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m., Thursdays 8:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., Fridays 9:30 a.m. - 10:40 a.m.
Advice for Students:  It is important to establish a budget as well as maintain an emergency fund.  Ideally, college students should create a budget for each month, each semester, and one for their entire expected enrollment in college.  You can have fun; just make sure it is in the budget!.

    Emma Whiting

Emma Whiting Peer Financial Counselor
About Emma:  Emma is a Senior undergraduate at Missouri State University who is majoring in Elementary Education.
Specializes in:  Budgeting and Saving
Office Hours:  Mondays 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Wednesdays 12:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m., Fridays 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Advice for Students:  As a senior, I feel that it is imperative for students to set up some kind of budget to manage their finances.  Setting up healthy habits at a early age will allow students to transcend from college to the work force with skills necessary to manage money.  Budgeting is difficult; however, with dedication and an understanding of its benefits, students will be able to accomplish a balance of both spending and saving.