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Welcome to “Dollars and Sense with Mitch”!

Welcome to my new column where you, the students of Georgia State, give me your burning questions on money, finance, and economics!

In the fast-paced world of college we often don’t have time to think about our financial situations, but that’s where I come in! I think about the way our economic lives work every other second, and it is my goal to have more college students financially literate.

Do not be afraid to ask even the simplest of questions because I’m sure you’re not the only one wondering. Whether you’re unsure of what to invest your money in (I’ll give you a hint: not a savings account!), how to boost your income while in college, or even something as simple as what a stock or bond is, there’s no boundaries with “Dollars and Sense with Mitch”.

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Regardless of your financial situation, I feel there is always something more to be learned with personal finance, so whether you’re a freshman just buying your first car or a senior just buying your first house, there’s no question too bold, too complex or too simple for you ask!

Besides, when it comes down to it, it’s your money and your future, so you’re the one better off knowing all there is about it. I hope my column will help educate, entertain, and maybe even attract someone to the life of being an economist.

Like I always say, “If worst comes to worst, when you’re an economist and you’re in the unemployment line, at least you’ll be able to explain exactly why you’re there!” So don’t be afraid to send in your questions!

Not only will I be answering your questions throughout the year, but I will also be weighing in on some of the biggest issues Georgia State faces financially. From the rising cost of tuition to legislative changes in HOPE scholarships, you will be sure to find my grounded and fact-based opinions on these topics in the Signal.

While I will provide commentary on the negative issues, there are many positive things happening around Georgia State and Atlanta as well. The campus and city are growing economically, and business growth is booming. Especially for Black-owned and Women-owned firms, accounting for 20.4% and 30.9% of all firms in Georgia, respectively.

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The financial landscape is changing for our school in its 101st year, so make sure you don’t miss a week of the Signal’s go-to money column in 2013!

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