The YU Money Smart program is a joint effort between York University and Royal Bank of Canada. As part of this program RBC wanted to awarded one lucky York student $1,000. In order to enter the contest students had to submit a one minute video explaining how $1,000 would help them achieve their goals in 2016.
Late last week RBC revealed their winner - Ramona Sartipi, a second year Computer Science student in the Lassonde School of Engineering, York University.
You can read Ramona's interview about how she won and how she plans to spend the money below or watch the entire video interview.
HOW DID YOU WIN?
RAMONA I entered into the YU Money Smart contest by submitting a video about what I'd do with $1,000.
AND WHAT EXACTLY DID YOU SAY YOU WOULD DO WITH THE $1,000?
RAMONA I said that if I was given $1,000 I would accomplish one of my personal goals - to go to a Grace Hopper Conference. Ever since I started Computer Science , my dream was to go to a Grace Hopper conference, an annual conference which gathers women all around the world to celebrate women in computing.
WHY IS THE GRACE HOPPER CONFERENCE SO IMPORTANT?
RAMONA The Grace Hopper conference is really significant because it allows women to go and gain support and inspiration about women in computing and about their achievements in computer science, which is a male-dominated field. What's really significant is that it's the largest conference for women in computing. This year only 18 per cent of all computer science graduates are women. So going to these events and gaining that support is definitely really, really good.
DO YOU HAVE ANY FINANCIAL ADVICE YOU'VE LEARNED AND CAN PASS ON TO OTHER STUDENTS?
RAMONA A lot of student blogs that I've read talked about how to budget, and I think that's really important. How you can budget is thinking long-term. Sitting down with a pen and paper and writing out what you want to do in the next two to three years and seeing how you can budget your money to get to that goal— that really helped me.
Thank you so much, YU Money Smart program, for providing this contest and thank you so much RBC for letting me go to my conference with this $1,000.