Today’s featured volunteer is Evan Carp, a rising Senior at U Penn who has been with FGI for over a year. We asked him a few questions about his experiences with investing and with FGI.
What was your first investment?
The first time I made an investment was when I was twelve years old with my dad, Jeff. I recognized that my initials were EMC and saw on the news that I could buy that stock. My dad sat me down and explained to me how a stock was a partial ownership of a company and let me buy a few shares of EMC. I felt extremely empowered that I was able to be an owner of a company at such a young age. (He later taught me a bit about finance, and helped me identify better ways to identify a good investment!)
How did you get involved with FGI?
I got involved with FGI through (fellow Penn students) Blake and Cole who worked with my former teacher Brandon Copeland. Blake and I met in the VP library and went over how the organization was structured, and I was interviewed. It made me feel like I could impact young adults and potentially spark their interest in a topic that has the potential to be life changing.
What have you found most rewarding about FGI?
My most rewarding time at FGI was when the teacher gave me a bank note at the end of one of our sessions. It showed how grateful he was and how the students appreciated our work.
What’s been your favorite memory of FGI?
My favorite memory of FGI was when Najee showed me his gaming instagram account. I was super excited that he opened up to me and showed me something personal. That Personal insight into his life really made me feel like he trusted me as a tutor.