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Peer Financial Wellness Program

Starting Spring 2022, the Biola Financial Planning Association will also have a peer-to-peer financial coaching department as a part of Biola University. Students will have the opportunity to meet with trained financial planning students and be coached on topics such as budgeting, taxes, student loans, credit cards, and other topics that will help students become more financially responsible.


Ava Purcell

Ava Purcell

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I am a junior at Biola pursuing a major in Accounting and a minor in Financial Planning. I’m a leader for Biola’s Financial Planning Association and am the Financial Controller for the Student Missionary Union. I am also part of the Torrey Honors Institute.

I want to help people live abundantly, and am passionate about helping people discover what it means to be a wise steward of the resources that God has given them. I’m excited to come alongside peers in helping them manage their resources well!

In my spare time, I enjoy reading, cooking and baking, learning new things, and spending time with friends and family.


Aidan Green

Aidan Green

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Hi there! I’m a senior at Biola University majoring in Business Administration with a concentration in Financial Planning. I’m currently on the board of the Biola Financial Planning Club helping plan events and run meetings. Theology 1 is the favorite class that I have taken at Biola so far, it has challenged and helped refine my worldview as a Christian in a broken world. I take joy in helping others form a plan to faithfully use the finances that God has given them!.


Jack Farrah

Jack Farrah

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I am a senior pursuing a degree in business administration with a concentration in financial planning as well as a minor in psychology. I also work in the warehouse on campus where you might see me delivering packages to staff and faculty around the school.

After experiencing the negative effects of financial struggles in my own family, I gained a passion for helping others who are going through difficult times financially. I love the personal aspect of financial counseling as a way to serve and help others.

In my free time, I enjoy camping, hiking, hammocking, playing sports with my friends, and eating waffles.


Jacob Derksen

Jacob Derksen

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Hello! I am a senior who is majoring in Business Administration with a concentration in financial planning paired with a data analytics minor. In these past few years, I have been active in financial meetings with field professionals, working on the creation of the financial coaching program, and networking with financial companies.

Personally, I believe that finances can be a complicated and overwhelming topic for many people but they do not have to be. Also, finances can also be the source of stress for many individuals, couples, and families. With that in mind, it reinforces how important it is to have a proper understanding of finance. As a Christian, the Bible contains over 2,300 verses in regards to wealth, greed, money mindset, and more. Between the combination of God's Word and modern financial information, there are plenty of ways to be well-informed on how to cope with any financial situation.

Outside of the classroom, feel free to say hi and I would love to learn more about you!


David Chung

David Chung

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Greetings, fellow Biolans! I am David Chung, and I am currently pursuing my graduate certificate in personal financial planning. I also graduated with a bachelor of music degree in operatic voice performance from Biola University's Conservatory of Music. 

If you ever heard someone singing out during chapel, Missions Conference or anywhere and everywhere on campus with a classically trained, full, rich sound, that would be me! I am passionate about financial planning because if done well, we can play a major part in advancing the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ through our financial resources. I experience the joy of the Lord to the maximum when I invest into people who are going on short-term and long-term mission trips, and when I see their priceless reactions to my financial gifts. The Bible teaches that we are stewards of God’s money, and it is a tremendous act of worship when we use his resources to be a blessing to others. 

Through my financial planning practice, my prayer is that I would be able to help many others discover the joy that can be only found through extravagant generosity. Some of my hobbies include spending time with friends, practicing Taekwondo so that I can earn my first-degree black belt very soon, breaking tons of boards, and of course, singing operatic arias galore for hours.


Hakyeom Park

Hakyeom Park

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Hi! I am a sophomore pursuing a major in Business Administration with a concentration in Financial Planning. I am currently a member of the Biola Financial Planning club and will be a leader of the club next year.

In college, you make one of the most crucial financial decisions and will be soon faced with many more difficult financial situations. I hope to be a resource for any students who are either interested in or overwhelmed by personal finance.


Jessica Roat

Jessica Roat

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I am a senior at Biola pursuing a degree in Business Administration, with an emphasis in financial planning.

My father once told me “take care of your money and your money will take care of you.” This adage has become invaluable to me. When we steward our financial resources properly, they stop being a source of stress and become a source of blessing in our lives. Working in the financial planning industry for several years, I have seen the satisfaction it delivers to those who capitalize on the same advice my father gave me. I want to share this gift with others so that they too can experience the freedom that financial planning brings.

In my free time I enjoy running, learning new languages, and cooking. I look forward to working alongside you to help you achieve your financial goals!