Get to know FINRA Foundation Military Spouse Fellow, Darya Morrison

Darya Morrison, FINRA Foundation Military Spouse FellowshipDarya Morrison is an AFC® candidate and a 2020 FINRA Foundation Military Spouse Fellow. Less than one year ago, she was filling out the application to join the Fellowship program. Today she has an ambitious personal goal of earning her AFC certification by June 1.

AFCPE: What were you doing prior to becoming an AFC®?

Darya: I have been a Restaurant Manager for about 7 years. Most recently, I ran a restaurant in Washington, D.C. as a General Manager, and before that I ran 6 food and beverage outlets in Hilton, Dubai.

AFCPE: How did you first learn about the FINRA Foundation Military Spouse Fellowship, and why did you apply?

Darya: I learned about the Fellowship from a wonderful AFC® on JBSA Randolph (Joint Base San Antonio – Randolph Airforce Base). Once I got to know more about her work, I realized that this was the job of my dreams. I would like to make a difference in the financial education system by helping people achieve financial success.

AFCPE: As a FINRA Foundation Fellow, what does your work look like now?  

Darya: Currently, I’m volunteering at the Navy Marine Corps Relief Society, counseling veterans through the VeteransPlus/Yellow Ribbon Network, and working as a Tax Professional. I am also occupied with real estate with a focus on real estate investing.

AFCPE: What has been the most rewarding part of the Fellowship program so far?

Darya: While I have enjoyed studying, working directly with clients and being able to help has definitely been the most personally rewarding part of the program.

AFCPE: What advice do you have for someone who is thinking about applying for the fellowship?  

Darya: Put a great effort into the application. You get out what you put in. Then, stay committed to your goal until the end. Study, don’t give up, and don’t procrastinate.

Darya Answers the Friday 5:

  1. My favorite quote: Work smart
  2. My hero: My husband
  3. My favorite resource: It depends on the issue. I mostly recommend official government and various financial institutions websites.
  4. My favorite advice for someone starting the journey to financial well-being: Get informed, stay focused, stay determined, and you will get to where you want to be.
  5. For favorite advice for a new professional: Focus on your personal education. The more you know, and the better you are as a professional, the more people’s lives you will change for the better.

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