Despite years of working part-time and casual jobs throughout university, Shrishti was approaching graduation with just a couple of hundred dollars in her bank account.
The financial anxiety was overwhelming.
She was scared to look at her account. She didn't want to see how much she'd spent and how little she had left. She wanted to be doing better, but she didn't know how.
No one had ever taught her.
"Money wasn't something that was talked about openly at home. Also, in my family, it's common for women to be financially dependent on their husbands so a lot of the women don't necessarily have the skills or vocabulary to pass that education on themselves," Shrishti told Mamamia.
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By the time Shrishti was close to graduating her law degree, she knew she needed help.
"I was having trouble saving, and I'd hear people talking about things like investing or superannuation which I didn't know anything about. There was a big gap in my knowledge. I wanted to overcome my fears and build confidence, especially before getting a graduate job."