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All six of Brandon Lloyd's siblings have college degrees. Discount l carnitine And he would have had one too -- if he didn't leave school early to play in the National Football League.

"I never saw sports as my future, discount l carnitine" Lloyd told a room of Lowell High School students. Discount l carnitine "I looked at it as a means to an end. Discount l carnitine I knew I wanted a major institutional degree in broadcast journalism."

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Members of Jeanne D'Arc's financial-education department put on a presentation for about 100 Lowell High seniors, discount l carnitine covering everything from the mysterious fine print of credit-card agreements to the financial implications of choosing the right college. Discount l carnitine The students watched video clips of celebrities such as John Salley, discount l carnitine Christian Hosoi and Wilmer Valderrama, discount l carnitine each of whom talked about the tough path he faced in achieving his dream.

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Lloyd took a tour of Lowell High when he arrived at about 9 a.m. Discount l carnitine After the presentation, discount l carnitine he sat in on a business class and ate lunch in the school restaurant. Discount l carnitine Though he encountered many Patriots fans, discount l carnitine Lloyd feels like his life lessons are universal and that as long as somebody learns a thing or two, discount l carnitine he's happy.

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