Memory Improvement

Patriot Brandon Lloyd opens playbook on life in Lowell High visit
By Pete McQuaid, memory improvement

All six of Brandon Lloyd's siblings have college degrees. Memory improvement 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, memory improvement" Lloyd told a room of Lowell High School students. Memory improvement "I looked at it as a means to an end. Memory improvement I knew I wanted a major institutional degree in broadcast journalism."

It was this drive for success that the Patriots wide receiver stressed in his visit to Lowell High on Tuesday morning. Memory improvement Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union, memory improvement along with the National Financial Educators Council, memory improvement sponsored Lloyd's visit as part of its MoneyStrong program, memory improvement which educates teens to be financially responsible through talks, memory improvement workshops and first-loan programs.

"The program is such a great education for kids coming out of school or going into college to learn about saving, memory improvement" said Michelle Silveira, memory improvement senior vice president at Jeanne D'Arc. Memory improvement "Even if they're saving as little as $10, memory improvement that's still making a difference."

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

But the real star of the show was Lloyd, memory improvement who spoke to thestudents for about 20 minutes about how hard work can lead to financial success. Memory improvement He told of his hardworking hometown of Blue Springs, memory improvement Mo., memory improvement the type of place where the varsity quarterback was also the valedictorian and got a scholarship to Dartmouth. Memory improvement He recalled a moment in his youth when he asked his parents to buy him a video-game system, memory improvement which he soon learned he would have to buy himself after mowing more than a couple of lawns.

"Once you view money as something that requires labor, memory improvement youhave more respect for it, memory improvement" said Lloyd.

Wanting to get a degree just like the rest of his family, memory improvement each of whom was able to afford college through academic scholarships, memory improvement athletic scholarships or even enlistment in the Air Force, memory improvement Lloyd parlayed his considerable athletic ability (and dinner-plate-sized hands) into a football scholarship at the University of Illinois.

"When you have that discipline and focus, memory improvement that's what helps you stay on course with all the distractions that high school and college throw you, memory improvement" said Lloyd.

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

"I think that it doesn't matter how much money that (the students) will have in their future, memory improvement because each of them, memory improvement in some way, memory improvement will have money in their future, memory improvement" said Lloyd. Memory improvement "But all it takes is one kid. Memory improvement I come from a family of educators, memory improvement and one thing my dad would always say is that he'd teach all these years for one student to get something out of it."

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