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Patriot Brandon Lloyd opens playbook on life in Lowell High visit
By Pete McQuaid, order study habits pmcquaid@lowellsun.com

All six of Brandon Lloyd's siblings have college degrees. Order study habits 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, order study habits" Lloyd told a room of Lowell High School students. Order study habits "I looked at it as a means to an end. Order study habits 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. Order study habits Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union, order study habits along with the National Financial Educators Council, order study habits sponsored Lloyd's visit as part of its MoneyStrong program, order study habits which educates teens to be financially responsible through talks, order study habits 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, order study habits" said Michelle Silveira, order study habits senior vice president at Jeanne D'Arc. Order study habits "Even if they're saving as little as $10, order study habits 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, order study habits covering everything from the mysterious fine print of credit-card agreements to the financial implications of choosing the right college. Order study habits The students watched video clips of celebrities such as John Salley, order study habits Christian Hosoi and Wilmer Valderrama, order study habits each of whom talked about the tough path he faced in achieving his dream.

But the real star of the show was Lloyd, order study habits who spoke to thestudents for about 20 minutes about how hard work can lead to financial success. Order study habits He told of his hardworking hometown of Blue Springs, order study habits Mo., order study habits the type of place where the varsity quarterback was also the valedictorian and got a scholarship to Dartmouth. Order study habits He recalled a moment in his youth when he asked his parents to buy him a video-game system, order study habits 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, order study habits youhave more respect for it, order study habits" said Lloyd.

Wanting to get a degree just like the rest of his family, order study habits each of whom was able to afford college through academic scholarships, order study habits athletic scholarships or even enlistment in the Air Force, order study habits 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, order study habits that's what helps you stay on course with all the distractions that high school and college throw you, order study habits" said Lloyd.

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

"I think that it doesn't matter how much money that (the students) will have in their future, order study habits because each of them, order study habits in some way, order study habits will have money in their future, order study habits" said Lloyd. Order study habits "But all it takes is one kid. Order study habits I come from a family of educators, order study habits 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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