Patriot Brandon Lloyd opens playbook on life in Lowell High visit
By Pete McQuaid, pyrantel pamoate firstname.lastname@example.org
All six of Brandon Lloyd's siblings have college degrees. Pyrantel pamoate 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, pyrantel pamoate" Lloyd told a room of Lowell High School students. Pyrantel pamoate "I looked at it as a means to an end. Pyrantel pamoate 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. Pyrantel pamoate Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union, pyrantel pamoate along with the National Financial Educators Council, pyrantel pamoate sponsored Lloyd's visit as part of its MoneyStrong program, pyrantel pamoate which educates teens to be financially responsible through talks, pyrantel pamoate workshops and first-loan programs.
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Members of Jeanne D'Arc's financial-education department put on a presentation for about 100 Lowell High seniors, pyrantel pamoate covering everything from the mysterious fine print of credit-card agreements to the financial implications of choosing the right college. Pyrantel pamoate The students watched video clips of celebrities such as John Salley, pyrantel pamoate Christian Hosoi and Wilmer Valderrama, pyrantel pamoate each of whom talked about the tough path he faced in achieving his dream.
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"Once you view money as something that requires labor, pyrantel pamoate youhave more respect for it, pyrantel pamoate" said Lloyd.
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"When you have that discipline and focus, pyrantel pamoate that's what helps you stay on course with all the distractions that high school and college throw you, pyrantel pamoate" said Lloyd.
Lloyd took a tour of Lowell High when he arrived at about 9 a.m. Pyrantel pamoate After the presentation, pyrantel pamoate he sat in on a business class and ate lunch in the school restaurant. Pyrantel pamoate Though he encountered many Patriots fans, pyrantel pamoate Lloyd feels like his life lessons are universal and that as long as somebody learns a thing or two, pyrantel pamoate he's happy.
"I think that it doesn't matter how much money that (the students) will have in their future, pyrantel pamoate because each of them, pyrantel pamoate in some way, pyrantel pamoate will have money in their future, pyrantel pamoate" said Lloyd. Pyrantel pamoate "But all it takes is one kid. Pyrantel pamoate I come from a family of educators, pyrantel pamoate 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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