Investing into my Future: Why I Chose Finance

“I bought this stock for $1.50 a share for 1000 shares and later sold it for $2.30 a share. I just made $800.” These are the kind of words I have been hearing from my mom for the last two years. No, she is not a stockbroker; she is far from a stockbroker. Her career does not even fall in the same field as finance. She works full-time, but she invests in stocks on the side.

My mom works a full-time job Monday-Friday, and sometimes a part-time job on the weekends, all as an Occupational Therapist Assistant. She makes good money from her career, but she always finds ways to diversify her income, and investing in different stocks is the way she does that. Rather than investing in the big stocks like most people, she invests in penny stocks, which are shares of small public companies where the prices are low. It makes it easier for her to invest and have money come in from it.

My mom learned to do this from my uncle in Canada, who works for Fidelity Investments. She was looking for a way to have another income, and my uncle came in and showed her the way. He taught her everything: the pros and cons of investing, which stocks to invest in, when is the best time to sell, and to look for different trends. I have never seen my mother so excited to learn something new, not since she was in college. She quickly got into investing, and before I knew it, she would be on her phone daily. Normally, I would never see my mom on her phone, which she would use to text a few people and go on Facebook here and there. That habit changed quickly, and anytime I would see her sitting, she would be on her phone. I would take a glance and see green and red arrows (indicating the status of a stock.) At first, I thought investing in stocks was such a huge gamble, as you can never anticipate when a stock can plummet and you can lose your money. My mom changed my views, however, when I witnessed her make good money from it. In fact, she even took us out to dinner one time, using money from her newly earned side hustle.

A recent example of my mom’s endeavors includes Sesn Bio. She recently bought 1000 shares of Sesn, at $2.29 per share, so $2,290 invested into this stock. She monitored the stock ticker, and at times, the value dropped and raised slowly again. After a while of monitoring, she sold the stock for $2.86 a share, so $2,860. She garnered $570 in profit, within just a few days! I was immensely astounded by what I observed. This happens quite often, her yielding profit from her stock endeavors. Sometimes, she is in a loss, as a stock she buys ends up going lower and lower on the stock ticker. She never panics, as some people do. Rather, she just waits until something happens, either the stock price increases, or she has the opportunity for a buyout. A buyout opportunity is when a big corporation buys the penny stock for a big price. Say Pfizer looks into buying Sesn Bio due to them having credible research and data on cancer. Pfizer decides to buy Sesn Bio at $20 a share, which would yield any stockholder a huge profit. It is a rare occasion that my mother waits for.

During my senior year in high school, I was trying to discover what my interests were and what major I wanted to study and pursue. Most people I knew were pursuing the medical field, but science was not my forte. I excelled at math, but I did not want to pursue pure mathematics; that is when I realized that I wanted to be involved in stocks. Witnessing the whole idea of investing, tracking stocks, and doing research on what a stock is from my mother seemed rather riveting to me. Looking into a major relating to stocks, it came to finance. Earlier in my high school years, before my mom invested in stocks, I did look to finance, but I never knew why. My mom, nonetheless, was a firsthand example of me being seemingly interested in finance and being finally able to forge my interests.

Finance as a major is all around us in the world. It is a driving force for corporations and the economy. I am more of a math person than a science person, and I enjoy number crunching, thinking analytically, and recently, stocks. I did have trouble thinking about what major to pursue during senior year, but the option of finance welcomed me with open arms.

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