I feel this image represents me well because although I am neither white nor a man, my main goal in life is financial success. I don’t have to be rich, but i do want to be well off and not struggling in terms of finances, which is exactly why I’m studying economics. There aren’t a whole lot of jobs that focus specifically on finance, but another thing I’d like to do is open up an organization in an impoverished community and teach financial literacy and help people get jobs. My belief is that everyone has to start from somewhere, so by helping people understand our economy and essentially how it works, we can help increase their chances of coming out of poverty.

7 thoughts on “SirRenity

  1. I think so many people believe it’s bad/selfish to be motivated by money, but I would have to disagree. I love that you want to be financially successful AND that you want to help other people with that as well. It’s something that is going to be so helpful for people in the future!

  2. Yes, I like money very much. Becoming financially stable is also one of my goals in life. I think that’s pretty much everyone, but I would like to be more than financially stable, to have more than what I need. After I’ve had all the fun, I’d like to give away the rest, just to have a little more fun.

  3. I think for a number of years (especially my generation coming up) a lot of us got the message that we should “do something we love.” Then we got slammed with the 2008 crisis, student debt (which you all should have a lot less of bc CUNY is so great in terms of affordability), an impossible housing market, etc. Hey, we need some money and stability! That ain’t a bad thing to want!

    One thing I will add, though, is that while I agree with you all that financial literacy is important (it absolutely is when it comes to debt, for instance), don’t get trapped in the individualist mindset to think things can *only* be something YOU control. For instance, if you are real poor, some things are way more expensive than people who are middle or upper class (things like transportation, housing, and groceries) and that can be complicated further my race–what sense does that make? All this is to say: figure out those system issues and organize with others to change them (lobbying your congressional representatives, holding events, influencing legislation, protest)! That can do a lot of good, too.

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