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OUR FIRST COLLEGE GRAD! THE FUTURE IS LOOKING BRIGHT
This month, our eldest son, Nick, will be graduating with a BS in mechanical engineering from The Stevens Institute, and we couldn’t be prouder! Not only is he graduating on time (something that is becoming increasingly difficult at many four-year institutions), he’s also got a job lined up already. Nick will be working as a civilian contractor designing wearable communications for the U.S. Army. It seems like just yesterday I was helping him coil wire around a nail for hours on end to make an electromagnet. When he was a kid, we’d take everything apart just to see how it worked. Unfortunately, neither he nor I was very good at putting things back together. By the time he was ready to go off to college, our garage was full of half-pieced-together projects. So it comes as no surprise that Nick has become a technical wizard in his own right. While we’re happy that he’s found such a great opportunity to put his degree to work right out of the gate, it’s too bad he won’t be working anywhere near Houston. He’ll be on the beltway in Maryland, working to support our armed forces, so we’ll have to fly out to visit. The silver lining is that Nick will be a stone’s throw from what is probably my favorite vacation destination: Washington D.C. Regardless of what you think of the politicians who work there, if you’re into history, science, or architecture, you owe yourself a trip to our nation’s capital. I’ve always been a big fan of the Smithsonian, both as a beautiful building and a treasure-trove of fascinating exhibits. Though, I have to admit, after visiting it for the first time on our last trip to D.C., the Library of Congress may be my new favorite spot to visit. “By the time he was ready to go off to college, our garage was full of half-pieced-together projects.”
It’s like the Sistine Chapel, with beautiful arching stonework and painted murals on the ceiling. My family and I spent all day there. I can’t recommend this destination enough. I was recently named the Houston Metro director for the Foundation for Financial Education, an amazing nonprofit committed to providing free and accessible financial education to families. This issue has been near and dear to my heart throughout my career, and I’m honored to be a part of such a vital organization. The icing on the cake is that I’ve already done speaking events at multiple federal institutions, so a trip out to D.C. may be in the cards. Like many proud parents reading this, my family and I will be watching our son receive his degree and turn his tassel this month. Congratulations to all our current and former students who will be graduating from college or high school. All of us at The College Money Guys are incredibly proud of you! Graduation celebrations aside, the family and I will be heading to plenty of Astros games! However, as season ticket holders, we don’t always fill our seats — in fact, we won’t be using our tickets while we’re in New Jersey to see Nick graduate. So I’ll tell you what: Give our office a call and mention this article. If you’re the first one to do so, I’ll give you four tickets to an Astros game, on me.
I know what you’re thinking: “It’s just a big library.” That’s what I thought too, until I actually saw the place for myself. Words don’t do it justice.
Here’s to a great summer,
–Bra nnon Lloyd
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