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man9er9er

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Hi everyone,

My name is Thomas, and I wanna start off by saying I have never used forums of any kind, The format is unfamiliar, I apologize for formatting errors if there are any.

My 18th was yesterday, I am a high school student with an eye towards college.

Background
I come from a ONCE wealthy, East Coast, Wall Street family.

As the market collapsed in 08' I watched my family collapse, as a kid. We moved from a big house in a wealthy area, to the suburbs, to my grandparents when we lost our home, and finally back to, what most of America would consider, a normal home. My dad decided to leave Wall Street and join a startup, where I watched him work tirelessly to make half of what he made in his late 20's.

That's essentially it wrapped up in a nutshell, excluding when my mother left my father just after all this. Stress does funny things to people, I suppose...

I don't wanna write a sob story but I feel it had to be touched on

Today
I'm tired of everything and ready to make a name for myself. I just became an "adult", legally, and I'm eager to get a move on!

I searched, "Things you have to do when you turn 18" and somehow I landed here. After reading some posts, I love everything this site stands for!

Plans
I plan on going to college and participating in ROTC in combination with an International Affair Degree, or a possible shift to an International Business Major.

I feel that the cost cut provided by ROTC, combine with the possible connections, international placements, and qualifications makes college viable for me. I know many people here dislike it because of debt, but ROTC might make it essentially free, or a very low loan. I'd love your opinions on this!

I'm a relatively strong student. But where I excel is Business. I have taken every Business class offered by my school and won various awards/competitions in my school. One such is The Shark Tank Project where I had to develop a product and compete at the class level, then the school level, and then in the final presentation where the Super Intendant of our schools was a shark along with a local successful businessman and the principle.

Currently, I'm focused on the class known as "Virtual Enterprise". I highly recommend looking into "Virtual Enterprise" if you have never heard of it, as I will not sit here describe it in its entirety. Basically, high schoolers create a product/service in their class. They split into branches: HR, Marketing, Design, Accounting, admin, etc. and they compete locally then nationally against other Firms.

I'm outgoing and would drop college plans with the rise of an opportunity that I believe in, right now I have no product or service to push. So I guess college it is for me!

If you have any tips/suggestions for me. I'd love to hear them!

I look forward to meeting all of you,

Thomas


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Happy belated bday!

What lessons can you take from your family's transitions after the market collapse?

From those lessons, what do you think you should or shouldn't do?
 

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That's cool you're getting exposed to business concepts. Now that you're officially an adult, you can get your feet wet & start a non-theoretical business. By that, I mean: offer a product or service & get paid real money for it.

The lessons you'll learn from trying stuff out in the real-world are invaluable.

So who do you want to help and how?
 

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Welcome to the forum, appreciate the intro. Nothing wrong with going to college, assuming it doesn't cost you a fortune.

How does your family loose it all in 2008? Was it high leverage? Not hedged to the downside?
 
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man9er9er

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That's cool you're getting exposed to business concepts. Now that you're officially an adult, you can get your feet wet & start a non-theoretical business. By that, I mean: offer a product or service & get paid real money for it.

The lessons you'll learn from trying stuff out in the real-world are invaluable.

So who do you want to help and how?
Yea perhaps the Reason I don't have an answer to those questions is lack of life experience. I guess, through time I'll see an area that needs a product/service and ill be able to fill that!
 

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