Do you ever think back to your college days? I don’t know about you, but I had it made. No care in the world, just go to class and have fun with friends. My financial responsibilities were zero because of amazing parents. All I had to do in return was behave and do well in school. Why didn’t I realize how good I had it at the time?
My parents paid for my room and board as well as my living expenses. I had a car, food, insurance, etc. all covered. The only thing I was responsible for was my entertaining money. This included going out and shopping. I did my share of working to cover these costs. I worked during the summers at various jobs to save up for the school year. My favorite job was being a beer cart girl at a local golf course. It paid very well and it was fun. I loved being able to talk to everyone and just driving around the course on the nice days. Can’t beat it. I also had internships during the year to help build my resume and also help out my savings. I majored in finance so I was an assistant to a financial advisor. I’m glad I did this because it helped me learn what direction I wanted to move in within finance.
I was recently talking to my husband about this topic. I am not sure what my parents did, but I was a well behaved kid because I didn’t want to let them down. I had my share of fun, believe me, but I was pretty responsible. I remember my mom would always say “just remember, I’m always watching you”, and I literally would think about what my parents would think if I got caught doing something. Because of this, I did well academically and socially in college.
Why the stress?
I remember at the time I felt stressed. Stressed about what you ask, I have no idea? Most likely petty, insignificant things that seemed major at the time. I had friends during college that were responsible for everything on their own. One was even looking into car title loans to cover their food costs for the month. Now that is stress if you ask me.
So thank you mom and dad for both giving me an amazing college experience but also teaching me to be responsible with money and as a young adult. You did it right and I will be forever thankful.