Bichon Frise wrote:
While I think it is great you are looking towards your future and saving, I would suggest two things to focus on.
1) Ensure you are doing the right things to get a "good" job when you graduate. This not only means grades and extra curriculars, but networking.
2) While doing #1, do everything you can to graduate with as little debt as possible. If you have extra money, open a "high" yield savings account, park it there and focus back on #1.
From another happy 2%er...
I would add to Focus #1 that you should enjoy whichever path you choose. There are plenty of people making tons of money doing what they hate. I'd rather do what I like for a little less money. I completely agree that you should pick a major/degree that actually makes you employable but among those that make you employable, pick something you can enjoy doing for 30+ years.
These kinds of discussions always make me think. We watched a movie "The Company Men" over the weekend. It was kind of slow so don't take this as a recommendation. But it's basically about a bunch of guys in Boston that get downsized out of a big corporation. One guy lives a fairly normal life for the role he has except he is portrayed as relatively rich - drives Porsche, belongs to a country club, lives in a nice big suburban home in the Boston area. Things there is no way I could afford...or would want. His salary is mentioned at one point in the movie. He made less than I do! Yes, it was only a movie - but there really are people like that, lots of them. I would far rather do what I enjoy (which I do) and make a good living but perhaps not as much as some others.
Bichon Frise wrote:
(and I've never owned a bar featuring wet T-shirt contests on Thursday nights), I am fairly happy and have more money than 98% of the world. But, it has been a long, slow and hard working journey.
There is still a chance to open that bar. Don't let your dreams die my friend!