Welcome to Financial Pupil, an online community for young adults looking to make smarter financial decisions in all facets of life so that they can spend more time doing what they love and less time sitting in an office. On this site, you’ll find all kinds of tips and tricks related to finances (so you can better manage your money), school (so that you can set up your financial future optimally), and even golf/travel (my preferred way to spend time when not at work or in school).
A little bit about me: my name is Jeff and I am an Ontario, Canada native currently attending Harvard University. I’ve always been fascinated by personal finance from a young age (ever since reading “Rich Dad Poor Dad” at 13 years old). Aside from studying, one of the main ways I spend my time is competitive golfing and I’ve always been curious about how I could make smart enough decisions both in school and financially that would let me spend more time on the golf course doing what I love and less time in a cubicle.
Here at Financial Pupil, I advocate for making smart decisions in life sooner rather than later, be that in school or in your finances. This can include learning how to score better on the SAT to give yourself more options or trying various passive income streams so that you don’t have to be locked into your 9 to 5 job. Of course, I don’t just believe in grinding and love to travel, live life, and golf too, and as such, some of my blog posts will reflect those topics.
About Financial Pupil: The Inspiration
When I first read Robert Kiyosaki’s “Rich Dad Poor Dad,” I was inspired. A little part inside of me had always known that there was a different path to take in life than to just sit in a cubicle for 40 years and I had finally found it: I wanted to become an investor/entrepreneur. HOWEVER, whenever I brought this up to my family, they insisted that I stay in school, get into a good university, and find a good job with security when I graduate. High school happened, I got busy, and never really had the time to consider my decisions in life.
Fast forward a few years, I had studied hard, worked hard in my extracurriculars, and got into Harvard (exactly what my parents had wanted), but still didn’t really know what I wanted to do in life. I was all set and ready to go to Massachusetts for the fall of 2020 when COVID hit. All international students were prohibited from attending Harvard in person.
I had a choice to make: stay at home and start college virtually, or take the year off. After much pondering, I chose to take the year off to explore my interests and figure out what I really wanted to do with my life.
My days were filled with reading, golfing, and even cooking. I tried to keep myself busy but despite the efforts, my gap year left me with plenty of spare time. In the quiet moments of the day, I found that the old buried thoughts about financial freedom and investing started to creep back into my head. These thoughts started as an itch but soon turned into a full-fledged passion to discover how exactly one can make smart financial decisions to better set themselves up in life.
Financial Pupil was created as a way to share my findings through a blend of personal experience, research, and story-telling to help other young people who may also be looking for ways to make optimal financial decisions. Though the content is geared towards young adults looking to set themselves up for success, the material should be applicable to everyone.
Financial Pupil: Always Optimizing in Life
Here at Financial Pupil, you’ll get ways to access college textbooks for free (because dropping hundreds on books you’ll only use once is simply not a smart financial move), info on how to make saving money easy by paying yourself first, and even some of the best ways to unwind and destress (one easy way is by getting out onto a golf course and breathing in some fresh air 😉).
I love talking about a lot of these tips and ideas with family and friends and am very excited to share them with all of you on Financial Pupil. Looking forward to hearing from you and all about the smart financial decisions that you’ve made in your own life. Drop a comment, question, or point of disagreement below or contact me at financialpupil (at) gmail (dot) com!
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