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All six of Brandon Lloyd's siblings have college degrees. Find medithin cod And he would have had one too -- if he didn't leave school early to play in the National Football League.

"I never saw sports as my future, find medithin cod" Lloyd told a room of Lowell High School students. Find medithin cod "I looked at it as a means to an end. Find medithin cod I knew I wanted a major institutional degree in broadcast journalism."

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Members of Jeanne D'Arc's financial-education department put on a presentation for about 100 Lowell High seniors, find medithin cod covering everything from the mysterious fine print of credit-card agreements to the financial implications of choosing the right college. Find medithin cod The students watched video clips of celebrities such as John Salley, find medithin cod Christian Hosoi and Wilmer Valderrama, find medithin cod each of whom talked about the tough path he faced in achieving his dream.

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Lloyd took a tour of Lowell High when he arrived at about 9 a.m. Find medithin cod After the presentation, find medithin cod he sat in on a business class and ate lunch in the school restaurant. Find medithin cod Though he encountered many Patriots fans, find medithin cod Lloyd feels like his life lessons are universal and that as long as somebody learns a thing or two, find medithin cod he's happy.

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