Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Patriot Brandon Lloyd opens playbook on life in Lowell High visit
By Pete McQuaid, posttraumatic stress disorder pmcquaid@lowellsun.com


All six of Brandon Lloyd's siblings have college degrees. Posttraumatic stress disorder 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, posttraumatic stress disorder" Lloyd told a room of Lowell High School students. Posttraumatic stress disorder "I looked at it as a means to an end. Posttraumatic stress disorder I knew I wanted a major institutional degree in broadcast journalism."

It was this drive for success that the Patriots wide receiver stressed in his visit to Lowell High on Tuesday morning. Posttraumatic stress disorder Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union, posttraumatic stress disorder along with the National Financial Educators Council, posttraumatic stress disorder sponsored Lloyd's visit as part of its MoneyStrong program, posttraumatic stress disorder which educates teens to be financially responsible through talks, posttraumatic stress disorder workshops and first-loan programs.

"The program is such a great education for kids coming out of school or going into college to learn about saving, posttraumatic stress disorder" said Michelle Silveira, posttraumatic stress disorder senior vice president at Jeanne D'Arc. Posttraumatic stress disorder "Even if they're saving as little as $10, posttraumatic stress disorder that's still making a difference."

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

But the real star of the show was Lloyd, posttraumatic stress disorder who spoke to thestudents for about 20 minutes about how hard work can lead to financial success. Posttraumatic stress disorder He told of his hardworking hometown of Blue Springs, posttraumatic stress disorder Mo., posttraumatic stress disorder the type of place where the varsity quarterback was also the valedictorian and got a scholarship to Dartmouth. Posttraumatic stress disorder He recalled a moment in his youth when he asked his parents to buy him a video-game system, posttraumatic stress disorder which he soon learned he would have to buy himself after mowing more than a couple of lawns.

"Once you view money as something that requires labor, posttraumatic stress disorder youhave more respect for it, posttraumatic stress disorder" said Lloyd.

Wanting to get a degree just like the rest of his family, posttraumatic stress disorder each of whom was able to afford college through academic scholarships, posttraumatic stress disorder athletic scholarships or even enlistment in the Air Force, posttraumatic stress disorder Lloyd parlayed his considerable athletic ability (and dinner-plate-sized hands) into a football scholarship at the University of Illinois.

"When you have that discipline and focus, posttraumatic stress disorder that's what helps you stay on course with all the distractions that high school and college throw you, posttraumatic stress disorder" said Lloyd.

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

"I think that it doesn't matter how much money that (the students) will have in their future, posttraumatic stress disorder because each of them, posttraumatic stress disorder in some way, posttraumatic stress disorder will have money in their future, posttraumatic stress disorder" said Lloyd. Posttraumatic stress disorder "But all it takes is one kid. Posttraumatic stress disorder I come from a family of educators, posttraumatic stress disorder and one thing my dad would always say is that he'd teach all these years for one student to get something out of it."

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