Finance was never a subject I found myself particularly drawn to. In fact, I have avoided learning about it all costs, both in my education and personal life. I’m lucky enough to have a bookkeeping parent, who helps make sure my credit is sound, but otherwise I’ll admit that my understanding of personal finance has been rudimentary, or at best, common-sense.
That’s why this was one of my very favorite articles to report and write for Twenty What. I learned a lot of what I need to be thinking about when it comes to my own ‘financial future,’ and I also felt like this article could really have some reach to others who might be in a similar situation. As I get a fresh start in the real world, with a first job of my own, I’m really happy to say that I know what I’m getting into with a 401k and I drew out a budget before I started my new apartment search.
An added benefit I gained by writing this piece was that understanding this fundamental, personal-level stuff has actually helped me to understand bigger economic concepts better. When I started my internship this summer at The American Lawyer, one of my first assignments was to report on the LIBOR scandal and a settlement involving Barclays Bank. I quickly found myself having to understand how a major international bank’s actions affected the average person. Now, if only the average person was forced to write article like these, or at least read them!
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