When I was in college at Clemson University (go Tigers!) I wanted to be a veterinarian more than anything. I was specifically interested in genetic research in conjunction with endangered animals. So you can imagine how excited I was when I was granted an internship at the Cincinnati Zoo the summer before my senior year. The Cincinnati Zoo has an amazing Center for Conservation and Research for Endangered Wildlife (CREW) that works to save and protect endangered wildlife in a variety of ways-including genetic banking and research (boo-ya!) It sounds perfect right?
It was perfect…until reality set in and I realized that I had a year-round lease at Clemson and no savings to cover the rent while I was gone. Talk about a let down. It looked like I was going to spend the summer working my job waitressing at the pizza place instead of interning at the zoo. I was disappointed but didn’t have anyone to blame but myself for not having that savings cushion.
Luckily for me I had my own personal superhero-my Mom (isn’t she pretty??) My Mom knew how much I wanted that internship and she offered to pay my rent for the summer so I could move to Ohio. The internship offered housing but was unpaid so I was responsible for getting a job while I was there to cover my other expenses but I was over the moon excited my mother stepped in to let me have that amazing opportunity!
Almost losing that internship helped me to realize that even in college, you need to be intentional with your money. My mother was able to help me in my time of need because she had savings that afforded her that option. Having a written budget and being purposeful about having an emergency savings account can make all the difference when life throws you curve balls. It can mean the difference between missed opportunities as in my case, or whether an unexpected bill in an inconvenience or all out crisis. Here’s a printable budget sheet you can use to help keep track of your monthly bills and help build your savings-click to download!
Moms deserve to be recognized for all the amazing things they do-so much so that Suntrust thinks moms should be celebrated all month long, not just one day of the year. That’s why they’re creating #MothersMay – a series of opportunities to celebrate the most important women in our lives. If you’re interested in learning more about financial security and getting your finances on track I encourage you to check out Suntrust’s OnUp movement.
At SunTrust Bank their purpose is lighting the way to financial well-being. When you feel confident about your money, you can save for your goals and spend knowingly on what matters most to you.
The onUp movement was created to guide millions of people one step at a time towards a more financially confident life without ever losing sight of the moments that matter along the way.
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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of SunTrust. The opinions and text are all mine.