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Annemarie Happee

The reason I got into this profession:

I was raised by a young, single father. When I was three, my father and I moved in with my wealthy grandparents so that he could finish college. As I grew up, I was exposed to all sides of wealth and poverty. While my grandparents did have money, my dad wanted to make it on his own. He worked very hard at finishing college and making his own income, and he taught me how valuable money is. I learned at a very young age that, while money is very easy to spend, it is very hard to earn.

After high school when I moved out on my own, I rebelled against the frugality that my father and stepmother had always lived by. Every penny I earned, I spent frivolously. One morning, I found I had a negative balance at the bank. I made more money at that time than the average schoolteacher, but I had absolutely nothing to show for it. I found myself borrowing money from a friend, which was an extremely hard thing to do. It was then that I realized that I had to take care of my financial situation head on. I became interested in investing in my future rather than only living and spending for the moment. I returned to college and since then I have been saving 10% of my income, I have a retirement account, and I’m committed to expanding my financial knowledge and awareness.

One thing I’m doing to help the planet

I recycle everything. I pick trash up off of the ground when I see it and donate money to National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative.

Outside of work, my passions include

Outside of work I am an artist. I paint, draw, or create however I see fit, the little world that exists inside my imagination. I am also a runner and a hiker and enjoy getting out in the sunshine.

One goal I’m saving for

I am putting money into my emergency fund and saving for future travels around the world.

The primary way I’m advancing my career knowledge

I am in college earning my degree in physics.

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