genesis-matthew-florendo“We can all be helpful and contribute to society in a meaningful way.” Genesis Matthew Florendo inspired us with this idea and more at the recent Evening of Honors held in the Southern Arizona region at the University of Arizona. If you missed his speech, you can view it below.

Earn to Learn had a chance to catch up with Genesis after the event to hear more about his college experience and plans for the future. “I have an opportunity to change things and many do not. What my mom has done for me and my little sister cannot go to waste.”

Genesis is studying public health at UA and as a junior is working on prerequisites for nursing. “I’m working towards a career in healthcare because I want to help those who are in distress.”

The college experience has influenced his thinking about society’s condition and what impact he could have. “Two years ago when I was in high school my biggest challenge was homework.” Now life is more real and here is a young student who wants to make a difference in the world.

What does financial literacy mean to Genesis? “Getting an education isn’t free, and after everything my family and teachers have done, it is now up to me to make sure that I am making the right decisions. Every dollar matters and after paying for expected expenses you need to be prepared for the unexpected.”

Creating a budget, making the monthly Earn to Learn deposit on-time, and navigating the details of student loans and scholarships are a few of the skills that Genesis continues to work on. “Sometimes when cash is needed quickly, I’ll sell things through Craigslist or Bookmans.” It is easy to see that Genesis is ready to do what is necessary to be successful, but not without recognizing the community that has supported him along the way. “Earn to Learn has always been there keeping me on a path to move forward.”

In his speech Genesis credited Earn to Learn with providing both guidance and a sense of community, saying that he truly understands now how it “takes a village to raise a child.”

He considers creating and maintaining human connections to be both important and extremely challenging. “Time goes by so fast and I don’t want to live with any regrets. I’ve been so busy in college that high school and college friendships have not gotten much attention.”

He hopes to work on bringing those people back into his life so they can stay connected. Genesis’ passion for family, friendship, and giving back; determined spirit; and fiscal responsibility make him an exceptional citizen and someone we are very proud to have in our Earn to Learn community.


Posted on: November 30, 2016