I often hear the phrase “If only I knew then what I know now...” What if you really did know then what you know now? Life could be a lot better, right? This additional knowledge and experience could make a huge difference! This interactive guide will explain how and why this would or would not actually make a difference in your life.
Throughout the lessons in the guide, I provide experiences that I had and knowledge that I gained throughout my college years. I also provide you with new situations so you can practice applying this knowledge. These new situations are in the form of hypothetical college scenarios that you may find yourself in over the next few years.
While I provide a fun and light-hearted way for you to experiment with different possibilities, I also will help you understand the gravity of the decisions that lay in front of you so you can make informed choices. After reading this guide, a lack of knowledge will not be the reason you do not have the life you want.
I successfully attended and graduated from college, conducted a job search, and was offered several positions in one of the most turbulent and volatile economic periods since the Great Depression. I was able to be successful because of the many lessons I learned throughout my college experience and my life. Use this guide to take advantage of the lessons I learned and choose your own college adventure. Have “College Your Way!”
Zachary G. Swalley, CFA, CPA, grew up in Iowa. He participated in several different athletic and academic activities in school and throughout his community growing up. His first entrepreneurial venture was opening a Tropical Sno (shaved ice/snow cone) business. He later exited the business after high school graduation. Zach attended school at the University of Northern Iowa. He graduated with degrees in Finance, Accounting, and Real Estate. Throughout his college years, he worked in the investment industry in equity and fixed income research and portfolio management. After graduating from college, Zach went on to work in the investment management division of a large financial institution. Zach is a Chartered Financial Analyst and a Certified Public Accountant Zach resides in the Kansas City Metro area and enjoys spending time with family and friends, staying active outdoors, reading, learning new things, volunteering in the community, and playing golf.