Money—not necessary to obtain happiness, but definitely required to survive on this planet. However, it causes stress for many as they scramble to put food on the table, pay rent, etc. I’ve seen it and I’ve heard family members discussing their financial dilemmas that they’ve faced, which is why I set out to obtain a degree in finance in hopes of becoming a financial planner. Being a financial manager would allow me to change the lives of those struggling as I manage their funds allowing them to focus attention away from a money and more on the important things in life such as family and personal goals. Life is too short to be worrying about a green piece of paper or to have it become a barrier to experience all the things life has to offer. Therefore, my main goal in being a financial planner is not simply to increase the wealth of a client, but rather to improve the quality of life and help them achieve supreme happiness if that does not already exist due to constant concerns about money. As I progress toward getting my degree in finance at San Diego State University, I plan not only relying on classroom information, but rather supplementing it with internships and outside readings, such as “One Up on Wall Street” by Peter Lynch, in order to gain more experience, eventually allowing me to achieve my dream of helping, inspiring, and improving the lives of others.