Trooper Stories: Elizabeth

hand drawn picture and Elizabeth with her siblings

How do you spend your time? Studying, dancing and taking care of my siblings.

What do you care most about? I care most about education and being able to support my family in the future. I spend a majority of my time at school or doing something related.

What can’t you live without? My bed. It allows me to find solace in my dreams.

What do you buy or pay for that you could (and maybe should) live without? My phone bill.

Who has most influenced your life? My dance teacher and grandmother. She taught me morals and manners and I have learned so much from her.

My favorite recreation is: Tap dancing. I find it a sweet release from the day’s struggles.

The last vacation I took... I have never taken a vacation, but if I did I would love to go abroad.

The last text I sent: I love you mom.

My last social media post... was about helping a sick animal find a forever home.

Who is most important in your life? My mother.

What’s the best advice anyone’s ever given you? Before she passed away, my grandmother told me, “There is always rain before a rainbow.” You must strive to get through the rain, so you can see the rainbow at the end.

What’s the worst advice anyone’s given you? A school counselor told me I would never amount to anything and that I should quit.

Elizabeth in a dance session and her mother
Elizabeth dressed up in costume with her friends and family

My family... is the best thing that could ever happen to me.

My friends... are the best people that always have my back in times of trouble.

People are... generally nice and have others’ best interest in mind.

The last thing I bought was… college textbooks. I feel happy because I can further my knowledge.

Money is... something that corrupts many people and can either make or break a person.

I love... yummy tasting food, family and friends around me and a lively conversation!

Money matters because... it is essential to reach my goals.

What do you want in life that you can’t afford? My own house and a reliable car. I want to be able to come home to a place that I keep clean and I know it will be clean when I return. I also want to be able to leave on a whim and go anywhere I would like.

If I had $200 to spare… I’d help my sister get X-rays to see if she had any broken bones, as she recently fell down the stairs and can't afford treatment.

homemade chocolate covered strawberries

How is your American Dream similar or different from your parents’? My parents want to be able to provide for their children and live a contented life. Mine is to become a doctor, open up my own clinic and help treat people who suffer from Rheumatoid issues. After I have reached my goals I would be able to settle down and focus on a family.

My earliest memory about money was… my inability to purchase a candy bar that I really wanted. As a result I began to sell homemade baked goods so I could afford to get the things I wanted.

Who do you turn to or where do you look for guidance when you have financial questions? My father because he knows answers to most of my financial questions.

Cash, credit or debit card? Cash.

How much debt do you have? I have no debt.

How do you feel about the debt you have? If I were to have debt, repaying it would be my first priority.

What could you do to change your relationship with money? Spend a little bit more. I'm afraid to spend money.

What financial rules or recommendations seem sound advice to you? Save your money and don't waste it on trivial things.

My best trait is… when I am interested in something, I pursue it relentlessly.

books on a shelf

My worst trait is… my lack of motivation and laziness towards some things.

How do you “buck the system”? I don’t. Rules are implemented to keep us safe and well.

What’s the biggest compliment someone can pay you? You’re smart.

What do you collect? Books.

What vehicle do you own? A 1989 Nissan Pathfinder. I was given this car by my father. It allows me to go to school and that is what matters.

Money or power? Power.

Camping or condo? Condo.

Beverage of choice: Apple juice.

Favorite meal: Japanese ramen.

Favorite band/musician and how many albums you own of theirs: I love so many different bands and musicians that I don't collect just one type of album. I have one album for many people and I enjoy the diversity in all the music.

Favorite movie: Lilo and Stitch because I can relate to the family dynamics portrayed.

Favorite superhero: Hiro from Disney's Big Hero 6. I love the dynamic he goes through and the obvious change in personality as time goes on.

What one thing defines you: My optimism.

What has no one ever asked you that you wish they would ask? Would you like any help?

headphones with a laptop and a big bowl of soup

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