January 01, 2018

Sidebar: Regrets, I’ve Had a Few…

Kenneth P. Nolan

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I never planned my life. It just happened. Even my college decision was made for me. “You can go to any college you want, as long as you can pay for it,” my mother said sweetly. So I commuted to Brooklyn College for 50 bucks a semester, which was when New York City actually helped its citizens. Since Brooklyn College was only proficient in churning out doctors and educators, I became a teacher. In four years, Wall Street was mentioned only when professors railed about the many evils of capitalism. No one, not even my young, hip advisor, ever said: “Hey Nolan, you’d be a great hedge fund guy, make millions. Give it a try, man.” Instead, he suggested I become a librarian, since there were “too many teachers.”

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