Applicant #5: Sara Opal Jordan

Sara Opal Jordan is a 21-year-old from Fairfield.

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Sara's current situation:

Right now, I am living in Fairfield, ME. Just recently moved in with, yes, wait for it…my parents. I work part time cleaning houses and buildings, and am still on the hunt for another job. But I certainly don’t have empty time stretching out. I volunteer for a women’s group, putting on events in the community to connect people. I teach a children’s Sunday school class weekly. And I am gearing up to work at a girl’s week long camp in July. Time not spent with that, you can find me reading, shopping, drinking coffee like it‘s going out of style, or just finding new exciting things to do. I especially have a passion for fashion. Why look like everyone else when inspiration is everywhere. If I can put my own twist on it, I will! I make it an adventure and I love spending my time creating and thinking of new ideas, often times leaving behind a path questioning looks….

My next goal is to begin school again in the fall. I am applying for an Occupational Therapy program at KVCC. I want to continue with a career helping people and seeing them gain independence and live life more richly. Nothing makes my day more than feeling accomplished and helping out others.

Sara's blog post:

The idea of “Young & Free Maine” was interesting when I first heard of it… This up and coming generation, my generation, is earmarked for our freedoms. We want freedom from labels, freedom from social restrictions, even freedom from conventionality (anyone else excited when US Cellular gave us a belief plan…of no more plans?). Even though we all have more venues such as Facebook, cell phone, Twitter, and the list could go on… that connect us person to person than ever before, the desire to live and thrive on our own is still what we’re running after like a Black Friday sale at Macy’s. The dictionary calls it “a state in which somebody is able to act and live as he or she chooses, without being subject to any undue restraints or restrictions”. You can see it in the way we interact with generations both older and younger than us. You can tell we want it in what we value and defend. More important, do we love all this freedom en ough to pass it on to the future generations crowding out preschools right now.

This begs the question “what of financial freedom?” How much should young adults care about their future of what we bank, and do we care? Is the piggybank we got on our 7th birthday enough security, or should we be worrying about retiring more than what we do this next year? (but then again, who wants to think of getting old…) We have the freedom to be informed and inform others about all that our money can be. Putting our generation in the know of what’s, where’s, and how’s of the financial world can give us liberation, almost a peace you might say, about our future. We could learn to live without debt (or how to get out of some poor decisions already made), save and not be worried of where our money might go, know how to aggressively love our money by letting it grow, how to control our finances, and not let them control us. Let’s explore this freedom of money! I say we go, educate others of the freedom we can have and start a love affair with finances. Maybe , this could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.