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Focus on passion

Lauren Jones graduated from college with a degree in biology and business. Even though she received another offer, she stuck with the job she had secured before graduating.

"Things can be totally different when you start college versus when you end college," said Lauren. "The big thing is to focus on what you are passionate about."

The economic situation is a big factor in her financial decisions, said Lauren, who is now focused on saving as much money as she can.

"I was lucky enough to have parents that helped launch me but now the couple of extra things at the grocery store might stay on the shelve," said Lauren.

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