Coming from an average middle class family, worrying about finances was not one of my priorities, in fact, when I came to the University of Florida, I wasn’t prepared to be told that I would have to manage my own bank account for the first time. Needless to say, I ignored the warnings of my parents to “be reasonable” with extra expenses involved in going out, only to come back to texted warnings that both my credit and debit card accounts had reached below the $25.00 mark.

            Beyond a doubt, the first year a student leaves to college, is also the first year a student is left to fend for themselves, meaning Mom, Dad or whatever guardian are not there to warn you that you’ve been spending too much, or yes spending those extra 10 dollars could actually affect your bank account.

            Had it not been for Manilla, I still would have been panicking, I had bills of every kind: car insurance, rent, phone, groceries, and whatever little money that would be left over would be put back in savings to be salvaged for next week’s expenses. Manilla was able to help me reorganize my life, and while I did not become completely worry free, I did learn how to successfully manage my life and live below my own means.  It provided me with a sense of security, a sense of being able to control my life, despite how overwhelming it first felt to have to deal with studying, adjusting to college life, having some type of social life to help keep my sanity and then also having to sustain myself financially.

            For any future college student, it doesn’t matter your background, it doesn’t matter what type of scholarships you have, where you come from, what you’re socioeconomic status: DOWNLOAD MANILLA, IT WILL SAVE YOU.