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- Hello! Please tell us more about yourself and your business.
There’s perhaps no harder sport than the very sport of life, but a career in advising taught me how to play and have fun with it. It was taken me years to get to this point. I have moved through many lessons and still have so much more to learn, but as long as I am learning then I am good. My love for learning has turned me in a renaissance man with having experienced college admissions, financial aid, teaching, construction, design, real estate, health, and so on and so forth. The area that I have dived deep with is how to problem solve and bring what looks like disconnected subject areas and connect them. For example, in my undergraduate story, I was a chemistry lab assistant when it wasn’t even my major; got into college affordably thanks to my musical scholarship; and by the time I became a career advisor, I taught college level biology, algebra, statistics, and lectured in front of hundreds of people to connect mental health and funding your education together.
I know how to get things done, but more importantly, I knows how to network. Networking has always been the key to my success. I know that I could not have had so much success in my life without the people around me. They supported me through the journey, and couldn’t have done it without them. That is part of the reason I am doing what I do… To PAY IT FORWARD. To be there for people, like others were for me.
I also come from a diverse family, of two brothers who work in Hollywood, a father who works in the health industry, and a mother who runs her own company selling construction equipment. Quite a cast of characters, and what a cast of people that make up my network. I have learned and gained so much from my family. I even dare to say that I would not be me without them.
The last thing I will say is that I like to be personal and real. With that said, I want to make myself available to you all because that is a part of who I am. You do not have to go through several people to get to me. Below is some information that can get you started on the journey of becoming a debt free undergraduate student. Let me know how I can help.
Matthew Einshon has saved students (and their parents) tens of thousands of dollars off their education.
Feel free to reach out to me at [email protected] with any questions or you can call/text me at 214-930-3119
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- What inspired you to start your website?
It first started about 9 years ago when I was talking with friends at a gathering about our time in college and how things are going. One of the conversations that came up is how much we all owed after 4+ years of college.
First friend said,”$20,000″.
Second friend said,”$15,000″.
They looked at me in shock and asked, “How did you do it?!” I went on to explain my story of how I made this happen for myself. As I shared more and more of story my friends expressed shock and amazement in both words and body language. Afterwards, they told me that they are thinking of going for their masters and wondering if I could help them find money. I was not sure I could teach it since I had never showed someone else before, so I told them I could not help them right now. I had many more conversations like this with friends, and noticed it was not something that happens often. I did not know that most people took out loans for school.
Just to share with the readers out there, it took a lot of work for me to figure out how to get a debt free education. A lot of mistakes were made, and a lot of lessons were learned. I know that I said I just made it happen, but it took a lot of work. My hope is that you will start a head of where I was when I was 17 years old.
About a year later, I was going through my masters with no debt, and I was having the same conversation with my friends from the graduate program. This time, my friends asked if I would ever consider doing a presentation at a conference that the graduate program puts on twice a year. This time I said, “Yes”. I felt ready to start sharing what I knew because I had taken what I learned during my undergraduate years and applied the concepts to my graduate program, and I had been successful. Additionally, I realized that it was a big deal for people to go through college without loans. No one wants to owe money to another person. I mean, it was such a big motivator for me in high school that I worked my butt off to make sure it did not happen.
Some people will tell you that student loans are an investment, and I can tell you that to most people it does not feel that way. Most people look at it as a necessary burden to move up in the world. Needless to say, hearing and seeing this for the second time, I knew I had to share what I knew.
It was three weeks before I am to give a presentation, and I am working on my story. I am writing down what I had done, and started asking why I did it in the first place. When I was 17 the only two things I knew was that I did not want go to a local college because I thought I would never leave my house, and the idea of owing anyone anything. I felt that if I owed someone money, then they had power over me and that I was not free. I wanted to make sure that I stayed free, and I would do anything to make sure I didn’t owe anyone.
After I gave my first, standing room only, presentation I knew that I was giving people the power to do what I did and be free. This was the true beginning of Free Education University. I was inspired to help people free themselves from the burden of student loans, because when they are free from that, they will do what they love and not just do something to make living, but they will do something to make a life.
- Why was it important for you to find alternative ways to fund your education?
This is a great question. It is great because why I did this really defines for myself, who I am.
When I was 17 years old, the only two things I knew was:
- I did not want to go to a local community college because I thought if I did then I would never leave home.
- I did not like the idea of taking out loans, nor putting that burden on my family.
I remember thinking about the second thing a lot. I was so determined not to take out loans that I would have done a gap year. Now, for all of you high school juniors or seniors out there the first thing does not need any further explanation, but the second one does.
You see, when I was younger I saw how being in debt could hinder your ability to do things that would bring someone happiness or from just being themselves. I still remember one of my friends borrowing money from me, and not being able to pay it back. He took it upon himself to distance himself from me because he owed me money, even though I never hassled him for it. There is certain personal power that gets taken away when we owe someone something. After seeing many examples, I knew I needed to do whatever it takes to make sure that I owe no one. Let’s be honest no one really wants to owe money for anything.
- Where did you go to college, and what was that experience like?
After graduating high school from Plano Senior High School in Texas, I decided to go to the University of Texas (UT) at Tyler. This is a small school in east Texas, but the size was perfect for me. Most of my classes consisted of around 30 students. The community was very welcoming and it was surrounded by nature. I had a lot of fun connecting with my professors and working with the different departments on campus. The summer before my senior year, I went to Austin for to be training on how to build homes using sustainability. I fell in love with sustainability and used that passion to complete a B.S. in Psychology from UT Tyler. My senior paper was on, “Horticulture effects on ADD/ADHD Kids”. It was amazing.
After graduation, I decided to go to Wyoming and Colorado to learn and train in building tesla coils. I learned about electronics for several weeks. This experience led me to be trained in permaculture, solar panel installation, and Geographical Information Systems (GIS) for a year. My instructor for permaculture told me about a school in Arizona where you can design your own degree, which was called Prescott College.
At Prescott College, I earned a Master of Arts in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Sustainable design. In addition to earning my master’s, I earned a certificate in ecological design from ECOSA, a design school. This school was a place that promoted a lot of hands-on learning, so I had an amazing time interacting with my studies. I created a lot of different ways to learn my material. I was also a part of the graduate teaching assistant program. This was the first time that I was given the opportunity to teach. It blew my mind how much I loved teaching and guiding students. I ended up doing it for an extra year and half after I graduated.
All in all, I had amazing experiences throughout my studies.
- If you had to give one tip about scholarship essays what would it be, and why?
One of the biggest tip’s that I remind a student of is to let their voice come through. You want it to be authentic, and allow the reader to feel and understand your experience as much as possible. You do not want to put things in your essay because you feel like it sounds good. I can tell you from experience that the reviewer will be able to see right through your essay if it is not authentic to who you are. They read 100s of essays, and know when the story is good, great, or amazing. Additionally, with the reviewers reading all the essays they want the applicant to stick out. The best way to stick out is to let them know who you are. This is extremely important because so many students will spend a lot of time crafting the right message for the question, and forget to express who they are in the essay.
- One piece of advice for up and coming college students that is not related to finances?
My advice would be to find a college that is going to let you express yourself the most. College is supposed to be amazing, fun, and eye-opening. There are over 4,000 Universities, which are all very unique to what they offer, how they deliver it, and what the campus community is like. With that said, you, as a soon to be college student, are also very unique, which requires a University that fits you. Again, find the University you will want to be you.
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