Patrice Garrick gained life experience as a student at the University of Virginia. Although not completing her degree, she retained much of her knowledge of the various Psychology and Mathematics classes she took. She has been able to use this information in practical ways.
Patrice learned, the hard way, the benefit of writing down and sticking to a budget. Unfortunately, many people don't realize that deciding not to have a written budget doesn't improve their financial status. It can have the opposite effect, because there's little impetus to control spending. She often encourages others in this area.
Writing comes natural to Patrice. It's probably because she's seen so much, good and bad, during her life. Because of this, she started writing her first novel. The premise is an open letter to a future best friend whom she hasn't met yet. The intent is to help her realize that life, despite its trials, is worth living.