Here is the sentences which I can't understand completely:
I moved from a careless indigence while I was a student to an intermittent prosperity.
And here is more context:
To talk about money is always to talk about oneself. I was spared the injury of poverty; after a difficult youth my parents achieved a degree of affluence before sinking into debt. They began to count their pennies, and endured the bitterness of losing their social status. Death came to them when they were in a state of near destitution. So far as I was concerned, I moved from a careless indigence while I was a student to an intermittent prosperity.
What does the writer mean? Is he implying that he was first "a careless indigent" and then become a "student to an intermittent prosperity"?