Stories - Fall 2018

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Balance

“I actually signed up for the Navy the summer after my junior year, so my entire senior year, I knew I was going into the military.”

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Agency

“I have cerebral palsy, and I grew up in the medical system, right, which is just a rough land to live in. The thing that I had to cope with while piecing myself together is that I can say no, now. When I was growing up, I had no ability to say no to anything that was happening to me.”

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Labeled

“I never really tried hard or cared because I figured I was learning disabled and I would always be disabled. That stuck with me for a long time.”

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Starting from Scratch

“If I had to say where my story would start, I would definitely say it started as a teen mom.”

 
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Reset

“One day, I was sitting at my computer desk, and I was like, ‘I’m really sick of being depressed,’ and that was that—like cold turkey, a complete 180.”

 
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Breaking Cycles

“You’re never too old to learn. Because I’m now 52, and I started this when I was 48. I’m grandmother of eight…and in me going to college now, I’m showing my grandchildren that, yes, college is important.”.

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Try

“I’ve never actually sat down and said, you know, I want to do something that’s going to better the world, but, you know, I’ve got to try it out.”

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hurdles

“I’ve suffered from epilepsy since I was nine… Missing classes is a huge hurdle.”

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NOT THE AVERAGE

“I wish I would’ve known how much I was going to grow and learn.”