Thursday, June 7, 2012

From scrubbing floors to Ivy League: Homeless student to go to dream college -

"Once again, words fail me as I attempt to write this letter of recommendation," Gardner began. "I can promise I've never written one like this before and will probably not write one like this again. Because most students who face challenges that are not even remotely as difficult as Dawn's give up. This young lady has, unlike most of us, known hunger. She's known abuse and neglect, she's known homelessness and filth. Yet she's risen above it all to become such an outstanding young lady."

Months passed. She was accepted to the four schools in North Carolina. Each time, the acceptance letter came as part of a thick package with fat brochures and congratulatory notes.

Days went by. Nothing from Harvard.


I love stories like this. --TS

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Here is why the the "myth of American exceptionalism" is not a myth at all.

Where else is there this sort of cultural/strata mobility?

Posted by: krm | Jun 7, 2012 3:03:23 PM