Came across this just now and it hit a nerve.
“We all have to find the people who believe in us” – @MichelleObama at @barclayscenter talking about how she dismissed the high school guidance counselor who told her she was “not Princeton material” and instead found someone else to write her recommendation pic.twitter.com/FOmslJn1CS
— Michele Norris (@michele_norris) December 2, 2018
It brought up memories of my own high school guidance counselor, who laughed and said dismissively, “Good luck, out of state students don’t have much of a chance,” when I told her I was applying to Berkeley.
I find myself wondering if this a common occurrence with high school guidance counselors.
As for, “We all have to find the people who believe in us,” I agree. It’s incredibly motivating.
That said, I feel strongly that first you must believe in yourself.
When you believe in yourself, doubters don’t matter. You can dismiss them, you can ignore them, you can look them in the eye and say, “Watch me.”
I walked out of my guidance counselor’s office, went to the post office, and put my application in the mail.
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I finally remembered my guidance counselor’s name after I published this post. Out of curiosity, I found her on the internet. She’s now the counseling department head at my high school.
This discovery makes me think of my high school’s motto, “A Symbol of Pride and Excellence.”
We like to display this motto under our school mascot:
This mascot is modeled after a white guy whose last name is Yacubian.
I kid you not.