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  • In The Beginning

    Posted August 7, 2011 By in IT's Totally Doable, Parenting With | No Comments Book-readings

    The first day of my first semester as a full-time undergrad a freshman stood up in the middle of our Policy Analysis 101 class and, with a smug smirk, quoted Homer’s The Iliad. Although he was almost 10 years my junior, I thought that he was brilliant and I was completely out of my league. I couldn’t quote Homer; I hadn’t even read The Iliad. I wanted to run from the classroom, scoop up my children and return to the safety of my job as an administrative assistant in Washington, DC. That was August 1997. By the time I graduated in May 2000, I realized that he was a pompous jerk and not only did I belong at Cornell, I thrived there. I am so thankful that with the love and support of friends and family, I packed up my two young children (who were in 1st and 3rd grade then) and moved to Ithaca so that I could attend Cornell.

    It’s now 2010 and I am a practicing attorney. Sure, there were bumps along the way, which I’ll share over time, but the most important message I want to convey is that at one point or another we all feel like a fish out of water. The key is to persevere. To continue to walk the path. The feeling you have when you’ve achieved a goal that you’ve set for yourself is unlike any other feeling in the world. So, here’s to the beginning of our journey to educate ourselves and raise our children and make an impact on our world.

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