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Making the Best of A “Crappy Hand”

I was the student that didn't get to go to second, third or fourth grade.  I was the 5th grader placed into my little sister's second grade ESOl reading class because I didn't learn the basic skills as a child. I was the  student forced to repeat 5th grade three times because I was led to believe I was stupid...
 
...Ultimately, I was able to get through high school and apply to college. Even though I didn't get accepted into my first or second choice, I did get in!  I am currently an uprising sophomore at my University and serve as the Co-President of the Honors Academy with a 3.84 GPA. Still today, every time I walk into class I feel a tightness in my chest and the sudden urge to just walk out. I still feel like I am not as intelligent as the other students but I push through it and play my cards day by day and hope and pray for the rest. 
 
At the end of the day, playing your crappy hand is better than not playing at all and losing without even getting the chance to try. 
 
-T. Rhodes, 
College Sophomore, 
Adopted through PWNL

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