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I know its not really a big deal but I just got this email and am super amped. I need to finish this semester obviously but wow. I made it. I started working on a two year degree in 2011. I went for over a year and lost interest, I wasn’t enough of an adult to stay responsible and commit like I needed to. I dropped out after letting my grades drop abysmally. I spent the next 5 years working in at several different jobs; Gas station attendant, Pizza shop cook, Grocery store clerk, and Appliance salesman, Throughout this time I saved up money when and where I could. Eventually I decided that I didn’t want to do this for the rest of my life. Thats when I decided to take my savings and invest in a college degree. I Would have to pay my way at first because I had destroyed my GPA. I dropped my decent paying job to go back to school. Now here I am, last semester and I’ll hopefully be expanding my career horizons exponentially. True its only a two year degree but its my foot in the door. I come from a poor family, my parents came form poor families, it wasn’t until two years ago that my father exceeded the “poverty level”, I will be the first person in my immediate family to get a college degree and that is just a huge honor. Anyway that all I got just wanted to share that. Thanks Oppo for being there, you guys are the best and honestly while I can’t pin it down to any particular users, reading about your lives and how many of you persisted towards your respective life goals was a major factor in my determination to go back to school and really reach for my dreams.


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