Nightrunner wrote:r6_philly wrote:I feel like I should provide a little perspective now that the decision is out. I have hinted it at this, but I decided not to put it out there at the time. I have no desire for anonymity, I am who I am.
I am not bitter. I don't know how much credit I would give myself if I was a Yale professor or admissions director.
I am that poor guy who was homeless as a teenager after getting kicked out by a relative/guardian, who was almost a murder victim after being raped. Some guy whose first job was holding a tray giving out chicken samples in from of a chinese food place in the mall while living in a train station after work. Someone who has a GED and took 13 years to finish freshman year but sprinted through the last 3 years of college in 1.5 years with a 4.0.
My brain was injured during birth, my mother almost died and it was thought that I would be developmentally challenged. I had severe allegy and immune deficiency and athsma that kept me in the hospital for 2 years before I was 10. We were told more than once that I would not live until 18.
You can say that I have not been lucky at all in life. Or I have been extremely lucky to be able to survive and achieve many things I have desired and dreamed about.
I realized my childhood dream of becoming a professional motorcycle racer after spending my entire 20's to do it. It took years of practicing, 4 hospital stays, and 1 out of body experience near death, but I did it. I won a national race.
I don't know if I am Yale material (I'd like to think so), but I do know that I always try my best. That's what counts most in life.
Whatever happens from here, go forward with the knowledge that you kick ass.
This. Seriously. I sincerely hope that you wind up somewhere excellent, and folks will be lucky to have you in class with them.