Solutions June 2018 - Page 53

the courses I should and hoped to take the following semester. “So what do you want to do when you get out of school, Sam?” the guidance counselor asked. “What kind of job are you thinking about?” “Well,” I said nervously, “I’m really into computers and hoping to study computer engineering at one of the state universities.” “No, Sam, I’m not kidding,” she said, genuinely agitated. “Your kind doesn’t go to college. You can work either construction or landscaping or get some other kind of service job.” about it was that she seemed totally oblivious to the devastating power of her words. I knew two things when I left her office that day. First, whatever I did later in life, I was going to make sure it wasn’t one of the three options she’d mentioned. “ We are all driven people, but when push comes to shove, not all of us are driven by our faith. Second, I decided to work harder than ever to graduate at the top of my class. So being salutatorian when graduation day came gave me deep satisfaction! That hurt. Even though I had good grades that put me at the top of my class and I tested high on all aptitude and intelligence tests, this woman’s prejudice sent gale-force winds over the dream of a shy fifteen-year-old. And the worst part Maybe you had a similar experience at an early age, when someone tried to hold you back and prevent you from becoming the person God created you to be. Maybe you’re still carrying around the scars from someone’s wounds to your confidence and Solutions • 53