I dropped out of college in my third year after failing two classes. I was twenty years old at the time.
During my time in the “wilderness,” I became a flight attendant, a teacher, and a maitre d’. But quitting my education had left a burning hole in my heart, which motivated me to get back to school. When I decided to go back to school seventeen years later, I went back with a vengeance.
In my new country, the U.S. provided the unique opportunity that encouraged adult education. I became the best student I could be; graduated valedictorian from junior college, graduated with the highest honors from U.C. Berkeley, and ended up getting a doctorate. I now live the life of a successful and a very content person.
If not for that experience many years ago, I might not have been as motivated as I have been to achieve what I have achieved.