An Unexpected Letter

Posted on April 28, 2011
Melissa Hollander
Education Unit, Fountain House
It was a sweltering spring day as I left school and ambled towards Fountain House. My mind was set on guzzling iced coffee and attempting to write a paper due in four days, so I was a bit preoccupied; I headed to the Education Unit with a sense of purpose and caffeine-prompted invigoration.
Russell, my worker, pointed out the flat manila envelope waiting for me and I joked that “it was a letter from LaGuardia Community College that advised me not to come back.” Yes, sometimes I can be dramatic.
So I opened up the envelope and my jaw dropped - this was indeed an important letter. It congratulated me on making the dean’s list! This was totally unexpected and not for the simple fact that my worker grabbed the award to make a copy (and threatened not to give it back - as of this writing, he still wants the original document); it was something that I never even dreamed of receiving.
Yes, my academic work has been really good, but I thought that I wasn’t “smart enough” to qualify for this unbelievable honor. After all, I’ve been in-and-out of school since 2001 and have slowly built up credits. As the old adage goes, “slow and steady wins the race” and I have consistently succeeded. The accolades are nice, but self-realization of accomplishments is invaluable.

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