How can you tell whether your chances are good or whether your dream will always remain exactly that—a dream? Some willingly describe it with great detail and enthusiasm. What they possess is a vague notion that there is something they would like to do someday or someone they would like to become. If that describes you, then you’ll be glad to know that there really is hope. In fact, I’ve asked hundreds, if not thousands, of people about their dream. Most people have no idea how to achieve their dreams. I’ve known hundreds of high-profile people who achieved big dreams. What I’ve discovered is that a lot of people have misconceptions about dreams. Speechwriter and comedy author Robert Orben asserted, “Always remember there are only two kinds of people in this world— the realists and the dreamers. The dreamers have already been there.” If you have defined your dream, then you’re ready to put it to the test and start going after it.
This essay was written by a former ELL student during her participation in programs offered by College Summit, an organization dedicated to strengthening a college-going culture for all students, and for supporting low-income students' college application process.Sadly, it was in America that we almost lost each other.Ever since that terrible day when Sali and I were almost separated from our parents, I have vowed to apply myself entirely at every opportunity that comes my way.People on the street curiously crawl around me like black cockroaches.Their inquisitive eyes burn my flesh with embarrassment and failure. My desire is to be like one of those encouraging teachers to you. How can I know that my odds are good for achieving it? When you were a kid in school, do you remember a teacher doing a review before a test and saying something like, “Pay attention now, because this is going to be on the test”? The encouraging teachers who wanted to see their students succeed said things like that all the time. They put us to the test, but they set us up for success."I felt I was an adult before I was a kid," she writes.The essay was included in a collection of essays celebrating the organization's tenth anniversary, My brother Sali and I are in the living room watching Barney and Sesame Street. I hesitate to open it; my mother always told me not to open the door for anyone.She feels like the enemy threatened our army of four.The first shot was fired and two soldiers are wounded.