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Success Is the Best Revenge

I have 3 college degrees...but if it hadn't been for my mother, I wouldn't have any.  My HS guidance counselor tried to convince me I shouldn't go to college.  Mind you this was in the late 70's - not something that would happen now, I sincerely hope. 

The line I was given was:  "Honey, find yourself a husband, settle down and raise a family.  You're just not college material". 

I took my first diploma back to the HS to show him...he was floored (I graduated with honors).  I would have taken my BA diploma and Masters to show him as well, but he retired...

For "not college material", I have 3 degrees (would have been 4, but never completed the other Masters due to family relocation), studied abroad 3 times & was accepted into a Doctoral program (unable to do it owing to life throwing some curve balls). 

Now I am a teacher...and I always tell my students "Success is the best revenge."  Don't let anyone tell you you're not good enough - fight for what you believe in!

Peregrinita Peregrinita 46-50 13 Responses Jun 18, 2009

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I have worked with so many people who were discouraged by the wrong guidance but through their own self-motivation achieve wonderful rewards for themselves. A great story and one that can motivate others.

...And you're a teacher :)<br />
I have an AA, BA, M. Ed, and will complete my Ed. D. in a year. I show my students my work- and the work of my classmates- as writing examples. Some of my less 'capable' classmates' work is posted so my student can practice their own grammar. So, my education does two things: show the kids it's possible to go to college (and makes them feel a little more comfortable about it if their writing isn't great), and it helps them improve that writing.

Very inspiring post.<br />
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Kudos to you !!

I heard the same thing, but i heard it from everybody: counselor, parents, siblings. you name it. I think even the letter carrier mentioned something. LOL. I graduated last in my HS class, but I graduated with honors from the university. And yes, it's true, Success is the Best Revenge.

You remind me of a teacher who once told me that i couldn't make it to a national school. That was way back in 1988 when i was almost sitting for my entrance exams. Today I have made it in life, have an honors degree and a great job. Let no one belittle your efforts because only the creator knows what lies ahead and no one can change that.

You remind me of a teacher who once told me that i couldn't make it to a national school. That was way back in 1988 when i was almost sitting for my entrance exams. Today I have made it in life, have an honors degree and a great job. Let no one belittle your efforts because only the creator knows what lies ahead and no one can change that.

There are unlimited abilities within us all. It's all about choosing to be the person you want to be. Anything is truly possible. <br />
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Live with Passion! Best Wishes! Mel

Congratulations! Thank you for this encouraging story!

Am surprised but don't get some fake advice from people,a fellow can stop you from achieving the best because to him or her has already fail in life so he or she want to fail with you too. NEVER.

sggriffin - hang in there! Sometimes time is what we need. Our life experiences are what help us see the potential in others, and give us the ability to help. While being a counselor requires interacting with people, that is something you can work on. And counselors with "real" life experience can sometimes help others simply because they can relate to what is going on. That's one of the reasons I relate well to my "alternative learners" - I am one & have struggled wih learning my entire life. Believe in yourself & you can do amazing things! Best of luck!!

In the mid nineties, I was told by my guidance couselor to into the armed forces, and that college was not something i should attempt. Later I got an associate's degree and I am 18 credit hours short of a B.A. in psych. but my mental illness, and lack of funds keep me from finishing. i want to be a counselor. but I have trouble interacting with people, I dont know if I it will get better, it seems to have gotten worse but someday I am hoping to conquer my mental illness and finsih my degree, and get a job as a substance abuse counselor. those that pray , pray for me please. thanks

very inspiring.

*claps* What a wonderful story, good for you!