But I do believe that a lot of helping these kinds of kids has to do with helping them find their confidence and their motivation. If they can just believe in themselves and realize that they can achieve their goals if they put their minds to it, then they can reach their dreams. I know it's idealistic--but all it takes is to have one person believe in you and really encourage you, because soon that encouragement turns into self-confidence and the ability to motivate yourself.
What's funny, and maybe even ironic, is that I believe that I can do these things for peope who are "in need," but I don't even think that I have mastered it for myself yet. Yes, I have graduated from college and I was accepted to a good law school, but I feel like I failed so much this year that I really feel like giving up. Even dropping out.
But right now I feel myself oddly inspired. I just read a New York Times article about kids of immigrants from Central America, and the struggles that they face here in America, and the world that they are almost stuck in given their family and social status. While I was reading it, it made me think of my students from last year. When I think of kids like these--who get stuck in a cycle of dropping out of school, getting involved in gangs, and can't stick with anything long enough to move up in the world--I honestly and passionately feel that I could do something to help them. I remember the words that I said to my kids last year, and I honestly believe that each and every one of those kids has the ability to really succeed in their education and in whatever it is they decide to do with their lives.
But I don't believe the same things about myself. And I think that's what needs to change in order to feel happy about this law school decision. I shouldn't let my grades or class rank affect my confidence or how I feel about myself--because if I do that, I lose almost all motivation and this whole law school process becomes an unbearable chore that I just want to get through to check off my list of things to do. But I didn't go to law school to check something off my list. I really want to gain the skills to be able to do more in this world and to have more opportunities. This IS something that I want to do, and I need to keep that in mind!
So with this motivating blogpost, I go back to writing my final paper for legal writing and to studying for the last three weeks of my first year! YAYZ!