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on "the positive," as Dad says—that they've raised one doctor and a future lawyer. After breakfast, Dad drops me off at school for what he calls "The Big Meeting." My nerves are going and going like a whirlwind. I open the door to Mr. Cole's office, and I'm shocked immediately. I imagined being interviewed by a Caucasian man, but I guess I was wrong. Mr. Cole is a Black, bearded man about the same age as my dad. "Hi, Jayda. You can sit right here. My name is Mr. Cole, and I will be your college advisor from now on. We're going to just do some assessments to put the best college plan together for you." As we talk, I feel like I can open up to Mr. Cole, but I'm still cautious not to reveal everything. I don't tell him about my internship last summer at New Hope Fertility or about how I fell in love with the job and dream about being a fertility nurse almost every day. Instead, I tell him what I've rehearsed with my parents countless times: "I want to be a lawyer." Mr. Cole doesn't seem to believe me because he asks me if I've considered any other career. Eventually, I share with him that I actually want to be a nurse, but I can't 69

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2020 Leadership Journal E-book  

A leadership journal written by girls from Newark, NJ to cultivate courageous conversations and action. Purchase your copy at theleadershipj...

2020 Leadership Journal E-book  

A leadership journal written by girls from Newark, NJ to cultivate courageous conversations and action. Purchase your copy at theleadershipj...