Author Mia Samuels grew up with many privileges, but it wasn’t always that way for her family. In this personal narrative, Samuels documents her grandmother’s efforts to escape the poverty of her youth and offers insight into the transformative power of education. Brought up to take pride in her own academic gifts, Samuels is a successful and confident student, until a tough high school teacher shakes her belief in her ability. Ultimately, however, Samuels decides she won’t be deterred from her goals and commits herself to protecting the privileges her family has worked so hard to secure by furthering her own education.
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