I know this has been true for some students that I hold in a special place in my heart.
The boy who could have been a drop-out - that was the direction he was headed in. Currently he is being a success on so many levels in college. Or the girl who did drop out but got her GED and is also attending college.
The ones who eat at me are the ones who slip away, where I don't make a connection or a change. The student who was suspended from school the first day, the student who skipped class and ignored the state requirements so he didn't graduate. I wanted to help them also.
Some people see the pie - all that is possible - as finite, so if more people get a piece of it, there is less for me.
Others think that you can expand the pie so that if you get a piece, and the pie is bigger, I still have the same (or more).
I think it must be so scarey to be one of the former. Someone is always trying to take away from your share of the pie, even if your piece is huge.
Personally, I think there is enough for all of us, that the pie expands. I mean - think back to your childhood and the number of kinds of, say, oreos. One. Now, there are original, double stuffed, etc. etc. The possibilities are endless.
Here's to a bigger pie. And helping others get a piece of it.