• Struggles and failures are not just okay, they are essential for growth.
    If there is no struggle, there is no growth.
    Failure is essential for success.  Success is not a destination.
    Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.   James Baldwin
    You can't change your past, but you can CHOOSE your future.
    Seeking help is a sign of strength.
    How do you eat an elephant?   One bite at a time.   Think of this quote when you are feeling overwhelmed.
    Suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; character, hope.  Romans 5:35
    Remember, the process is as important as the product.  Enjoy the process. 
    Life is a journey, not a race.
    Secret to Academic Success: Read! Write! Review! Repeat Daily. 
    Your attitude and actions are as important as your ability. 
    Your actions are a better predictor of your future success than your IQ.
    The only way to become a better writer is to write and re-write.
    "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world.  Indeed it is the only thing that ever has."
    Margaret Mead
     Don't allow peer pressure to cause you to lose your humanity.  Eventhough you can regain your humanity, you can never take back an unkind word or act from the person who received it from you.  Even if that person forgives you, she will never forget how she felt when when you were unkind to her.
    As human beings, we often classify people by race, gender, ethnicity, class, etc. I challenge you to look at a person and see a human being instead of seeing Black, White, Latino, American, French, Puerto Rican, Northerner, Southerner, etc.  As human beings we all have strenghths, weaknesses, triumphs, and struggles.  From now on, look at a person and ask yourself: "What are his struggles?  What are her strenghths?"  Although it is important to understand the issues that go along with race, class, gender, ethnicity, etc., you will gain a better understanding of humanity by trying to understand people as people first and by their race, gender, ethnicity, and class second.