I've said it before and I'll say it again: A COLLEGE DEGREE is the ultimate "trump" card in life. Nothing I will ever do or accomplish will compare to the accomplishment of graduating from college and law school. These degrees have been the foundation of EVERY job, EVERY opportunity and EVERY backup plan in my life. I would never have succeeded without having education in my life.
As the NY Times says, "Their stories are diverse, but almost all share a common thread: a parent at home who stressed to the students from an early age that education was the best way out of tough circumstances."
Bless you NY Times for celebrating these wonderful young people who have rejected the "box" the world might want to put them in because of their circumstances. They are shining through learning and WE as a society will reap the benefit in years to come.
To read the NY Times story about these scholars...just click on the NY Times link in the story or the title in this post.