That is a great story, Kerry
I am going to share my dh's story, because he shares it himself at hs meetings and such. Dh attended ps all his life, until the 9th grade when his family moved to nearby city. At one of his first days in the new school, some boys decided to jump him becasue he was new (and cute
) Well, dh, out of pure fear, "won"...scared the whole crowd including himself. The boys left him alone, but he never stopped being afraid for his safety. He did poorly that year and left school at 15. He decided to join his dad driving a whiskey truck. True story.
Eventually he got a job taking care of large machinery in a small plant...he could fix anything, and he was strong. He did this for 7 years. He decided after we met to look at community college. He had a knee injury, forcing him to look at alternative careers. He took drafting and excelled. The teachers loved him, he was a great student. He got straight A's, much to his (but not my) surprise. Because he was so reliable and hardworking, he was asked to intern at a great local company. He accepted and started in the drafting department. He became very interested in the computers and started doing more and more of that. All self taught. So, fast forward 10 years, now guess what he fixes there? He loves what he does and the confidence it gives him. It is highly technical...and when the CEO's computer gets a glitch or a new system needs to be installed...guess who they call?
He is also 6 or so credits away from his Bachelor's of Science.
I just think it is an amazing story that proves we are more than out test scores and GPA.