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The White House Made Me a Poster Child for Beating the Odds. Then I Dropped Out of College.

It’s winter 2014, the last day of my first semester at the University of Hartford. Finals are finished. Most of my friends have gone home. Grades have just been posted.

 Before even checking, I knew that I had failed all my classes. With a GPA that didn’t even reach 1.0, I also knew that I wouldn’t be able to return next semester.