Personal Narrative: My Dream At The University Of Vernon Hill

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The view from the top of Vernon Hill, a low-income neighborhood in Worcester, MA, is reflective of both of my lineage and my current identity with aspirational career goals. It is also the scene in the opening paragraph of my book that connects my family history with my professional ambitions. My personal story inspires my academic hopes of becoming a lawyer who fights for the underprivileged and helps create access to educational opportunities for them. As Irish immigrants with limited money and no education, my great-grandparents moved to a three-decker house on Vernon Hill. They sought a better life for their children by stressing the importance of education as the key to social and economic mobility. Three generations later, I am a rising sophomore at the College of the Holy Cross, located within a few miles of this neighborhood. Although I am living the American dream, I am keenly aware that many are not blessed with the opportunities that I have been given.

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I understand that at seven years, Azariah is not necessarily concerned with her long-term future. She wonders more if her belly will be full at night and if her fingers will stay warm in the winter. Yet, I want to be more than a tutor; I want to be the role model that makes a difference in Azariah’s life. My hope is that this book will be her treasure map leading her to the endless possibilities of this country and the rewards of education.

In creating this prose, I am making my ancestors proud and taking a step toward upholding the mission of Holy Cross. As I continue to embark on my journey at Holy Cross, I think about all Azariah has taught me about myself. With this book, I will bridge my talents, intellect, and commitment to service to fulfill the Holy Cross mission of “men and women for

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