Secretary Cardona’s Vision for Education in America

I remember being five-years-old, walking into my first day of kindergarten at John Barry School in Connecticut, nervous.  At that time, I was learning English. I felt like I didn’t belong. It turned out to be a horrible day. My mom had to pick me up early from the nurse’s office.  I’m not sure if it was the feeling of being overwhelmed, being around bigger kids who spoke English a lot better than me, or maybe a feeling that the challenge ahead of me was too great.

But I recall being overcome with an overwhelming fear.

My young mother walked from home a few blocks away to come get me from school, and on the way home, she told me that it would be ok.  She told me that school would open doors for me be to be anything I wanted to be.

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By Fernando Pires
Fernando Pires Career Advising & Recruitment Coordinator