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Ben Zhao | My luckiest four years

(05/17/21 2:39pm)

In the four years before I stepped foot onto campus, only one word kept me motivated: more. Suspended in the halls of a suburban public high school, my parents repudiated my sexuality, I had few friends whom I let into my life, and I was driven purely by the notion that if I worked hard enough, I would earn the life I fantasized about in films and novels. I wanted to freely love another man without judgment, I wanted friends who I could express my deepest feelings to, I wanted to bask in the glory of my success and renounce those who never recognized my merit.