"I've always loved math. I've always known that math was what I wanted to do when I grew up. When I was a kid, I watched this movie. It was called 'Gifted', and I loved it. I wanted to be the math prodigy that was in it. She solved this huge mathematical problem, and I got so excited watching her. I wanted to be like her, do what she did. That's what I want to be, that's my big goal. I told my mom. I was so excited. And she looked at me and told me I wasn't smart enough. I didn't really believe her, but it did make me think of different options of what I had to do. But I won't ever forget that. I won't ever forget her not supporting what I wanted to do, or telling me that I wasn't smart enough. It felt bad at the time, but it didn't affect me and how I was going to see my future or pursue my future. My mom made poor decisions, and I lived a poor life. I refuse to do that for myself, I refuse to make the same mistakes. And starting with that is going to college and starting a good future."
-Math freshman Alyssa McNatt