We’re all familiar with the saying “pull yourself up by your bootstraps.” In America, it’s part of our DNA. “You can do whatever you put your mind to,” and we expect ourselves and others to do it. I understand the rhetoric of this mindset, and I partly agree with it. There is value in empowering…

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29,686 students. Each one, living, breathing, feeling. Each student carries burdens and baggage we know little or nothing about.

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