My Rocky Road to the Ivy League: The Dream is Not a Fairy Tale

Reading this article reminds me of my own story.
When I talk about my experience as a student, I always get the pity looks and the caption “you are so lucky”. Hell no! And I think and I smile and I feel in this way: I’m not lucky. I’m hardworking and that’s not about mercy or glory from above. It’s about endurance, about believing in yourself when others are too busy pulling you down. It’s about courage and persistence. It’s about taking that step that can take you to the next level or throw you into the basement of a life you were not prepared for, if the dream does not work out.

I think and strongly believe that what people ignore is the fact that the dream is not a fairy tale and difficulty will definitely come your way, the rocky road will be your path, whether you know how to handle it or not! The fact is this: your passion will lead you to your purpose.
The great thing about dreams is their power to push you towards your goal, to carry you through, even when you have no clue about what is happening to you; but, as described in the beautiful and empowering words of the screenwriter Shonda Rhimes during the commencement speech to the Dartmouth College class of 2014, and here I quote, dreams are lovely. But they are just dreams. Fleeting, ephemeral, pretty. But dreams do not come true just because you dream them. It’s hard work that makes things happen. It’s hard work that creates change.[1]

I believe that dreams are the most powerful force that can physically move one to where it want to be, but without endurance, work and sweat of fatigue perhaps nothing is to be realised. Colin Powell is attributed to have said this quote and I think it’s put in such a beautiful way:A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.”
So now understand that it’s about working hard, and sometimes it means to give and invest more than others because you want to go beyond what is given to you to dream. There is no compromise.
When life gives you every good reason not to be great, you give life the finger and go be great anyway. That’s what dreams are made of.[2]

[1] Shonda Rhimes’ commencement speech at Dartmouth College, accessed on 11/06/2014
[2] Vida Biggins, My Rocky Road to the Ivy League: The Dream is Not a Fairy Tale, posted by For Harriet last accessed on 11/06/2014