Perception has been a topic that we at Cultivating Tomorrows Leaders have wanted to discuss for some time now. We've seen, first hand, the impacts that it has had on individuals, including the staff and CTL, both positively and negatively. Today you're going to learn a secret that very few others have acknowledged regarding personal and exterior perception. Let's start by elaborating on personal perception.
When 17-year-old valedictorian Chelesa Fearce stands before her Georgia high school graduating class today to give her speech, she will talk about overcoming homelessness and fighting to "get the future that you want."
Fearce, a senior at Charles Drew High School in Riverdale, Ga., spent most of her high school career living in shelters, the occasional hotel, short-term rented apartments and sometimes the family car -- when the family had one -- with her mother and three siblings.
"I would just pray," Fearce told ABCNews.com. "My mom, whenever we're in that situation, she always finds a way out of it. So I would just tell myself, tomorrow it will not be like this, so take your time, do what you have to do now so that you get the future that you want tomorrow."
Regardless of where she was living, Fearce found a way to study. She recalled using a cellphone light in shelters to get her homework done.
"I'm so happy that I got through all of this and that I finally have gotten to this point," she said. "All the studying I've done ... you don't know! It was crazy. I was studying science, math, everything. I'm very proud to come this far."
Fearce completed high school with a 4.466 GPA and scored a 1900 on the SATs. She tested high enough in school to enroll in local college courses for her last two years of high school. When she starts Spelman College in the fall, she will already be a college junior.
To read this full article, use the link below. It's a very inspiring story and is the epitome of using the power of your subconscious mind to change your conditions and the power of discipline, focus and determination.
Georgia Teenager Overcomes Homelessness to Become Valedictorian
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