Adversity sets the atmosphere for miracles to happen. My greatest experience with adversity was my own path to college. Born to one parent who did not finish high school and another parent who completed one year of college, the path to Princeton wasn’t easy. Were it not for lessons in grit taught at home, a very concerned college counseling team and the support of a college access coordinator, my dreams of attending a top college would have never come true. Even on the day of my high school graduation, my sickly father, recovering from a five-artery bypass surgery, would miss my valedictory. But even though my parents didn’t have expertise to share regarding the college process, they taught me that I was the standard by which I was being measured and that moving forward towards greatness was the only acceptable outcome. Now, as an expert advising others towards applying, I continue to share their layman’s counsel. It’s some of the best I’ve ever been given.