I just got back from career day in the Bronx. I talked to a group of 7th graders about how I got where I am in my life. Those kids were so cute.
What I realized as I was talking was that a lot of the great things that have happened to me in my life can be traced back to the fact that I did Speech and Debate in high school. Every other weekend I was out at some high school or another, or college even, competing with other high school speech and debate kids.
This activity kept me out of trouble, but also showed me a lot of the world outside of Oxnard, California. I was able to go to a speech tournament at UC Berkeley and from that moment forward decided to go to Berkeley for college.
I asked all the kids if they'd seen The Great Debaters and all the hands shot up in the air. That was my lead in. They were so little. When you're in the 7th grade you feel sort of grown up, but really? You're 11.
Yay career day!