The interview was terrifying. There were five or six people interviewing me and they all had important titles. They sat around a table and asked me questions for two hours. The interview was demanding but I knew I handled it well.
I ended up getting a job at the company working as an international outreach assistant. The company is a language school provider and translation company for all the languages in the world and the translation division is a very important component. I familiarized myself with all of their products. I tried to figure out what their weaknesses were. What would be better for our customers and the company. I met with the managers of different parts of the company and made recommendations to some of the highest people. I knew they wouldn’t see my potential unless I showed it to them.
Even though I got the translation job I remained in the homeless shelter because I put all my money towards high school courses I could take online. Doing this allowed me to continue to work and also strive for my goal of attending Harvard.
Five months ago I visited Harvard to attend an information session with the head admissions officer. After the admissions officer spoke there was a Q&A session with the entire audience.
I raised my hand, “If I am admitted, will I be able to choose the dormitory I live in?”
“That’s a really interesting question.” He said. “First tell me which one you would choose and then I will answer.”
“Well, someone had told me that the President of Harvard’s office is located in one of the dorms.” I said. “So I would chose to live in the dormitory where his office is located.”
The head of admissions paused. “And why is that?”
“So that when I graduate I can tell people that the President of Harvard used to work under me!”
The whole audience erupted in laughter.
“You are the most ridiculous person I've ever met!” He said.
“Keep that in mind when you receive my application!”
Goose Chronicles Epilogue:
Laurel successfully graduated from high school in August of 2016 and started his undergraduate degree at Berkley College on September 19th. The Commission for the Blind gave him a full scholarship which pays for tuition, room and board.
Within the last month Laurel moved out of the homeless shelter in Harlem and into an apartment on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.
Laurel is currently studying for the SAT and next year he will submit his application to Harvard for the class of 2021.