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We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.

Take South African Sprinter Oscar Pistorius, a man with no legs, for example. He made history by becoming the first double-amputee sprinter to compete at the Olympics — an achievement many believed to be impossible.

Consider the story of American sprinter Bryshon Nellum. Four years ago, Nellum was shot in the legs while walking near the campus of USC, where he was a student. Nellum was injured so severely that doctors weren’t sure if he would ever walk again, let alone race. Earlier this summer, the sprinter won a silver medal with the U.S. 4×100 team.

There is something special about a comeback.

College students will come to learn, all too well, the inevitability of a setback. You can choose to succumb to your hardships or use them to fuel your comebacks.

Organizational rejection, relationship failures, inadequate financial aid and not graduating with your class, can all be setbacks as a college student. You will slip. You will fall, but you must persist.

Achievement does not require perfection. You were created to achieve something great. If society has given up on you, focus on those who are rooting for your success. Reflect. Refocus. Refuel. Realize your dream.

Live HOPE. Give HOPE.

The H.O.P.E. Scholarship

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