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Overcoming: by David Sharif

David Sharif wearing his cap and gown after graduatingThey viewed me in a cruel and envious way
I kept being myself

They said I brag about my success
I was honored to share my accomplishments

They triggered my attachments to sports and favorite athletes
I practiced everyday with coaches by myself and won championships

They bad-mouthed my world travels
I felt motivated to keep blazing new trails

They said I only like movies that settle in the city that never sleeps
I was grateful for The Incredibles and Star Wars

They told me summer camp is not for me
I found a home away from home and matured

They called me obsessive when I expressed my love for NYC
I was the first one to apply to universities out of state

They disrespected my academic performance
I became the valedictorian of my high school graduating class

They disclosed that college in New York would never amount to anything for me
I am a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Pace University with a BA

Their negativity made me use
My determination

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