My life is entirely different than how I imagined it would be. I’ll never forget the feeling that I didn’t quite live up to my teachers’ expectations. I don’t quite remember when the realization came that I was somewhat talented and even – absurdly enough – intelligent. I will never forget the day that I got my acceptance letter to RISD. This was the final moment that reassured me that I couldn’t be experiencing a more positively different life than what I originally thought I was entitled to.