I studied biology and planned to attend medical school, just like my mother. Yet, that was not God's plan to finish in Happy Valley. (Nor mine, after I developed a taste for cheap booze and a distaste for 8am classes XD) So I came home, and finished my undergrad. First at Nassau community college and then at SUNY Old Westbury.
This time the finances were upon my shoulders, so I served tables to maintain my goal. But the new found love of fast cash outweighed the desire to focus 100% of my attention on achieving my degree. Coupled with arrogance, derived from a false belief that, being of color, cute, and the son of an alumni would guarantee a seat in medical school.. (Apparently it doesn't work like that... :-/)
Fused together to create a blockade in path to greatness.
So after reassessing my position in society. I enlisted in the Navy, and am back on the road to success. ;)