Following My Gut

Though others tried to dissuade me, my mentor’s encouragement gave me the confidence to pursue my dream of becoming a surgeon.

I kept Sensei’s encouragement alive in my heart. If your faith is unshakable, my mentor says, you will never be defeated.

By Bobby Eppsteiner NORTHAMPTON, MASS.

There is this moment in movies about classical composers, when the composer-to-be hears an orchestra for the first time and feels a bone-deep calling. At 16, snacking on cherry Jell-O in a hospital recovery room, I experienced just such a calling, but...

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