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the bootstrap route

5 February 2011
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Texas A&M Aggie Senior Boots

A person who pulls himself up from a low environment via the bootstrap route has two choices. Having risen above his environment, he can forget it; or, he can rise above it and never forget it and keep compassion and understanding in his heart for those he has left behind him in the cruel upclimb.

is a passage from A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, a book I had never read and that was recommended to me by a colleague. It’s one of four books he recommends all college students read.

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