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William and Mary student dances after her dreams

William and Mary student dances after her dreams

When I was in fifth grade at Forest Hills Elementary School in Western Springs, my English teacher instructed us to write an autobiography as if we were 80 years old. I still remember what I wrote: that I got a perfect score on the SAT, that I graduated from Yale and that I went on to win “American Idol.” I have a while to go before I turn 80, but in the decade since I completed that assignment, things have already turned out differently. I didn’t get a perfect score on the SAT, I enrolled at the College of William and Mary instead of Yale and my questionable singing ability wouldn’t even land me an audition on “American Idol.” I’m sure my...

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