Quieting the Little Voice

For the past several semesters I've have had students in my border community college classes who are part of our grant-funded migrant student program, known as CAMP. These students are usually first-generation college students. Their parents work in the fields from dawn until dusk, and many of them have worked right alongside their parents. They have tangible motivation for attending college. I was invited to give these students a motivational talk as part of their orientation program. What could I say? Motivation clearly wasn't a problem for these students. When I finally developed a plan for my hour talk, I knew that I would either create a connection with the students or leave them wondering why I had been asked to speak.

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