I am not a perfect student. My spelling is atrocious, I hate Jane Austen, and I break the spines of my books. But I love words. I love fiction, I love the boundaries that we can break with a reading of one word. So I call on you, my fellow ‘bad‘ students to break the rules. To admit that we aren’t perfect, that we have so much to learn, but that we are thinkers. Innovators.

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