I can speak from experience about assumptions because I lived with a powerful one right from the start.
My parents both assumed that my siblings and I would go to college—no ifs or buts. Embedded in that assumption was an interesting balance that saw a college degree as a way to align the practical side of college with our other interests—all based on a love of learning. This twofold assumption gave my sisters, brother, and me the freedom to explore our passions. And, in a way, we all did just that, pursuing what we really wanted to do within the arts, medicine, theology, history, and law.
The history of our college inspiration
The idea of college as inevitable can be traced back to 2 key influencers in my parents’ lives who assumed goals for each of them. Both my mother and father came from modest means in Jamaica and had