This letter was written by Nakita Hanson from Williamsburg, Brooklyn at 22 years old to herself at age 14.
Nakita was bored in class, but afraid to be different. But she took a leap of faith, applied to a new program, and was accepted.
I know that you are afraid and excited all at once. Will you be smart enough? Will you fit in? Will you be ostracized? Though all of these questions are valid, you can’t let them prevent you from going with your gut. You have to be confident, and rest assured that your inquisitiveness and willingness to work is enough to get you through. You don’t know all of the answers. And that’s ok. You can still call mom, and although she can’t help with calculus, she knows just what to say. You are stronger than you know. You will spend time with the most interesting friends that you will ever meet. It’s not the time to focus on the small things like grades and tests. It’s these friendships that will make you who you will become.