Christopher is a 17 year old senior at Holy Cross High School, who has struggled through school for as long as he can remember. He is currently retaking chemistry to try and graduate from high school. If he cannot pass this last class he will fail out of high school.
I know I can overcome my disability!
His chemistry teacher is required to hold a meeting with his mother to inform her of Christopher's poor grades. Christopher has been doing the homework and studying for exams but doesn't know what he can do to improve his grades in order to graduate.
NYPD CLASS OF 2020
I never thought I would see this day!
Christopher couldn't keep the elements straight they just looked like alphabet soup to him. He was unable to graduate and forced to leave Holy Cross High School. He never felt more ashamed and disappointed in himself. Not only did he let his parents and teachers down but he felt he had no future.
I finally accomplished my goal! There is no triumph without vulnerability.
5 years later, Christopher discovers he has dyslexia. He realized that he wasn't able to graduate due to his disability but did not want that to stop his future goals. He had applied to jobs that did not require a high school diploma but now was more motivated than ever to work towards his goal of passing the exam to become a police officer.
Although at one point in his life Christopher felt vulnerable and exposed, he continued to persevere to reach his goals. He did not let his fear of being perceived as weak or uneducated stop him from graduating from the police academy.
Christopher realized that if he is "willing to dare greatly" he will be able to accomplish anything he sets his mind to. Being vulnerable allows us to gain the courage we need to connect with others and deepen our relationship both with ourselves and other people.