For me, it was the relationships I’ve developed with my teachers Dwyane Wade Miami Heat 2003 2016 2018 2019 thank you for the memories shirt. I don’t live with my dad currently, and haven’t been with him for most of my teenage years, so in a way most of my teachers have been my substitute male figures that I’ve been deprived and have helped me transition into an adult. They spent hours helping me with classwork and homework, they were there if I ever wanted to just have a conversation about anything, and they have given me lots of advice and insight into not just academics, but just life in general: how to survive college, how to live independently, choosing what kind of career if perfect for you, and all sort of practical life advice. Now you might be asking what my mom was doing this whole time.
She was very involved in my coming as a young adult but she also had 2 other kids to take care of as a single mother so for the most part, I was on my own and people like my teachers helped fill that void. High School also was a sort of a safe space for me when it came to my talents and skills. I’m pretty sure my family isn’t the type of people who gonna read my 5-page analysis of the state of American politics or have a conversation with me about it, not to mention my political and religious beliefs are controversial to them anyways. The home was a place where I felt under-appreciated and distant from everyone, unlike high school where I was surrounded by people who wanted to hear what I have to say, whether it’s an idea or a writing piece of mine without judgement.