Last semester, I attended the CUNY IT Conference to learn about new innovations in Assistive Technology and Accessibility Information. I was just waiting for some colleagues and looking at my nametag when there was this realization that I’ve done alright (amazing what a simple nametag can do).
The backstory is that I am a high school dropout and I had little direction for a long time, I was truly just wasting my life away (long story). That is until I found my calling working with people diagnosed with various disabilities.
Fast forward, I finally earned my bachelor’s degree in 2011 (the same year I got married), I like to say I took the 20+ year plan. Now, today I’m working on my second master’s degree, and working as the Assistant Director of a Disability Service Office for a major New York City college. I’ve also got great colleagues, great friends, great family and a great wife! I’ve done alright, indeed.
Sometimes in unsettled times, one has to remember how far one has come and just say, “I’ve done alright.”
Now tell me, have you done alright?
Daniel Chan is a belated student who took the 20+ year plan to get his Bachelor’s Degree. He recently received his M.A. in Disability Studies and is working on his M.S. in Disability Services in Higher Education. His proudest academic achievement is still his GED.