One of the most critical components of achieving success in any environment is feeling that you belong. Once you feel like you belong and become comfortable, it becomes easier to overcome doubt and mental barriers that stand between you and your success. One important way that you can come to feel comfortable is by seeing that there are others around you who are similar to you, facing similar adversities, and are succeeding. The College Success Scholars program has surrounded me with a community of brothers and scholars who share the same goals as me and face many of the same challenges and adversities that I do. The support from this community has done a great deal in convincing myself that I can be successful, and providing me with the resources needed to achieve this success.
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