There are many great schools in England, where I grew up, but the one where I did the first part of my secondary education wasn’t one of them. Most of the students there did not go on to university, and fights and verbal abuse were common. Now that I am a physician, people ask me how I made it out of there, and sometimes they even seem to feel sorry for me, but I am proud of my past. Attending this school taught me unique and valuable skills. I learned the importance of standing up for myself and for what I believe in. I also learned how to interact with people with challenging behaviors and defuse emotionally charged situations through a diplomatic approach. Above all, my experience at this school prepared me to question things and push back against practices I disagree with, in my personal and professional lives. (Read on at Science.)
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