“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”
I'm a hustler. Resourceful. Clever. Scrappy.
I've been hustling since I was a kid. I've been blessed with the ability to take things that others have tossed aside and make them worthy of attention. From repurposing materials for school projects and thrifting from second-hand stores to create new outfits, to exploring the world beyond my backyard by participating in every free community program — hustling has helped me thrive regardless of limited resources.
Living life with this mindset keeps me humble. I will pick up the penny on the sidewalk that others continue to step on, as many still make a dollar. Unlike most, I also have the fortitude to find ninety-nine more.
Hustling is my competitive advantage. My survival to date has depended on it, and I know my impact on society will be as a result of it. I will continue to extract value for my community and must instill the same mentality in my extended family.
So no, I've never been on a street corner. But (road) blocks continue to motivate me. Where others see a challenge, I seize the opportunity — 'cause that'swhat we hustlers do.
— Stephanie Belcher
Each year we ask our classmates a straightforward, simple question taken from the lines of a poem by Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Mary Oliver.
We share with you intimate and candid responses to this question, "Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?"
Concept and photography:
Tony Deifell, MBA '02
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