“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”

“Maybe you should consider other options.”

These were the first words I heard after finishing my first SAT practice test.

The dream of studying in a U.S. college started to crumble before my eyes.

I listened to them say how I might not be ready for the challenges of a U.S. college.

That it would be better for me to stay in Ecuador.

I still believe they had the best intentions that day.

I believe they feared how hurt I could be if I fell short and didn’t achieve my dream.

To be honest my dream scared me too.

But that day I chose to hold onto my dream, to dig deep, to have patience, to believe in myself, and to work hard to make it a reality.

Now I wonder how many people are being told that their dreams are out of reach?

How many of people are letting go of their dreams due to what they hear?

I will strive to help others reach their dreams.

Tell them to believe in themselves and their potential.

Tell them to hold onto their dreams even if they are scary.

Because if your dreams don’t scare you, you aren’t dreaming big enough.

— Jorge-Luis Leon