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    On my first day in a college classroom, I felt like an overgrown child returning to civilization, after having been lost in the forest for thirty years. There I sat, old enough to be a father to most of the students in the room, yet insecure enough to be their baby brother. We were crowded elbow (肘) to elbow, listening to a professor who looked even younger than the students did. I felt uncomfortable and out of place as the professor carefully explained what she expected us to learn.
    As I listened, I couldn’t help but think of my own oldest daughter who was now beginning her freshman year in college, just like me. I recalled (回忆) how hard I had tried to instill (逐步培养) self-confidence in her and my other children. So why did I suddenly feel like a scared child myself? When I walked out of that classroom, I had serious doubts about my ability to make it through college. Not until late that night did my thinking change. It was a long-distance telephone call from my daughter that did the trick. She was certain that she’d never succeed at college. How familiar her worries sounded!
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