Angela Smith: Opposite
Here Angela describes how she defied the low expectations that were placed on her.
TranscriptI went on to Essex, and I enjoyed it but the irony was, I was so scared because I had been in Special Ed. I thought 'I'm not gonna have any friends, I'm not gonna cope', opposite. Opposite. So why did I have to go to special school? Opposite. Friends, I coped, I had community service, volunteers, everything was good. After all those years in a special school. Yeah. And my mum was so shocked when she said, they said I'd never achieve. I've achieved everything.
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