She continued to study hard and to do her best, even though getting a good grade required much more effort from her than it did from other students. Despite the long hours she studied at her desk in her dorm room and/or in the library, she remained cheerful and determined to graduate with her class and to pass the teacher certification exams.
Thankfully, she didn't give up on her dreams! She went on to become a much-loved, compassionate, and competent teacher. When she died of cancer long before time for her to retire, her students (current and former) and their parents turned out in droves to attend the visitation and the funeral service. Their response meant so much to her dear husband and children and grandchildren because they realized the community also deeply loved and appreciated her.
But she might not have had such a well-lived life if she'd listened to those who thought she'd never amount to much!
For I know the plans I have for you," says the Eternal [God], "plans for peace, not evil, to give you a future and hope--never forget that.
~Jeremiah 29:11, VOICE