The most severe disability is the way you view yourself. He started his presentation by sharing stories from his childhood and how from a young age he enjoyed going to school. I got up everyday at 6 years old I dressed myself and I walked to school on my own, Mitchell said. My mother now, Im starting to form a relationship with her, she still reminds me of that. I thought she was so engulfed in drugs that she would never remember that, but she still remembers that and she still talks about. I didnt know exactly what it was but I knew I loved to learn. Mitchell asked the students in the audience how they will use their degrees once they graduate to help others. He talked about how a disability can affect a person and everyone around them. You dont have to be perfect to be useful, Mitchell said. A lot of times we get in our minds that we have to be perfect or we have everything lined up exactly how we think we have to have it to be useful, and thats so not true. I stand before you today as broken vessel, as person whos been homeless, as a person who has been divorced, a person who has failed many, many times. Senior Corrie Talton came because Mitchell is a fraternity brother of Phi Beta Sigma. We like to support each other when we all have events and do things like this, Talton said. So I just came to show my support and hear what he had to say, and I know he was talking about disabilities and things like that, so I just wanted to see what was the big speech. Melissa Lukes, a junior majoring in social work, came to hear Mitchell speak as part of a class assignment.
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