Up until high school, I shared a small apartment with my extended family, which included my grandmother, my sister and my nephew.
But looking back, I grew up in a world of unlimited opportunity.
Each night I would read, and reading opened up the world to me.
I love reading history and especially biography.
In biographies, you are almost always reading about people who started out unimportant but ended up having a significant life.
What I liked most about biographies then and now is that the person you are reading about in his or her early life on page 50,
doesn't know about the success he or she will achieve by page 300.
They couldn't see the greatness that lay ahead.
If you think about it, that's a great justification for the optimism that you should have for the life ahead of you.
All of you are only on about page 50 of your biography, with hundreds of pages to go.
Growing up, my biggest goal was just to get out of East New York.
I took the college entrance exam and committed myself to getting into college. I did.
The day I left for college was one of the first trips I made out of New York City.
College was an intimidating place for me.
The other students seemed naturally confident; many had traveled and seemed to understand the world.
To this day, I can't forget how insecure I felt, but it made me work harder.
Once I realized I belonged, I became more ambitious.
Ambition is your inner voice that tells you you can and should strive to go beyond your circumstances or station in life.
You have overcome obstacles, pressures and self-doubt and you have done it because you have ambition.
You want to succeed for your families and yourselves.
1.extended family 大家庭
例句：My grandparents live with us, so we are an extended family.
例句：Do you have a history of self-doubt in this area?
3.end up doing 以…而告终
例句：They just have to wait and give it some time because they can end up doing very well.
4.ahead of 在…之前
例句：Let's cut through the woods and get ahead of them.