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...ous non cognitive capacity - call it grit, conscientiousness, resilience, or the ability to delay gratification - all for a distant prize that was, for her, almost entirely theoretical” (Tough 174). Tough asserts that Kewauna was able to overcome her disadvantages due to the listed non cognitive traits. Through her story, he illuminates on the effect of non cognitive abilities to the outcome of higher education. As illustrated through the book, he stresses that academic achievement can be achieved by anyone, regardless of cognitive ability and capacity. He wants us to take the initiative to acknowledge, and to modify, refine, or solidify upon these characteristics associated with success. In all, Kewauna’s story can be used to inspire underprepared students that an application towards improvement can be achieved, even when the cards are stacked against them.
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