Several years ago, a young man walked into my office and asked for a job.
He was attending the local law school (if you wanted to call it that) and wanted some practical experience.
Now I am the world's WORST interviewer. I have never been interviewed for a job and I have no idea how they are suppose to go.
But I asked a few questions (finding out that he was attending that dreadful place) and he seemed nice and was obviously VERY smart.
I didn't really need anyone except to do gofor work or to help out the kid at the front desk.
So, I did what any good boss would do. I asked the kid to talk to him. She had done lots of interviewing of prospects at her old job and she has a knack for picking the right people.
As they are talking right outside my open door, she told him that she had an English degree and where she was going to law school. Then she says, "What do you do with a BA in English?". And the dear young man begins to sign the opening song to the Broadway play "Avenue Q". The song is "What do you do with a BA in English"!
I almost fell out of my chair laughing. I got up and walked over to them, pointed at him and said, "You're hired!"
The young man was Angelo.
He spent about 6 months with us (before I ran out of funds to pay him) and he became a family friend.
He and the kid took the First Year Law School Exam together and both aced it.
Then he realized that he wanted to go into Patent Law and he needed serious law school credentials to get there. He quit the local school and applied to Santa Clara School of Law.
It drove him nuts and made him really work but he made it through and graduated last May. He took the Bar Exam this summer.
And today he got the notice.
Angelo is a lawyer.
It is his day but I feel so proud of him. I feel like a parent to him. And my heart explodes at the thought that he made his dreams come true.
Today is your day, Angelo.
Thanks for letting me be a part of your life.