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July 19th, 2011
07:22 AM ET

Human Factor: Dreams change for accident victim

In the Human Factor, we profile survivors who have overcome the odds. Confronting a life obstacle - injury, illness or other hardship –- they tapped their inner strength and found resilience they didn’t know they possessed. This week William Carter shares how a head-on collision changed his life's direction.

I was a sophomore in high school when I discovered what I wanted to do: work for the United Nations in some capacity.

From the moment I won my first award from the Model United Nations, I did everything I could to make sure that happened. I participated in more models, winning more awards, and even joined my school’s debate team to assist in my ability at discourse and just to look good on a college application.

I had it all set it out, a life plan that required a bachelor's degree from Wake Forest and a substantial SAT score to make sure that the first part was accessible.
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