Griffon Edge

Common Reading

“My Orange Duffel Bag” by Sam Bracken

My Orange Duffel Bag image

Abandoned at age 15, Sam Bracken battled homelessness, poverty, and abuse to successfully earn a full-ride football scholarship to the Georgia Institute of Technology. When he left for college, everything he owned fit in an orange duffel bag.

Now, in this award-winning illustrated memoir and road map to personal transformation, Sam shares his story as well as everything he’s learned about overcoming the odds and radically changing his life so that you can create positive, lasting change of your own. With My Orange Duffel Bag, you’ll have the inspiration, motivation, and tools to realize your potential and achieve your dreams.

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Self Identity
Know your values, who you are and what you stand for.

Leaving your comfort zone will be challenging but it is up to you and your decisions to guide your future.

Successes & Failures
Everyone fails, but only you can choose to turn it into a success.

College is a Privilege
Education is a privilege. Make sure you treat your experience with the knowledge that is could be taken away.

The people that you choose to surround yourself with will effect your life and who you become.