One of the things that Rafe said that really stuck out to me was "My passion is passed onto the students." You can clearly tell that his passion for Shakespeare, passion for being an American, and even his passion for a higher education is being passed onto the students. He is trying and doing everything he can to make life better for these kids. It was easy to see that Rafe is really leaving an impact on the kids, and the kids really do want to strive for a better life for themselves.
I would say that Rafe is a visionary. He was able to have them want a better life because of the doors he has opened and all the opportunities. What really shocked me was the reading level these kids are on! Of Mice and Men, Catcher and the Rye and even To Kill A Mockingbird are all books that I had read in high school. It also surprised their understanding of Hamlet. Many people, even in college level can read Hamlet or Macbeth and not even know what it is saying. I could read it a million times and would not be one step closer to understanding it.
A goal I have for myself for the next year is to be happy in the next chapter of my life.