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Only 15 instances of cells coded as educational system had that coding only. So while the
education system seemed to be an important concept in analysis of the data, its potential negative
influences seemed to be mitigated by other concepts, such as money, parental involvement,
mentor involvement, cultural background, and personal beliefs. This is evident in the Family
Doctor's recognition of these external influences that mitigated the concept of educational
system and its importance on his academic success.
The Family Doctor realized that these external influences were important to his success
and to the success of other students who come from disadvantaged backgrounds. "I guess, you
know, it's good for I guess minorities, being a minority meaning uh, anybody, any kid, being
Caucasian coming from a poor family, being Hispanic from poor family, black coming from a
poor family, it doesn't matter where they come from as long as somebody is there to feed that
seed and make them feel like important. I can do this. It opens up your mind. Maybe I can do
something else. It builds you up and pushes you to have a drive. So I guess you just need
somebody to kind of open the door for you and feed that seed. Let it sprout up there, so I guess
that's what the science project did for me."
For the Family Doctor, those people who provided the push helped quell his doubts, but
despite the doubts, the Family Doctor's confidence and internal drive pushed him through
college. "I always had in mind that I wanted to go to college, either working full-time and going
to school part-time or working part-time and going to school full-time. I saw myself in college
all of the time." According to Hernandez (2000), this is an important aspect of motivation-the
ability to see oneself where you want to be. The Family Doctor has that ability and the
determination to follow through. "I know that if I put something in words, I would accomplish it.
In my mind in my gut feeling, growing up, I knew that I was going to become a doctor. I wasn't
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