Finishing Strong

Finishing Strong

09/17

The Rubik’s Cube. When I started working at Children Deserve a Chance Foundation this summer, I had no idea how a puzzle that was invented by a Hungarian professor 40 years ago would impact my life.  I quickly found out that solving the Cube was an integral component of our successful Attollo college access program, and in fact, all of our Scholars and staff could solve it in under four minutes. I also learned that I was expected to do the same.

It hasn’t been easy. According to www.rubiks.com, it even took inventor Erno Rubik one month to solve it for himself, and although the Cube has become the world’s best-selling toy, only about 6 % of the world’s population has learned to solve it. As I tackled the Cube … step by step … over the past two months, I also learned why it was adopted as a symbol for the Six Pillars of the Attollo Program. 

The Six Pillars are Strong Mind, Competition, Resiliency, Accountability, Sacrifice and Finish Strong. As our Scholars move through the program and advance toward high school graduation and matriculation to a four-year college, they apply each pillar toward their quests. Their individual successes fulfill our mission for them to “overcome obstacles and become more than they believed possible.” Just like the accomplishment of solving the Rubik’s Cube.

I’m almost there. My goal is to Finish Strong by solving the third and final layer of the Cube by the end of the month.  Then - on to four minutes! 

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Barbara Snyder

Barbara Snyder

Grant Writer

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