A woman describes growing up near Alpena, Michigan. "I really didn't know anything about the big world. I left home when I was seventeen . . . I learned that no matter where you are, no matter who you are, you can grow up to be someone important if you try really hard. It doesn't matter where you're from. It doesn't matter if you're poor. It doesn't matter if you're the only girl in your family to have ever gone to college."