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Illustration: Challenges, Empathy

A college professor met his new class on the first day of school. He stood before the studentsand gave a nice introduction to the class and about himself.

Upon completion of his monologue, he looked around the room and asked his students, "If any of you think you are stupid, stand up." As he looked around he saw that none of his students stood up.

He proceeded to ask the same question again, "If anyone thinks he or she is stupid to please stand up."

The college professor looked around and to his surprise one student in the back of the room stood up. The professor asked, "So, you think you are stupid?"

The first-year student replied, "No, I just didn't want you to feel alone."