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A Drop-Out Reflects -- and Reforms

For Quincy Mosby, a promising start in high school turned into a cycle of procrastination, denial and self-esteem problems.

And like many teens, Mosby didn't necessarily welcome the concern that his situation brought out in others. Questions about his falling grades and cutting classes only made him feel more isolated. Leaving school seemed the best way out, despite regular scoldings from his mother.

But dropping out had its own costs, and the big question -- "What happened to you?" -- finally couldn't be avoided. Now Quincy Mosby is following artistic pursuits, and planning for his diploma. He says it's not that failure isn't still a big deal -- it's just that he knows he isn't one.

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