Eliese remembered driving with her father past the rust-covered buildings in the Cleveland’s industrial valley. Growing up, she was told that the world was your oyster, that the possibilities are endless, and you can do whatever you want in this world. And nothing in these rotten-looking buildings promised opportunity. Instead, she hoped to make a future in academia. But years later, she found herself inside the buildings as #6691: Utility Worker. During her three years working in the mill, Eliese came to know and respect the place and its workers and herself.
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