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When the Smart Kid Fails

Things came so easy, I thought they would last forever. So when things got hard, I bailed.

Photo: Klaus Vedfelt/Getty Images

AA year before I was born, my mom left the Comoro Islands — an archipelago northwest of Madagascar — to start a better life in France. For a long time, we lived at the bottom of the economic pyramid and had to rely on charities and social services to get food and…

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Assad Abderemane

Assad Abderemane

English graduate student and freelance writer based in France. Words at Level, Elemental, Gen, Human Parts, etc. Email: abderemane.m.assad@gmail.com