“At this point, not a single Kelly Street friend of mine was going to college. I was seventeen. I felt cut off and lonely. The uniform gave me a sense of belonging, and something I had never experienced all the while I was growing up; I felt distinctive.”(Paragraph 6)
I felt this quote was significant because it provide a glimpse of Powell’s emotional and mental state prior to joining ROTC. He was only seventeen and at that young age ROTC filled a void in his heart. This quote shows us just how impactful ROTC was to Powell at the time. He experinced some character development after joining, finally feeling as though he stood out. All in all joining ROTC shifted something inside of Powell and it is exemplified in this quote.