Dr. Fernandez at a book signing at Book Revue, Huntington, NY
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"On a sunny afternoon in March 1985, I returned home from my high school after an exhausting track and field practice. I shuffled into my room, dropped my books on my desk, and hastily greeted my mother.
'Mom, have you picked up the mail today?' I asked.
"She hadn't. She was avoiding the mail because she was even more nervous than I was. She preferred to hear the news from me. She had noticed that I had been very tense over the last few weeks as I waited to hear from the university that I had always dreamed about. She thought that I would have been devastated if I received a negative response. During the few weeks prior to this, I had waited anxiously to hear from each school, and one by one the letters had come in. I was turned down by the California Institute of Technology, but the letters from Rutgers, R.P.I., Cornell, Brown, and Yale all offered me a place. Still, the letter I was waiting for the most had not yet arrived. I had been thinking about this all day. I had a feeling that today I would find out."