When Ms. Gruwell makes her students describe their dream jobs, this student describes his dream, but when he mentions that he would realistically do something else, Ms. Gruwell stops him and tells him to do what he loves. He then realizes that she is right, and that he has always wanted to be a filmmaker. He feels that, with the support of the Freedom Writers, he can do anything.
This student is encouraged to trust in his dreams more than in the obstacles that he faces. Ms. Gruwell aims to convince her students that, with enough passion and hard work, one can make even the most seemingly impossible feats a reality.