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Share a time when you narrowly avoided disaster.

I am ashamed to admit that during my second semester at S.U.N.Y at Albany, my freshman year, I wasn’t the most responsible student. There was one class Introduction to Logic that I habitually blew off by not going to class as I should. The consequences made themselves known by the results of my quizzes and tests; failing grades. The professor made one announcement that gave me one shot and one shot only to redeem myself, he told the class and lucky for me that I had decided to attend that particular class that day, we had to decide how we wanted our final grade to be calculated that day, the average of all of our quizzes and tests or just by the final exam alone and we had to tell him that day. I didn’t have a choice, I had forced myself into a corner with my irresponsible behavior and I had pick the final exam, putting all of my eggs into one basket and hope that they didn’t scramble.

Luckily for me, I had done extremely well in all of my other classes, giving me the luxury to devote my brain power to that one final. Over the course of two days, I put the text book in front of me and committed the text to memory. Logic isn’t all that difficult as long as you have all of the rules in your head and you understand the applications. I took two entire days to understand and commit everything to memory and when the time came, my brain was on, the good old days, and I gave it my 200%.

I have to admit that for a few days my stomach was full of butterflies and I wasn’t having an easy time eating much of anything, I was that worried about my grade. I had never failed anything before and I didn’t want to start with college, I certainly didn’t want to have to tell my mother that I had failed and it was all my fault. There wasn’t any excuse, I was ashamed as I had said earlier and this was a lesson that I have never forgotten, when you commit to something, you owe it to yourself and to others to give it your all. Responsibility is a serious thing, it is also a matter of self-respect and you owe it to yourself to have self-respect, by throwing a college course away like that you are not giving yourself the respect you should and it is a big deal. Your success in life, however you choose to define it, depends greatly on how you treat yourself and if you treat yourself poorly, any success you may hope for will be so much harder to come by.

Having said that, I did learn a grave lesson, the hard way yes, but it was learned. I didn’t fail the class, I received an A, I got 100 on the final, but I would have not had to commit an entire book to memory or put my grade in such a bad way if I had simply been responsible and lived up to my commitment.

I never made that mistake again. I made sure of it.