My Experience In My Life

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My story is littered with a litany of tragedy and strength. I believe with my whole heart that everything happens for a reason. As mythologist Joseph Campbell states, “It’s a privilege of a life-time to be who you are.” Today, I don’t want to be led by my wounds. I want to be led by my faith. With this said, I did not really appreciate my education until I lost everything. Finishing high school was a struggle for me, this was because I was addicted to alcohol and drugs. I was a true wild-child and struggled to choose a normal life over drug culture. By the time I was 16, I had been to treatment three times. One of which, was a sober treatment facility in Eagle River where I spent five months of my junior year. However, when I got out I made the mistake of not using any of the skills I spent five months cultivating. I didn’t understand that recovery was like a garden. It needs to be tended so weeds don’t grow. When I was 17, I had my “aha” moment which changed my life forever. However, It came at a great cost. On July 19th, 2014 I was driving intoxicated and caused a horrific accident. A man lost his life that day because of my actions. I was initially charged with man-slaughter, fleeing the scene of an accident, and a DUI. At 17, I was thrust into a new existence. Charged as an adult, the story was very public which is why I don’t feel awkward sharing my story with the scholarship committee. It is part of my strength and weirdly a part of why I am so successful in academic
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