Regrets Case sample essay
I regret not doing a lot of things in life like telling that bully in the third grade that I was not afraid of him or telling a teacher that I really appreciated all she had done for me. The one regret that I have that has really changed where I am in my life when I messed up an opportunity that I was given to be a “third key” manager at a high end retail establishment shortly after graduating from high school.
I did not get the position because I failed a urine screening for drugs. I had smoked a little pot (three puffs to be exact) a few days prior to my interview in “celebration” of this opportunity as my friends and I hung out and partied. I had no idea at the time that a little pleasurable puff of paradise (39) from this marijuana cigarette would end the most promising career opportunity that I may ever have had.
After gradating from high school, I was on top of the world and loving life. My life was like a box of chocolates (25), full of delicious and hidden opportunities. I landed an interview for an amiable administrator’s (57) position and everything went well during the interview. I was offered the job upon condition of a passed drug urine screening. Drug urine screening?(12). Say what?! I had never had one of those before, probably because I had never had a job worthy enough of expelling urine for someone to analyze.
Not only was I highly unprepared for this condition of my employment, but I was actually surprisingly very sure that I was going to pass the screening despite the fact that I had smoked some marijuana three days earlier (58). At the time, I was unaware of how long drug traces remained in my system, so I thought I would be good to go, but deep down, something did not feel quite right. Another part of me told me that I was going to lose this once in a lifetime opportunity (55) due to a stupid choice that I made one night to party and get high with my friend Andy (69).
Why didn’t I just say no, as all the commercials and billboards had been urging me to do for years (24)? There is only one logical reason, and that is because I was stupid. No, that is not a logical reason; that is a lame excuse. I did it because I was selfish (17). I was more worried about my image at the time than my own future (19). Selfish…selfish…selfish (47). And stupid.
Losing the job that I had wanted so badly and that could have made a real difference in my life was highly disturbing. I disappointed myself in the worst way. I ended up working several mediocre jobs after that. However, as the old saying goes, when life gives you lemons, make lemonade (51). So, I made lemonade all the way to college. Here I can advance my pool of job opportunities (20) and with the pool of knowledge that I already posses from previous mistakes, I will be able to do more than make lemonade. I can make a better career for myself and can become a better person.
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