Derek Smith Keith M. McLure English 101 02/17/2013
Narrative Essay: Specific Life Event
Many philosophers have came to a conclusion that life experiences; good or bad are what make us better people. These experiences guide us through our future and give us wisdom to withstand the unexpected obstacles that come our way in the process of reaching the "American Dream". Some may argue that we are in a survival of the fittest mentality. I firmly believe this statement is true. My own life journey has left me no choice to believe otherwise. My rise as a high school stellar athlete, to making a bad decision that lost me everything; or at least I thought so. The specific obstacle that I faced only further proved my belief that the life experiences that you go through only make you a better person. Imagine yourself as a high school all-state running back. In your local town you are treated as royalty. Most people even go as far as to say that you are "the next big thing". Let me just paint the picture for you. You have everything you want as a teenager; girls, nice clothes, a car, free food at most local diners, other students doing your homework, and a host of college football recruiters who want you to play division one football for their school. Life couldn't get any better. In this dawn of the moment you arise. You are now a student-athlete at a division one college. All dreams have come true, and all divine hope has been answered. There is only one problem; the discipline that you thought you could carry you through was seemingly unhopeful. You bought into the hype that you were "the next big thing". Within one season, everything you hoped to become had been crushed. All of my dreams had faded all in one night of making an outright terrible decision. In the fall of 2009, I was a student-athlete at Texas Tech University. One night i made a bad choice to go out with friends to partake in a night of heavy drinking. There were no rules for me that night. It was...
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