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A Second Chance

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Disappointing your parents to the point where they start crying and questioning if all the sacrifices, they’ve made for you were worth it or not is the worst feeling a child can face. Especially after your parents left their home country, their parents, their friends behind all to give you a better life than they had. After all this, I repaid my parents in the worst way possible. On May 28, 2019, I was arrested.

Through various generations, no one in the family had ever got arrested, or even visited jail before. I was the first to bring this disappointment upon my family. My parents didn’t know who I was anymore and reflecting upon my decisions and standing in front of a judge made me realize, I didn’t even know who I was anymore. Just as I was about to lose all hope, the judge saw something in me. I was granted another chance to succeed in life. My charges were dropped, and my record was cleared. However, this came with the cost of being on probation for six months and 32 hours of community service. But I was willing to do anything for a second chance.

If I can go back to May, 28, 2019 and change what I did, I would. I would think about all the opportunities I have, all the sacrifices my parents made and how my decision would affect my future, but during that time, I didn’t. And that is the biggest challenge I have faced, being selfish. I was thinking about myself, living reckless with the mindset “I'm a teenager, I'm allowed to have fun”. But during all this, I lost sight of my purpose. However, I could've either carried this experience with me for the rest of my life, or I could've let it shape me for the better and that’s exactly what I did. I didn't let this terrible patch in my life define me. Instead, I use it as a reminder, so I never fall in this trap again. Use it as motivation, so I can do better for myself and my family.

Most people wouldn’t share a story of them getting arresting and submit it as their college application essay. But I was nothing to hide. Infact, me getting arrested made me the best version of myself. It showed me I was living selfish for many years of my life. And if I continued to walk on the path, I was blindly taking steps on; I could’ve fallen deep into a ditch that I wouldn’t be able to get myself out of.

“Now I never want to see you in court again, learn from this and build your future. Case dismissed.” These are the words I last heard from the judge. These last few words were the second chance I needed. These last few words made me realize I had a problem that I needed to overcome. And because of these last few words, day by day I make choices that make me a better version of myself.

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