From the September 2007 magazine.

Higher Education

Sobriety 101

When i was drinking,I attended three colleges in three years. Due to my dismal effort and resultant grades, the first one dropped me. They asked me to take a year off, in order to better prepare myself for academic life. In other words: to grow up.

Rather than taking the path of growth and enlightenment, I convinced my dad that another college would provide me with the right environment to succeed. This idea came to me one day, as I was standing at a conveyor belt, watching boards stack up at an alarming rate--a situation my job required me to prevent, but which I couldn't seem to wrap my mighty intellect around. It didn't occur to me that I should have been alarmed at my ineptitude. I merely chalked it up to a lack of challenge and a sign that I needed to return to college and a more reasonable career path. The path, of course, was based on the potential that everyone always indicated I possessed, but had been able to successfully suppress.

-- Brian B.

Butner, North Carolina

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