I was shy in college. Painfully shy.
When I left home for college, I left behind the few comforts that in high school seemed to keep me grounded.
But that feeling of being cast adrift changed when two things happened: 1) my student loan check came and 2) I met Luke. Luke was a sophomore living in the same dorm, one floor up. He was an entrepreneur in need of fast cash to finance collegiate drug runs, and I had the means to help him. Along with a percentage of the profits came a built-in social life, complete with friends and (more importantly) girlfriends.
After a while, I started smoking as enthusiastically as Luke was selling. It took some time, but eventually, I was able to walk away and sober up.
After college I went to law school. Now I’m an attorney working at one firm and applying at others.
I can’t tell you how many background checks my name has been run through in the last year, but I can tell you how very relieved I am knowing that each time it will come back clean.