Describe the one decision in your life where you wish you could get a “do-over.” Tell us about the decision, and why you’d choose to take a different path this time around.
I didn’t study as much in my last year of university, and I regret that. I’d been doing pretty well up until then, but had a great group friends my last year and lots of partying — I loved that. We had some great times I’ll never forget — so in the end, I’m not sure what was more important, the grades or the friends.
The truth is that once one has a degree, not a lot of emphasis is placed on how well one did — unless a person was truly exceptional, and I wasn’t an exceptional student. I liked what I studied — history — but I didn’t have a passion for it.
Other than that, I regret very little that’s happened in my life. There have had been difficult times, sad times, and a few downright awful moments, but they all make up who I am today, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. After all, what defines a person: How well he or she gets through the good times, or how one deals with the hard times? It is, unfortunately, how people persevere and survive that makes them who they are. Somehow it has all come together. I couldn’t have predicted the path my life would take, or what obstacles would be put in that way, and what joys would be bestowed, but I feel fortunate to have outlasted and gained meaning from the things that have happened to me. I’m content to be me, and am open to learning even more.