A Great Concern and Monumental Regret

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A Great Concern and Monumental Regret

Post by Flapjack » Wed Dec 04, 2013 9:50 pm

As some of you know I am studying biology in school and am doing fantastic. I am taking 7 classes this semester and I have 6 As and 1 B so far. Which is not counting my peer educator classroom or my PE class, which is a total of 18 credit hours.. Finals are next week so I won't know exactly what I will receive at the end of the semester, but it is looking pretty promising. Switching my major to science was the greatest decision that I've ever made and it has really changed my life.

Here is the problem. About two years ago I was arrested for a DWI. Since then I have not been able to find a job anywhere and I have been reading online that I may never be able to find a professional job and will get denied from a professional school after my bachelors degree because of the DWI. The reasoning is as follows: Everything is very competitive right now. Especially in my field of study. There are thousands of students applying to these schools and jobs. When you have a stack of thousands of resumes who are you going to eliminate first? Probably the ones who fail a background check. You can get hired and attend a graduate program with a DWI, but why would they select you over students or employees who don't have a DWI? Especially given how competitive these schools are and that there are better candidates than myself even without a DWI.

This is stressing me out. No matter how hard I try, I may never be able to get a good job or attend a graduate program for science. I don't know what I would do without school and science. It's the only thing that takes care of me. I literally have nothing else. I will probably kill myself if I were to leave or if it were all useless. If I am unable to get into some kind of graduate school or get a job after graduation, I will default on my student loans and will be thrown in jail because I will not be able to pay the government.

School and science is the greatest thing that has ever happened to me. I love studying science and it is all that I want to do. I have plans of pursuing post graduate education, but this may be impossible, no matter how hard I try. I was pursuing pharmacy and am part of a pre-pharm organization on campus, but I am looking into research fields right now because I really like school and it seems more interesting. The research areas get paid a little less if I'm not mistaken, but I'm learning so much right now on an exponential level and I don't want it to stop.

All for just four fucking beers.

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Re: A Great Concern and Monumental Regret

Post by Metanoian » Thu Dec 05, 2013 9:36 am

I don't know how pardons work in the states, but in Canada you can get a pardon for an offense after a certain amount of years. You should look into that. I know you said it's only been two years but after you're finished school and it's been several years without a reoffense you should be able to get your record wiped.
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Re: A Great Concern and Monumental Regret

Post by Flapjack » Fri Dec 06, 2013 12:26 am

That works for everything except a DWI. A DWI stays on your record for your entire life. I've heard of people somehow getting it expunged, but it's not easy. This is Texas and they take drinking and driving very seriously. I was given 30 days in jail and my license was taken away. They don't allow you to take it off of your record because the third offense is a felony charge and prison sentence. It's its own thing and there are three strikes. I have the first strike. The strike is there for life. Maybe if I can get citizenship in another state something could possibly be done, but I don't know.

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Re: A Great Concern and Monumental Regret

Post by Capsaicin » Fri Dec 06, 2013 3:05 am

Damn' they play hard in Texas. I got mines in 03 here in Cali and at the wrong time because over here, the DMV just changed it to keep it on record for 13 years, so now I have to wait until 2016 to get expunged from the DMV. Luckily I got it cleared after two years of waiting from the court, it messed up some job opportunities for me and I can really sympathize, having the monkey on your back.

I kind of delved into it and asked around. Supposedly you can maybe go to your alderman or local mayor or governor ( they told me to write to Arnold schzarzneggar at the time, he didn't respond) and have them petition for its removal.
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Re: A Great Concern and Monumental Regret

Post by (1.1.2.3.5...)^inf » Fri Dec 06, 2013 7:32 pm

I think travel or changing state sounds a promissing option. I dont think a drink driving charge could stop you getting an education in the UK or europe. From what I hear, Texas sees punishment more important than supporting people to grow - more so than almost any other developed country. Sweden and Norway are at the opposite extreme - even the real bad guys leave prison with good educations and qualifications if that is what they need to get back into society.

Does travel appeal to you? There are many people who work and study for degrees in other countries.

I nearly didnt make it to uni because of a computer hacking incident but luckily my teachers argued for leniancy.

There are good degree courses free online now. The http://www.khanacademy.org/ is an excellent resource. So even if society were to completely reject you, you can still get a good education if motivated. Then you could use it without feeling an obligation to your society!

The trouble with having an education is that I now have a debt, both financially and socially. Ive met alot of people who earn a lot more than me or run businesses without being 'qualified' or even educated in some cases. I get the sense that many business people make their money by being good at motivating people with more specialist knowledge than themselves to make money for them.

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Re: A Great Concern and Monumental Regret

Post by (1.1.2.3.5...)^inf » Fri Dec 06, 2013 7:46 pm

Just get jobs with small businesses rather than multinationals. Or aim to be self employed. For a small business its more important that you get on well with your boss. Qualications are less important than prooving you can do the job when working for small businesses.

One of the biology nobel prize winners had no qualifications. He dropped out of school and spent his youth looking down a good microscope and writing/drawing/understanding what he saw. He simply took his portfolio of studies to a friendly professor and was offered a Ph.D. place.

I think people are extremely good at judging other peoples intelligence with or without qualifications. Half of it is just being active in life, out there and creating opportunities.

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Re: A Great Concern and Monumental Regret

Post by Capsaicin » Sat Dec 07, 2013 1:59 am

Hey your last post echoed positively in my doubtful Thomas mind. Thanks for that 1.1.2.3.5
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Re: A Great Concern and Monumental Regret

Post by Flapjack » Sat Dec 07, 2013 4:26 pm

Yea. Great post. I definitely want to contribute to society, though, and become part of the world. I'm going to be applying for student teacher positions and seeing if there is any community service work I can do while on Christmas break. I'm now an upper class man and I had experience this semester as a peer educator, so I think I'll be a pretty good candidate for a TA next semester. This will be great experience and I'll be able to get to know my professor more which may land me a job in a laboratory or something which is what I am really interested in right now. Love you guys.

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Re: A Great Concern and Monumental Regret

Post by witchammer » Sat Dec 07, 2013 8:51 pm

I have a driving while impaired and a dwi. I can't and won't get another on or ill be in jail. The best thing time. The further away it is the less concerned people will be. Here in New York you can't remove it but it does come off your drivers license. I don't recall any interviewers in my life concerned about anything less than a felony or checking into my criminal record. As I said after some time you can dismiss it as if you were a foolish kid and learned a valuable lesson. Most people drink and have driven drunk but never got caught so there is some understanding. I remember when I was thinking of becoming a freight train operator CSX website said you must not of had an alcohol offense within five years so there is a forgiveness in even a job like that. Dont worry about it but more importantly DONT GET ANOTHER ONE because then you will appear to have an alcohol problem. Ill take a 200 dollar cab ride with a smile on my face knowing I won't be risking the 10s of thousands of dollars it cost me or won't have a probation officer searching my house. It happened move on you'll be allright and the more educated you get the further you will go in life. Learn from it

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Re: A Great Concern and Monumental Regret

Post by Flapjack » Tue Dec 10, 2013 1:18 am

I don't drink much, but a few weeks ago, I got so drunk that I blacked out and woke up in an intensive care unit. I have no idea what happened, but someone video taped me and apparently I was dancing like a mad man. I'm fine and suffered no injuries. Because of the saline solution they had in my arm, I didn't even have a hang over. It was a learning experience, though. Drinking is dangerous. I watched a recording that someone put on youtube. It was of someone who had called 911 because their friend had stopped breathing after drinking too much. They said that he took 21 shots, and he died. It was his 21st birthday. It almost made me cry. There are many more stories with the same result.

After the night that I had and after watching that video, I am truly afraid to drink too much. This isn't the first time that I've blacked out, but it was the most severe case I've ever had. I didn't know that someone could get that drunk. I was in a complete stupor for at least 2 or 3 hours. I didn't even know that I had gotten that drunk when I awoke, because I don't remember anything. I was told that I was telling people that I was a time traveler from Uranus and I was running around and acting crazy. I watched a video and I was just flailing around and completely spazzing out like a possessed person. I don't know how in the world I was unconscious, but at the same time having that amount of energy. I really don't know what happened or what I did, but the stories I've heard are bizarre. I'm pretty sure I freaked everybody out and, after the fact, it really freaked me out too, probably more so. I wonder what would have happened if I wasn't sent to the hospital. I really didn't mean to, but I am never drinking that much again.

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