Story by Bofta Leakemariam (NCS ' 17)
The other day I lost my car in a parking garage. I checked every floor twice. I ran into way too many of the same people, who could easily tell that I was lost -- not because I kept coming back to the same spot, but because I was simultaneously clicking and pointing my keys in wild directions (in one really desperate case, up) all the while on the verge of tears. I had left my friends early because my parents wanted me home, and was way too proud to text them for help.
I knew that texting them now would indicate that I had been lost for the past half hour, and I didn’t want to seem dumb. Finally, my friends put me out of my misery by texting me a "We're in the garage and your car is still there. You good?" So, like any sane person (still trying to save face despite the tears rising) I said "yeah what level is it? I went to the bookstore for a minute" #(killedit)! I know, I know, I'm the picture of intelligence and poise (I even added smart points by saying I was going to the bookstore!) So, tears and all, I made it to the level my car's on (G1) and jetted as fast as I can away from the hell hive that's the Bethesda parking garage. Of course I forgot to pay my ticket. I had to park the car again, pay, and act like I didn't make two different stupid moves in the span of one hour. But, it got me thinking about the number of casually stupid things I do. It all comes back to a lack of common sense. I've realized that in my struggle (and I mean STRUGGLE) for good grades and high achievement at NCS, I forgot to be, you know, an actual human being. And with college coming up, I'm worried that even though I might have the academic ability down, there's a straight lack of person here. I'm trying to remedy this fatal flaw by learning to draw from experiences that school may not be able to give me. So, next time when I park my car maybe I'll take a picture of where I left it. Hopefully, I'll be able to realize that life's full of dumb mistakes. I can gain so much more from accepting and learning from them than running and avoiding my shortcomings.