Last Place...?

The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?


My choir director points at me, whispering, “You’re next.” Those daunting words make me falter back to my chair. As I wait for my turn, my hands start trembling with fear. I immediately slap my wrist hard enough for the choir director to turn around, looking at me oddly. The last note echoes in my ears, and I instantly stand up, letting my endless white dress drape down my legs.

I stride down the hall and hear the thunderous applause. I smile coyly to myself and take my stance. The room grows quiet, and I start my performance. Yes, here I am. I'm finally here standing on this stage with triumph in my eyes. As I start singing, I begin to feel melancholy, and my memories of tenth-grade start creeping back.

Two years ago

“Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to introduce the James Logan High School Advanced Choir! Please welcome them with a round of applause!”

My choir members start walking in a synchronized form and halt as they get to their places. Soon, my row begins striding down the platform, and as I get into my center formation, I miss a beat and walk passed my stance.

“Shoot. Minus two points.” I grumble.

I shuffle back towards my place and bump into the person on my right. I feel a slight glare from her and gulp in...

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