The Wilderness

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?


Tossed into the wild, alone I was to fend for myself against the ravenous beasts. A rustling, no the clanking of Jenga bricks upon the floor, startled me. His imposing 4-foot figure stood before me as a sudden shadow flickered before my eyes. A pang of pain scathed my stomach, a Jenga brick collided with my frame. My greatest nemesis, my greatest prey stood there - an 8-year-old boy named Ethan.

The barrage of Jenga bricks left me stunned. I suppose it my guardian felt it right to intervene in my first failed endeavor hunting. The teacher berated Ethan and Ethan docilely returned to his residence, a desk only 3 rows away from mine. His glare met my eyes; I knew he would be coming once again, I knew I had much to learn.

Here in the wilderness, a sleuth of beasts roam. I, an inexperienced hunter, needed to tackle every instance alone, with only the minimal assurance that my mentor would step in at the last second. A piercing cry broke the silence. In the near distance, two ravenous beasts were combating. Evidently, a tussle broke loose, a struggle to claim the land where the UNO cards resided. What they didn’t know, was that all the land of this room belonged to me. Steadily I walked up, confiscating this stack of UNO cards. The...

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