Hey everyone My story starts out disastrous but has evolved into maybe the best thing that ever happened to me (so far). I was arrested the beginning of my junior year in high school for felony possession, possession with intent to distribute, manufacturing, and distribution of weed. Racked up about 6 felonies at the age of 16. Luckily, my mom was a federal bankruptcy lawyer so she knew other reputable attorneys. With some hard work before my trial (self admittance to rehab to look good, even though extended breaks from smoking was very common for me) and the power of my attorney, we achieved a result of what's called deferred entry of judgment (DEJ), I believe. That allowed me to be put on a year of supervised probation and once completed, my case would be thrown out and my charges would be dropped. I would legally be allowed to say I have never been convicted of a crime. Best result ever. A few days after the arrest, I was expelled from my school, even though the sale that led to my brief incarceration was not on (or anywhere near) school property. Fucking technicalities, but whatever. I was given the option to go to other public schools, but I said fuck that. I decided to go to an expulsion school, where kids who get expelled go. It was terrible, as you can imagine. My previous school was mainly white and Asian and this new school was, well, ghetto Mexican. Luckily, since it thrives on the expulsion of students, it was very small. One room fit all 6 of the other high school students. I talked with the principal and we arranged a course that would allow me to graduate as early as right when my normal senior head would start. I jumped on that and come senior year for all my friends, I was enrolled at a local community college, graduating high school with a 3.5 GPA. Through all that, I completed my probation, my case was thrown out, and my charges were never filed. I started college early, got an amazing girlfriend, got a job at that college as a math tutor, and got another job as a men's soccer referee. I always wonder how my life would be different if I hadn't been arrested that fateful day. In a twisted way, I'm sort of glad it did. It straightened me out and gave me a path to study exactly what I love: biotechnology and biomedical sciences.