Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Take the risk

"You miss 100% of the shots you never take".

Now I never played basketball, but recent events exemplify this obviously true statement.

In the last two weeks, I was accepted to teach English in Spain. People could begin applying for this program in November 2010, until March 15, 2011. Due to stupidity and Spain's terrible websites, I started applying in December, then gave up because I couldn't figure out the application website. In March I heard of other friends who had applied, then at the last minute applied myself. I think I submitted it electronically the second week in March.

The program accepts applicants on a first-come, first-serve basis. If they are hiring 500 teachers, they will let in the first 500 qualified teachers. I was applicant number 4,111. I thought I had no chance of getting in because I applied so late. I was mad at myself for giving up in December. But something drove me to apply anyway in March. To pay to get fingerprinted twice. To hunt down a professor for a letter of recommendation. To write a personal statement. To get a physical and doctor's note of good health. All that jazz.

That small chance drove me. A chance at a year in Spain was too good to pass up.

And look what happened!

Sure, I accepted way later than everyone else who applied earlier, and am pressed for time to get a visa, but everything will work out.

Lesson learned: You will never get in a program/make the shot if you never apply/take the shot. Take the risk.
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