posted on Oct, 4 2015 @ 03:40 PM
a reply to: crayzeed
Actually it's funny you mention that. My senior year of high school I attended the Youth Leadership Forum on National Security in Washington D.C. I
spent a week there with 400 other high-achievement high school students from around the nation. I got to tour the CIA museum located at their
headquarters in Langley. I was pitched to and met with members of CIA, FBI and DEA.
The 400 of us were divided into groups of about 30 each. We gathered together each day and stayed together as we toured D.C. On the first day our
group (and every group in their own separate meeting rooms) had to elect a president. This came into play at the end of the week when we practiced a 4
hour and extremely high stress government modeling scenario in which we were presented with a fake international crisis which we had to develop a plan
and respond to. I had no intention of running for president but another guy in the class wanted to do it as well as three or four other people and I
really didn't like his smugness, so in order to make sure he didn't become our president, I ran. My class almost unanimously elected me, so I was the
one who had to handle the crisis situation at the end of the week. Everyone else in the class got to choose their roles in the executive branch under
me, the DOD and Intel which reported to me, the media which pestered me, and the legislative branch which also pestered me. After the four hour crisis
scenario concluded, I had to give a press conference to another class of 30. The monitors there told me that I did extremely well.
Although it was a long time ago now, it's definitely something I am still very proud of. I wanted to work in CIA for a long time (that was the main
reason I studied arabic in college), but in college I discovered (maybe this isn't actually true but I thought it was at the time) that if you've ever
smoked pot or done other drugs, you would have no chance of getting into CIA. So when I learned that, I gave up and decided to pursue other things.
Since then I've graduated college with three degrees Suma Cum Laude, I was a campus leader mainly focused in raising money for good local causes. I
created a college leadership class at my university which I believe is still being taught today.
I would still love to work in intelligence, but have always assumed that because of my drug use in college I would never be allowed in. Thoughts?