The "It" Factor

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Submitted By psubrophy
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Josh Brophy
Personal Narrative
The “It” Factor

“I heard you got another A in one of your summer classes. Good job.”
“Thanks. Everything is finally looking up. Mom said I’ve earned another shot up at University Park. Dad is still being stubborn, but he’ll come around eventually. I haven’t been this happy since high school.”
“Seems like it. You better make the most of it.”
“I will. I have to.”
“If you don’t mind me asking…where were you the past year?”
“Lost.”
“What do you mean?”
“I wish I knew.”
“You know—I went to Penn State too—was there for 8 years and 3 degrees. I knew many of the most talented and brilliant people there. Professors, students, and—“
“You were one of them.”
“—and you are too. You’re just as talented as any of them, including me.”
“I know Mark, I agree with you.”
“Then…can I ask you something?”
“Is that rhetorical?”
“How badly do you want to succeed?”
“As badly as you did…as badly as you still do.”
“Then why were you struggling so much?
“Because I just wasn’t…me.”
“For how long?”
“—the past two years.”
“So…help me understand what you’re talking about?”
“You already know everything that’s happened with me...it’s all been in our conversations; little bits here—small pieces there. You’re smart enough to put it all together—and I know you already have. I’m done thinking about what’s happened in the past. I’ve already moved on.”
“Fair enough.”
August 22nd, 2012. I didn’t speak to anyone on the two hour ride to State College, but there was plenty of conversation to go around the minivan. Mom was having quite an in depth conversation with my brother Kevin about the upcoming semester, while Dad was driving his usual five to ten mph under the speed limit. His turtle-like driving speed was already borderline unbearable, but to top it off he was notorious for taking his foot off the gas pedal whenever he decided to chime in. Any…...

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