Three Strikes

"Three Strikes" is currently a rather relevant phrase for me for several reasons. One reason is that the policy position for the group my group chose for a Rhetoric of Science paper involves so-called Three Strikes laws, particularly in California. Such laws increase punishment for repeat offenders.

Another area of Three Strikes relevance is my mere presence still at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. At Rose-Hulman, you may only be on academic probation for three terms in a row. I have already surpassed that. Worse though is that I have had to appear before the admissions and standing committee twice now in order to remain at Rose-Hulman. I doubted readmission the second time. Luckily, I am confident that I will not have grades low enough for academic probation this term. Consequently, I will not have to appear before the admissions and standing committee again, and my current quadruple probation will reset to good standing.

The other area of relevance is in relationships. I have never had any. Recently I have been trying. I think my first serious attempt was two years ago with Anita. In that particular year, I feel in retrospect that I was around too much and perhaps too interested. As a result, that relationship never grew into anything. The next year, I was interested in Michelle for some time and actually gained the confidence to explicitly tell her. She, however, was not interested in me. Additionally, such relationship interest in her has waned. This year, again, I am trying to do the dating thing to some extent. Most recently, I tried inviting someone along to see an on campus concert by Chapter 6. First, I tried asking my resident assistant’s girlfriend’s friend, but she was not interested. I then asked Corrie from the fourth floor, but she has a sorority thing. I next asked Elizabeth, but she also had a conflict. I next tried asking Anita from two years ago, but it seems she is in Germany right now. I finally had some luck asking Erica. She already has a boyfriend, so nothing will come of it at least not by me pushing it, but I am sure the experience will still be a useful one. Every attempt has lead to me learning something new about me and about people.

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