A story about how listening to criticism helped me get into university

English Level: B1 🇨🇦

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I was 19 years old and unsure of what I wanted to do with my life. I got a job working at a factory that produced curtains. I was making minimum wage, which was good enough for a 19-year-old with no plan for the future.

Six months into this job, one of my parent’s friends, the one who got me the job, came up to me and said, “Jorge, what’s your plan?” “I don’t know,” I answered. “Well, you can’t work here your whole life.” I felt attacked, so I walked away from her.

A few days later, she came toward me again and said, “get in the car. I’m driving you to the university so you can apply for the next semester.” I was angry with her and showed it with my facial expressions, but I followed her instructions.

I applied for business administration that day and was accepted. 18 months after graduating high school, I was back in school.

Sometimes I wonder what would have been of my life if I hadn’t listened to Deborah. Would I have gotten a university degree? Would I have met my wife? What type of person would I be?
Today’s message is simple, learning to accept criticism and listening to good advice may be the difference between a life of success and one of failure.

Vocabulary Words

  1. curtain (noun): Gardine
  2. attacked (adj.): angegriffen
  3. failure (noun): Misserfolg

Phrases to Remember

  1. minimum wage: the lowest wage permitted by law or by a special agreement.
  2. apply for: make a formal application or request.

Question to Consider

How open are you to criticism?


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